Marvel and Netflix surprised fans when they announced that the third season of Daredevil would be released next month on October 19th. We don’t have a ton of new details about the next season but the new showrunner, Erik Oleson, spoke to Entertainment Weekly about what we can expect from the new season. First we have two new images including a look at Matt Murdock back in black and a meeting with friend Foggy Nelson.
The last time we saw Matt Murdock he was a bloody mess that barely survived the events of The Defenders. It seems that the physical broken body isn’t the only thing he’s going to be dealing with. In this season we’re going to see a Matt who has lost everything including his faith.
“Matt starts the season broken physically, broken emotionally, and broken spiritually,” Oleson says. “He’s angry at God, he’s angry at the fact that he had risked his life to do God’s work, and he’s questioning whether or not he was a fool.”
Fans were a little surprised to see the black outfit in the first teaser released at the end of Iron Fist season 2 but according to Oleson the black represents the fact that this Matt at his darkest.
“Matt goes to pretty much the darkest place you can,” Oleson says. “When he realizes that he’s incapable of being Daredevil, he would rather just end it than go forward in his life without abilities. He’s decided to set aside his Matt Murdock persona and just be the Devil, to isolate the lighter part of himself.”
As far as everyone in the Marvel Netflix universe is concerned Matt is dead and when someone comes back like that the reactions aren’t always good. In the case of longtime friend Foggy Neson he’s not exactly excited to see Matt back because Matt didn’t tell him right away. There is going to be some time between Matt’s survival and when he decides to come clean to his friends.
“Foggy has been trying to move on from Matt’s memory, or at least move on with his life,” Oleson says. “If you thought one of your close friends was dead and he decided not to tell you he survived, you would probably have some issues with that.”
Karen and Foggy aren’t the only returning faces we’re going to see in this season. This season marks the full return of Wilson Fisk. We only got a few brief scenes with Fisk in prison during the second season but according to Oleson this new Fisk is even more dangerous.
“Fisk has gotten smarter, more calculated, and more manipulative,” says Oleson, adding that Fisk is the perfect villain for the drama to feel timelier than ever. “I very much wanted to tell a story that’s relevant to the world around us. I looked at the show as a way to examine how tyrants manipulate in order to push their own agenda and cause fear and distrust.”
It isn’t just old faces that we’ll be seeing in the new season as Oleson details some of the new people that Matt with interact with during this third season of his solo series.
Sister Maggie (Joanne Whalley) joins as “a tough, Hell’s Kitchen-born-and-bred nun,” FBI Agent Ray (Jay Ali) “carries the heart of the season,” and “a psychologically tortured FBI sharpshooter” played by Wilson Bethel “could teeter towards good or towards evil, depending on who is manipulating or inspiring him.”
Now that we have a release date there is probably a good chance that we’ll be seeing the first episode of season three during the panel at New York Comic Con. The timing is right and Marvel does like to air the first episodes of their shows at New York Comic Con. We should expect more information about this season over the next four weeks until its release.
Summary: After the events of the Hand and the destruction of the building Daredevil will have to protect his city once more.
Daredevil, with Erik Oleson as the showrunner, stars Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Wilson Bethel, Jay Ali, and Joanne Whaley. It will stream to Netflix on October 19th.
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