Season 3 of Daredevil won't prioritize setting up further Netflix spinoffs. When Daredevil launched the Marvel/Netflix universe, it did so by honing in on a very personal story for Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox). It was his battle with Wilson Fisk (Vincent D'Onofrio) over control for Hell's Kitchen that drove the season and helped solidify it as a great start to this corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But for season 2, the show was asked to include Punisher (Jon Bernthal) with the prospect of him getting a spinoff series, while also introducing Elektra (Elodie Yung) so she and The Hand could be central in The Defenders.
Now that the Netflix universe is running at full power, there's been plenty of hints and teases at what else could come down the road. After all, if a standout character like Frank Castle can get his own series in The Punisher, then why couldn't Hellcat or the Daughters of the Dragon get new series of their own? Well, even though those may still be possible, the upcoming season of Daredevil isn't concerning itself with any spinoffs.
Screen Rant had the opportunity to visit the set of Daredevil season 3 and spoke to new showrunner Erik Oleson about the upcoming season. One of the questions asked of him was about the focus of this season and if they were concerned at all with setting up spinoffs for any other characters that could appear in the new season. According to Oleson, that was not on their minds as he wanted to get back to the central focus of the series.
I want to fully explore all of the colors of Wilson Fisk this season and at the same time really refocus Matt Murdock and our core group - Matt, Foggy and Karen - on the dynamic between them, and the character journeys of each of those characters this season. I think what some previous seasons did very well is set up other spinoff shows and there was a lot of that, but I’m bringing it back to the core and that I think is, as a Daredevil fan myself, that’s what floats my boat and I think there are a lot of fans like me who are going to really be excited to go back to see the characters that we love and bounce them off one another in surprising ways.
The last season of Daredevil was generally well received but most would agree it was still a step down from the first season. The bulk of the criticism came in how the season balanced the Punisher and Elektra arcs. Punisher dominated the first half of the season and then Elektra became the focus in the second, before all the storylines tied together for the finale. Since season 3 doesn't have to worry about juggling multiple heroes or setting up one well enough to warrant a spinoff, Oleson's hope of this season being a return to form and reuniting the core characters should be one step closer to happening.
This confirmation by Oleson shouldn't be too surprising as their isn't a known cast member that really warrants a show of their own from Daredevil's third season. D'Onofrio has expressed interest in a Kingpin standalone series in the past, but that could be difficult to do without using other Netflix heroes. There are also rumors that Wilson Bethel is playing Bullseye, and while we don't know yet how viewers will react to his portrayal, it is still difficult to imagine him needing a show of his own. Granted, Bullseye has carried his own comics, so there is precedence for a larger Bullseye story, but that may just fit better in a fourth season with him as the big bad potentially. Regardless, Daredevil season 3 isn't intentionally setting up any spinoffs, so just be ready for the focus to be on the core group of characters.
Stay tuned to Screen Rant all week for more coverage from our Daredevil season 3 set visit. Daredevil season 3 releases on Netflix on October 19.