SPOILER WARNING: This article discusses major plot elements from “Daredevil” Season 2, now streaming on Netflix.
If you’ve finished watching all 13 episodes of “Daredevil’s” second season, then you know that the show’s latest batch of episodes have left a major mark on Netflix’s rapidly growing section of the Marvel Universe. Spoiler alert, a number of major developments occurred in that final episode: Matt Murdock revealed his secret identity to Karen Page, Elektra died in battle only to have her body stolen by the Hand, Frank Castle fully embraced his Punisher identity and Foggy took a meeting with “Jessica Jones'” Jeri Hogarth. A lot happened, and The Hollywood Reporter caught up with “DD” showrunners Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez to get inside information on the finale’s major developments and potential future ramifications.
Given Marvel’s notorious secrecy, the pair could not answer questions about whether or not plans have begun on season three, if they’ll return as showrunners, if crossovers will ever occur between ABC and Netflix’s Marvel shows, and if Punisher will get a spinoff. They could talk about those big reveals, though, like Matt (Charlie Cox) revealing his secret identity to Karen (Deborah Ann Woll).
“What we wanted the most was for that to feel more like an emotional moment for Matt,” said Ramirez. “He has been brought to the place where the next logical thing emotionally for him is that he just has to tell her. We wanted to build that as opposed to the mask falling off in the heat of the moment. We wanted to make sure it felt like an active choice where someone comes forward and says, ‘This is something you need to know about me.’ In terms of what happens after that, we hope that the audience will someday get to see what comes next. We liked very much what we shot, specifically what Charlie and Deborah did in that scene.”
While the showrunners couldn’t reveal where the story of Elodie Yung’s Elektra will continue, they offered up a hint. “We know that Elektra is the Black Sky,” said Petrie. “And we know that the Black Sky is a very powerful tool for the Hand. And we know that the Hand is up to no damn good. The clues can be found in the canon and in the comics, but we do hope that our viewers feel that we’re not done telling this story just yet.”
Ramirez spoke about the return of Vincent D’Onofrio as Wilson Fisk for a stretch of episodes in the back half of the season, saying that his return was “a conversation early on and luckily the stars aligned and it all worked out. Just the thought that we got him and Matt in a room together and a story where Frank and Fisk interacted was a dream come true as storytellers and as fans of the source material. To have all these titans together was something we wanted to do from the very beginning.”
Carrie-Anne Moss’ cameo, following her appearances on “Jessica Jones,” also foreshadows future “overlapping” between the Netflix series, according to Petrie. “We’ve noticed that with our fans, with Easter eggs and crossovers a little goes a long way,” said Petrie. “Those worlds will definitely be overlapping and we’re threading them in as slowly and as carefully as we can weave them.”
The showrunners also revealed that they left the season open-ended while not knowing if the show would be guaranteed a third season. “Marvel TV and Jeph Loeb have a solid plan for how everything will weave into everything,” said Ramirez. “We definitely crafted it with the goal of feeding into the larger Marvel TV Universe because they have such a specific plan of action for Marvel and Netflix. That was just our hope, to make sure that it worked as its own season of TV and also as fitting in to the larger world of all the other shows.”
All 13 episodes of “Daredevil” season two are currently streaming on Netflix.