Wilson Fisk returns, and in a comics-accurate white jacket, in the second teaser for Marvel's Daredevil Season 3, which arrives accompanied by an official synopsis.
Although we glimpsed flashes of Vincent D'Onofrio's fan-favorite Kingpin -- his lapel and cufflinks, anyway -- in the date-announcement promo released last week, this one offers a more intimate look, as Fisk, standing in a white room, dresses himself in a white silk jacket, a signature element from his five-decade history. Set to "Burn" by Cody Crump, the teaser then shifts to Charlie Cox's bloodied Matt Murdock standing in the dark, burning a shirt and discarding his glasses, perhaps symbolic of shedding the last vestiges of his alter ego, before donning a black, makeshift Daredevil mask.
The Season 3 synopsis is, as we might expect, still somewhat vague, referencing Murdock's recovery following the events of The Defenders finale, after which he was presumed dead by his friends and allies, and the path that places him on a collision course with Fisk, free from prison after his downfall in Season 1:
Missing for months, Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) reemerges a broken man, putting into question his future as both vigilante Daredevil and lawyer Matthew Murdock. But when his archenemy Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio) is released from prison, Matt must choose between hiding from the world or embracing his destiny as a hero.
As telegraphed in the final scene of The Defenders, Daredevil Season 3 is expected to draw inspiration from "Born Again," the 1986 Marvel Comics storyline by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli that redefined the hero, and influenced virtually every depiction of the Man Without Fear that followed. In that arc, which unfolded in Daredevil #227-231, Fisk learns his archenemy's secret identity, and proceeds to dismantle Matt Murdock's life, piece by piece, leaving him broken, both mentally and physically. Barely escaping death, Murdock ultimately claws his way back out of the darkness, and, with the help of friends, exacts revenge against Fisk, and reclaims his own life.
Early promos for Season 3 have referenced the themes of "Born Again," without necessarily confirming its influence on the upcoming 13 episodes. The post-credits stinger of the Iron Fist Season 2 finale depicted Murdock in his black costume, offering a bleak confession: “I once believed that justice could be found in a court of law, and in the light of day. But I was fooling myself. Darkness only responds to darkness. And the truth is, I’d rather die as the Devil than live as Matt Murdock.” And the teaser released last week depicted Murdock ruminating on how to combat evil. “You can suffocate evil,” he said, “starve it, lock it behind bars. But it will find a way to come back even stronger. There’s only one true way to end evil: to finish it for good."
Arriving Oct. 19 on Netflix, Daredevil Season 3 stars Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Joanne Whaley, Vincent D’Onofrio and Wilson Bethel.