Need a Daredevil season 2 teaser trailer breakdown? Here’s a look at the trailer, how it serves as a recap and the Easter egg it hides in plain sight.
Netflix released a teaser trailer for season 2 of Daredevil, and we’ve got your breakdown of the whole thing. If the marketing for Jessica Jones is anything to go by this will be the first of several teasers that we see for the new season, and each will likely reveal a bit more about the characters and events of the new season than the last.
For the most part, this first teaser trailer serves as a recap of the previous season. That doesn’t mean that there isn’t plenty to talk about, though.
A Conflicted Moral Man
The most noticeable thing about the Daredevil teaser is that the various scenes from season 1 are presented like frescoes in a Catholic church, with the opening shot a direct reference to part of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. This is obviously intentional, especially with a voiceover near the end depicting one of Matt Murdock’s conversations with a Catholic priest. There’s a good reason for this, too: Matt Murdock is a devout Catholic.
This is an important part of the character, especially when he’ll be facing off against the Punisher in season 2. He knows the difference between right and wrong, he has a strong moral center rooted firmly in his faith, and yet he still takes the law into his own hands as Daredevil. This moral center is at odds with the actions he takes, leading to significant guilt; it’s even referenced in the voiceover at the end where he hear Matt ask the priest why he still feels guilty. The reply he receives is part of what drives him forward to keep fighting crime after taking down the Kingpin in the season 1 finale:
“Guilt can be a good thing; it’s a soul’s call to action. An indication that… your work is not yet finished.”
One other piece of the Catholic motif in the trailer is a brief glimpse of a man’s head in front of the frescoes. This is potentially important for this Daredevil season 2 teaser trailer breakdown, since it can be assumed that it’s Matt Murdock himself. The symbolism is strong here, depicting Matt in a church praying while surrounded by his sins and memories.
A Recap in a Minute
It seems a bit odd for the Daredevil season 2 teaser trailer to focus on things that were established in the first season, but that’s almost exclusively what the teaser deals with. Instead of jumping in to what’s coming, it takes us back to where we’ve been and reminds us of Matt’s journey in season 1 to become the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen.
The teaser touches on a number of points, including the accident that blinded Matt, his first fateful meeting with Stick and his encounters with both Claire and Wilson Fisk. Foggy Nelson’s discovery of Matt’s secret is also included, with each scene rendered in the same fresco art motif.
As the trailer zooms out and shows the larger fresco that Netflix also released as a poster, even more of season 1 is referenced. The poster contains images of pretty much every major character (and a number of minor ones) that appeared in the first season. It’s set against the backdrop of Hell’s Kitchen that was used in the artwork for the first season, yet another throwback to get us in the right mindset and help us recall what’s already happened.
Exploding Into Violence
The only action in the teaser trailer comes at the very end, when a church window explodes inward. This might be significant on a couple levels.
First, in a purely symbolic sense, the trailer is all about the house of peace that Daredevil built through season 1. The season reaches a conclusion, and painting season 1 on a structure suggests the finality of what happened. But the building is damaged, destroyed; the trailer is suggesting that the peace on the streets Daredevil fought so hard for in season 1 isn’t as complete as the season finale might have suggested, that it’s still under attack.
Second, there’s the more literal hint at scenes from season 2, really the only ones we get in this trailer. If you listen closely, you can hear what sounds like multiple gunshots accompanying the shower of glass. Don’t be surprised if this ends up being an actual scene in the show – villains (or antiheroes) shooting out the side of a church trying to get to Daredevil.
One of the big announcements for season 2 was that the Punisher was joining the show as an antagonist for Daredevil to face off against. While the Punisher may not be the big bad of the entire season, it’s a given that he and Daredevil are going to butt heads at least a few times. The gunshots violating the sanctity of the church could by symbolic of this conflict, showing that the Punisher is willing to cross that moral line that Daredevil struggles with.
The fact that there appeared to be multiple gunshots could also indicate that there are multiple shooters coming after Daredevil, which might support the idea of the big bad being a mob boss trying to fill the void left by Kingpin’s fall. It will likely take additional trailers to get any sort of a confirmation on that, however.
A Lone Easter Egg
Though the trailer almost exclusively focuses on recapping the first season, there is one very overt reference to season 2 if you watch close enough to catch it. When the camera starts zooming out on the fresco that was made into a poster for the new season, the Punisher’s skull logo can be seen in the smoke behind the characters. It’s much more visible in the poster, but if you look closely you can see it in the trailer as well.
There’s likely not much significance to its placement, other than to show that the threat of the Punisher is looking over everyone. Instead, it’s most likely simply there to foreshadow what’s to come and give everyone who notices it a little thrill. The Punisher is coming, and if season 1 of Daredevil is any indication he’s going to be a cold and violent SOB when he gets here. Just like he should be.
Season 2 of Daredevil will premiere on Netflix on March 18, 2016 (a week before Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, contrary to some rumors that were going around).