This was what the Netflix Marvel series were supposed to be like. Some of the other recent series have dragged on a bit but the third season of Daredevil brought back the magic.
At the end of the Defenders series, Daredevil seemed to have sacrificed his life, but then we were given a hint that he had indeed survived. This season takes off from there.
In a previous season, Matt Murdock tried to give up his identity as Daredevil, this time Daredevil tries to give up his identity of Matt Murdock. He sees his “normal” identity with all of its relationships as his weakness.
More interesting than this is how this season deals with his relationship with God. Matt’s religious faith has been a regular theme in the series. But recent circumstances have led Matt to turn his back on God, drawing often from the suffering of Job in the Bible. as a pastor, I found this very interesting.
The villains can make or break a superhero series. This season brings back Wilson Fisk (Kingpin) who is masterfully played by Vincent D’Onofrio. Fisk is a complex character who keeps us guessing. In addition, the Bullseye character was introduced. He could have easily been a stereotypical super villain but the writers made him into a three dimensional character. I liked his treatment.
If I had any criticism of the third season of Daredevil, it was the emphasis on mental illness with the villains. While I’m sure unintentional, this can lead to a continuing stigma against mental illness. There are other interesting motivations out there.
Daredevil is without a doubt, the best of the Netflix Marvel series. It has been consistently been of high quality. I don’t know what the future of Daredevil with the cancellation of Iron Fist and Luke Cage. Where will Marvel go from here?