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When Daredevil Season 2 kicks off next year, he won’t be the only skilled fighter roaming the streets of Hell’s Kitchen, as Punisher (played by Jon Bernthal) and Elektra (played by Elodie Yung) will be making their MCU debuts. However, fans can also look forward to a key side character that Matt Murdock fought alongside in Season 1. Marvel announced today that Silence of the Lambs and The Leftovers actor Scott Glenn will reprise his role as Matt’s blind mentor Stick in the Man Without Fear’s sophomore season.
After appearing in only one Season 1 episode, Stick will return to Hell’s Kitchen for three episodes in Season 2 “with a new mission that Matt wants no part of.” Considering how the two of them parted ways in the episode “Stick,” it’s no big surprise that Matt doesn’t want anything to do with the man that taught him how to fight and hone his enhanced senses. The official Daredevil Twitter account broke the news in their own unique way by showing the ice cream wrapper bracelet that young Matt made for Stick, with a picture of the two of them in the background.
Stick was introduced in Daredevil Season 1 as an enigmatic martial arts master that was hired to help the young Matt after his father was killed. Hardened and unapologetic, Stick’s unorthodox methods help Matt to “see” with his other senses and fight like a warrior. Although he made significant progress with Matt’s training, Stick left Matt when he realized the boy wanted a father figure, while Stick wanted Matt to be a soldier. Twenty years later, the gruff fighter returned to recruit Matt on a mission to track down a weapon called Black Sky being smuggled into Hell’s Kitchen. This “weapon” was revealed to be a young boy who had some kind of special ability, and despite Matt’s insistence against doing so, Stick killed the boy off-screen while Matt was dealing with some goons. This led to an intense fight between mentor and protégé in Matt’s apartment, and when Matt beat Stick, the old man left him once again.
Fans will have to wait and see the exact circumstances of Stick’s return in Daredevil, but since Matt told Stick he never wanted to see him again, Stick must need Matt’s help badly if he’s ignoring this request. It’s also possible this mission could be connected to Stick’s last scene in Season 1, where he was seen telling the mysterious Stone that he had no idea if Matt would be ready “once the doors opened.”
Daredevil Season 2 will premiere sometime during 2016 on Netflix.