On October nineteenth, the long-awaited third season of the Marvel show “Daredevil” dropped on the streaming service Netflix. If you have never watched a Marvel movie or have simply thought superhero narratives trivial, I would highly recommend you sit down and watch “Daredevil” because it is one of the best superhero depictions I have seen.
I find “Daredevil” to be so engaging because of the reality that is drizzled throughout the narrative. Unlike some Marvel heroes, Matt Murdock is vulnerable both physically and emotionally. Throughout the three seasons, Matt’s vulnerability leads to the development of multiple character arcs, which creates a diverse and complex environment. In addition, Matt Murdock does not compromise his morality. Time and again, we see Marvel heroes slaughter, without thinking, hundreds and thousands of “villains.” In “Daredevil,” Matt Murdock does not kill his opponents: honorable. In season three, however, Matt Murdock begins to question this doctrine along with the role of God in his life. The character has hit absolute rock bottom in this new season. He comes to the realization that by only sending his criminals to prison he is not curing Hell’s Kitchen of the true “disease.” This paradox lends itself to a great inner conflict.
A blind lawyer, most people have never heard of Matt Murdock nor his vigilante persona “Daredevil.” His origin story is simple enough; when he was eight years old, he was caught in a street accident in downtown New York City. Unfortunately for him, the crash involved a truck that was filled with a chemical compound. Incapacitated under cars, the chemical compound slowly oozed into Matt’s eyes: a painful and scarring experience.
As Matt grew up with this “disability,” Matt discovered that, even though he was fully blind, his other senses had been heightened: he could hear miles away, he could smell better than a hunting animal, and he could move like a combatant.
In time, Matthew came to hone in on these abilities, training every day; after witnessing the death of his father, a boxer, and hearing the emergency sirens throughout the night day after day, Matt decided that it was his responsibility to make a change in his “city.” After he graduated college, Matt Murdock officially created his other self, Daredevil, in order to rid Hell’s Kitchen of crime and corruption.
In Season three, one of the darkest villains Daredevil has encountered, Wilson Fisk, has returned to Hell’s Kitchen. Commonly referred to as “King Pin” in the comics, Fisk finally adopts this name in the third season. After being freed from prison for cooperating with the FBI, Fisk begins his plan to reclaim “his city.” Being the manipulative genius that he is, Fisk is able to find a way to “crack” the FBI. As a result, Fisk breaks down his house arrest and begins selectively taking down the other crime lords in Hell’s Kitchen using the “firepower” of the FBI.
While Fisk is plotting away, Matt Murdock experiences an identity crisis.
One last major component of Season three would be the fighting scenes. Along with the character interactions, the drama, and the emotional rollercoaster of season three are the unbelievable fight scenes. What makes Daredevil so unique is that all the fight scenes are impeccably choreographed and all too real. Daredevil is not a superhero he can blast his enemies with lasers, call in lightning, fly, etc. Daredevil uses his intelligence, senses, and fighting skill to outmaneuver his opponents. This coupled with the jaw-dropping cinematography leads to beyond pulse-pounding fight scenes. Actually, one of the larger fight scenes in season three, I won’t say, is receiving critical acclaim for how well it was done.
If you are currently in a Netflix slump, I would highly recommend watching Daredevil. Season three is breathtaking and will provide you with thirteen hours of entertainment, drama, and epic moments.