With all of the hype behind The Defenders, Punisher, and Jessica Jones, fans of the Netflix colony of the MCU seem to have forgotten about the show that started it all: Daredevil. And it is perhaps no wonder, as season 2 of the series was decidedly lackluster compared to Jessica Jones and Luke Cage. Not to mention the wet fart that Iron Fist left hanging over the whole family of shows. But with Deadline’s dual announcements today, it’s clear that Marvel is hoping for a return to glory going into the next phase of their properties.
The biggest announcement today was that of the return of Vincent D’Onofrio to the role of Wilson Fiske a.k.a Kingpin. Sidelined by a prison sentence throughout Season 2, the unstable crime boss will be coming to a radically changed Hell’s Kitchen. New heroes, all with superhuman abilities. New and alien players in the game of control. Compared to magic ninjas and superpowered purple rapists, Fiske may seem out of his element. But he has changed too. His arrest and time in prison hardened him, robbed him of the remaining shreds of optimism and humanity he had left. If there’s one thing a hero should never do, is underestimate the Kingpin.
The biggest new addition to Daredevil is a change in showrunner. Season 1 showrunner Steven S. Deknight is currently running Pacific Rim: Uprising and helping with the Punisher series, while Season 2 showrunners Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez are now in charge of The Defenders. At the helm for the new season will be Erik Oleson, a former writer and producer on The CW’s Arrow. Helping write and produce during that series’s controversial third season, Oleson brings 17 years of experience in various genres to the table. He has worked on sci-fi series Andromeda and crime dramas like Jack & Bobby, Unforgettable, and The Agency. Oleson joins a packed slate of executive producers that includes Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb, his partner in crime Jim Chory, and frequent Whedon collaborator Drew Goddard.
The third season of Daredevil was announced in July of 2016 and entered production this year. It is slated for a 2018 release on the streaming platform.