By: David Wojtkowski
NEW YORK CITY, N.Y.- On Friday, Oct. 19, Netflix released season three of Marvel’s “Daredevil.” Charlie Cox reprises his role as the Matt Murdock/Daredevil, a blind ninja vigilante who goes and beats people up with his bare hands. Based on the Marvel comics superhero and set in the Marvel cinematic universe, it is quite a different offering than the bright and joke quipping world of “The Avengers.”
Following the events of Marvel’s superhero team-up show “The Defenders,” Matt Murdock is a broken man. Having lost his faith in God and isolated himself from his friends he sulks around in a basement. Murdock finds new purpose and dons his mask once again when his arch nemesis Wilson Fisk/Kingpin (Vincent D’Onofrio) is released from prison and back to his old evil shenanigans. Joining the fray this season are two FBI agents, Rahul Nadeem (Jay Ali) and Benjamin Pointdexter/Bullseye (Wilson Bethel). Nadeem is an upstanding agent devoted to justice while Pointdexter is a mentally unstable one-man killing machine. Spoiler alert; one of them goes bad. Also returning are Murdock’s friends Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson) and Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll) who investigate the dark web of corruption that Fisk has weaved in an attempt to take him down in the courtroom. Murdock, on the other hand, goes around and tries to solve his problems the way he knows best; by punching them in the face.
“Daredevil” has been acclaimed in seasons past for its action scenes, and its third season should be no different. It takes a while to pick up because at first Murdock is still pretty hurt from having a building fall on him in “The Defenders.” Despite this, when it gets going it’s bloody and brutal, with well-choreographed punches and bone shattering sound effects. There’s even an entire prison riot done in a single camera shot, which is quite a refreshing change from action movies plagued with a shaky camera that switches to a different camera shot every half second.
While certainly not for the faint of heart, Marvel’s “Daredevil” serves up a satisfying third season that is not something to turn a blind eye to.