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Season 3 of the hit Netflix show will make Hell’s Kitchen a living hell for Matt Murdock.

Daredevil’s second season shook up the core relationships between Matt, Foggy and Karen. It also introduced Frank Castle, who became The Punisher by season’s end, and Matt’s longtime love interest turned frenemy Elektra. In season 3, we can expect further development on Matt and Karen’s relationship, as well as Wilson Fisk’s promise in season 2 of making Matt’s life a living hell.

Daredevil season 3 cast

The main cast is all expected to return, including Charlie Cox (Matt Murdock/Daredevil), Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page), Elden Henson (Foggy Nelson) and Rosario Dawson (Claire Temple).

Vincent D’Onofrio will reprise his role as Wilson “Kingpin” Fisk, a welcome return after some rather weak storylines with The Hand as Daredevil’s main villain.

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Daredevil season 3 plot

Daredevil‘s second season saw the dissolution of Matt and Foggy’s legal partnership, and Matt revealing his secret identity to Karen Page. It also ended with the death and resurrection of Elektra, leading into The Defenders miniseries.

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Matt Murdock and Luke Cage in ‘The Defenders’

Elektra spent most of The Defenders as a brainwashed amnesiac, killing people for the villainous cult known as the Hand. But once she regained her memories, she didn’t have a fond reunion with Matt Murdock. She took charge of the Hand and went full supervillain, appearing to die alongside Daredevil in the season finale. Matt Murdock woke up in the show’s final scene, but Elektra’s fate remains a mystery.

In the wake of The Defenders, Matt’s friends believe he’s dead. Early teasers suggest that situation will continue for a while in season 3, which would make sense for Matt’s self-sacrificing nature. He believes his friends are better off without him, so he may continue his vigilante activities without telling anyone he’s back from the dead.

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Daredevil season 3 theories

Fan favorite Bullseye is heavily rumored to be one of Daredevil’s main adversaries for season 3. Colin Farrell played him in 2003’s Daredevil. Jason Statham has been a frequent suggestion for the role, but given how he bashed Marvel movies, that probably won’t come to pass. Regardless, Bullseye has been at the top of many fan theories for a while.

Even Charlie Cox has mentioned how much he wants Bullseye to appear. “It’s no secret,” he told a crowd at Wizard World Pittsburgh back in October. “I’ve said it before and I get in trouble every time I say it, I’d like to see Bullseye make an appearance at some point. I think it’s a really interesting opportunity.”

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Daredevil season 3 spoilers

In the middle of season 2, Matt visited Fisk in prison. Fisk threatened to come after Matt and make his life a “living hell,” echoing the popular Daredevil run Born Again from the comics. In the 1986 comic, written by Frank Miller and drawn by David Mazzucchelli, the Kingpin makes targeted attacks on Matt’s personal life after he learns his identity. Matt subsequently descends into destitution and mental illness.

If the showrunners follow that story arc in season 3, it could mean dramatic consequences for Matt and the people in his life. In the comic, Karen gives up Daredevil’s identity to Kingpin. Given how Foggy also knows Matt’s secret identity, either one could end up betraying Matt, especially if Foggy does it to protect someone else.

Kingpin could also call upon Bullseye to make Matt’s life considerably worse.

Charlie Cox mentioned how some of his co-stars don’t even want Bullseye to appear, saying, “Deborah Ann Woll obviously does not want Bullseye to show up for obvious reasons. Elodie Yung, who plays Elektra, doesn’t want Bullseye to show up either.” It’s understandable Deborah Ann Woll and Elodie Yung wouldn’t want Bullseye to appear. In the comics, Bullseye famously kills Karen Page and Elektra. It remains to be seen, of course, if Bullseye would make targets out of those characters or perhaps someone else altogether. One thing’s certain, though: If Kingpin does make good on his promise in season 2, Matt’s life and the people in it could be due for a rude awakening in season 3.

Written in print and Braille, a new motion poster advertises Matt Murdock’s funeral, further hinting at a version of the “Born Again” storyline from the comics.

Daredevil season 3 news

For the third time in three seasons, Daredevil has switched showrunners. Erik Oleson (Arrow) will replace Marco Ramirez and Doug Petrie, who took over for season 2. They also helmed Marvel’s The Defenders, although Petrie left halfway through production.

Daredevil season 3 trailer

Netflix dropped a teaser trailer for Daredevil season 3 at Comic-Con this past July. It doesn’t show much, but it at least confirms another season is indeed on the way.

Daredevil season 3 release date

Daredevil season 3 air date hasn’t been announced, but we know it won’t happen until after the first season of The Punisher, which is set to be released Nov. 17. So don’t expect another season of your favorite blind vigilante to drop until at least 2018.

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