Following the events of Marvel’s The Defenders, people are talking Daredevil and where things could go for the soon-to-film Season 3. Even star Charlie Cox got in on the action in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
Warning: Potential spoilers ahead for events of The Defenders. If you’ve not seen or finished The Defenders, you might want to skip this and come back to it after you’ve watched it all.
At the end of The Defenders, his fellow not-a-teammates and the rest of New York are left with the belief that Daredevil gave his life to stopping the Hand in the collapse of the Midland Circle building. Matt Murdock had even anticipated that he wasn’t going to get out of there alive when he whispered to Danny Rand to “protect my city” when going back to fight and potentially save Elektra.
Mysteriously, though, Matt wakes up in the care wing of a convent or a church hospital, battered, bandaged, but very much alive. One of the nuns notices him awake and asks for some to tell “Maggie” that he’s up. The image of Matt bandaged and bloodied in bed echoes a similar splash page from one of the most famous and popular arcs of the character’s source material, Born Again by Frank Miller and artist David Mazzucchelli.
Comics fans quickly understand the reference, and Murdock’s own series has briefly touched on it in the past.
Maggie, in the comics, is Matt Murdock’s mother. She abandoned he and his father to join the church as a nun, but at various points she has aided her son in his life, unbeknownst to him. In the series, after Matt’s boxer father is killed, Maggie tries to help raise him but finds she can’t. She places her son with other nuns at the Saint Agnes orphanage (coincidentally also the orphanage where Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s Daisy “Skye” Johnson, aka Quake, ended up when she was young) where he’s eventually introduced to Stick, who begins training him to use his heightened senses in an effort to recruit the boy into the Chaste.
The re-appearance of Maggie in the show references a similar reintroduction in Born Again. The comic arc is about Matt’s life systematically being destroyed by Wilson “Kingpin” Fisk and Matt losing his sanity over it. Eventually, he recovers and rediscovers himself, alluding to the arc’s title, which has some decided religious overtones as well.
This tease, plus the setup in Season 2 with Fisk vowing to go after Murdock for putting him in prison, seems to be setting the stage for the show to adapt the arc. The show’s own Matt Murdock seems to agree.
The ending mirrors a scene from Daredevil: Born Again, a popular arc from the comics. Would you be excited for Born Again to provide the story blueprints for season three of Daredevil?
For sure. That’s such an amazing story. Everyone who loves Daredevil loves Born Again. You can’t not. And if that’s the case, then the implications of that would be very exciting to me. That would be great. Having said that, I know we don’t tend to follow any story blueprints too closely, because if you do, then you become a foregone conclusion. There may be elements from Born Again, but I’m sure there will be elements that are unfamiliar and surprising and different in order for the show to be compelling to fans who know the comics very well. If we start making Born Again page-for-page, then the people who have read it and loved it — the hardcore fans — they won’t have too much drama.
The debate about whether straightforward adaptation would somehow lessen the experience for comic fans is for another discussion. Borrowing known elements from the story to craft their own version seems the likely intention, which only bodes great for the show in its upcoming third frame.
Some things that could definitely find their way to screen, though in a filtered format, are Kingpin learning of Matt’s identity and using that against him and Daredevil; Karen’s past (in the comics, it’s her then-current lifestyle, which doesn’t match the show) potentially influencing her actions in regard to Matt; and Kingpin hiring the villain Nuke to hunt down Daredevil. Nuke, of course, appeared in the first season of Jessica Jones in the form of Officer Will Simpson, played by Wil Traval.
Or if they don’t want to use Nuke, maybe they can finally bring another essential DD character into the fold. Who wouldn’t welcome an appearance by the deadly assassin Bullseye?
Marvel’s Daredevil Season 3 is said to go into production in the next few months and anticipated to premiere on Netflix in 2018.