A New Day in Hell’s Kitchen
When we last saw Matt Murdock, his thirst for justice had successfully put the shadowy figure of Wilson Fisk behind bars, the crime rate in Hell’s Kitchen had been lowered and some sense of peace had been restored to the residents of Hell’s Kitchen. But now that Murdock’s Daredevil has become well-known, he must face the burden of fame that comes with attracting the attention of both the general public and the police.
Marvel’s Head of Television Jeph Loeb says that the initial idea for the transition from season to season was based on the premise that if “season one was about Matt’s decision to be a hero, then season two would be about what the cost of being a hero is and how you define what a hero is.”
At the helm of this next phase of the Daredevil story, Marvel’s Daredevil season one writers Marco Ramirez and Douglas Petrie have taken over the role of co-show runners for the character-driven, crime drama. Following the massive success of the first season, Petrie and Ramirez could have been daunted, but instead took it in stride. Ramirez reflects, “As massive fans ourselves, it was the coolest pressure you could ever imagine. It was like being handed a pair of sneakers and hearing ‘Hey, wanna play for the ’96 Bulls?’.”
Charlie Cox, returning as the titular character for the second season, couldn’t wait to dive back into the role, despite feeling some inherent pressure. “When you do a film or a TV show, I don’t think you ever can really quite prepare yourself for what the response will be, whether it’s underwhelming or overwhelming. You just don’t know. But this is certainly the most overwhelming response to anything I’ve ever been in,” he says. “There’s always a pressure that you have to exceed expectations, and match, if not do better than you did the first time round.”
“In season one, we saw Matt grow into the role of Daredevil,” says Ramirez. “In season two, Matt realizes that’s not as simple as it seems. The very presence of a vigilante in Hell’s Kitchen has changed the city in ways that aren’t all good. I think the audience will appreciate how many more layers we’re adding to Daredevil’s world. Season one was an incredible experience. Doug and I were parts of it from beginning to end, but this season we tried really hard not to just deliver “more of the same” – we wanted to offer up new challenges and take the characters on new emotional journeys. Hopefully the highs are higher and the lows are lower.”
Cox agrees, “The way that I like to describe it is that in the first season, it felt like Daredevil, the character, kind of happened to New York. He was this faceless man and his impact on the city was documented through the course of the first season. This year, it feels like the world happens to Matt Murdock.”
Alongside Cox, returning to the second season are fan favorites Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page and Elden Henson as Matt’s best friend and law partner, Foggy Nelson. Also making a return are Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple, the nurse who accidentally uncovers Matt’s secret and Scott Glenn as Stick, Matt’s childhood mentor.
After the show’s successful first season, Henson says he surprisingly felt less anxiety. “I think it actually relieves a lot of pressure. I was really nervous going into the first season, because the comic book fans are so invested, and they care about these characters so much and to get the reception that we got, I think it made us all feel like, okay, we’re at least on the right track. And then, after that, I think it settles in and you realize, okay, now we’ve got to step it up to keep people satisfied.” Henson also appreciated that after setting up the characters in season one, the writers were free to add in even more layers of complexity to the second season of the show. “This season is dense and it really hits the ground running. It starts off with a bang and it gets crazier from there.”
This season also further blurs the line between good and evil. For Deborah Ann Woll, the duality of all of the characters is what she thinks audiences responded to in the first season and what she has loved to see continue in the second. “The fact that no one is all good, no one is all bad. No one is just a hero or just a villain, there’s a little bit of all of that in everyone. All of these people are sort of two people. There is an angel and a demon within every single one of us and they’re fighting each other. I think the great thing that Charlie does is that he really lets both of those sides shine and then fight it out.”
Of course, for Matt, Karen and Foggy, they are about to experience a new army coming in to Hell’s Kitchen, although that army takes the form of just one man: Frank Castle, well known to fans as The Punisher. This season, one of the classic, most iconic fights in Marvel history is brought to the screen.
The Netflix original series Marvel’s Daredevil returns with the highly anticipated second season of its epic live-action adventure (season 1 of Marvel’s Daredevil is now streaming) with thirteen (13) one-hour episodes Friday, March 18, at 12:01 a.m. PT.
Blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) fights against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the Super hero “Daredevil” in modern day Hell’s Kitchen, New York City.
Charlie Cox (Matt Murdock/Daredevil) is joined by a stellar cast including Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page), Elden Henson (Foggy Nelson), Jon Bernthal (Frank Castle), Elodie Yung (Elektra), Rosario Dawson (Claire Temple), and Scott Glenn (Stick).