The heroes on the television side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have been changed by the events of The Defenders. A lot has happened to these characters in the time since, but no one has suffered more than Matt Murdock. CBR visited the set of Daredevil Season 3 to find out how the Man Without Fear will come back after his grueling ordeal in the Netflix miniseries.
Showrunner Erik Oleson spoke to the media about his plans for the show, and how the season will deal with the fallout of The Defenders.
"We pick up more or less directly after The Defenders, and then there's a time jump," said Oleson.
Matt Murdock, who was on the verge of death at the end of the miniseries, will require some time to heal from his injuries. He will be recovering in the orphanage where he grew up, where he will be looked over by Sister Maggie, who helped raise him.
During this time, Karen Page and Foggy Nelson will believe that Matt is dead.
"It has screwed them up, and they are trying to deal with the after-effects of what happens now," said Oleson.
They have to ask themselves, "How do we move on from our friend?" However, Oleson made it clear that Matt will not come to them directly once he is healed up. Instead, he plans to stay away and let them believe that he is truly gone.
According to Oleson, a major reason Matt decides to do this is tied to a great spiritual crisis the character suffers from in the face of his recent failures.
"Matt has survived The Defenders, but at terrible costs," said Oleson.
Following the physical and psychological beating he took, Oleson explained that a lot of Matt's decisions in Season 3 will be motivated by fear. In his own words, "Our fears enslave us. It turns us against other people sometimes."
It's hard to rationalize the idea of Matt staying away from Karen and Foggy. Whether it is to keep them safe from himself, or some other self-sacrificial thought process, Oleson admits that, "When we're afraid of something it makes us do dumb shit." To that end, it means that the three series leads will have their own story arcs over the season, with both Karen and Foggy having their own journeys, much like Matt does.
According to Charlie Cox, his character's decision to remain in solitude is not exactly a good thing. It causes Matt to "regress into the teachings of Stick and the solo warrior mantra." He will reason with himself that, "'I cannot attach to others because that will harm them.'"
However, it is largely implied that the trio will eventually come together before the end of the season. Deborah Ann Woll reflected on her character's perspective.
"As far as Foggy and I are concerned, Matt's dead," said Woll, "so that's kind of the first half of the season -- dealing with the grief of that, or whether you believe it or not, the denial of it."
Karen and Foggy will then have to decide whether to keep fighting or not.
Do you take on this fight that you think killed your friend, and keep pushing on it," said Woll. "Of course, Karen will never let go."
However, what happens when these three find themselves back together is anyone's guess.
Arriving Friday, Oct. 19, on Netflix, Marvel’s Daredevil Season 3 stars Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock, Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson, Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Jay Ali as Rahul “Ray” Nadeem, Wilson Bethel as Benjamin Poindexter, Joanne Whalley as Sister Maggie and Vincent D’Onofrio as Wilson Fisk.