After all the critical success Daredevil Season 1 enjoyed in 2015, it was no wonder Marvel brought it back for a second season, and after almost a year of waiting, it arrived in mid-March of 2016 on Netflix. Just like in Season 1, Matt Murdock was still protecting Hell's Kitchen, but this time around, he also had to contend with the likes of Frank Castle, a.k.a. The Punisher, and Elektra Natchios, his former lover, both of whom challenged him both physically and ideologically. As the season wore on, other players emerged from behind the proverbial curtain, but just like how he defeated Wilson Fisk at the end of Season 1, Matt emerged victorious at the end of Season 2, though it came with great sacrifice.
With several cliffhangers left behind, there's still a lot to be addressed for the third season. While we're still waiting until the show returns for another round of adventures for the Man Without Fear, there's still plenty we can deduce about where it might pick up following the events of Season 2. Here's everything we know so far about Daredevil Season 3.
Needless to say, there will be spoilers for all of Daredevil Seasons 1 and 2 from this point forward, as well as other Marvel Netflix shows.
What Will Daredevil Season 3 Be About?
No specific plot details for Daredevil Season 3 have been revealed yet, but the overall arc will be inspired by the Born Again comic book storyline. While the events won't unfold just like they did on the printed page, we can expect Wilson Fisk, a.k.a. Kingpin, to slowly dismantle our blind hero's life. Judging by the look on his face when we last saw him in Season 2, he knows or will learn that Matt Murdock and Daredevil are one and the same, making his revenge all the more brutal. Beyond Fisk, there's room to introduce other villains from Daredevil's rogues gallery, even if they're only in supporting capacities. But even with just months left until Season 3 premieres, we're still in the dark about exactly what Matt will face this time around.
When Will Daredevil Season 3 Air?
Netflix started releasing two Marvel shows per year, and that jumped to three in 2017 when The Punisher Season 1 arrived after Iron Fist Season 1 and The Defenders. 2018 brings a whopping four Marvel shows to the streaming platform, as Daredevil Season 3 will arrive on the heels of Jessica Jones Season 2, Luke Cage Season 2 and Iron Fist Season 2. No specific release date has been announced yet for Season 3, but assuming that Netflix doesn't want it following too close after Iron Fist nor release it too close to Christmas/New Year's, I'm guessing we'll see the next 13 episodes in late November or early December.
Daredevil was put through the ringer in Season 2, and not just physically by battling bad guys for days on end with multiple injuries and little sleep. Ideologically, he conflicted with Frank Castle, a.k.a. The Punisher, and Elektra Natchios. Both pushed him to kill in the line of duty, with the former saying it was the only way to make a true difference against crime and the latter saying that he needed to welcome the darkness inside of him. While Matt Murdock never went so far as to take a life, he did throw himself even deeper into his vigilante life, so much so that he ruined his personal life. Nelson & Murdock collapsed, not only leaving him without a job, but his friendship with Foggy damaged. His focus on Elektra and The Hand also ruined his romantic relationship with Karen Page. By the end of the season, he was left to pick up the pieces of his life, and he started by revealing his secret identity to Karen.
Then came the events of The Defenders, where Matt had given up the vigilante life and seemed to be on amicable terms again with Foggy and Karen. Unfortunately for him, his life was thrown into disarray again when he crossed paths with Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Danny Rand, and despite his initial reluctance, Matt became Daredevil again so he could help combat The Hand. But what really threw him for a loop was discovering that his ex-love Elektra Natchios had been resurrected, and he tried his best to reason with her. In The Defenders' final episode, Matt stayed behind with Elektra as the explosives he and his allies had set in The Hand's building detonated, and the public believes Matt is dead. However, it was revealed that not only had Matt survived, he was being looked after by nuns, one of whom is named Maggie, a name familiar to longtime Daredevil comics fans. So, along with returning to his old life and having to deal with Wilson Fisk and whatever other enemies come his way, Matt might also finally be reunited with his estranged mother.