Daredevil’s Season 3 was confirmed earlier this summer, but now the dust has settled from Comic-Con’s barrage of news, the question arises of what the show’s next plotline will be – and, more specifically, whether it will involve Wilson Fisk.
Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin is one of the best things about the Netflix series, which saw him return for a brief bit of scene-stealing threat in the second run. As a mainstay of the comic books, it’s only natural that he would keep popping up through the show’s lifetime. But when will we see him next? D’Onofrio has revealed that he knows the answer – but won’t say more than that.
Pressed on the subject by LRM while he was promoting the remake of The Magnificent Seven, he explained that his relationship with Marvel is far less restrictive than the multi-year handcuff contracts you hear about with their big screen superhero franchies.
“Marvel, the company, and especially Jeff Loeb, who runs Marvel Television, he’s a clever dude. All those people over there are pretty clever and they love talent. There’s no giant commitment for me at Daredevil. Like I didn’t have to sign my life away at all. When Jeff tells me there’s something coming up and if I’m available, I’ll be there. And because it’s written so well, I’m going to show up. I’m going to do everything I can because the writing is so good.”
He had similar praise for Netflix too: “They’re not pressuring you either. They just want good material, good content. They give you money to make good content, so they’re not pressuring actors to sign their life away either… I think that there’s this common ground where they say, ‘Look, if the material is good are you going to show up?’ and I said, ‘Definitely’.”
As for Fisk’s return, he only let slip that he’s already been told.
“That I can’t answer,” he admitted. “I do know, but I can’t answer… so take that how you will.”
“Jeff and Charlie (Cox) and Netflix love Kingpin, and so, Kingpin is good for Marvel’s television stuff and I think they agree,” he added.
So speaks a man confident of his return. We won’t see Daredevil Season 3 until after The Defenders, which will premiere next year, following the arrival of Iron Fist, completing the Marvel/Netflix universe ready for the crossover event series. Indeed, Marvel has confirmed that Daredevil Season 3 and Jessica Jones Season 2 will begin production after The Defenders, with The Punisher’s spin-off to follow later. With The Defenders’ production on the horizon, and Cox the natural figure to take the lead of the group, will Kingpin be causing trouble sooner than we might think?
Daredevil Season 3 officially confirmed
22nd July 2016
Daredevil will officially return for a third season.
Marvel confirmed the news at its Comic Con panel on Thursday, ending months of speculation on The Man Without Fear’s future.
Fans certainly had reason to hope for a renewal: not long after Season 2 ended, Marvel and Netflix revealed that the superhero show’s second run had been so well-received that it had commissioned a spin-off series for Frank Castle, aka. The Punisher, one of the programme’s new villains/anti-heroes.
Joe Quesada told the Comic Con crowds that the should would have a third run, with Charlie Cox again reprising his role as blind lawyer-turned-vigilante Matt Murdock.
Cox has previously noted that Season 3 would probably be delayed due to The Defenders, Marvel’s crossover series between Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Iron Fist, as Marvel and Netflix build their shared universe. Indeed, Jessica Jones, which has been renewed for a second run, will not enter production until after The Defenders, which is set to premiere in 2017 – after Luke Cage, arriving in September, and Iron Fist, which is currently finishing production.
Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez, both veterans of Marvel’s Daredevil, will return as showrunners for The Defenders, with another alum from Daredevil, Drew Goddard, also joining as an Executive Producer.
“Doug and Marco captivated our members around the world with their continuation of the story of Matt Murdock in Marvel’s Daredevil, and we can’t wait to see how they and Drew will introduce the full Defenders team to our global audience,” said Cindy Holland, Netflix Vice President of Original Content, announcing the pair as showrunners.
“We’re incredibly excited to be able to bring our four street level heroes together in an epic tale woven by Doug and Marco whose work on Marvel’s Daredevil speaks for itself,” added Executive Producer/Head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb. “They write and produce not only great action and adventure, but also the heart and touch of humor that’s makes us Marvel. With the inclusion of Drew Goddard, we’ve got a team that’s as formidable as the Defenders themselves.”
The news of Daredevil Season 3 arrived as Marvel proudly gave fans their first look at The Defenders and Iron Fist, along with a new trailer for Luke Cage. You can see all of those here.