Charlie Cox Teases DAREDEVIL Season 3 "Born Again" Story Arc
If you haven't watched The Defenders yet, there are things discussed in this article that you might not want to know.
If you have finished watching The Defenders, you know that Daredevil and Electra were in a very dire situation as they had a high-rise building collapse on them. Everyone believed that they were killed and Danny Rand wanted to honor the fallen hero. Only Daredevil didn't really die!
The series ended with Matt recovering in an unknown location where he was being taken care of by nuns. Fans of the comic know where this could all be heading as it was from an iconic scene from the David Mazzucchelli and Frank Miller’ Daredevil comic arc "Born Again". Actor Charlie Cox teases the upcoming Season 3 story arc in an interview with THR.
"That's such an amazing story. Everyone who loves Daredevil loves Born Again."
When asked if the new season would use the "Born Again" storyline as a blueprint for the development of the third season, he said:
"You can't not. And if that's the case, then the implications of that would be very exciting to me. That would be great.”
It seems like the obvious direction to take the character next in the series. He went on to add:
"Having said that, I know we don't tend to follow any story blueprints too closely, because if you do, then you become a foregone conclusion. There may be elements from Born Again, but I'm sure there will be elements that are unfamiliar and surprising and different in order for the show to be compelling to fans who know the comics very well. If we start making Born Again page-for-page, then the people who have read it and loved it — the hardcore fans — they won't have too much drama."
If you're not familiar with the "Born Again" story arc, it's one of the must read Daredevil comics. Here's a rundown of the story's set up to get you started:
Karen Page, former lover and secretary of Matt Murdock/Daredevil and one of the few people to know his secret identity, had became a junkie porn star. On her need to get a shot of heroine, Page sells Daredevil´s secret I.D. unchaining a series of events that would drive Hell´s Kitchen vigilante near to insanity.
The indiscretion of Page soon reaches the Kingpin´s hands; who is more than eager to prove the information is true.
In a period of six month, Matt Murdock´s life becomes a living hell. His accounts are frozen by the IRS, the bank forecloses his home and even a police lieutenant, Nicholas Manolis, with a clean past, testifies against Murdock accusing him of buying witnesses. Also Murdock is barred from practicing law.
Murdock considers this to be just a strike of "bad luck", being unable to see his archenemies hand behind it. That is until the Kingpin went too far, bombing Murdock´s house. After this event, Murdock was convinced that it was his nemesis the responsible for this mayhem.
Unhinged and with poor mental health, Murdock has now become paranoid, and even suspects of his partner and best friend, Foggy Nelson and his former girlfriend, Glorianna O´Breen, of being part of the conspiracy against him and being allies to the Kingpin.
Ben Urich, a personal friend of Murdock and reporter for the Daily Bugle, investigates his friend´s situation, discovering the Kingpin´s involvement. The Kingpin finds this out and soon forces Urich into silence through violent actions. In a very poor condition and not finding any other way to solve his situation, Murdock faces the Kingpin and is easily taken down by the crime lord. Murdock is then drenched in whiskey and strapped into a taxi cab that is later pushed off a pier into the East River.
Like Cox said, Marvel and Netflix won't do a page for page retelling of the story, but using elements from this could still prove to make for another great Daredevil season. One thing I would absolutely love to see, though, is the return of Vincent D'Onofrio as Wilson Fisk a.k.a. Kingpin. I'm hoping all this leads to his return.