The Devil of Hell’s Kitch isn’t dead quite yet. In anticipation for the series’ third season, Netflix brought Daredevil back to New York Comic Con for a few last-minute surprises. Series stars Charlie Cox (Matt Murdock), Elden Henson (Foggy Nelson), Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page), Vincent D’Onofrio (Wilson Fisk), Joanne Whalley (Sister Maggie), Wilson Bethel (Benjamin Poindexter) and Jay Ali (Rahul Nadeem) joined showrunner Erik Oleson and Head of Marvel TV Jeph Loeb at the event, which took place just a week before the Season 3 premiere.
Loeb kicked off the panel with a sizzle reel of every Marvel Netflix series so far. In addition to some iconic moments from Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and Iron Fist, the sizzle reel ended with a few quick shots of Daredevil‘s upcoming third season.
“The beginning of Season 3, Matt is — I hope — at an all-time low. I don’t know you can go much deeper,” Cox shared. “On that journey, he’s aided by the wonderful Sister Maggie, played by the wonderful Joanne Whalley. We had so much fun working together… She just brought so much life and joy to the set… I got to explore a new side to Matt, a new vulnerability we haven’t seen before.”
“Well, I have no idea what to expect. I’d never read a comic book in my whole life,” Whalley shared. “I have to say, I had the most wonderful experience… The scripts are wonderful… We don’t know what’s going to happen! That’s been incredible, the amount of joy every time we get a new one.”
Loeb then rolled a clip that showed Matt recovering from his Defenders injuries while Sister Maggie tended to him. She made it clear she knew he was the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen. She insisted that she could call someone to come help him; he told her he had no one.
“Well, Maggie provided a spiritual and moral compass for Matt this season. It plays a very critical role… helping him process the last couple seasons,” Oleson said. “The fact that she did it with such gravitas… was a delight to see. It just kept getting better and better.”
“I’m a huge fan of dramas that treat every single character as the hero of their own story,” he continued. “Every single character sitting on this stage plays an integral part. You cannot cut out a single storyline without it falling apart.” He revealed Foggy and Karen will play an integral part in this season’s fight against fear. “What I saw was the power of the free press, the power of the law, and the power of collective friendship… That will pull us through.”
In a second clip, Karen met up with Foggy in a butcher shop and insisted Matt is alive. Foggy refused to believe her, which led her to storm out in front of his family.
“I think Foggy is trying to find out who he is without Matt. He’s trying to find his footing without his best friend,” Henson revealed. “We get to meet some of Foggy’s family, actually my dad and brother were in that scene.” He admitted the man who plays Foggy’s younger brother looks just like his real-life brother.
“I think, considering how things were left between Karen and Mat… there’s a lot of guilt there,” Woll shared. “Karen’s never really had a home… with Foggy off living his fabulous life, I think I felt really adrift… I think I’m holding on to that as hard as I can, because the alternative is just too much to take.”
“I get put in charge of Wilson Fisk,” Ali said of his character, then added with a laugh, “And it goes really well.”
A third clip showed Fisk, still imprisoned, asking for a deal from Ali’s Special Agent Nadeem in order to protect Vanessa, “the woman he loves.”
“What he does is he noticed a thread of disease in a certain person and he pulls on that thread and he knows that if he pulls hard enough, he will get what he wants, and that’s Vanessa back in his life. Once he has her, he is defined. He is complete,” D’Onofio said. “And then, there’s a little gnat that bothers him.”
“It’s weird the main character and also a gnat,” Cox joked. “The truth is, it’s kind of an honor to be a gnat in the world of Vincent D’Onofrio. We have such a wonderful cast, top to bottom. We’re like a little family, and we get on so well… to have him back for so much of Season 3, he just elevates the show so much. We’re just so lucky he wants to come play with us. Having said that, to use your word, he is antagonistic.”
“I wanted the action sequences of Season 3 to have real emotional stakes,” Oleson shared. “I wanted Matt Murdock to occasionally lose a fight, and for there to be consequences when that happens… There is a sequence this season I was not sure we were able to pull off.” He had to call Loeb in order to take a break in filming just for the crew to rehearse this one scene, which Oleson insisted will top all of the hallway fight scenes that have come before.
A fourth clip pitted Matt against a squadron of FBI agents after he attacked Benjamin Donovan, Fisk’s lawyer, in attempt to learn how Fisk got a deal.
“There’s another FBI agent whose name is Dex, and — well — why don’t we see who the FBI has to bring in to sort of handle this situation in this clip,” Loeb teased.
In the clip, Fisk’s transportation goes wrong. His car is ambushed by killers toting guns, only for Poindexter to appear and rescue him in a deadly fashion.
“I wish I could say it was easier to deal with Vincent than it was with Fisk… no, man, working with Vincent was one of the great pleasures of my career,” Bethel said. “This is the beginning of that kind of weird relationship that develops throughout the season… Unfortunately for Dex, he also gets taken under Fisk’s wing.” He teased that won’t be very positive.
“I think it’s safe to say that maybe the worst kept secret in the history of Marvel is that this season we will be telling an origin story for one of the more iconic characters, and I think we want to have the opportunity to be able to say his name, but I think Wilson has earned the right to tell people the story of who you’re going to become,” Loeb said.
Loeb then cued a sizzle reel that showed Poindexter’s descent into Bullseye.
“Honestly, it was one of the most incredible experience of my life… Benjamin Poindexter will ultimately become Bullseye,” Bethel revealed, only for Oleson to walk over and draw a bullseye symbol in marker on Bethel’s forehead.
“Bullseye is only one of the greatest villains in any of the comics, period,” Oleson said. “Telling the story of how a real person teetering on the edge of lightness and darkness could ultimately become that iconic character, and the aspects of fear, and how somebody like Wilson Fisk could turn [him] into this iconic villain.” According to Oleson, Fisk will manipulate Poindexter into becoming Bullseye.
“It gets very, very weird,” Bethel added.
“We got to go really deeply into how Dex becomes this iconic character,” Oleson added.
“Well, with everybody on this cast, they’re just so talented and amazing. Jay Ali, he was amazing to work with… and Wilson is — you know, we would be on set from the first time we met, I think we looked into each other’s eyes and… To play a part like Bullseye, you had to have a lot of guts… we started to play with that and we stayed as connected as we could be during scenes… We put 100% effort at each take. There was some intense moments on set that were thrilling.”
“I think all of the characters this season have to make a choice: whether they stay in the darkness or the light,” Ali explained. “Some people go one way and some people go the other way. I think you know which way this guy’s going to go. We’ll see what happens with me… I’m sure it’s going to be fine.”
Arriving on October 19 on Netflix for its third season, Daredevil Season 3 stars Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Joanne Whaley, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Wilson Bethel.
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