Last year, Marvel managed to surprise everyone with its incredibly well received Netflix Original Series for Daredevil and followed it up with yet another critically acclaimed series, Marvel’s Jessica Jones. Now, the publisher is going at it again with the release of the Daredevil‘s second season along with several more planned shows in the works. It’s set to hit streaming devices and small screens this spring and we now have a few more details on the ramifications the new season will have on the larger Marvel Universe.
Earlier this year, the season two teaser trailer was finally released and it revealed the official premiere date for Daredevil. Many had speculated that the series was planned to go up against DC’s epic Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice on March 25. However, it turns out that the Man Without Fear will not be competing with the Man of Steel, as the new episodes hit Netflix on March 18, 2016.
Even more exciting is the news that the latest season will be used to introduce a whole slew of a new characters to the Marvel universe while helping to set up future series. The company already began introducing new characters in Marvel’s Jessica Jones, notably among them Luke Cage, who is scheduled to receive an original series of his own. Netflix has released title cards and loglines for a number of upcoming Marvel series, including Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Defenders. Luke Cage is prepped to come out sometime later this year with no official release dates for the other series.
So far, we know that Daredevil Season 2 is set to introduce the hard-as-nails vigilante known as the Punisher (who will be played by Jon Bernthal of The Walking Dead and already has his own spin-off series in the works). Also included will be mysterious assassin and sometimes-comic book love interest of Daredevil, Elektra (Elodie Yung of G.I. Joe: Retaliation). The Netflix series have been a great way for Marvel to experiment with some of its lesser-known characters. They’re also appealing to much wider audiences than they’ve been able to reach with just the movies, as successful as they might be. The company has licensed many of its lesser known characters to a variety of slot-based Marvel games, including both Daredevil and Elektra. Much of this comes as part of a renewed effort to better acquaint casual gaming audiences with some of the non-marquee properties in advance of the upcoming streaming series.
The character of Iron Fist is expected by many to make his debut as a cameo in the upcoming first season of Luke Cage. However, it likely won’t be until 2017 until we get to see him in his own series. Fans of the comics probably fondly recall the team-up of both Fist and Cage as the “Heroes for Hire.” Mike Colter, who plays Luke Cage in the original series, hinted that the actor portraying Iron Fist has been cast, but it might be some time before we learn exactly who that is.
We expect much to be revealed by the time the new season of Daredevil rolls around in March, and we can’t wait to learn more about what Marvel has in store for the small screen.