Warning: This article contains spoilers for the entire third season of The daredevil of Marvel. Read at your own risk!
The devil's kitchen from hell dethroned a tyrant once more!
Season 3 of The Marvel Daredevil started with Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) slowly but surely returning to the land of the living after the Midland Circle building collapsed on him in The defenders final. Alienating himself from Foggy (Elden Henson) and Karen (Deborah Ann Woll) and abandoning his civilian life, Matt concentrated on defeating Wilson Fisk (Vincent D'Onofrio), who devised a complete conspiracy that involved being released from prison; essentially snatching control of the FBI; and destroying Matt's professional and vigilant life. All this involved corrupting two FBI agents in particular: the well-meaning Ray Nadeem (Ray Ali), who was blackmailed into working for Fisk and was killed towards the end of the season when he decided to testify against him; and Ben Poindexter (Wilson Bethel), an agent with a deadly aim who committed several murders while dressing in Daredevil (RIP Father Lantom) and is destined to become the iconic villain of Daredevil Bullseye. (Read the full EW summary of season 3).
The all-season war culminated in a bloody and exhausting fight between Matt, who was prepared to kill, Fisk and Dex, who turned on the King's Pine after realizing how much they had manipulated him. Fisk breaks his back to Dex, leaving him paralyzed, and Matt gets close to killing a cocky Assailant; however, at the last moment, he decides to offer Fisk a deal: Matt promised not to give incriminating evidence against Fisk's new wife, Vanessa (Ayelet Zurer) if Fisk agreed to stay away from Foggy and Karen. Willing to do anything to protect Vanessa, Fisk agrees and is taken to jail because Ray recorded a damning testimony against him before his untimely death.
When Matt met with Foggy and Karen to form a new firm (Name TBD), the doctors were busy trying to repair the spinal damage of Dex. In the final shot of the season, a target appears in Dex's eyes, hinting at his mandatory comic destination.
Following the end, EW had several questions about what the ending means to Matt and the company, the future of the program and more. Fortunately, the showrunner Erik Oleson was willing to respond to most of them. Read our full spoiler chat below:
WEEKLY ENTERTAINMENT: when you registered to show season 3, what did you want to focus on?
ERIK OLESON: One of the objectives I had for season 3 was that I wanted the audience to experience, not to see the show. What I mean by this is that I wanted to employ the techniques of deep point of view, where you are in the head of the characters and experiencing the events and decisions that the characters take as if you were the character. You're not seeing it from a distant crane that is graphically beautiful, it's about the show. I wanted that to be the focus for season 3, to really get into the heads of the characters.
Instead of presenting Bullseye as an absolute villain, you decided to tell his original story. Why did you want to start with the character?
The way we saw agent Ben Poindexter was that he had a borderline personality. Dex is someone who could have been able to function in society as a positive character, even as a hero. He overcame his mental illness with medication, psychiatric help and a rigid structure in his life with a job at the FBI where he was helping people. But the tragedy that ensues is that it enters the orbit of Wilson Fisk, who is a narcissistic personality, a tyrant, a possible dictator who twists him into the evil version of himself in Fisk's own path to power.
One of the things that fascinated me was that, for the rest, they were good people who could have been positive members of society, who fall under the influence of someone who feeds on their fears and their dark side and leads them to carry Tiki torches through Charlottesville. That's what we had in mind when we looked at Fisk and the way he plays with people's fears, the other's fears, and uses them to divide people against each other and against themselves.
In shaping your background story, did you look at something in the comics or what background story did you give it?
In comics, for the most part, Bullseye is a full-fledged psychopathic killer. In the version of the story I wanted to tell, where each of the characters in our cast has psychological depth and there is a reality for them, and I'm inviting the audience to think about them so they can identify with them, starting with a murderer psychopath is not so interesting. I was much more interested in the fact that, since the comics were not specific about Bullseye's background story, I would be free to create one. That helped me tell the story for season 3.
When you add up all the characters, what comes to mind is the controlling idea that guided the design of season 3, and we had this on the wall of the writers room: [which] It was an appointment that occurred to us all and said the following: "You can only be free when you face your fear because your fears are what enslave you." In the case of Dex, he has always feared being his true self. He has remained in that cage because he knows that he is a borderline personality with psychopathic tendencies. We talk to psychiatrists; We just wanted to draw the character as a real person who will eventually become Bullseye due to all the factors that you saw in the season: Fisk intentionally destabilized the parts of his life that allowed him to face his mental illness.
The final shot is of a Bullseye that materializes in the eye of Dex. In the case of a fourth season, do you plan to make Bullseye the worst of the season?
I can not answer that question, I'm afraid. Let's say we've now seen the origin of Bullseye, and there are many, many stories to tell with this cast of characters. Whether season 4 goes in that direction or another, Bullseye will live and breathe in this world because now we have seen how it was created.
Have you heard anything about a potential season 4?
I can tell you that I have high hopes of going to season 4. There has not been any official collection yet, but if there is one, I have high hopes that it will be part of it.
He avoided putting Matt back in costume for the entire season. What was the reasoning behind that, apart from the fact that it was destroyed and Dex pretended to be him?
