Daredevil Season 3 Has a Political Message For the Trump Age

Marvel's Daredevil

WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Marvel’s Daredevil Season 3, streaming now on Netflix.

Although themes of fear and atonement drive much of the third season of Marvel's Daredevil, there's also a timely political undercurrent that bursts to the surface with the third act. When it finally does, viewers realize it's been there from the beginning, with an antagonist who gaslights the public, manipulates law enforcement, and launches attacks against public institutions.

Seemingly on the verge of getting everything he wants -- his freedom, a reunion with the love of his life, the destruction of his enemies -- Vincent D'Onofrio's Wilson Fisk addresses the media and protestors outside the hotel that's been his gilded cage for much of the time he's cooperated with the FBI.

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"I know most of you will find this difficult to accept," he says, referring to the overturning of his conviction. "That's only because you have been manipulated, poisoned into believing the news media's fake story, that I am evil, that I am a criminal. Quite the opposite is true. Because I challenged the system, because I've told the truth and tried to make this city a better place, the people in power decided to tear me down ... to tear me down with false allegations. They sent someone to frame me: Daredevil, the killer who's now showing his true colors, who has tried to murder people in newspaper offices and churches, attacking our sacred institutions. Believe me. Daredevil is our true public enemy."

Marvel's Daredevil

With that, it becomes glaringly obvious what, or perhaps who, Fisk represents in this story. Surely, it's no accident that Daredevil's archenemy secretly purchased a hotel this season (the Presidential Hotel, no less), and undermined trust in the FBI and the court system.

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His speech goes a long way to check off familiar boxes: "news media's fake story"; "the people in power decided to tear me down"; "they sent someone to frame me." Later, a rival reporter gets in a shot at Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll) and her editor Mitchel Ellison (Geoffrey Cantor) with a referenced to "the failing New York Bulletin." All that's missing in this game of Donald Trump Bingo is "witch hunt."

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