Today is the day-season two of Daredevil has begun filming! Earlier this week, photographer Shelly Kay snapped some photos (as you can see below by clicking on the tweet which will redirect you to her profile where you can feast your eyes on more) of Charlie Cox and Elden Henson reprising their roles as our favorite avocados Matt Murdock and Franklin “Foggy” Nelson. The show is not set to return to Netflix until early next year, but both these set photos and the recent casting of Jon Bernthal as The Punisher/Frank Castle have me anticipating the return to Hell’s Kitchen. I’m hoping for a variety of things from this upcoming season ranging from Elektra and Bullseye to an updated costume and even more of Karen and Matt’s romance from the comics, but I’ve also been thinking about the future of Netflix and Marvel. As we all know, Jessica Jones will be released later this year and it will be followed by Daredevil and Luke Cage and Iron Fist soon after before bringing them together into The Defenders. But what then? What direction will this partnership take?
— Shelly Kay (@ShellyKaynyc) July 6, 2015
What I find so great about having Marvel properties on Netflix is that they are not bound by things like needing to sell merchandise or meet broadcast television or movie rating standards. They are free to tell theses stories how they want and in a way that is true to the characters. Daredevil proved this with it’s dark, gritty tone and subject matter. It allows us to see a different corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in colors we may not associate with it. After The Defenders wraps up, I think it is a healthy guess to say that we will see more seasons of Daredevil, Cage, Jones, Iron Fist and maybe a second season of The Defenders. Which would be fantastic! But I’d like to see them do something slightly different: highlight the supernatural side of the Marvel Universe.
Doctor Strange will be released in theaters late next year and will introduce a new aspect of the universe in the form of magic, demons and other planes. It makes sense to capitalize on that by bringing in a new team that (pending his more than likely poor availability) Benedict Cumberbatch’s Strange can pop in and out of if needed. In the comics, there is a team called the Midnight Sons that has had a variety of members like The Avengers over the years but they all have been based in the supernatural. Considering Marvel had the rights to Blade and Ghost Rider return in recent years, this could be a perfect opportunity to do them justice. I enjoyed the first two Blade movies, but after that last movie and the television show we need a new take. Just like The Defenders, they should focus on this darker group of characters and continue fleshing out their universe.
The shows that would be united under The Midnight Sons would be Moon Knight, Blade, Ghost Rider and Brother Voodoo. Each show would establish the characters and focus on their struggles with an enemy like Frost, Mephisto or even werewolves in addition to giving them a common enemy: Dracula. Although there would be a considerable amount of CGI for some of these characters, Ghost Rider in particular, it could work. Look at The Flash for example in their treatment of characters like Reverse Flash, Firestorm or Gorilla Grodd. Technology has come a decent way to where we can gradually have characters like this and make it work. For Ghost Rider, have him as Johnny Blaze and Ghost Rider when the situation calls for it and the chips are down for example.
Technology is not the only problem these characers are facing in being adapted, all of them have violent origins. But then again, so does the Punisher and we will be seeing him soon enough. Tone and format-wise, these shows could be like Supernatural in that there’s some really dark circumstances, but there’s a fair bit of humor and really compelling characters you root for and sympathize with. Blade was abandoned as a baby because of his mother’s last act of love to keep him safe from vampires that turned her, Johnny Blaze sold his soul to save his father’s life, Brother Voodoo lost his brother, Moon Knight was betrayed by his friends. Each tragic occurrence is trademark for a Marvel origin, but it is their enemies that set them apart. It is only a matter of time before we see these characters debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, why not in a way that Marvel can do them justice like Daredevil? We’ve seen Ghost Rider done horribly just like Daredevil, isn’t it time for him to get his due as well?