If you were one of the many who hungrily devoured all 13 episodes of Marvel's Daredevil as soon as it premiered on Netflix, you may still have some lingering questions. Netflix has already announced Marvel's Daredevil Season 2, and hopefully some of these questions will be answered. But original showrunner Steven S. DeKnight is not coming back next year. Instead, he will hand off the reigns to Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez. But before he goes, he's decided to take on some of fans biggest questions head-on. Warning, if you have yet to get through all 13 episodes, there will be some big Spoilers ahead.
Speaking with THR, Steven S. DeKnight spoke about some of the shocking deaths that accrued during this first run of episodes. Specifically the dispatching of journalist Ben Urich, played by Vondie Curtis-Hall, who is one of the original comic book's most famous characters. He says:
"I wish I could take credit for this, but killing off Urich was decided before I signed on. I want to say it was Marvel's idea. They really wanted to show that toward the end of the season because we knew we'd get some sympathy for Fisk (Vincent D'Onofrio), to have him do something truly terrible that would propel Matt into that final endgame in the confrontation with Fisk. And to let the audience know that the gloves were off: just because he was a beloved character in the comics, doesn't mean he's safe. It's one interpretation. It's like writers doing a new run of the comic. It felt right for the story. Much like episode four where Fisk kills Anatoly, not because he did something to cross him in the criminal world, but because he embarrassed him on a date. Urich gets murdered because he committed the unforgivable sin in Fisk's mind: he went to Fisk's mother. The last thing you want to do with Fisk is at all involve, insult, drag through the mud the women in his life he loves. That will be a serious trigger for him."
Steven S. DeKnight then went onto address the show's connection to the impending Netflix series Marvel's Iron Fist. He specifically talks about the allusions to this character in the exchange between Stick and Stone, who mention 'doors opening'. Are they referring to Iron Fist?
"I can't say anything! Is it literal or metaphorical? It's very much like a code the same way the MCU does after the credits, which isn't something we can do with the way that Netflix starts the next episode after the credits. But yes, it's obviously tying into a bigger picture."
He continues, talking about powerful Madame Gao and her connection to this world. How will she fit into future episodes, and what is her connection to Marvel's Iron Fist?
"There's obviously something going on there, as well as with the heroin she's selling, stamped with the symbol of the Steel Serpent. Could that be another tie-in to Iron Fist? Time will tell. There is obviously more to her than meets the eye. I got a message from Ed Brubaker who asked, "Is Madame Gao Crane Mother?" I can't even tell you!"
Steven S. DeKnight goes onto address the continuing story and a future plot point involving the seemingly human child Black Sky. Will more be revealed in Marvel's Daredevil Season 2?
"It fits into something bigger. There is a mention of Black Sky in another episode that isn't episode seven. If fans look closely at episode one, you will find a reference to Black Sky. It's a visual reference to Black Sky and that's important to Nobu and his people. One of the most frequently asked questions I get is, "Who was Stick talking to?" You already named who he's talking to, but I just say, "He's a character from the comics." Any fan of the comics will know who he's talking to. We really wanted to pluck that out of Frank Miller's Man Without Fear.
You can read quite a lot more with Steven S. DeKnight, and what is planned of the future of the show: CLICK HEREMarvel's Daredevil Season 2 doesn't have a firm premiere date, but we can expect to see the next 13 episodes on Netflix in early 2016. Most likely in April. In the meantime, we can look forward to seeing the next Netflix Marvel series later this year, as Marvel's A.K.A. Jessica Jones will continue to expand this Hell's Kitchen universe sometime this winter.