In the new trailer for Daredevil season 3, Matt Murdock is tired of playing the hero and Wilson Fisk is all too keen to help turn him into a villain – at least, in the eyes of the public. The trailer also offers a look at Wilson Bethel’s villain character, though perhaps not in the way you’d expect.
Daredevil was the first of Marvel’s Netflix TV shows and in many ways set the tone for this corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (because of Daredevil season 1’s highly-praised hallway fight scene, it’s now become obligatory for each show to have its own hallway fight). Some would argue that the Defenders universe still has yet to top Daredevil’s excellent first season, which pitted the blind vigilante against Vincent D’Onofrio’s cultured but violent Wilson Fisk for the first time.
In Daredevil season 3, the Kingpin is back and posing as a model citizen, claiming to have been completely reformed by his time behind bars. Meanwhile, Matt has gone in the opposite direction, embracing the darkness and “showing his true colors,” as Fisk describes it. In the trailer we see Daredevil back in his old black costume and dealing out violence, but in a surprise twist at the end it appears that someone has decided to take Daredevil’s reputation into their own hands by donning the signature red costume into their own hands and proclaiming, “I’m Daredevil.”
Based on the distinctive chin, it appears that the man underneath the mask is actor Wilson Bethel, who is widely believed to be playing the role of Bullseye in Daredevil season 3. In the comics Bullseye has a particular hatred for Daredevil and will do anything to bring him down, so it would make sense for Bullseye to pose as Daredevil in the TV show and commit atrocities in order to tarnish the vigilante’s reputation. Based on Kingpin’s speech in the trailer, it seems likely that he and fake-Daredevil are working together to bring down the real Daredevil.
The last time we saw Matt Murdock, he was presumed dead by all his friends after having a building collapse on his head, but was then revealed to be convalescing in the care of nuns. Showrunner Erik Oleson told us that the fallout of The Defenders’ season finale will be keenly felt in Daredevil season 3, explaining, “Matt has issues with God, he has issues with his abilities. He is not in physically good shape at the beginning of the season.” Whatever crisis Matt is going through, however, he’ll need to find a way to push through it if he stands a chance of beating both Kingpin and an evil doppelganger. New York City already has enough bad guys.
Daredevil season 3 arrives on Netflix on October 19, 2018.