Daredevil Showrunner Calls Season Two 'Daredevil vs. Punisher'

Friday, 26 June 2015 - 2:05PM
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Friday, 26 June 2015 - 2:05PM
Daredevil Showrunner Calls Season Two 'Daredevil vs. Punisher'
We were ecstatic to find out that Jon Bernthal play the Punisher in Daredevil's second season, and could only assume that his ruthless "take no prisoners" vigilante style would be at odds with Daredevil's "no kill" rule. But according to a new report from Nerdist, Punisher may not be a mildly antagonistic ally in the next season, but may actually be the Big Bad. 

Nerdist's inside source claims that Daredevil co-showrunner Marco Ramirez is referring to next season as "Daredevil vs. Punisher," which seems to indicate that Punisher will be the main antagonist. However, it's also possible that this title is less literal than it appears, as it may just refer to an ideological clash. Daredevil and Punisher may still work in tandem to take down Hell's Kitchen's mob scene; there may simply be friction when they have different ways of going about it. And Nerdist's Jessica Chobot points out that, with Elektra all but confirmed to be coming to Daredevil's second season, she may be killed by Bullseye once again, tempting or maybe even convincing Daredevil to join the Punisher in killing the bad guys.

Honestly, I hope that's not how this season resolves itself. Elektra has been fridged a few too many times, and even putting aside the feminist perspective, the lover-getting-killed-as-motivation trope is just tired. There are much more creative ways to illustrate the ideological gap between Daredevil and Punisher that don't involve taking away Elektra's agency.

Our prediction: calling Punisher the "big bad" is oversimplifying a little, but will be essentially true, as "Daredevil vs. Punisher" likely refers to the comics series Daredevil vs. Punisher: Means and Ends (which was one of our four Punisher storylines we want to see on Daredevil). This would make sense in Daredevil's current timeline, as the series takes place

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right after Kingpin is thrown in jail.
Daredevil and Punisher attempt to combat the rising mob forces that are vying to fill the power vacuum, but find themselves at odds as a result of their differing methods. They end up directly squaring off several times until Punisher is imprisoned, which causes crime rates to skyrocket and Daredevil to question his convictions. Considering the thoughtfulness and gritty realism of Marvel/Netflix's Daredevil, this seems like exactly the type of storyline they would want to explore.

Marvel/Netflix's Daredevil season two is set for release sometime in 2016.
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Daredevil Showrunner Calls Season Two 'Daredevil vs. Punisher'