Netflix's Daredevil Season 2: Six Things To Look Forward To

With the much-anticipated second season of the acclaimed Netflix series Marvel's Daredevil returning this month, a plethora of new and exciting things are coming to elevate the already-fantastic show to new heights. From fresh and bloody tales of corruption and violence on the dark streets of Hell's Kitchen to the courageous entry of one of Marvel Comics' deadliest characters, the next step in this glorious series is set to not only kick our ass, but also -- hopefully -- redefine the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it. Here are just six of the many reasons you should be excited for the return of this superhero masterpiece:

Matt Murdock is Far From Done: With the central character in the series, Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox), returning with new digs and fresh scars from his last encounter with the menacing Wilson Fisk (Vincent D'Onofrio) in the first season, the blind vigilante reenters the ring this time with a new vengeance burning in his chest as well. Struggling with the amassing guilt for the sins he has committed, from failing to save the city completely from Fisk's fiery reign to the lies he's built up around his false identity, this season sees Murdock facing new enemies -- as well as his own morality -- and promises that the agent of justice that he is is truly far from finished. Hoping to dive further into Murdock's murky past -- especially involving a certain former flame from Greece -- as well as learn even more about what surprises Cox can bring to the character, the return of the Man Without Fear will surely be something to watch.   

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: While the tale of redemption and flawed justice of the lead character may be the highlight of the show, another captivating element in these up and coming Marvel-Netflix collaborations are their intense -- and highly relatable -- villains. From Vincent D'Onofrio's tortured innocence concealed by both a menacing demeanor and a grisly voice in his Wilson Fisk to David Tennant's psychotic yet strangely calming Kilgrave on Marvel's Jessica Jones, the villains of Marvel Studios have stepped onto a whole new playing field in the gritty realm of Netflix. Allowing the characters to be fleshed out just as much as the heroes are (something that the 2-hour blockbuster films have struggled at), the antagonists ultimately end up becoming just as interesting as their heroic counterparts. With that, Daredevil's newest foe, found in Jon Bernthal's ex-Marine Frank Castle, aims to unleashed both chaos and lethal justice onto Hell's Kitchen. Infamous for being one of Marvel's most violent creations -- a hardened family man-turned-hit man seeking vengeance for his family's death -- Castle's much-anticipated debut in the series looks like it will test both the physical limits and the moral code of Matt Murdock, which could ultimately push the character towards a bloodied demise.  

Elektra-fying Sparks Await: Debuting a number of famous comic-book characters this season, just as it introduced fans to characters like Wilson Fisk, Stick, and Claire Temple in Season 1, the show dives deeper into the past of Matt Murdock by debuting one of his most skilled -- and most beautiful -- allies. With newcomer √Člodie Yung entering the battle as Elektra Natchios, a former flame of Murdock whom he both despises and lusts after, Marvel's Daredevil offers up the highly-skilled Greek mercenary as both a sparring love interest for a weary Murdock, as well as a sign of warning to the vigilante of his impending doom. With the trailers for the second season teasing at the return of an ancient enemy Murdock failed to leave buried last season, Elektra's role in the series seems a whole lot more investing than her role in the 2003 Daredevil film.

We Hurt the Ones We Love the Most: Before I mention one of the coolest elements of the series, I have to first mention one of the most essential. With the supporting characters of Daredevil ultimately providing the show with a plethora of roads to go down in terms of story -- from Karen Page's (Deborah Ann Woll) continuing descent into her fear of what Hell's Kitchen has become now to Foggy Nelson's (Elden Henson) conflicted relationship with his pal Murdock -- these stories interlock effortlessly with the tale of absolution of Matt Murdock. With the blind lawyer's friends returning for another season, one of the most important things the show can do now is display how Murdock's actions as Daredevil has brought them into a new level of caution as they watch their best friend enter a battlefield they're not yet sure he'll come out of alive.   

Lights, Camera, Rev Up the Action: From the lethal methods of Frank Castle's road to vengeance to Elektra's dynamic hand-to-hand combat alongside Matt Murdock, the new season also promises a hell of a lot more intense -- and brilliantly-shot -- action sequences. With the show lacking the gracious budgets of Marvel's blockbuster pictures -- that rely heavily on computer-animation and special effects to provide their wow factor -- the street-level Daredevil utilizes its superb choreography to keep its fans on the edge of their seats. With the first season blowing me away with its whimsical and brutal fight scenes -- and the occasional grisly take-down by D'Onofrio's Wilson Fisk -- Netflix has proved that their darker envisioning of the Marvel Cinematic Universe can throw a damn good punch or two. Looking to rev up the action once Frank Castle enters the playing field, it will be one hell of a ride as we see Matt Murdock and Company take on one of their most ruthless -- and reckless -- foes yet.      

Paging Mr. Murdock: With the corrupt streets of Marvel's Jessica Jones and this show being one in the same, as well as the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, who toss out films of flying men in iron suits and green rage monsters every year, many fans have been begging the question of when we'll see all of these characters interact. With Daredevil's Claire Temple (played by Rosario Dawson) already showing up at Jessica Jones' (Krysten Ritter) doorstep in Jones' own series, as well as hinting at another vigilante on the other side of Hell's Kitchen, many amazing cross-overs lay just beneath the surface. With a planned Defenders series still set to debut in the near future, which aims to team up the heroes of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage (Mike Colter), and Iron Fist (rumored to star actor Finn Jones in the lead role), there remains many questions as to how Marvel Studios will unite these characters on the small screen, as well as unite them with characters on the big one. One of the major questions now, is whether or not the events of May's Captain America: Civil War will affect our small-time heroes in New York City.

With the future of Marvel's Daredevil and the rest of his superpowered allies limited to only what we've seen in the trailers, the anticipation for this thrilling series couldn't be more high. From the introduction of acclaimed characters like The Punisher, Elektra, as well as the mysterious society known as The Hand to the further investigation into some of Marvel's most interesting on-screen characters and their darkest secrets, this month's second season of Daredevil promises an even darker -- and far more brilliant -- season than the first. Make sure you check into Season 2 of Marvel's Daredevil on March 18th.     

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