Clues in recent trailers for the second season of Daredevil on Netflix have pointed to the rise of The Hand, a secret society of ninjas with mystical powers that might change the game for the grounded Marvel hero.
In the two-part trailer released by Netflix for the new season of Daredevil, it looks like The Man Without Fear will be fighting a two-front war. He will face the murderous vigilante Frank Castle aka The Punisher (Jon Bernthal), and team up with ex-flame / mercenary Elektra Natchios (Elodie Yung) against THE HAND. In the Daredevil comics, The Hand is an ancient ninja order that serves a demon known as The Beast, bent on spreading its dark influence through assassination and fear. (In some ways, The Hand is a Marvel equivalent to the League of Shadows from the DC universe.) Elektra has a complicated history with The Hand and its Jedi-like rival clan, The Chaste (led by Stick), which this new season may explore.
One of The Hand’s more intriguing aspects is its mystical powers, specifically resurrection. In the Daredevil #190, “Resurrection,” The Hand attempts to bring Elektra back to life after she was killed by Bullseye. New footage from the Netflix series hints that this could be a plot element for season 2.
Before we even hear Stick say “The Hand,” the trailer shows us several close-ups of hands. There are these two from Elektra, followed by one from yakuza members preparing for yubitsume, or “finger shortening,” which is self-amputation of the pinky finger. The yakuza practices this to atone for offenses and mistakes.
There is also this shot of an unknown person removing a mask as we hear a voice say: “You cannot stop what we have started… the rising is coming.” Those symbols on the stone object behind him translate to “revival” or “resuscitation.” Could this be the location the dead are brought back to life?
Finally, the trailer offers possible glimpses of a supposedly dead character: Nobu. Another member of The Hand, Nobu burned to death after a vicious fight with Daredevil last season. Yet, we’re given shots of his signature weapon, the kyoketsu-shoge, and a masked ninja who uses it, whom some say looks similar to the Nobu we saw in season 1. You be the judge.
If the dead can come back to life, what does this mean for the Daredevil series? Some fans had mixed feelings when the MCU “resurrected” another character — Agent Phil Coulson — for the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. series. Dead characters returning via mystical forces and alternate timelines is common to readers of comic books, but on screen, resurrection tends to result in skepticism. Perhaps resurrection lends itself to to Daredevil’s anti-killing stance. If the dead can come back to life, evil must be defeated by some other means.
We’ll find out when Daredevil Season 2 premieres on March 18.