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Thursday saw exciting new Daredevil info hit Twitter and elsewhere, with a confirmed release date of October 19, and a new teaser trailer. The Daredevil account was very active, though mostly through Bible verses, which I assume sent an unusual number of visitors to Bible web sites. (We’ll look at of some of them for you below.)
Then, yesterday, came a very revealing Entertainment Weekly article with a couple of new set photos, and lots of information about where we’ll find our favorite characters when the season begins. I will discuss some of this below, so people wary of even the slightest spoilers should probably stop reading right here. (I guess your main takeaway will be to remember to tune in to Netflix on October 19.) One of these set photos, a variant of one of the others, and one not found in the EW article at all, can also be found at spoilertv.com.
The info in the EW article is really quite revealing. It seems that, while Matt and Foggy aren’t reunited right off the bat, we at least don’t have to wait until much of the season has passed for Matt to come back from the “dead.” There’s not mention of Karen though.
What doesn’t surprise me is that the events of The Defenders have taken a physical toll on Matt in ways that will be evident at the start of the season. We know he had a building drop on him so the idea that he’d snap back with no trouble at all would seem pretty implausible (I’m impressed by how frail they’ve actually made Charlie Cox look in the bar scene above). We also had that bit of foreshadowing in season two were Matt had his senses go on the fritz after a head injury. There’s a very well-known story from the Miller run which leads up to the in-story introduction of Stick that sees Daredevil dealing with the loss of his radar sense, which I suspect they may have borrowed some of the inspiration from.
That this seems to take Matt to a very dark place doesn’t surprise me either, as he is pretty much the textbook definition of someone who bases their self-worth on accomplishments (only). This may also be the reason he allows his friends and allies to go on believing he’s dead for some, as yet, unidentified amount of time. He’s probably convinced himself they’re better off without him. I really, really hope they do something interesting with this though. In fact, I will probably have to come back to this topic.
I’m really digging the fact that showrunner Erik Oleson seems to have been given pretty free reins. I love stories that remind me of classic Daredevil moments, but I don’t need faithful adaptations of entire storylines. After all, you want there to be surprises and brand new content to enjoy. Well, I guess I should end this with some Bible verses from the Daredevil Twitter account.
“He reveals the deep things of darkness
and brings utter darkness into the light.”
“Yet when I hoped for good, evil came;
when I looked for light, then came darkness.”
“But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.”
“See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction.”