Daredevil Season 3 has been streaming on Netflix for 4 days now, and it is a pleasure to say that this particular season of the show has lived up to its predecessors in terms of maintaining the quality of story-telling unlike the other Marvel Netflix shows this year. Starting from Jessica Jones, then having Luke Cage and Iron Fist run their second seasons, none of those managed to generate the kind of spark that Daredevil or even The Punisher has. Jessica Jones had a weaker than the original season and so did Luke Cage. Iron Fist had a major improvement in its second season, but looking at what Daredevil has done all three seasons, you have to consider that as “Average” content.
The latest season following the Devil of Hell’s kitchen has literally elevated the storylines of all its characters. The show was amazingly well written, full of unexpected twists and turns, and most of all, it was magical with character development. Every relevant character on the show had their stories well fleshed out to the core. Karen Page and Foggy Nelson got amazing story arcs, while Vincent D’Onofrio’s extremely extraordinary performance as Kingpin was one of the standouts of the show. He proved to be a worthy adversary and has now officially joined the list of top-notch MCU, villains which include the likes of Loki, Thanos, Killmonger and even the Red Skull.
Other than that, the new additions to the story in the name of Agent Rahul Nadeem, the Nun Maggie, and Agent Ben Poindexter aka Bullseye, worked remarkably well. The writers gave these characters their own story arcs which were loved by the audiences. Bullseye gets his own origin story and he is on the way to become the great adversary of Daredevil that we know he is in the comics.
The imagery shot this time was excellent. It maintained the dark and brutal tone of the previous seasons. This season was less on the action as compared to the previous season, there are some extremely long, heaven to the eyes single take fight sequences that will not have you complaining about the lesser action that the show has. Moreover, the story portrayed this time would not let you feel the lack of fights on the show, and it is safe to say that the there is a fair bit of that.
The best thing about this season was the arc that Matt Murdock aka Daredevil got. We saw a different Matt Murdock for starters, and the show kept on playing with the fact that he will let the Devil out and become the monster that he fights on a daily basis. Without going into spoilers just yet, it is safe to say that this was Charlie Cox’s best performance as Matt Murdock.
The season was full of Easter Eggs and references as there were literally tons to spot if you are familiar with the comics. One of the greater references actually came at the very end of the season.
The Spoiler talk is now going to begin.
Right in the last episode of the show, Ben Poindexter aka Bullseye has been captured by the police after his brutal encounter with Daredevil and Kingpin. He is in dire need of a treatment having a broken back, so when we see the doctors performing the surgery we hear them mentioning something called Cogmium Steel, but as it turns out, this is nothing but a replacement of Adamantium from the comics.
Similar to Wolverine, Bullseye also got some of his abilities from an experiment involving Adamantium, but because of the issue of rights with 20th Century Fox, showrunner Erik Oleson recently revealed that he ditched that aspect of the character. Another reason for replacing Adamantium was that the show is grounded to a level of certain reality, so it was good to have something that did not get a little too spooky for the narrative of the show.
But that’s not the only X-Men reference as an actual character from the X-Men storyline was introduced as one of the doctors treating Ben. Dr Kenji Oyama aka Lord Dark Wind is the doctor behind the Adamantium experiments carried on both Bullseye, and yes you guessed it right, Wolverine! So, with Lord Dark Wind performing the surgery upon Bullseye, it is safe to say that he will get his enhanced abilities from the comics in the next season.
Daredevil Season 3 is currently streaming on Netflix and here’s the official Synopsis:
“Missing for months, Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) reemerges a broken man, putting into question his future as both vigilante Daredevil and lawyer Matthew Murdock. But when his archenemy Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio) is released from prison, Matt must choose between hiding from the world, or embracing his destiny as a hero.”
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