— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) July 22, 2016
We’ve had two seasons of angst, blood, awesome action, darkly grim and grimly dark story lines on Daredevil, so it’s good to know that the Netflix series has been renewed for a third season. Marvel’s Joe Quesada made the announcement at San Diego Comic Con this morning, followed shortly by Netflix dropping the quick teaser above.
And while we at Geek Crusade are more than happy about the news, there are a fair few issues that cropped up in season 2 that really need to be addressed in Daredevil season 3.
1Tighten the pacing and focus
The way that season 1 of Daredevil unfolded left us all wanting more. It took its time to tell the story, and the way that the enmity between Daredevil (Charlie Cox) and Kingpin (Vincent D’Onofrio) unfolded was pretty masterful. There was plenty of background and character development for both characters, not to mention shades of grey that challenged us as viewers.
Season 2 found its focus divided by the need to squeeze in Frank Castle a.k.a. The Punisher (Jon Bernthal) and Elektra Natchios (Elodie Yung). While both characters were played by excellent actors, the show’s focus seemed skewed and erratic at times. With Kingpin being thrown into the mix as well, it felt as the showrunners were trying to do three or four things all at once.
Perhaps it might work best to have just one main baddie – bring in Bullseye?? – to combat the pacing issues.
2Bring back Elektra – but define her role
Elektra was an electrifying presence as Matt’s lover-enemy. She challenged him both physically and emotionally. But towards the end of the season, there was a sense that the show’s writers didn’t quite know what to do with her. While Elektra as a character has always straddled the divide between good and evil, her characterisation seemed more confused than anything else.
When last we saw her, The Hand was busy stealing Elektra’s body away, which is a huge hint that she has permanently left the side of the angels. I very much hope this is so, if only so we can see her and Matt throwing down.
3Do something about Karen Page
It’s perhaps the biggest question of all: What should the show do with Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll)?
The death of Ben Urich (Vondie Curtis-Hall) in season 1 left a huge gap, both in terms of the narrative and his qualities as a character. But letting Karen, a secretary with zero journalistic experience, take his place at The New York Bulletin is really stretching it.
She has great chemistry with Matt and Foggy (Eldon Hansen), and shines when placed in the middle of that triumvirate. But now that the Murdock-Nelson partnership has ended, and she and Matt are no longer dating, her raison d’etre is very much in question. She lacks the gravitas of Urich, and seemed to spend the entire of S2 blundering her way through.
So as much as I hate to say it, the show either needs to find a real purpose for Karen – and it’s certainly not in journalism – or just kill her off. Personally, I would much rather see the Matt-Karen-Foggy trio together again.
4More crossovers with the other Netflix Marvel series
Fortunately, this shouldn’t be difficult to pull off, given the upcoming Iron Fist, Luke Cage and The Defenders series. The characters all reside in the same city, and the goal is bring them together in The Defenders anyway, so we can all expect many more crossovers.
So far, we’ve only seen Jeri Hogarth (Carrie-Anne Moss) in Daredevil and Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson) in Jessica Jones (very) briefly, although Luke Cage did play a key role in JJ. But we all know what we want: Luke, Matt and Iron Fist throwing down together, Jess mouthing off to Matt, every one of them taking on The Hand!
Daredevil season 3 debuts in 2017. What do you want to see happening? Tell us!