Netflix has yet to announce a second season for Daredevil, and the scale of the broadcaster's initial commitment to Marvel — four thirteen-episode shows and a mini-series — was plenty ambitious, even for a broadcaster that happily makes two-season commitments.
But demand for Daredevil was so high that it seemed to crash Netflix's servers, and the reviews have been phenomenally positive, so it must meet Netflix's opaque criteria for success. I would be shocked if a second season — and a third — weren't announced soon, to air over the next couple of years. Given Daredevil's success, and all the material still left to explore, why wait for the other Defenders shows to air before going back to this well?
So what would the show do with a second season? Well, there's a lot more ground left to cover in the fight between Daredevil and Wilson Fisk. Elektra, Bullseye, and Typhoid Mary all spring out of that fertile ground and could provide a couple of seasons' worth of material. And we have the wedding of Wilson and Vanessa to look forward to.
There are a lot of other Daredevil foes I'd love to see brought to the screen. The Enforcers — Fancy Dan, Ox and Montana — are fun characters with relatively grounded gimmicks that would make them an easy fit for this world; Bullet is an obvous choice; and there's room for weirder villains like Death-Stalker and Mister Fear. And we're not giving up on Stilt-Man yet. More Daredevil should mean more villains.
I have a hunch that we won't see much of Rosario Dawson's Claire Temple in subsequent seasons; I think we're more likely to see her as a recurring presence across all the Marvel Netflix shows, as the night nurse tending to wounded street-level heroes of New York. I wouldn't be surprised if she plays the same unifying role for the Defenders that Phil Coulson and Nick Fury played for the Avengers.
Claire Temple; the Hand; K'un-Lun; the Owl; Elektra. There is so much more for Daredevil and the other Marvel Netflix shows to explore and build upon. Daredevil not only opened a door to another side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it showed how much is waiting for us on the other side. These thirteen episodes are just the start.
That said, Marvel did close one door in Daredevil. Ben Urich, a major supporting character, presumably won't be returning. It's sad to think that the Sony/Marvel deal to reintegrate Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe came along too late to allow Ben to take his rightful place at the Bugle. The Marvel Universe is full of promise, but we'll never get to see everything we'd like to see.