We've been waiting for Marvel's street-level superheroes to assemble since Daredevil first premiered on Netflix in 2015. After the success of Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, and the mixed reception of Iron Fist, the hype was really high for The Defenders. Finally, the wait is over. Not only have The Defenders become an instant classic, it has lived up to its expectations and delivered even more than what fans were hoping for. It has even opened up the chance for one of the show's least-liked heroes, Danny Rand, to redeem himself in the best possible way.
Note: The following contains heavy spoilers for Season 1 of The Defenders.
Daredevil Gives Danny An Important Mission In The Defenders
The last episode of The Defenders saw the team go against Elektra and the last remaining Fingers of the Hand at Midland Circle, the Hand's New York City headquarters. Seeing it as their best opportunity to destroy the Hand once and for all, #TheDefenders decide to blow up the building. The only problem is that they are many stories under the building and have to get out of the building before the timed explosions go off.
The major hiccup in the Defenders' plan to get out of Midland Circle comes courtesy of The Hand, who discover their source for immortality buried under Midland Circle. They kidnap Danny because only he could lead them to said source. Eventually, the Defenders rescue Danny but Daredevil stays behind to ensure that everything goes as planned. Moments before Daredevil sacrifices himself and Midland Circle collapses, he tells Danny to "protect the city." We then cut to a scene showing the Empire State Building glowing red in honor of Daredevil and then we Danny sitting on a rooftop, ready to fight crime.
Danny Might Keep His Promise To Daredevil By Becoming Daredevil
With Daredevil presumed to be dead by the people of New York City, Danny seems ready to carry out Daredevil's last wishes by becoming Daredevil while the real Daredevil recuperates. To protect Murdock's identity, which may be revealed following the events of Midland Circle, and the careers of Foggy Nelson and Karen Page, it is very possible that Danny will don the Daredevil costume. It's even more likely when you consider the fact that Daredevil told Danny specifically in the final moments of The Defenders to protect New York City; this would certainly be one way for Danny to uphold that promise.
There's also precedent here for Danny before Daredevil, even for a short while, since it's already happened in the comics; it would make sense for this plot to be adapted into the Marvel Netflix universe. In the comic book Daredevil #87, the media gets a lead that Matt Murdock is Daredevil and as a result, Danny starts posing as Daredevil to protect Murdock's identity. The last scenes of The Defenders seemingly suggest that something similar to this, where Daredevil is out of commission and Danny poses as him, will happen.
Here's How Danny Could Pose As Daredevil
The next series coming to Netflix after The Defenders is The Punisher. While it's entirely possible for Danny to don Daredevil's cowl and swing around Hell's Kitchen in The Punisher, the most logical conclusion is for Danny to pose as Daredevil in the next season of Iron Fist, or even better, Daredevil Season 3.
The last scene of The Defenders saw Matt Murdock being treated by nuns. One nun then says: "Get Maggie. Tell her he's awake." If Daredevil Season 3 deals with Daredevil recuperating from his injuries and reconciling with his mother Maggie (who may be the same woman that nun was referring to), then the duties of Daredevil the vigilante would fall on someone else's shoulders and it could very well be Danny — even if it's a short-term solution.
The next best option for Danny to pose as Daredevil is in a second season of The Defenders, but there's still no word if Season 2 is happening, so we have to be open to all the possibilities. For now, it looks like the evidence implies that Danny might Daredevil sometime in the future of the #Marvel Netflix shows, even if it's only for a brief time.
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