Daredevil Season 3 follows immediately after the end of The Defenders, which saw Matt Murdock buried underneath the rubble of Midland Circle. He’s briefly been mentioned in Jessica Jones Season 2, Luke Cage Season 2 and Iron Fist Season 2. We’ve yet to find out what happened to him after the destruction of The Hand’s nefarious scheme.
HIS STORY THIS YEAR IS FLIPPED FROM PREVIOUS SEASONS AS DAREDEVIL STRUGGLES WITH THE IDEA OF ALSO BEING MATT MURDOCK.
During his time convalescing (come on, that’s not a spoiler – we all know he survives) he’s faced with the possibility of not being Daredevil or Matt Murdock any longer. What else is there in his life to fill the void in his heart? Matt’s character arc across the first few episodes is genuinely quite interesting, if a little predictable. He’s shown suited up and fighting thugs in the trailers after-all. His story this year is flipped from previous seasons, as Daredevil struggles with the idea of also being Matt Murdock. It does get a bit tiresome listening to the hero act aggressively towards everyone in his life, even if they’re attempting to aid him in his (un)holy crusade against Wilson Fisk.
But there’s no denying that Daredevil Season 3 boasts some incredible fight choreography across the 13 episode run. And yes, there’s a hallway fight that quite possibly bests the previous two intense long takes in the other seasons. In fact, the long takes and the cinematography across the entire season are a treat. Whether it’s Kingpin literally observing someone’s memories in a flashback, or the camera slowly circling around a set of characters in a conversation. The show constantly finds unique ways of showing the events playing out onscreen.
The supporting cast’s individual storylines are also considerably bumped up. The most fascinating of them is surprisingly Foggy Nelson’s arc. As he slowly manoeuvres through politics as a method of getting to Fisk, his relationship with Marcy only becomes stronger. It would almost be stereotypical to see the pair break up during times of hardship, but it’s great to see them closer than ever. And while we finally get answers about Karen Page’s mysterious past (which plays fast and loose with her comic book backstory), her episode brings the momentum of the series to a grinding halt. Although her story itself is intriguing, and Deborah Ann Woll masterfully portrays the heartbreak Page has gone through, it’s awkwardly placed towards the end of the season. It might have worked better towards the beginning of the 13 episodes, with flashbacks scattered through one episode. And while the first 8 instalments of the season are truly gripping, the back half falters ever so slightly before picking up at break-neck speed for the finale.
Vincent D’Onofrio once again gives a stellar performance as Wilson Fisk A.K.A. the Kingpin, as we see him slowly become more desperate to bring his beloved Vanessa out of hiding back to him. His uneasy partnership with Benjamin Poindexter (or Bullseye as we know him) becomes truly captivating as the dangerously unhinged assassin slowly unravels. Putting him in a particular red costume proves to be a particular problem for Matt, and it’s fascinating seeing Daredevil v Daredevil. Fans of classic Bullseye may be disappointed, but the writing of his character is genuinely fascinating as his mental state deteriorates. In the same way that we understand why Kingpin acts the way he does ,Daredevil Season 3 also puts the effort in when crafting an emotional backstory for Poindexter so that we understand all his actions.
Overall, Daredevil Season 3 is a riveting addition to the Marvel Netflix band of shows and is only second to the Man Without Fear’s previous seasons. And although there’s a seemingly perfect ending, there’s obviously a hint towards the future. But we’ll let you make your own decisions about that.
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While it might not be the best out of his individual series', but Daredevil Season 3 is among the best of the Marvel Netflix universe.
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