Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli’s Daredevil comic “Born Again” has been teased for Daredevil Season 3 since before Defenders aired. Bringing one of the most important Daredevil stories to the wildly popular Netflix show only makes sense, as Miller’s arc effectively defined the Man Without Fear and most modern incarnations of the character. This is a sentiment seemingly shared by the show’s cast and many of its dedicated fans.
Charlie Cox was raving about the iconic arc before last year’s Defenders premiere, while fans have been speculating about its inclusion for years. A third trailer for the fast-approaching Marvel Netflix show’s third installment dropped shortly before New York Comic Con, finally linking Season 3 to the much-referenced comic book miniseries.
The first full-length trailer for Daredevil Season 3 depicts a vengeful Kingpin (Vincent D’Onofrio) finally leaving Rikers Island with only one goal in mind: To kill Daredevil (Charlie Cox) and thoroughly dismantle his life as both Matt Murdock and the costumed vigilante. The trailer didn’t mention how Wilson Fisk ultimately comes across Daredevil’s secret identity, but it’s safe to assume the information probably won’t come from any of Murdock’s friends.
In this iteration of Daredevil’s mythos, Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll) and Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson) are both completely convinced that Murdock died in The Defenders when Midland Circle collapsed on him during an explosion. Betraying Matt’s identity at this point would not have gotten them anywhere, and even if it would have, these versions of Foggy and Karen would never sully their best friend’s memory by betraying him to Wilson Fisk.
In Frank Miller’s “Born Again,” Karen Page is a drugged out pornographic actress and nothing like Woll’s depiction from the Netflix show. She betrays Murdock in exchange for a shot of heroin. Fisk then uses the valuable information taken from her to systematically destroy Matt Murdock’s life.
Let The Devil Out
Cornered and taken completely by surprise, the Netflix version of Matt Murdock can be seen facing off against Wilson Fisk and several goons in civilian attire. As the Kingpin continues to degrade Murdock’s private and public identities, the federal government sends the FBI after Daredevil.
This is not too different from the comic version, where Matt spends most of his time in winter wear. In “Born Again,” Fisk bombs Murdock’s apartment, scorching his costume and everything else with it. Suddenly homeless, the Man Without Fear is forced to navigate the streets of Hell’s Kitchen in civilian attire. Broken and despairing from the successive misfortunes in his life, Matt Murdock brutally attacks would-be robbers in the New York City subway and is confronted by a local cop. Unhinged, and choosing to evade arrest to go after Fisk, Matt attacks the officer and steals his nightstick. He then infiltrates Fisk’s headquarters as Matt Murdock and is beaten up, stuffed into a cab and thrown into the East River.
In the latest trailer for Season 3, Sister Maggie (Joanne Whalley), warns Matt to “just be careful” he doesn’t become the monster in his quest to stop the Kingpin. This is a direct reference to Murdock’s unprovoked violence in “Born Again.” Daredevil will probably walk the same path in Season 3, tapping into his own personal darkness to fight the ultimate evil.
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