Daredevil showrunner Erik Oleson confirmed that season 3 features a terrifying new threat "who in many ways is able to balance and/or even, at times, best Daredevil." Although he refused to name the character in question, the comments will fuel speculation that Wilson Bethel is playing the part of Bullseye, one of Daredevil's most iconic foes.
It's always seemed to be only a matter of time before the character of Bullseye joined the popular Marvel Netflix series. The brutal assassin is Daredevil's nemesis in every way, a twisted killer who revels in causing the Man Without Fear pain. There have been rumors that Marvel wanted to cast the role for years. Back in 2015, there were reports that Jason Statham was in talks to join season 2 for the role, but those plans fell through. There's been intense speculation that Bullseye would finally make his MCU debut in Daredevil season 3, due out later this month.
Screen Rant had the opportunity to visit the set of Daredevil season 3 and spoke to new showrunner Erik Oleson. Although Oleson didn't directly address those rumors, he did confirm that there's a dangerous new enemy in play against Matt Murdock.
"Well there’s another character on this show who is a very physical threat to Matt, who in many ways is able to balance and/or even, at times, best Daredevil. So, somebody who can match him blow for blow and is also deeply drawn psychologically and is a real human being and a character in and of his own right so that we will hopefully see that character as a person with his own wants, needs and desires and understand what those are. In the way that he will clash with Matt I think it will - I’m choosing my words so carefully here, guys - it will illuminate aspects of Matt’s character at the same time it will illuminate aspects of this other villain. But also Fisk and others."
The comments may not confirm Bullseye's presence in Daredevil season 3, but they certainly reinforce the sense that he's probably in it. Oleson's description is an accurate vision of the relationship between Daredevil and Bullseye in the comics - the two are physically matched, and Bullseye is driven by an intense psychological need to prove himself the better man in his battles against the Man Without Fear. Bullseye is traditionally portrayed as an assassin-for-hire, and he's worked for Kingpin on several occasions. Kingpin has often come to regret that decision, especially when he's called the master-marksman into play against Daredevil since the feud between Bullseye and Daredevil tends to escalate, with Bullseye not caring how much collateral damage he causes. That's ironically caused a lot of problems for Wilson Fisk, whose long-term strategies have sometimes been sabotaged by the chaos left in Bullseye's wake.
In November last year, Marvel cast Wilson Bethel in a mystery role for season 3. He was initially described as an FBI agent who was caught up in the battle between Kingpin and Daredevil, adding another layer of complications. More recently, though, there were reports that Bethel was actually playing Bullseye. Not long later, an image surfaced of a swag bag from the set that showed a new series logo - one incorporating Bullseye's trademark symbol. Finally, in August this year a fitness trainer posted an image on social media showing him training with Bethel and Charlie Cox. Perhaps unwisely, he added hashtags for both #Daredevil and #Bullseye. The post was swiftly deleted.
The evidence that Bullseye is in Daredevil season 3 has long seemed to be building. Oleson's comments only reinforce the sense that season 3 will see one of Marvel Comics' most iconic vendettas become an established part of the Marvel Netflix world.
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.