Screen Rant visited the set of Marvel's Daredevil season 3, discussing Matt Murdock's (Charlie Cox) return with new showrunner Erik Oleson as well as key members of the cast and crew. Daredevil season 3 is set to premiere later this month on Netflix and already fans have gotten a good look at what to expect when the new episodes drop. Trailers for Daredevil season 3 focus on Matt Murdock's state of mind following his near-death experience in The Defenders, and highlighted the return of a major villain from season 1: Wilson Fisk (Vincent D'Onofrio).
Earlier this year, Screen Rant had a chance to visit the set of Daredevil and speak to the series' new showrunner Erik Oleson - who takes over from season 1's Steven S. DeKnight and season 2's Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez - in addition to members of the cast including Cox, Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page), Elden Henson (Foggy Nelson) and Joanne Whalley (Sister Maggie Grace). We also had the opportunity to tour some key Daredevil season 3 sets and visit the costume department.
Overall, the theme of the Daredevil season 3 set visit was that the show is getting back to basics in the sense that the upcoming episodes return to the grounded tone that made the first season so beloved. In summing up season 3, Oleson said:
I wanted to tell a thriller that is somewhere, tonally, between season 1 of this show and The Sopranos. It is much darker, more character-driven. The action sequences are violent and explosive and very much Daredevil and yet there are real stakes in every action sequence this season. There are emotional decisions that are being made, there are characters who will die, there are fights Matt will lose. It is not a predictable season.
Below, we break down the biggest reveals from the set visit, and detail what fans can expect from the story of Daredevil season 3.
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Wilson Fisk Is Back
D'Onofrio returns as Wilson Fisk in Daredevil season 3, and the Kingpin of Hell's Kitchen is looking to settle some scores. As revealed by Oleson, Fisk will be released from prison early in season 3 under a deal with the FBI where he offers actionable intelligence in exchange for keeping the love of his life, Vanessa, safe. Additionally as part of the deal, Fisk will live in a penthouse apartment, with 24-hour FBI surveillance. As revealed by the Daredevil set designer, this penthouse will start off barren but be filled out over the course of the season to reflect Fisk's taste and love of art.
Daredevil's new showrunner likens Fisk to a "spymaster" in season 3, which is inspired by Oleson's own father's work as a spymaster. And, like in season 1, Daredevil season 3 will pitt Wilson Fisk and Matt Murdock against each other, paving the way for a rematch fans have wanted to see since Daredevil helped put Kingpin away in the first season.
In terms of how Foggy and Karen will deal with Kingpin's return, Elden Henson revealed he had yet to film a scene with D'Onofrio, potentially indicating Foggy and Fisk don't meet in season 3. Deborah Ann Woll on the other hand, revealed she had filmed a scene with D'Onofrio, and teased the tension fans can expect from the meeting of Karen Page and Wilson Fisk:
We were both so excited because he killed my Ben Urich and I killed his James Wesley so we have a mutual hate, I guess. ... But as actors I think we both have tremendous respect for one another and the opportunity to get to play with him and this brilliantly flamboyant performance that he gives, which is very much a contrast to Karen, so it was just great to get both of those energies in a room and see how they play off each other.