On February 15, 2016, Netflix released the first trailer for the newest season of Daredevil. The trailer not only offers viewers the first glimpses into the upcoming season, but it also serves as an introduction to new characters for the show, namely Frank Castle, played by The Walking Dead’s Jon Bernthal.
The trailer opens outside Castle’s home, quickly cutting to various scenes that hint at the Punisher’s origins within the show. In the comics, Frank Castle is a military veteran who becomes the Punisher due to the death of his wife and children. This origin is likely mirrored in the show, as the description of the video reads: “Frank Castle, a man looking for vengeance, is reborn as the Punisher, a man who takes justice into his own hands in Matt’s neighborhood.”
In a voice-over, Castle claims that he “needs to take care of the scum that killed my family,” during the trailer. The trailer is filled with glimpses at how far Castle is willing to go to fulfill that promise, including shots of Castle’s stash of weapons, ones where he wields a gun, and others showing the havoc Castle’s actions wreak on Hell’s Kitchen.
Officer Brett Mahoney, one of Matt and Foggy’s contacts in the police department, remarks on the aftermath of Castle’s actions, warning the lawyers that “Hell’s Kitchen is about to explode” when it comes to dealing with a vigilante of his caliber.
You hit them and they get back up. I hit them and they stay down! – Castle to Matt
While the majority of the trailer focuses on teasing the conflict between the Punisher and Daredevil, including peeks at a showdown between the pair, it also reveals the internal conflicts that the characters from the first season face. When Matt is first shown in the trailer, he is talking with Father Lanthom, expressing that he feels guilty. While what it is that Matt feels guilty about is not explained in the trailer, Lanthom offers consolation by saying “The guilt means you are not yet finished.”
The description goes on to mention that “Matt must balance his duty to his community as a lawyer and his dangerous life as the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen, facing a life-altering choice that forces him to truly understand what it means to be a hero.”
Meanwhile, Matt’s best friend and fellow lawyer, Foggy Nelson, is still dealing with the fact that Matt goes out as Daredevil to take matters into his own hands. The pair argues in the trailer, as Matt tries to explain why he needs to protect people, “Blood is being shed,” and Foggy shoots back with “You have donated more than your fair share!” Foggy is then seen with Claire Temple, the nurse from the first season of Daredevil and more recently Jessica Jones, who tells Foggy the all too familiar: “This city needs him.”
And finally, Karen Page, Foggy and Matt’s secretary, worries that the actions of the group have brought about the Punisher’s ruthless crusade. “Maybe we created him, all of us… We never stopped to think that Daredevil’s actions could open up the door for men like this,” she says as Matt tries to ease her worries in the trailer.
The final reveal is left for the end of the trailer. Matt walks into his apartment, realizes he isn’t alone, and that Elektra Natchios, played by Élodie Yung (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), is in the apartment with him. She offers a coy “Hello Matthew,” before the trailer ends, promising a part two on February 25.
With only this short glimpse to go on, it is difficult to say whether she ends up as an ally or an adversary to Matt and the others. The second part of the trailer may offer further insight into Elektra’s role in the show, and how closely she resembles her comic-book counterpart.
The second season of Daredevil will release on Netflix on March 18, 2016.