A new season of Daredevil arrives on Netflix later this month, but don't expect to see any of the other Defenders show up. Not only do Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and Danny Rand believe the blind hero is dead, showrunner Erik Olsen made a concerted effort to distance Matt Murdock from the bigger MCU.
In a video interview conducted during a visit to the show's set, Olsen explained, "I wanted it to be standalone," and therefore, Season 3 will not contain a crossover. His reasoning was very much linked to what went on in Season 2 during the build up to The Defenders miniseries. There, under the leadership of Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez, Daredevil moved away from the grounded storytelling that made the first season such a hit.
Olsen believes to have found a way to recapture the magic that everyone enjoyed in Season 1, and it's simple: Focus on Matt, Karen Page, Foggy Nelson and Wilson Fisk, not the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe. "I wanted to really get back to these core characters and use the real estate to focus on who they are and really flesh them out before I introduced external elements of the MCU." In short, fans should expect a far more grounded and character-driven storyline this time around.
However, Olsen didn't exactly close the door on the idea of having some connecting elements show up in the form of expanding Netflix's corner of the MCU, even if the rest of the Defenders are never seen. For example, there were moments where Marvel would come to him and say, "'This character you invented for this scene could be this other character from the MCU. Have you considered that?'"
In the end, we won't see the big guns get together again in October. On the there hand, there also won't be some overarching plot the series has to service, disrupting a good, self-contained story.
Arriving Oct. 19 on Netflix, Daredevil Season 3 stars Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Joanne Whaley, Vincent D’Onofrio and Wilson Bethel.