Our favorite blind vigilante has had a rough go of it, folks.
The last time we saw Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox), he had miraculously survived being crushed beneath the somewhat convoluted plot of Marvel‘s “The Defenders.” Matt had reluctantly formed a rag-tag team with Danny Rand (Finn Jones), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) and Luke Cage (Mike Colter) in the Netflix adaption of the comic. They were joined by familiar faces like Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick), Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson), and Misty Knight (Simone Missick). Their goal? Defeat The Hand, an ancient order of evil ninjas, and stop them from using the bones of a dragon (conveniently buried beneath New York) to extend their lives with the help of their cold and cunning leader, Alexandra Reid (Sigourney Weaver), and Elektra (Elodie Yung), Matt’s not-so-dead girlfriend. Sound complicated? It was. Overly so. “The Defenders” was a bit of a letdown, but that’s not what we’re here to discuss. Let’s talk about Matthew.
Marvel left off with Matt under the care of some mysterious nuns. The short teaser trailer opens with him back in black, beaten and bloodied, seemingly hiding out in a confessional. Matt spent plenty of time in confession during the previous seasons, but something is a little different now. Matt doesn’t seem to be looking for forgiveness. In fact, he rather blatantly states that he “would rather die as the devil than live as Matt Murdock.” That’s a far cry from the man who quite literally nearly killed himself trying to keep both sides of his life intact, holding tightly to his beliefs and his desire to protect his friends.
What changed? The stunningly dark date announcement hints at an answer to that question. We hear Matt’s voice-over grimly utter that evil only comes back stronger and there’s only one true way to end it. That evil is coming in the form of Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio), the Kingpin. The teaser offers flashes of Fisk in his iconic Kingpin white suit. All arrows point toward Fisk being free from prison and returning to Hell’s Kitchen to become Daredevil‘s archenemy and one of the most powerful crime bosses in the Marvel universe. It doesn’t look like Matt will have much of a break between the events of “The Defenders” and the third season of “Daredevil.” Fortunately, judging by his closing words in the date teaser, Matt already seems to have a plan for meeting this familiar evil head-on:
“Let the devil out.”