I know I haven’t posted for a good long while (more on that some other time), but with the news that Daredevil has officially been renewed for a third season, I was given a perfect reason to break my hiatus. Below are my thoughts on this and the other Defenders-related news to come out over the last few days.
Let’s look at Daredevil first, even though we can safely assume that this will take the longest to reach the small screen. When Netflix says “coming soon,” I think they probably meant to say “coming eventually.” Although, of course, that doesn’t quite have the same ring to it. I’m not surprised that there will be a third season (given how the second season ended, I was actually surprised that there weren’t solid plans for it ready to be announced shortly afterwards), but relieved to finally get it confirmed. I’ll happily wait until 2018, if that’s where we end up.
If we’re going to do some analysis of the teaser (see it, and all the other new teasers/trailers for the Defenders-related series below), I’d be willing to bet a decent amount of money that the season will feature Daredevil having a fight with Bullseye in the subway. After all, the Bullseye character feels like a given at this point, and showing a bloody subway sign reminds everyone of a very classic scene from Frank Miller’s run on Daredevil. On a side note, though, that scene in the comics plays very heavily on Daredevil’s inability to function well in very noisy environments, something that he’s not been shown to have any real trouble with in the Netflix take on the character. I’m sure they can probably make the scene work well anyway, but it’s one of those little things I’ve noticed.
Stick will clearly be making an appearance in the Defenders series, since that’s his voice in the teaser. I don’t mind this at all, and think that the Defenders will be a good place to deal with the mystical stuff from both seasons of Daredevil, as well as what will most definitely be introduced in Iron Fist. By the time we get to the third season of Daredevil, however, I very much hope that we’re done with the ninjas. Yes, ninjas appear with some regularity in Daredevil stories, but they do not appear in the majority of them, and there is absolutely no need for more ninjas in a third season of Daredevil. I personally found the mystical elements to be, by far, the least interesting part of season two, even though seeing droves of them scale a hospital wall was visually intriguing.
Before we get to any of this though, there’s Luke Cage coming out on September 30, and I’m actually really psyched for it, much more so than I am for Iron Fist. Again, this has a lot to do with my preference for street level over mysticism. Luke is also a character we already know from Jessica Jones, and I thought that Mike Colter nailed the character in that show; there’s no doubt in my mind that he’ll do great things with his Luke Cage’s own show.
What are you guys thinking about all the news we’ve been getting?