When Daredevil premieres to the public next week, viewers will see many of the Man Without Fear’s most famous supporting characters, including Foggy Nelson, Karen Page and one of his greatest adversaries Wilson Fisk, a.k.a. The Kingpin. Now while Daredevil may not have a cast as expansive as fellow Marvel heroes like Spider-Man or the X-Men, there are plenty of characters from his mythos that can still be introduced, and showrunner Steven DeKnight already has two in mind: Elektra and Bullseye.
Although a second season hasn't been announced, DeKnight told SciFiNow that Elektra and Bullseye are among the many characters that could potentially be explored in a follow-up story. Said DeKnight:
Looking forward, there are so many stories to tell. The Hand, Elektra, Bullseye… with a 13-episode arc you don’t have to rush it; you can explore. That’s not to say we are going to do Bullseye and Elektra, but it’s on the radar.
Elektra is one of Daredevil’s primary love interests who is also a superhero in her own right. Originally an assassin for several evil organizations, she was killed by Bullseye when they were fighting over who would serve Kingpin. Later she was resurrected, and since then she’s typically fought for the good guys, although she still doesn’t have qualms about killing. She is a talented martial artist and frequently wields two sai in battle.
As for Bullseye, who DeKnight has mentioned before, he’s made a name for himself in the Marvel universe as the assassin who never misses. He is able take almost any object and turn it into a lethal projectile, and the craziest thing is that this isn’t due to a superpower. It’s all skill. He’s been one of Daredevil’s greatest enemies since 1976, and has also tangled with other Marvel protagonists like Captain America and Deadpool.
Both characters were first seen in live-action in the 2003 Daredevil film, played by Jennifer Garner and Colin Farrell, respectively. Although Elektra went on to get her own spinoff (which was a critical failure), both characters didn’t fare well under Daredevil’s mixed-to-negative reception. Since then their appearances outside of comics have mostly been in video games, although Bullseye did appear in an episode of the animated series Avengers Assemble.
Should the Daredevil TV series be renewed for Season 2, these characters are definitely must-haves. Not only have they had an enormous impact on Matt Murdock’s history, but they deserve to be adapted for the MCU. As for The Hand, they are a group of mystical ninjas that Kingpin eventually becomes leader of in the comics, so that could also be used as a plot device for another season.
Daredevil’s 13 episodes will air on Netflix on April 10.