Finished Iron Fist yet? Well, Marvel and Netflix are certainly counting on it, as Daredevil is set to return in under a month. If you’re currently feeling a little overwhelmed by the onslaught of Marvel Netflix shows in recent months, I feel your pain. And if not, the first teaser for the third season of Daredevil may be just what you’re looking for:
After two years off the air, Netflix’s original Defender is back in action, and he’s going to some dark places this season. The trailer starts with Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) standing in the darkness, a light swinging by to reveal his bloody face. “You can suffocate evil, starve it,” Murdock whispers, as we see him laying defeated on the floor.
He then takes a walk in a high-security prison (as we all do), as an unseen inmate grabs him from the other side of the bars. Clearly, someone’s made some enemies. “But it will find a way to come back even stronger,” he then says, as we get a glimpse of the return of Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio). The light flashes over Murdock’s face once more, before we see the Kingpin himself looking over his fancy collection of cufflinks and straightening his iconic white suit.
“There’s only one true way to end evil, to finish it for good,” the voiceover ominously says, before we see the return of the old Season 1 proto-Daredevil suit. Matt’s going back to basics, fighting dirty to bring Fisk down for good. He cracks his knuckles and heads into battle, beating on various bad guys.
Murdock then comes face to face with the devil inside him, as he wrestles with letting him out. He may be back from the dead, but he’s coming back a changed man. His final moments with Elektra left him broken, and the person that came out of that collapsed building may be someone very different.
He watches over the city from a rooftop, in the way all good Marvel Netflix heroes do, before heading back into the boxing ring, a reminder of his past. He faces off against a group of heavily armed henchmen before fully embracing his dark side. “Let the devil out,” he says, as the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen lets out a smirk, closing out the teaser.
Well, that was intense. It seems as though the third season will be coming full circle, bringing back a number of elements from the first. First off, it appears that Fisk will return to being the Daredevil‘s big bad, after appearing in only three episodes last season. D’Onofrio absolutely nails the role, striking a terrifying balance between reserved and ready to explode. His performance gives the character such a raw, unpredictable edge and I’m always here for more of him.
Second is not only the return of the old suit, but what it represents. In Season 1, Matt was known as the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen, not becoming the hero known as Daredevil until the final episode of the same name. Throughout the season, he grappled with conflict over whether he should put Fisk down for good, and how that relates to his Catholic guilt. And if the voiceover is anything to go by, that conflict will be rearing its head once more. The use of the swinging light is a particularly nice touch, with Matt’s face constantly shifting between light and dark, before he fully embraces the devil.
As exciting as this all is, it’s a little jarring to have this drop so soon after Iron Fist‘s second season. With the Marvel movies going up to three a year with little sign of slowing down, the Netflix shows are now up to four a year. Which, considering the shows are all relatively similar in terms of setting, structure, and tone, is a lot. I’m a fan of these, but honestly, the events of each one do blur together in my mind somewhat. And this is hardly going to help that feeling.
The third season of Daredevil drops on October 19th, and while Marvel does risk overloading us with this many shows, I can’t say I’m not excited to have this one back.