Daredevil season 3 is going back to "street level" action after The Defenders, says Charlie Cox
After the Man Without Fear’s recent bouts against undead ninjas and mystical magi, expect more street brawls and down ‘n’ dirty criminal dealings in Daredevil‘s third season.
Series lead Charlie Cox told Digital Spy that upcoming episodes will return the Netflix / Marvel series to “street level”, after the second season and spin-off The Defenders explored more fantastical elements.
“I think both in The Defenders and in season two, the scope of the show got quite big,” Cox said. “Obviously, the introduction of the mythological element made it a slightly different show.
“Personally, I’m really happy and pleased that we did that, because it is part of the Daredevil universe, and it’s fun to explore all aspects of it. But I think the show lives best when it’s in a slightly more ‘boots-on-the-ground’, gritty, street level-type place. And so I was really excited to go back to that.”
Having lost his beloved Elektra (Elodie Yung), then got her back, then lost her again – not to mention having almost died under Midland Circle – Matt Murdock will be a changed man when Daredevil returns, something that Cox welcomed.
“This is the first time I’ve played a lead character on a long-running television show,” he explained. “It’s the first time I’ve done three seasons of a show, and in some ways, this was the fourth season, because of The Defenders.
“So my concerns were: how do you continue to be the same character, but also find new ways to make him interesting? I really wanted that to be something that the story would aid me in doing. Because it’s the same person, but after 50-plus hours of playing this character, you need to change it up a little bit, and trying to find that line is quite complicated, I think.”
Cox revealed he had “long conversations” with Erik Oleson, Daredevil‘s new showrunner, about how the “monumental” experiences of season two and The Defenders have changed “how [Murdock] operates going forward”. (Part of that involves Matt ditching his Daredevil suit and returning to his former black garb… but to say any more would mean straying into spoiler territory!)
Cox did reveal, however, that the introduction of a major new character – the nun Sister Maggie, played by Joanne Whalley – will play a big part in showing us “a new side of Matt”.
“At first, he’s in a very destructive place in his life,” the actor explained. “He’s incredibly broken. He’s incredibly angry, and has a distinct lack of hope. What that does to him is it makes him very reckless and unhinged. Hopefully, you feel like he’s capable of anything.
“What she does, of course, is to help him become morally centred again, and on the right side. It’s a really fun dynamic, and Joanne is just amazing. She’s kind of a hero of mine.
“What she did with that role, I think is really impressive, because it’d be very easy to take on the role of a nun and just play it very pious and very correct. And of course, she plays Sister Maggie as a complex human being who’s also got a past…
“So it means that ultimately, without knowing it, Matt is able to aid her and her own growth and journey, as much as she’s able to aid him.”
The new episodes of Daredevil will introduce fan-favourite antagonist Bullseye, played by Wilson Bethel, with Cox promising a “fantastic origin” for the villain.
“He plays a pivotal role in this season,” the actor hinted. “I’m really excited for the fans to see where that goes.”
Daredevil season 3 launches on Netflix on Friday, October 19.
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