It seems that this season will be the most challenging for Daredevil yet as he battles public opinion, a ruthless Kingpin, and a killer imposter.
It’s been little over a year since we have watched the blind lawyer Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) by day, gritty crime-fighter ‘Daredevil’ by night. Last seen in ‘The Defenders’, Murdock was left in a crippling position in a hospital bed, with a cliff-hanger before a nun calls on “Maggie”. Avid comic book readers will recognise this name and setting as it hints towards the acclaimed Daredevil comic book-arc ‘Born Again’.
We can see in the first few seconds of the trailer, it pans towards Daredevil in his old make-shift costume, which could have been lost in the wreckage following 'The Defenders'. The next frame shows Murdock arriving in a church, a common theme in Daredevil as Murdock constantly questions whether he is doing the right thing as a Catholic. It is here where he confesses “I am Daredevil”, whether this is an inspirational monologue or a confession to someone – we are to find out.
We also see Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio) - The Kingpin - staring deeply into a blank wall, planning his revenge on Murdock and the Daredevil. The plan comes to fruition as we see Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson) stunned, looking at his phone revealing Fisk has been released from prison. Kingpin plans to destroy both Murdock and Daredevil’s lives – however later in the trailer Kingpin tells his plan to Murdock, which means that he could have found out that the two are the same. This is how Fisk in 'Born Again' tears down the Daredevil, by crushing Murdock’s life and planning to kill the weakened anti-hero.
We see later a character in Daredevil’s missing costume pursuing to attack the reporter and ex-partner of Matt Murdock - Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll). He is throwing direct shots with Daredevil’s batons and eventually pulls a gun. The media reports this as Daredevil conducting the terroristic act whilst Fisk grins - knowing he is crumbling Daredevil’s name. In the ‘Born Again’ story-arc, it is a desperate Karen Page that reveals Murdock’s identity as Daredevil. However, Marvel’s Netflix has written Page to be strong-willed, so she may not be used to find his identity, but perhaps to lure Daredevil out the dark. It is revealed in 'Luke Cage' season 2 that Daredevil is believed to be dead.
Near the end of May, a picture was posted on social media of a crew jacket in the Costume Department for 'Daredevil' season 3, and the logo shown was that of a bullseye. It is fair to speculate that the imposter Daredevil could be Bullseye and we are finally seeing a new iteration of Daredevil’s most feared nemesis (not that it would be difficult to better Daredevil’s 2003 film adaption).
Daredevil Season 3 drops October 19th on Netflix.