Marvel’s Daredevil S3: Embracing the Darkness.

It’s been a while since we’ve come face to face with the devil of Hell’s Kitchen. Actually, it’s been almost 3 years since Daredevil’s last season, which aired in March 2016, and a year and half since we’ve last seen him in 2017’s The Defenders.

So you can probably imagine the anticipation for this long-awaited season three, an excitement that’s only been fueled further by Netflix’s exceptional promotional campaign. Honestly, using bible verses is a smart move cause what better way to show the devil’s anger and resentment towards God than using his words against him? I mean, I for one cannot wait to see Daredevil back in action on October 19th.

From the teasers, the trailer and the show’s official Twitter account, it’s no secret that this season’s going to be the darkest so far with Matt Murdock (played by Charlie Cox) finally embracing that part of himself that he’d always held back. But first, let’s rewind to the Defenders’ finale, shall we?


WHERE WE LEFT OFF:

Daredevil in The Defender's finale VS Born Again Comics.
Daredevil in The Defender’s finale VS Born Again Comics.

The last time we saw our protagonist Matt Murdock, a blind lawyer by day and a law-breaking vigilante at night, he was fighting off his resurrected ex-girlfriend when the building literally collapsed on them and they’re presumed dead.

However, the series’ last scene shows a badly injured, but definitely alive, Matt in an unknown facility with nuns by his side. Other than the fact that he was raised in a catholic orphanage, the only thing tying Matt to nuns is his mother, Margret “Maggie” Murdock.

And who did the sister call for when our devil woke up? You got it right, it’s Maggie.

This is actually a story-line straight from the “Born Again” comics, where Maggie helps her son regain his strength after a near-death experience.


TEASERS ANALYSIS:

The first sneak peek we got was through the teaser released on September 9th. Let me just tell you that it gave me chills.

“Darkness only responds to darkness. And the truth is I’d rather die as the devil than live as Matt Murdock”

Like the entire promotional campaign, this teaser fuses between Daredevil’s two sides, the light presented through the bible titles and Matt’s religious beliefs versus the darkness shown in his new realization that law and righteousness cannot defeat evil despite his efforts to do so, but only a greater evil could. It’s obvious that darkness is winning since he doesn’t believe that the court of law could bring justice anymore. Matt Murdock, pretty much like the biblical devil, still believes in God, but he’s done fighting his way.

(Job 12:22 is the teaser’s title. If you check it out, it says: “He reveals the deep things of darkness and brings utter darkness into the light.”)

“You can suffocate evil, starve it, lock it behind bars, but it will find a way to come back even stronger.”

We got our second teaser on September 20th, again titled with a bible verse, and with October 19th as a release date. (This one titled Deuteronomy 30:15; “See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction.”)

It’s probably vague enough, but the few glimpses of cuff-links and a white suit got marvel geek’s heads turned to the show’s main antagonist Wilson Fisk (played by Vincent D’Onofrio).

And if you think of it, Matt’s words describe Fisk accurately; he IS an evil. One that, in spite of Daredevil’s continuous effort to keep at bay and locked up, continues to spread and grow even stronger.

“Some men find creation in destruction. Others just want to watch the world burn.”

Perhaps my favorite out of all 4 teasers, this one takes it up a notch with haunting music, no dialogue and witty symbolism.

It starts with Fisk aka Kingpin in a brightly lit room, putting on his fancy cuff-links and the jacket for this infamous white suit, which is finally being adapted from the comics into the show. Then, the camera moves to the other side, the darker side, where Matt Murdock is dressed in his old, all-black daredevil outfit. And in a shocking move, he throws his white shirt, tie and signature blood-red glasses into the fire and simply walks away after putting on his mask.

Since I’m always looking into hidden meanings, I couldn’t help but find it them as clear as day. Fisk is wearing a black shirt underneath the white jacket, symbolizing how he’s hiding his true intentions behind a white knight persona.

In the meanwhile, Daredevil burns the white shirt and glasses symbolizing how he is letting go of the Matt Murdock identity, as getting rid of the white shirt means he’s burning his goodness away in favor of fully embracing the darkness; he walks away from the light of the fire and lets the Devil out.

Yet underneath Daredevil’s mask, there is a hint white cloth underneath the black, perhaps indicating that there is still both light and faith inside Daredevil and that Matt Murdock continues to live.

(This one titled Daniel 9.5: “We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments”)

“The devil took my throne, my freedom and everything that mattered.”

Fisk is back, and he’s powerful than ever since he’s no longer blinded by his love for the city nor the woman he loved aka Vanessa. He knows how Daredevil really is and he’s ready to face him, so let the devil out!

(Titled 1 Kings 14:9 “You have done more evil than all who lived before you. You have made for yourself other gods, idols made of metal; you have aroused my anger and turned your back on me.”)


TRAILER ANALYSIS:

 “I will tell the world who you really are, someone who is now showing his true colors.”

This is it. The official trailer. And boy was I not ready for this.

Let’s start with what we already suspected; Fisk gets out with a deal and since he now knows that Matt’s Daredevil, he’s willing to go lengths to bring him down. On the other hand, Matt wants to stop kingpin for good but if he does, he himself might have to forget what he once stood for.

What we didn’t account for, though, is that the only way Fisk could regain his place in the city and get rid of Daredevil is to vilify him, make him the public enemy so that people no longer admire him, only fear and despise him, similar to what he’d done to him.

But how, you might ask? Well, according to everything so far, Matt himself is already fed up with doing everything for the greater good yet still he watches evil as it prevails. Seeing as he himself is trying to embrace the darkness in order to fight it, couldn’t he turn corrupt as well?

Actually, we’ll have to see the series for that, yet there’s one thing we’re sure of. There’s another Daredevil and it isn’t Murdock.

Bullseye in the comics VS Bullseye dressed as Daredevil in the trailer.
Bullseye in the comics VS Bullseye dressed as Daredevil in the trailer.

Comic fans quickly realized who he was, Bullseye aka Lester, who’s hired by Fisk in an attempt to discredit Daredevil and turn him into a villain while portraying himself as the framed hero all that time.

Which really makes you wonder whether Matt does this willingly or because he’s forced to embrace the darkness? Is he really the devil searching for an excuse to rebel, or just a prophet or martyr being framed and betrayed?


I don’t want to spoil anything for non-comics fans, but I’m pretty sure with all that’s been hinted at and revealed that’s clear how dark and full of terror this season’s going to be, exactly like everything Marvel’s been throwing at us for a while.

Tell us what you think of Daredevil’s promotional campaign and your thoughts on season 3 so far! Don’t forget to tune in on October 16th and binge-watch it on Netflix!

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