It's been well over two years since the release of Marvel/Netflix's Daredevil season two, aka Depressed Spider-Man: Hell's Kitchen Ninja Adventures! But with Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist all receiving second seasons this year, Marvel/Netflix decided to complete the quadfecta by ceremonially dumping the third season of Daredevil onto its platforms on October 19th.
And to kick off New York Comic-Con this weekend, they've released the official trailer for the new season today, which reportedly takes some inspiration from the classic 1980s ‘Born Again’ storyline. In the trailer, we see a rehabilitating Matt Murdock don his low-key season one Daredevil black outfit instead of his classic red one... until he comes face-to-face with a Daredevil imposter wearing the red outfit! There are glimpses of all the various side characters, but the bulk of the trailer is about how much Daredevil and The Kingpin, aka Wilson Fisk, really super duper hate each other.
"Darkness only responds to darkness," Murdock says at one point in the extra-dark trailer. I think Flip McVicker put it even more eloquently: "The darkness is a metaphor for darkness!"
In case you've forgotten where we left off: in season two, Murdock dealt with the power vacuum left after he took down Fisk, with various arcs in the season exploring the bloody revenge-driven exploits of The Punisher, the mysterious background of Elektra, and the mystical evil of The Hand, the most murderous landlords in NYC history. Foggy Nelson got fed up with Matt again and again and again, Fisk stewed in prison when he wasn't breaking people's heads, and Karen Page wrote the worst piece of journalism this side of I Love Trouble. There were bottomless pits to nowhere, tons of fantastically-choreographed fight scenes, and a Hell's Kitchen that seemed to encompass all of NYC.
Daredevil last appeared in the underwhelming 2017 Marvel/Netflix team-up show The Defenders in which the four superheroes learned to work together by making fun of Iron Fist, punching a bunch of ninjas, and staring in awe as Sigourney Weaver delivered vague monologue after monologue. Daredevil was presumed dead by the end of the series by everyone who has never read a comic book before.
Here's the official logline for the new season: "Missing for months, Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) reemerges a broken man, putting into question his future as both vigilante Daredevil and lawyer Matthew Murdock. But when his archenemy Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio) is released from prison, Matt must choose between hiding from the world, or embracing his destiny as a hero."