After all the critical success Daredevil Season 1 enjoyed last year, it was no wonder Marvel brought it back for a second season, and after almost a year of waiting, it arrived in mid-March earlier last year on Netflix. Just like in Season 1, Matt Murdock was still protecting Hell’s Kitchen, but this time around, he also had to contend with the likes of Frank Castle, a.k.a. The Punisher, and Elektra Natchios, his former lover, both of whom challenged him both physically and ideologically. As the season wore on, other players emerged from behind the proverbial curtain, but just like how he defeated Wilson Fisk at the end of Season 1, Matt emerged victorious at the end of Season 2, though it came with great sacrifice.
With several cliffhangers left behind, there’s still a lot to be addressed for the third season. While it will be a while until the show returns for another round of adventures for the Man Without Fear, there’s still plenty we can deduce about where it might pick up following the events of Season 2. Here’s everything we know so far about Daredevil Season 3.
Needless to say, there will be spoilers for all of Daredevil Seasons 1 and 2 from this point forward.
No official details have been released about Daredevil Season 3 yet, but we can predict where the show might go given how Season 2 ended (some of which will be elaborated upon in later sections). The Hand’s latest plot may have been vanquished, but much of what they’re trying to accomplish still remains a secret, like what the hell that massive pit is meant for. For what it’s worth, Iron Fist and The Defenders used/will use using The Hand, so we’re slowly learning more about them. Wilson Fisk is still languishing in prison, but thanks to some key strategic moves, he’s now the new kingpin there, and eventually he’ll be free to carry out his revenge.
Then there’s the opportunity to introduce other villains from Daredevil’s rogues gallery, even if they’re only in supporting capacities. The one thing that’s practically guaranteed is that Daredevil Season 3 will be even more fantastical. Season 2 saw an enemy from Season 1 resurrected and leading a group of ninjas that could move while barely making a sound. It’s only going to get weirder from there.
Daredevil Season 3 was officially renewed by Netflix during Comic-Con in late July 2016. If things had gone similarly this year as they did last year, the show would likely have returned in March or April of 2017, maybe in the summer at the latest. However, with The Defenders miniseries shooting at the end of 2016, and, as we already knew, with Daredevil being one of the heroes involved in that miniseries, that will delay the hero’s next solo outing. A few months ago, Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos confirmed that the earliest Daredevil Season 3 could premiere is sometime in 2018.
Considering how well received Season 2 was (though not necessarily to the same degree as Season 1), you can bet Marvel is excited to get the show back on the air sooner rather than later. It just might have to be delayed until sometime after The Defenders airs in August 2017, much like how Iron Man 3 had to wait until after The Avengers. Just remember that with Iron Fist in the middle of production and Jessica Jones Season 2 also down the pipeline (not to mention a Punisher series currently filming), Marvel clearly has their hands full on the Netflix side of things.
Daredevil was put through the ringer in Season 2, and not just physically by battling bad guys for days on end with multiple injuries and little sleep. Ideologically, he conflicted with Frank Castle, a.k.a. The Punisher, and Elektra Natchios. Both pushed him to kill in the line of duty, with the former saying it was the only way to make a true difference against crime and the latter saying that he needed to welcome the darkness inside of him. While Matt Murdock never went so far as to take a life, he did throw himself even deeper into his vigilante life, so much so that he ruined his personal life. Nelson & Murdock collapsed, not only leaving him without a job, but his friendship with Foggy damaged. His focus on Elektra and The Hand also ruined his romantic relationship with Karen Page.
By the end of the season, he was left to pick up the pieces of his life, and he started by revealing his secret identity to Karen. Matt is so determined to thwart crime that he’ll never give up being Daredevil, but when Season 3 rolls around, presumably he’ll try to restore the balance between his nighttime activities and his personal relationships. He also now fully understands the value of working with others, which will definitely play into his future crimefighting endeavors, as we’ll talk about later.
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