The deeper symbolic reason is that Matt's perspective on God and Daredevil as a symbol to scare the criminals of their criminality, all that has changed. Matt does not feel the same about the suit and symbolism of Daredevil he did before season 2 and The defenders He is emotionally in a different place, and he is also unable to be the Fearless that everyone knows. As you saw at the beginning of the season, he is quite destroyed and he is not sure he can be Daredevil again.
Once again, one of the guiding principles for me was that I really wanted an emotionally honest season. There are times when programs like this can do something just because it's great, but they take you out of the story because writers from abroad impose it instead of being realistic and guided by characters, and something that could really happen if this world were real. and the characters did what they wanted and took the action that was a natural progression of their desires and needs. I'm very strict with the way we share stories, and that was one of my reasons for not putting it in the red suit at first.
In your mind, where is Matt's mind when the season ends? How do you feel about your relationship with Daredevil?
At the beginning of the season, you have this new perspective of God. He has changed from the kind and benevolent God of the New Testament and sees him more as a cruel and punishing God of the Old Testament. He feels that his efforts in favor of God have not been rewarded. But at the end of the season, I think Matt has solved those problems in many ways. He has a very complex vision of God and his role in protecting Hell's Kitchen and their relationship there. Matt, especially after the death of Father Lantom and the successful shooting of Fisk without Matt having to condemn his eternal soul, has injected a new hope that he has found a new purpose and motivation. I think he's in a much better place. He has been vindicated spiritually, physically and emotionally. I have to stop there because I do not want to talk about where I want to take him next.
Going back to that quote on the wall of the writers room on how to overcome fears, did that inspire you to give us a flashback of Karen Page expanded in episode 10?
The general idea of season 3 was that our fears enslave us, that all of us, the characters in the program and the spectators in real life, behave in certain ways based on fears in our real lives. In the case of Karen Page, Karen fears that she is not a good person, that it is not worth the love, because she has committed this unforgivable act of causing the death of her own brother. What Karen has to face, what Karen realizes, is something Matt tells her at the end of the season in the final, which is that in the grand scheme of things, we all try to do the best we can. In the balance of life, Karen has done more good than bad. He is not giving an easy answer to that. That's like a central facet of her character, you know, this horrible scar tissue of being drugged and drunk in a car accident after her brother just tried to save her from this abusive boyfriend. That informed me a series of things.
When I started the season, I wanted to understand the characters more deeply, and I did not understand why in Season 1 Karen was flirting with Matt, but she never went anywhere, and flirting with Foggy for a couple of episodes and never went anywhere , and then I had chemistry with Frank Castle, but that was not really anywhere either. I wanted a kind of retcon, or at least explain in my own head and then on the screen, why. The fear that drives it is that it is not worthy of love. So, yes, he not only reported that flashback episode, but also why he behaved as he did in previous seasons.
Even Wilson Fisk is driven by fear this season. Fear not to be worthy of Vanessa's love. Ray Nadeem fears that he is not fulfilling his responsibilities to take care of his family. His fear leads him to make some catastrophic bad decisions over the course of the season. Matt is motivated by the fear of abandonment, and has certainly prevented him from forming a meaningful relationship with Karen. Only when he realizes that it is his fear of abandonment that enslaves him and forces him to alienate his friends, is he able to become his best self, overcome his fear, let his friends help him, and that too It was part of the occult architecture of the season.
I really wanted to tell a story that spoke of the times in which we live, in which there are narcissistic tyrants who are playing with all our fears, to face and face ourselves and that is what Fisk represents. But he also wanted the program to inject hope and provide the recipe for how to defeat someone like that. For me, the recipe is the power of a free press, which Karen obviously represents this season; the power of the law, which Foggy represents a lot; and then the power of collective action, love, friendship and faith, which Matt represents when he unites with his friends to defeat a tyrant.
Apart from the appearances of Luke CageAnnabella Sciorra and Danny Johnson, there were no major crossings and the season felt closed from the rest of the Marvel-Netflix universe. Did you avoid the crosses because you did not want, as you just said, to impose things from the outside?
I did not want to make crosses that distract us from the central story of this season and the story we wanted to tell. My personal style, just the writing that I want to do and the writing that I like to do, has layers and focuses on stories driven by characters that have explosive moments of action, which are surprisingly surprising and very Marvel but which are driven by the architecture. that we have designed for the seasons. For me, when you have to go through the characters of other programs or the Marvel Universe, it would have to be organic with the story you are telling or else it will become a distraction. That is my personal taste. Some people will miss you and they will not agree with me, and there is no right or wrong. For me, each of the Marvel Netflix shows has its own tone and I really wanted to keep an eye on the ball this season and I wanted to fully develop the characters of Reckless and do not get distracted when establishing spin-offs or other elements.
The season ends with Fisk going to jail, making this deal with Matt. Do you feel like you're done with Fisk or is there something else you want to do with him?
All I will say is that there is a reason why I finished the season as I finished it. There are more stories to tell with all these characters, but in the end, I did not mean to curse Matt's soul forever by turning him into a murderer, even though he comes close to that as he always has. So, I think we're going to see if I can do more of these seasons or not.
The third full season of The Marvel Daredevil It is available on Netflix.