There has been a decline in the quality of Marvel-Netflix series over the years, and there is speculation whether Daredevil Season 3 will end up the same lacklustre disappointment. Oh boy, we were wrong. Daredevil Season 3’s much-anticipated return reveals why the series is still the top dog.
Matt Murdock/Daredevil (Charlie Coxx) is in a bruised state after his last outing in The Defenders. The Man Without Fear becomes The Man Full of Fear as he is at the lowest point in his life. Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’ Onofrio) gets out of prison and seeks revenge. Compounded with the rise of another conventional villain in the Daredevil comics, crisis beckons for our conflicted hero and friends.
Notably, Daredevil Season 3 takes heavy influence from the ‘Born Again’ story arc from the Daredevil comics. There are lots of familiar Easter eggs and similar plot points which fans of comics will come to realise.
Show-runner Erik Oleson understands what makes Daredevil tick and he does so by reintroducing Wilson Fisk, AKA Kingpin, back into the mix. Fisk is riveting as ever, and the series shows us why he is the ultimate villain in the Marvel-Netflix universe. We already have a firm grasp of what Fisk is like in Season 1, and the show-runners give us more of that charismatic, devious Kingpin we all respect.
Another reason why this season is absolutely flawless is a credit to its focused storyline. There’s one main plot point running throughout, together with a core theme of love and sacrifice.
It keeps audiences on their feet, without dividing their attention. Supplementing the main storyline is a wealth of intriguing character development that never feels off.
We get to meet Sister Maggie (Joanne Wholley), a nun who nurses Matt through his injuries and also took care of him when he was young. She provides Matt with moral and spiritual guidance, offering emotional support. Matt is still the focal point of the series, and we have lots of backstory for him here.
FBI Agent Ben “Dex” Poindexter, played by Wilson Bethel, nails the role as the damaged, unstable villain. We sympathise with him throughout the series, yet we cannot help but feel sorry for the guy. Dex’s gradual transformation into a full-blown villain epitomises Fisk’s truly manipulative and controlling powers.
The Daredevil series is notorious for its one-take fight scenes and we get the best one yet in an epic eleven minute prison riot sequence. This sequence is by far the best piece of the action in the whole series. The other fight scenes are also memorable, even making the remaining fight sequences of the Marvel-Netflix series look mediocre. On top of that, when we get Dex and Daredevil battling each other head-on, it is an explosive, tactical battle which leaves viewers in awe.
We have to mention the best friends of Matt, Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll) and Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson). Along with Matt, the two supporting actors shine throughout the series, particularly Karen. We know from previous seasons that Karen has a dark and mysterious past, and the show-runners explore her backstory with top-notch storytelling. There is even a full episode dedicated to the True Blood star. The dynamics between the trio of Matt, Foggy and Karen is interesting. They usually have polarised views but they always seem to get along well with each other this season.
Meanwhile, newcomer Jay Ali plays special agent Ray Nadeem, the guy who takes Fisk out of prison. Unassuming at first, he plays a pivotal role as the story deepens into the climatic stages.
The Marvel-Netflix series have usually been a bit of a slog through thirteen lengthy episodes, but Daredevil Season 3 utilises this formula the best. While some episodes could be slow, you are still thoroughly interested in whatever is happening to our fellow villains and heroes. There is not an episode where it feels superfluous. Each episode ties into one another perfectly and it’s fairly difficult to control one’s impulsive needs from pressing the ‘Next Episode’ button.
After successive cancellations to Iron Fist and Luke Cage, the Marvel-Netflix universe is in a state of limbo. However, Daredevil’s utter brilliance brings the universe we all love to its best again and (hopefully) we can see another season of sheer epic filmography.