Daredevil Season 3 Refocuses On Core Characters
In addition to Fisk, Daredevil season 3 will focus back in on the show's core characters: Matt Murdock, Foggy Nelson and Karen Page. According to Oleson, Matt will struggle at the start of the season with his abilities, which will have been affected by the fight at Midland Circle. As a result, Matt will be having a crisis of faith and a crisis of identity, all while trying to deal with Fisk again. Due to this journey, Matt will don a new black costume, though it's not the same as the season 1 black suit. Instead, Matt will make it himself using the vestments of the nuns and priests at the church where he's living in season 3. According to costume designer Elisabeth Vastola, there will be an episode in season 3 that specifically showcases how Matt assembles the costume, which she says is closer to street clothes than a superhero suit.
As for Foggy and Karen, season 3 dives deeper into their characters as well. Fans will get to meet Foggy's family and see inside his family butcher shop. The intricately built set of Nelson's Meats indicates it will be a key location in season 3. Further, the upcoming Daredevil episodes also finally give Karen Page a full backstory, with flashbacks to her life prior to moving to New York City. Though Oleson and Woll remained mum about what exactly happened in Karen's past, the actress did reveal it will explain Karen's actions throughout the first and second seasons. Another tidbit from Woll hinted that one of those flashbacks includes a scene of domestic violence.
Of course, while there will be a major focus on the returning characters in Daredevil season 3, there will also be a few new folks joining the show.
New Characters Joining Daredevil Season 3
Perhaps the biggest addition to Daredevil in season 3 is Joanne Whalley as Sister Maggie Grace, though the actress and Charlie Cox remained tightlipped on how she figures into the season. That said, we did learn she may not be who fans are expecting, according to Cox. But it was confirmed that season 3 will reveal more about Sister Maggie's relationship with Matt Murdock, as she takes in the broken man who used to be the young boy she helped raise.
Another new character in Daredevil season 3 is Jay Ali's Ray Nadeem, an FBI agent who becomes Fisk's handler when the Kingpin is released from prison. Oleson didn't offer much about Nadeem, but his relation to Fisk indicates he'll be a key character in season 3.
Lastly, Oleson teased a secondary villain that will be introduced in Daredevil season 3. The showrunner chose his words carefully to keep the identity of this new character hidden, but did reveal the secondary villain will pose a "very physical threat" to Matt Murdock. Further, this character will be wrapped up in the storylines of both Matt and Fisk, and will receive a great deal of focus so as to be a fully fleshed out character. So, it seems this new villain will be just as well-developed as Fisk was in season 1, and will act as an enemy that will physically fight Matt - whereas Matt's battle with Fisk will be more mental. In terms of who this secondary villain might be, rumors have pointed to Wilson Bethel playing Bullseye, but that was not confirmed on the Daredevil season 3 set visit.
Overall Impressions From The Daredevil Season 3 Set Visit
Daredevil season 3 seems to be returning a great deal to what critics and fans responded to in season 1. Wilson Fisk is back as an ideological foil to Matt Murdock, while the show again focuses on the more grounded aspects of the Daredevil character. Further, instead of introducing characters like Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) and Elektra (Élodie Yung) who were key to Daredevil spinoff shows The Punisher and The Defenders, everything in Daredevil season 3 will service the show's story. Additionally, according to Oleson, there won't be any crossovers with other Marvel Netflix series. As a result, Daredevil season 3 is about getting back to basics - in every sense of the term.
What that means for Daredevil season 3, whether or not it will be just as critically acclaimed as the first season, remains to be seen. But based on Screen Rant's visit to the set of Daredevil season 3, it's clear that Oleson has a clear idea in mind for the show that will honor what's happened in the previous seasons while taking the characters in new directions. And that clear idea may be exactly what Daredevil needs to refocus and remind fans why the Devil of Hell's Kitchen is such a central character in Netflix's Marvel universe.
Stay tuned to Screen Rant all week for more coverage from our Daredevil season 3 set visit. Daredevil season 3 premieres Friday October 19 on Netflix.