Charlie Cox as Daredevil and Jon Bernthal as The Punisher in Netflix's series | © 2016 Netflix

Charlie Cox as Daredevil and Jon Bernthal as The Punisher in Netflix's series | © 2016 Netflix

Netflix has brought back MARVEL’S DAREDEVIL for a second season. All thirteen episodes (along with the first thirteen of Season 1) are now available on the streaming service.

Fans will recall that Charlie Cox’s character, blind Hell’s Kitchen lawyer Matt Murdock, who is also the masked vigilante Daredevil, achieved a victory over his nemesis last season. This year, he’s got more complex problems, namely two other vigilantes. There’s Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal), aka the Punisher, who shares Matt’s desire to clean up the neighborhood but uses dirtier methods to do it. Then there’s Elektra Natchios (Elodie Yung), who both frustrates and excites Matt.

Cox, a Londoner doing a flawless American accent as Matt, previously starred in the film adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s STARDUST. He also played Jonathan Hellyer Jones in THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING and had an arc on BOARDWALK EMPIRE.

After participating in a Q&A session for Year Two of DAREDEVIL, Cox sticks around to answer a few follow-up queries.

AX: What would you say Matt’s evolution has been over the two seasons?

CHARLIE COX: You are asking me to think back quite a few episodes ago. If we think of the first season as kind of Matt Murdock’s evolution into Daredevil, the scenes that strike me as the ones where we were really able to show his emotional stance shifting and kind of very slow steps towards this, the reconciliation with himself surrounding who he is, it’s the scenes with Father Lantom [played by Peter McRobbie], with the priest. Obviously, it was a great deal [about] his Catholicism, which he was kind of battling with in the first season. And as he began to make peace with that, he was able, therefore, to allow himself to explore this other side of him, and probably the best example of that is a scene in, I think it’s Episode Eleven, or maybe Twelve, where Father Lantom uses the term, “A symbol to be feared.” And on hearing that, Ithink in that moment, he suddenly knows. It gives him license to be what he’s been dying to be, to engage in vigilante justice wholeheartedly without the fear of eternal damnation.

Last season was kind of a slow burn in many ways. It was a build, and it was this guy, this obsession around this one guy [Matt’s obsession with crime lord Wilson Fisk, played by Vincent D’Onofrio], and it wrapped up, but at times, it was the waiting, it was the sitting at home without any information, without any news. That’s how it felt. This year, we’ve hit the ground running and it doesn’t stop.

AX: It seems like Matt may be able to make time for some romantic intimacy this season …

COX: He’s able to explore that a little bit. There are times when he’s able to engage in that kind of vulnerability, and we begin to see a side of Matt that we perhaps haven’t seen before, and he tries, at least, to allow that side of himself, which is very real and very present, to flourish and be open. But at the same time, the person with which that is likely to happen, is also one of the people who doesn’t really know who he is, and that presents a really big problem.

AX: What would you most like people to know about DAREDEVIL Season 2?

COX: That Frank Castle turns up [laughs]. I mean, what else is there to say? And there’s an evolution to that as well, which is cool, and it’s just going to be mayhem.

This interview was conducted during Netflix’s portion of the most recent Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, California.

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