The Devil of Hell’s Kitchen is on his own once again. The premiere of Daredevil Season 3 is looming closer, and details are beginning to emerge about both Matt Murdock's (Charlie Cox) connection to the rest of the MCU and what will inspire the new season. Recent set visits to the Netflix series point to both an original story and a solo Man Without Fear.
Showrunner Erik Oleson has revealed that Season 3 will not contain a crossover featuring any of Matt’s fellow Defenders or the Punisher. “I wanted it to be standalone,” Oleson said via IGN. “I wanted to really get back to these core characters and the real estate to focus on who they are and really flesh them out before I introduced external elements of the MCU.” A self-contained story is an excellent sign. Whether it's TV or the films, the MCU is stronger when its focus is on what’s happening now, and not trying to set up what’s next.
When discussing the story for this season, Oleson admits he took inspiration from some classic Daredevil stories like "Born Again," by Miller and Mazzucchelli, and "Guardian Devil," by Smith and Quesada. “There are certainly moments that resonated for me tonally that I used for inspiration,” he said. “[However,] I am not doing a direct translation of any of the comics. I think that would have been a mistake."
So far, we know the Defenders believe Matt is dead, the Kingpin (Vincent D’Onofrio) is returning, and Matt will don his original suit from Season 1 (as cool as his devil suit is, wrapping his hands with rope for fighting is super-cool). Regardless of what Oleson has in store for us, we can be confident that he’s ready to take Matt into some dark places before he once again feels the light.
All episodes of Daredevil Season 3, also starring Deborah Ann Woll and Elden Hanson, premiere October 19.