If you could Murdock another season of Daredevil, this Matt just be your lucky day.
Marvel just took the opportunity to drop a bunch of trailers at their joint Comic-Con panel with Netflix, teasing both a comic book-homaging Iron Fist and giving us our first proper look at Luke Cage's violent solo series — but for many, it will be the news of Daredevil Season 3 being in production that's true cause for brushing your teeth with a bottle of Jack Daniels this Friday morning, the Jessica Jones way.
Although Season 2 went down pretty well, there was perhaps a feeling that it didn't hit the heights of the first chapter, not least because it lacked an overarching villain able to match the sheer charisma of Season 1's Wilson Fisk (Vincent d'Onofrio) — who of course came back late in the day, pulling the strings from his prison cell and in the process reminding everybody of why he was by far and away Marvel's greatest bad guy to date (on the small screen or the big).
Although the threat of The Hand was omnipresent, Season 2 felt directionless on occasion, desperately missing Fisk's unique brand of sympathetic villainy. Season 3 could use a new villain — it doesn't need to be somebody as likeable as Fisk, but he or she should operate alone.
A Surefire Way To Hit The Bullseye
Let's be honest, when it comes to Matt Murdock's gallery of rogues, there's only one man whom Daredevil fans are desperate to meet again. It's time for Bullseye.
If you can bear to cast your mind back to Ben Affleck's Daredevil movie, from a time when Marvel really weren't taking their superheroes seriously, you'll no doubt recall that Colin Farrell did a pretty good job with the delightfully unhinged marksman. In all honesty, I wouldn't be against Farrell reprising the role on Netflix, but equally it could go to anyone.
It would represent a slight shift in tone, though. He may have a tragic backstory (of course he does, we're talking Marvel here), but Bullseye is not quite the tortured anti-hero that the Punisher is, and nor is he as sympathetic as Fisk. He's a big, over-the-top bad guy and a classic comic book villain, and featuring him might require Daredevil as a show to adjust into something a little more comic book-y, much like Iron Fist, which looks as if it's going to be a more fantastical tonal departure from the other Hell's Kitchen series.
Ultimately, it's difficult to go wrong with a character as entertaining as Bullseye. That said, the Daredevil has plenty more comic book rogues to go up against. Whoever we meet in Season 3, though, has the job of giving this show a mild refresh. I'm excited to see what Netflix comes up with.
According to Netflix, Season 3 of Daredevil is coming "soon". How soon is soon though, really? "Soon" as a measurement of time is overused and underhelpful. If I had to guess I'd say that Daredevil will return for round 3 after Jessica Jones Season 2, and that isn't coming until Spring 2017 in all likelihood. So, you know — not really soon.
Basically, don't be surprised if Murdock and friends don't return until early Summer of next year. In the meantime, Luke Cage drops September 30 on Netflix, followed by Iron Fist and The Defenders early 2017.