The twin trailers for Season two made it look like it was split in half between The Punisher and Elektra/The Hand as the antagonists, but the story is more organic than that, with both arcs intertwining around Matt's struggle to maintain both halves of his life. I am a big fan of Thomas Jane as The Punisher, despite the flaws of the film, but I have to say that Jon Bernthal does just as good a job conveying Castle's determination, drive and deep-seated sorrow. The interplay between Daredevil and The Punisher makes for great drama, with both parties given legitimate reasoning behind their motivations and time to work towards their goals. The idea of just what vigilantism means in a world populated by gods, super soldiers and hulks is explored in detail, with input from the citizens on the streets of New York. Juxtapose this with the reveal of the mystical Hand and their techniques to stave off death and season two of Daredevil becomes a gem in the MCU crown.
So where are we left when the credits roll on the season finale? Both Daredevil and The Punisher are set in motion to be the crimefighters the comics show them as, the Hand are a credible threat and I can see Cap coming calling soon to recruit old horn head for the Secret Avengers. I would have liked a bit more crossover with the films and/or Jessica Jones, but money and time are always factors and Daredevil still leaves CW and ABC efforts in the dust in terms of writing, production and character. There are rumours that Marvel is having Netflix bring more things in-house and I can't wait to see what's still to come.