Daredevil’s third season hits a perfect bullseye

The Devil of Hell’s Kitchen is back in black, and better than ever.



Promotional poster for season 3 of Daredevil.

It’s been over two years since season two of Daredevil, and fans have been patiently anticipating the third season after a teaser at the end of The Defenders. Now, released on October 19th, the long-anticipated third season has finally arrived…and it’s worth the wait.

Daredevil stars Charlie Cox as the titular vigilante, with Deborah Ann Wall and Elden Henson reprising their roles as Karen Page and Foggy Nelson, respectively. New additions include Joanne Whalley as Sister Maggy, a nun with a hidden past, and Jay Ali as Ray Nadeem, an FBI agent who’s simply “in too deep” as the season progresses.

The most impactful new character introduced, however, is Benjamin Poindexter. Poindexter starts the season as an FBI agent; however, he’s clearly unstable and malleable, which leads him to be manipulated by the ever-working mind of Wilson Fisk. An extended flashback of Poindexter as an adolescent in episode 4 serves as both a clever way to foreshadow his character turn and a brilliant way to visually convey Fisk reading his case.

Image of Ben Poindexter in Season 3, played by Wilson Bethel.

While on the topic of Fisk, the mastermind mob boss is once again the season’s MVP. Played by Vincent D’Onofrio, Fisk has been one of the most menacing antagonists in the Marvel Universe since his inception, and that’s only been reinforced tenfold in season 3. D’Onofrio’s performance gives off an aura of intensity to the viewer; his large frame and thinly-veiled rage keeps in the viewer’s subconscious the imminent threat of his violence, which is unleashed in all of its glory near the end of the season.

However, despite how well Fisk works as an antagonist to Daredevil, what’s even more impressive is the work put in to humanize the looming figure. He’s developed both as a character and a person just as much as the protagonist has, and while you’re rooting for Murdock to win in the end, part of you also wants to see Fisk stand triumphant over the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen.

Aside from the brilliant fight choreography, the dynamic interactions between characters really make Hell’s Kitchen feel alive. A fiery war of words between Karen Page and Wilson Fisk stands among the most memorable scenes in the entire season, with both characters competing to make the other slip up. However, it is Page who comes out victorious, dropping a huge secret from a prior season that pushes Fisk completely over the edge.

Image of Daredevil, haunted by the ever-present demon on his back that is Wilson Fisk.

Daredevil’s third season has received major praise since its release. IGN rates it a 9/10, writing “Season 3 kicks Marvel’s Netflix slump to the side in favor of a dark and powerful rollercoaster of redemption that makes every scene count.”

With the recent news of Marvel shows Luke Cage and Iron Fist being cancelled after two seasons, it’s even more telling that not only has Daredevil lasted for three seasons, but it’s been critically acclaimed with each season. The tightly-written scripts, dynamic characters, and loyal fan base are sure to keep the show alive for years to come. Daredevil is currently available to watch on Netflix. 

Image of Daredevil, back in his original black suit to combat Fisk.

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