WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Marvel’s Daredevil Season 3, streaming now on Netflix.
When Daredevil came out in 2015, it set a high bar for the rest of Marvel’s Netflix dramas in terms of fight sequences. In addition to the signature hallway fight scene, every brawl Matt Murdock found himself in felt grimy, painful and, most importantly, real. The choreography made the grounded approach of the entire series a success, even in moments where the narrative faltered.
Season 3 ups the ante, with new showrunner Erik Oleson wanting every blow thrown to be important, unpredictable and have dire consequence, not just for Matt, but for his villains as well. To call these 13 episodes high-octane would be an understatement, so let's dive into the best fights this season.
5. Kingpin Unhinged
Wilson Fisk (Vincent D'Onofrio) usually keeps his cool on the show, but when he cuts loose, he's absolutely frightening. When the time comes to dispatch subordinates, rivals and, of course, Daredevil, Fisk turns into a brawler, able to absorb almost any blow, and when he dishes it back, well, let's just say the repercussions are dire.
This is punctuated when his FBI henchman, Benjamin "Dex" Poindexter (Wilson Bethel), fails to kill Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll). After hearing the disappointing news from one of his goons, Kingpin asks the man for his jacket in the SUV. Shockingly, Fisk ambushes the man, wrapping the jacket around his face, as if to strangle him. However, it's just prevent blood from spraying everywhere as he rains down blows, smashing the unfortunate lackey's head to a bloody pulp in a matter of seconds, before regaining his composure as if nothing happened.
4. The Office Fight
This season did a great job of building up Dex as Bullseye, having him slaughter several Albanian assassins that attacked his FBI entourage, proving his mettle as a one-man arsenal. After Fisk corrupts him, he suits up as Daredevil to attack the New York Bulletin and kill someone who wanted to snitch on Fisk, which brings him face to face with Matt in his black suit -- arguably the series' most anticipated moment.
They quickly begin hand-to-hand combat, which feels similar to franchises such as The Raid and Ong Bak, with tight, close-up shots of both men using various styles of mixed martial arts. As expected, Dex raises the stakes by using every piece of office equipment possible -- from pens to staples to computer screens -- in addition to his baton, to try to take Matt out. Matt's stunned, realizing way too late that he needs to close the distance, which sees Dex beating him brutally before killing his target.