TD and TP really solidified MattElektra and Kastle after DDS2. Both pairs just have so much chemistry, it would be a shame not to waste it. They play off and challenge each other so well tbh and the audience response has showed as much. Not really a Q but
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But yes, I agree! I won’t get too much into it because I feel like I’ve covered this ground extensively in past posts, but whether it was accidental or purposeful or whatever, Marvel Netflix has really hit upon something really special with both Mattelektra and Kastle. And I personally would find it very foolish if they don’t continue to allow the story to organically form around them. That’s not me taking the stance that shows need to cater to fandom or whatever (I think that kind of thing is bullshit) but it’s a simple matter of being able to look at the things that are the strongest in your stories and working the best, and following through on that. Two examples in the specific case of Marvel Netflix – the mere existence of DDS2 before Defenders and the Punisher spinoff. Neither of those things were on the roadmap for Marvel or Netflix. But DDS1 blew people away so hard that it was practically a gimme to get a DDS2 going right away. Jon Bernthal’s Punisher in DDS2 also blew people tf away, so of course you’re going to plan a spinoff for him. Obviously neither of these things had to happen, but they saw the response, they knew it worked, and they adjusted accordingly. I don’t see why this wouldn’t also imply to things that are working in story as well.
I’ll also take a moment to address the chatter I hear sometimes about why some relationships are more valid b/c of comics canon, endgames, blah blah blah. Here’s the thing. Yes, they are adapting existing comic book storylines and relationships but the key word here is adapt. Which to me means, anything goes – there really isn’t a relationship in the mix that feels any more “canon” than the other at this point, and yeah, that even goes for Mattelektra, who have diverged quite a ways away from their original comics storylines anyway. Now of course I want TPTB to respect their shared origins, just as I think it’s right to respect Matt and Karen’s shared stories from the comics as well. But that doesn’t mean don’t change them and make them better for a modern day adaptation (I’m looking at you Born Again!). And it doesn’t mean that a relationship that didn’t originally exist in the comics can’t also be well-written and well-loved by a new group of fans.
But let’s be clear, as I’ve said many times before – I know that they’ll explore Matt and Karen again in DDS3, and as far as I’m concerned, they have to because it’s been left as a loose end for way too long (since DDS2!) and they have a pre-existing relationship that I genuinely want them to mend and restore, along with their friendship with Foggy (they are my brOT3 and I want them to be enjoying their friendship again damnit). But Matt and Karen repairing their relationship shouldn’t necessarily preclude any continued exploration of Mattelektra and Kastle. Matt and Karen don’t exist in a vacuum. None of these shows happen in a vacuum, at least not from each other. The things that affect these characters in DDS2, TDS1, and TPS1 should naturally be addressed as these characters move forward into DDS3. So call me an optimist, but I really believe you can let Matt and Karen deal with their thing, while also allowing Matt to deal with the emotional fallout of what happened with Elektra, while also allowing Karen to pull at the strings that tie her to Frank Castle. I don’t know where Marvel intends to lead us but no matter what, it’s just not as cut and dry as some people want to think. As long as the characters and their existing storylines and motivations are being respected as they build these new stories then even if it doesn’t end up being the ideal scenario for me as a shipper of a specific pairing, I’m still open to seeing how these stories play out.