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Daredevil, the show that launched the Marvel on Netflix universe, is set to return for an explosive third season on October 19th. This time Daredevil’s greatest enemy might be… himself? That dilemma will be exploited by Matt Murdock’s arch-foe Wilson Fisk, better known as Kingpin. If the season three trailers are any indication, that might push Murdock over a line he swore he’d never cross.
The Defenders previous conclusion tied up a lot of the ongoing storylines in the Marvel on Netflix saga. So Daredevil season three will be a good time for newcomers to jump into the ongoing story!
Here are the three malevolent forces our once-heroic vigilante will face in season three:
1. Wilson Fisk
When Matt Murdock defeated Wilson Fisk at the end of season one, Fisk got shipped to the big house and justice was served. In season two, Fisk asserted his dominance in that new environment by manipulating the Punisher to his own ends. Fisk is out in season three, and the big man’s got plans.
Near the end of season two Fisk deduced Daredevil’s real identity, and now he’s ready to make Murdock’s life miserable. Fisk will play the part of a recalcitrant man looking to turn over a new leaf. “I have made many mistakes, but I accept the debt I am paying because of them,” says Fisk. “Prison has changed me.”
Unfortunately for Murdock, Fisk’s idea of “[making] this city a better place” is using his newfound bully pulpit to paint Murdock as public enemy #1. And as vulnerable as Murdock seems to be, it might work. And not least because of…
2. Benjamin “Dex” Poindexter
The latest trailer also gives us an introduction to Benjamin “Dex” Poindexter, the man who will become Bullseye.
Longtime fans know Bullseye as Daredevil’s most persistent, iconic, and dangerous enemy. In the MCU’s fresh take, Poindexter is an unstable FBI agent fighting for his soul. He says the FBI helped “keep [him] on the straight and narrow.” But gifted with prodigious marksmanship, Poindexter takes a “shoot first, worry later” approach to law enforcement by murdering two kneeling gunman as they surrender. He apparently hears voices too, which won’t help the situation.
Fisk is ready and willing to capitalize on Poindexter’s instability. “I’ve never seen a talent like yours,” says the crime boss. The final shots of this new trailer show Poindexter impersonating Daredevil in the vigilante’s high-tech season two costume, attacking civilians and generally dragging the hero’s reputation through the mud. What’s more, his incredible combat skills seem like a match for Murdock’s.
It’s a two-front assault, physical and mental, which is important because… (again) Murdock’s not doing so well.
When last seen in The Defenders, the blind vigilante narrowly survived the collapse of a cavern below New York City. He woke up sometime later once again in the care of the orphanage which raised him. Terribly injured (in body and mind) and shaken, Murdock finds himself reduced to questioning the moral principles he once held dear.
“I once believed that justice could be found in a court of law… and in the light of day,” he confesses in a church. “I was fooling myself. Darkness only responds to darkness. And the truth is… I’d rather die as the devil, than live as Matt Murdock.”
In other words, the ends might justify the means. If he loses his own soul in the process, So what?! Won’t it be worth ending Fisk’s evil once and for all? For Murdock, it seems like time to “let the devil out,” and have the cards fall where they may.
In putting an end to his arch-enemy, Murdock may just become the amoral vigilante he’d always feared. And with Bullseye doing his best evil Daredevil impersonation, Murdock’s tenuous connection to sanity might snap.
“I’ll stop him,” says Murdock, “for good this time.”
A nun provides wise counsel: “Just be careful that you don’t become the monster.”
Dark and Darker
With Fisk and Poindexter further wrecking the vulnerable Murdock’s life, not to mention his own inner struggle, season three looks primed to get very, very dark. Will Murdock escape the season in one piece, or lose everything by “letting out the devil?” The Marvel on Netflix fanbase will find out when Daredevil season 3 debuts on October 19th.
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