* Spoilers for the Daredevil Season 2 finale *
Okay, we know. We might be counting our chickens before the eggs have even been fertilized here, given that as of yet there's no official confirmation regarding whether or not the critically acclaimed Netflix Marvel show Daredevil will be getting a third season. But it's a safe bet that it will be — if lead actor Charlie Cox can find time in amongst all that defending he's set to be doing soon enough.
Daredevil Season 2 certainly left many things unresolved — and paved the way for that Jon Bernthal Punisher stand-alone show we can't wait to see — so there's more than enough scope to expand, which makes us pretty sure they've already got Season 3 at least partially planned out.
Not only did Season 2 end on the big reveal of Daredevil's identity as Matt Murdock to on/off love interest Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll), it also left a big question as to what's going to happen with Black Sky — the seemingly resurrected Elektra (Elodie Yung). And then there's Kingpin/Wilson Fisk (Vincent D'Onofrio), still waiting, still plotting his revenge from behind bars.
These narratives could of course be made to feed back into The Defenders, but perhaps another solo season would be required to get into the grit of things. And another new season means another big villain.
But which villain? Well, Charlie Cox already has his mind made up on that point, as he told CinemaBlend:
"If we are fortunate enough to continue making the Daredevil series, I can’t imagine doing a run of Daredevil where Bullseye doesn’t show up at some point. It would be great to have him around at some point."
Well, he's not wrong. Bullseye is a huge villain in the comic books from which Daredevil hails, causing the deaths of two major love interests of the Man Without Fear — famously impaling Elektra on her own sai after cutting her throat with a playing card, and killing Karen Page while she tried to shield Daredevil.
Uh, actually, in retrospect we'd rather keep Karen alive for Season 3, thanks.
Of course, this isn't the first time Bullseye's name has been tossed into the Netflix Marvel ring. Daredevil Season 1 showrunner Steven DeKnight previously mentioned to SciFi Now that he wanted to bring in both Elektra and Bullseye for Season 2, and Jason Statham was in talks last year to sign on as the crazed assassin (until those fell through).
Season 3 would be the optimal time to introduce the Man Who Never Misses, one of the most dangerous and prolific of Daredevil's enemies, who possesses an obsessive hatred for the Devil and will stop at nothing to take him down.
He's also one of the few villains who really knows how to push Daredevil's buttons and has driven the protector of Hell's Kitchen to seriously contemplate killing on more than one occasion — something that has been the main character struggle of Matt Murdock over the series thus far.
It's also worth noting that Bullseye has a history with the Punisher himself — Frank Castle even appears in one of Bullseye's origin stories. They run in a few times throughout their respective careers, and the assassin even loses a finger to the dangerous vigilante. Yeesh.
One thing is for sure though, as perhaps the most prolific of Daredevil's enemies Bullseye is pretty likely to show up at some point soon in the MCU, either in Daredevil Season 3 or The Defenders.
Better keep those sai close, Elektra (or on second thought, maybe try and stay away from pointy objects).