Daredevil season 3 will lean on its crime thriller elements and move away from the mythological components for its upcoming episodes. Following the release of the second seasons of Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist, Netflix and Marvel TV are gearing up for the release of the third season of their pioneering project starring Charlie Cox as the blind lawyer by day, crime-fighting warrior by night, Matt Murdock aka. Daredevil.
Matt bonded with three other New York-based heroes such as Jones, Cage, and Rand as they foiled Alexandra (Sigourney Weaver) and the Hand’s attempt to take over New York in The Defenders. However, despite their success, Matt opted to stay behind in the collapsing Midland Circle building with Elektra (Elodie Yung) as he refused to let her die alone for the second time. But the stinger for the ensemble show revealed that while he survived the catastrophe, he was severely injured, rendering him physically incapable of fulfilling his responsibilities as the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen.
Cox spoke to Screen Rant on the set of Daredevil season 3 about how the new season focuses on the crime thriller aspect of the story, moving away from its mythological elements, which became an integral part of other Marvel Netflix series like Iron Fist and The Defenders. When asked how he reconciles the mythological aspects of the universe with the more grounded side, Cox said:
I really struggle with that. I really struggled with that question. … What eventually helped me was going back to the comic books and remembering that I can still read and enjoy the Daredevil books that have none of the mythological stuff in it even having read the ones that do have it in it. Over the years, there’s been writers and illustrators that have really delved deep into the Hand and that mythological element and bringing people back from the dead, and then there’s the Frank Millers who did very little of that and it was very grounded and real. My preference is the stuff that doesn’t have as much mythology. … We’re now back in a world that feels grounded and real, and those things happened, but in the same way in the first season it was all very grounded and real but we still lived a world where Iron Man exists, we still lived in a world where Thor exists and make fun Easter egg references to them. But in the nature of this moment in this show, we’re not dealing with that. That’s what we’re doing in season 3, we’re back in a much more traditional crime thriller environment.
As part of grounding the upcoming outing of Daredevil, season 3 will also shine a light on Matt and his spirituality. The character’s religion was a huge part of his personal arc back in season 1, but it had been sidelined in Daredevil season 2 and even The Defenders. Revisiting his relationship with God and his faith after everything he has been through is a great way to examine the character’s journey since the audience first met him in 2015. Additionally, since he’s up for a reunion with his arch-enemy, Wilson Fisk aka Kingpin who’s nothing more than a stereotypical crime boss (but a great villain nonetheless), it makes sense that the show is returning to its crime thriller roots.
From what’s known about the narrative of Daredevil season 3, it sounds like Matt is on the brink of going through a hero’s rediscovery journey, making the upcoming outing character-focused, which is really what captured the audience’s interest in the first place. The inaugural Marvel Netflix series was known for its grittiness, and while dabbling in mystical elements can elevate the show’s storytelling as it’s a great contrast to the mostly reality-rooted world the character exists in, sometimes, there’s no better way to tell a hero’s story than presenting it as simply as possible.
Stay tuned to Screen Rant all week for more coverage from our Daredevil season 3 set visit. Marvel’s Daredevil season 3 begins streaming Friday, October 19 on Netflix.