Since its 2015 debut, DAREDEVIL has been the gold standard of Marvel on Netflix. While JESSICA JONES and LUKE CAGE tackled sensitive social issues in a brilliant manner that helped bring them to huge success, DAREDEVIL is a classic big city crime drama with Emmy nominated stunt coordination, which blew expectations out of the water when it debuted.

Marvel’s DEFENDERS Netflix series is just days away, combining all the heroes of the other Marvel Netflix series into one AVENGERS style team-up. This show will take the place of the solo shows’ sequel seasons. So, we won’t see a true DAREDEVIL season 3 until the end of 2018 at the earliest.

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It’s been almost a year and a half since we’ve last seen the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen. A long time has passed since Matt revealed his alter ego to Karen Page in Season 2’s finale. Their strained relationship is reminiscent of how they were at the beginning of the legendary Daredevil: Born Again by Frank Miller. Could we see Season 3 tackling this monumental story?

Born Again

Born Again

Daredevil: Born Again tells the story of Wilson Fisk, Kingpin, obtaining the true identity of Daredevil from a drug addicted and desperate Karen Page.  Fisk makes it his mission to slowly ruin the life of Daredevil by framing him for misconduct, getting him fired from his law firm, seizing Matt’s assets and all of his money, and blowing up his home. Daredevil is distraught and paranoid; his suit destroyed in the blast that obliterated his home. I won’t spoil the rest of the story, but it tells of Daredevil’s journey back to Matt Murdock.

In fact, our very own Travis Czap discussed adapting Daredevil: Born Again for the Netflix series in an episode of Comics On Screen. Check it out here!

All of the characters featured in the story have already appeared in the Netflix shows; all but two: Captain America (fat chance of him showing up) and Matt Murdock’s ex- girlfriend, Gloriana O’Breed. However, these characters’ stories can easily be tweaked to fit into existing characters’ stories. The same is necessary for Ben Urich’s story being adapted into others’ stories, as he died in Season 1. There is plenty of setup in Season 2 and potentially even more in DEFENDERS, but the biggest is Kingpin’s vendetta against Matt Murdock.

Kingpin

In Season 2, Matt had a meeting with the still imprisoned Wilson Fisk. Over the course of that meeting, Fisk revealed his intentions for Matt and Foggy upon his release. This vendetta against Matt and Foggy could make Fisk go to Karen to get more personal info on them. Perhaps he’ll learn from Karen that Matt is Daredevil. This could kick off the Born Again story, beginning with the early release of Fisk due to his good behavior.

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Or, Fisk could just seek his revenge on Matt without having any knowledge of him being Daredevil. They could drop the drug addicted Karen story altogether. Instead, the show could adapt Ben Urich’s arc into Karen’s new arc and not give up Matt’s identity to a villain that we will almost definitely see again. Either way, the set up is there for Kingpin v Daredevil II and the destruction of Matt Murdock.

Nuke

Nuke

In JESSICA JONES Season 1, we saw the introduction of Sergeant Nick Simpson, aka Nuke. While he didn’t don his classic face tattoo of the American flag, he did pop those special pills and ran amuck across New York. Born Again would be a great way to reintroduce the character and have him go head to head with Daredevil in the streets of Hell’s Kitchen.

In the comics, Kingpin enlists Nuke’s help as a mercenary. He convinces Simpson that Daredevil is an enemy of American ideals. With that, Kingpin sends him on a rampage that rips through a street and obliterates a diner in Hell’s Kitchen. Captain America also showed up in this section of the story, but that could be replaced with Jessica Jones or Patriot from AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

“Give Me a Red.”

The character of Nuke is kind of tricky, since the crazed nationalistic elements of the character may hit a little too close to home in today’s political climate. Depicting the crazier version that we see in the comics could potentially stir some hate if he’s not handled properly. I have complete faith in Marvel to do the character justice, but that is definitely something to think about given the current status of things.

Should It Be Done?

It’s no surprise that Frank Miller could be having yet another one of his stories adapted into live action. The man is a genius, but does Born Again fit into this story that they’ve built? Yes, it absolutely does. Born Again can give closure to a dilemma Matt’s been facing since the show began: can Matt Murdock coexist with Daredevil?

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Matt has been struggling to juggle his personal life and his exploits as Daredevil for years, and he’s been failing. It seems that he’s lost mostly everything he cared about as Matt Murdock in order to save the city as Daredevil. Kingpin burying Matt Murdock and Daredevil allows Matt to be born again as a new man who can have both lives. This story is essential to Daredevil: the conflict becoming the coexistence, something that defines the character.

Hopefully, we will see some of this story begin to develop in DEFENDERS this Friday. What do you think? What are some other stories that you want to see in future seasons of DAREDEVIL? Maybe Season 4 sees Matt Murdock move to San Francisco? Tell me what you think in the comments!

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