Even though Rosario Dawson’s stint as Claire Temple on Marvel’s Daredevil was a tad limited (she appeared in only a handful of episodes), the character resonated with fans, many of whom would like nothing more than to see more of her in the second season of the critically acclaimed Marvel/Netflix comic-book series.
In a new interview with MTV — which caught up with her during this week’s E3, since the actress was there to promote Call of Duty: Black Ops III — Dawson spoke about her role in Season 2, Jon Bernthal’s Punisher and possible crossovers with the other Netflix shows in the MCU.
When she was asked why she thought her character struck such a chord with Daredevil fans, Dawson had this to say:
"She’s funny, she’s wry, she’s strong — she’s built for that world, because she’s great under pressure. She’s someone — hero or not — you’d want to have in a dire situation… I really just liked her arc all the way through. I’m looking forward to seeing where that goes, because her eyes have been opened up to this other world — and she’s crossed the line. You know, this is someone who helps people, and she’s been violent now but seeing the need for it. I think there’s a lot that she’s having to grapple with, and I think that’s what’s exciting about using this show to explore street-level characters: it makes it that much more closer to us."
She also pointed out how her version of Claire Temple was really different from the one in the comics, and that perhaps it could lead to some interesting developments in the other Marvel series:
"Even just having Night Nurse and Claire Temple come together was already changing the Marvel Universe," Dawson continued. "So it just feels like, A) I finally get to join Marvel. I get to do it in a way that’s completely altering the universe, which is awesome. And then, B) I have no idea where it’s going to go, because here I was having a fling with Matt Murdock, and now Luke Cage is coming up, and Jessica Jones."
However, what the actress is really looking forward to seeing (as am I) in the second season of Daredevil is The Walking Dead’s Jon Bernthal in the role of Frank Castle, aka the Punisher:
"That’s going to raise the stakes so much more, because Matt Murdock almost behaves like the Punisher in the first season," she said. "[Matt] crosses the line quite often, so it’s going to be really interesting to see how they differentiate them and where that goes."
As for her crossing over to Jessica Jones or any other Marvel properties, Dawson doesn’t know yet whether she’ll appear in any of them. But it’s possible, since Claire Temple has had a relationship with Luke Cage (played by Mike Colter) in the comics. Could she become the Nick Fury of Marvel TV?
"I have no idea how they’re wanting me to come back or in which way, shape or form," Dawson said, "but it’s nice to know that I’ve got a character who does kind of string everyone together and bring all those worlds together."
Would you like to see Rosario Dawson’s Claire Temple cross over to Jessica Jones and Luke Cage?