Matt Murdock, aka Daredevil, is coming back to screen sooner than you think. Netflix has announced that the Marvel hero will continue to fight crime in a second season of the comic book drama, due for release sometime in 2016.
News of the renewal arrives only 11 days after Daredevil first hit the streaming service, but it should come as no surprise that the company decided to get back in business with the character of Murdock so quickly. The series, starring Charlie Cox in the titular role, has earned rave reviews since its debut and currently holds a 97% fresh score from both critics and audiences on the aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cox will return as Hell Kitchen’s protector, Daredevil, and Vincent D’Onfrio will also be back as his nemesis, Wilson “The Kingpin” Fisk. While no specific plot details for Season 2 have been revealed yet, the series will presumably continue to follow the relationship between the two enemies, as well as cast a wider net of Marvel villains for Murdock to take on. Deborah Ann Woll (who plays Karen Page), Elden Henson (who portrays Foggy Nelson), and the rest of the primary cast are also reportedly on board.
While most of the cast may be returning, there will be some changes behind the camera. Per THR, Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez will take over for Steven DeKnight as Daredevil’s new showrunners.
“While previous commitments unfortunately prevent me from continuing on with Daredevil into its second season, I could not be happier that Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez are carrying the torch,” DeKnight said in a statement. “They were invaluable collaborators during our first season, and I for one can’t wait to see what they do with the show moving forward.”
DeKnight himself replaced series creator Drew Goddard as showrunner in May 2014, after the latter exited to focus on Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man spinoff, The Sinister Six. Now, Petrie and Ramirez will take his place, as well as join Goddard and Marvel TV Chief Jeph Loeb as executive producers.
For their part, both Petrie and Ramirez have experience working with dark and sometimes violent material. Petrie has written episodes for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and American Horror Story. Meanwhile, Ramirez has previously penned installments for Sons of Anarchy and the Starz drama Da Vinci’s Demons. The two will clearly have a lot to live up to after the acclaimed first season, but their strong credit and DeKnight’s solid foundation of the story will hopefully lead to an equally thrilling second season.
The streaming service’s confirmation of Season 2 in 2016 should come as good news to fans, most of whom believed that the character of Murdock wouldn’t be returning as a solo act until the rest of Marvel’s planned Netflix shows all wrapped up their first season.
Daredevil was initially scheduled to be the first of several solo hero series (including a 13-episode season of A.K.A. Jessica Jones, a 13-episode season of Luke Cage, and a 13-episode season of Iron Fist), leading up to the eight-episode team-up show The Defenders. With a second season renewal now confirmed for next year, it’s unclear whether Netflix and Marvel will shift their schedule or simply add more Daredevil on top of Luke Cage and Iron Fist, which would make it a jam-packed year for both companies.
Either way, the renewal makes it clear that Netflix is as committed as ever to maintaining its piece of the Marvel Cinematic Universe on its slate of original dramas, which also includes Bloodline, House of Cards, Marco Polo, and Orange is the New Black.
Marvel is also continuing to grow its television presence, with ABC’s Agents of SHIELD and Agent Carter heading for a third and second season, respectively. Another Agents of SHIELD spinoff from American Crime’s John Ridley is reportedly also in the works.