Daredevil season 3 is just around the corner and critics have screened the first six episodes. So what's the verdict? It looks like Netflix and Marvel have hit an absolute home run this time around and Matt Murdock's return is a welcome one, with some calling this as the best season of any Marvel show on the streaming service to date. That's high praise.
Reading through the reviews that have come out so far, one is hard-pressed to find much in the way of negativity. Daredevil season 2 came out well over two years ago and it looks like the long break between seasons did the show some good. i09 had this to say in their review.
"Unlike virtually every other Netflix MCU to date, Daredevil's third season moves with the kind of briskness that audiences have been wanting for ages. It's not long before Matt's back up on his feet and becoming entangled in yet another complicated web of lies, deceit, and destruction crafted by one of his most formidable foes, one Wilson Fisk (Vincent D'Onofrio)."
Indeed, many of the Marvel shows on Netflix have suffered from pacing issues, even in the best of cases. But it looks like that has been ironed out here. One thing that hasn't really ever been an issue (except perhaps in Iron Fist season 1) is action. But according to Collider's review, Daredevil season 3 has an action sequence for the ages.
"All of season 3's action is great, mind you, there's a chaotic one-shot scene to rival True Detective season one and a pretty fantastic parking lot fight where Matt uses his senses more for stealth than ass-kicking, like an Assassin's Creed mission, but this is something special. It's so character driven; it combines the super serious tone of this universe with some downright silly comic book gimmickry."
This new season picks up after the events of The Defenders last year. Many people think Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) is dead and, based on what we've seen so far in the trailers, it looks like the man without fear is going to take a dark turn. We also know that Vincent D'Onofrio is back as Kingpin and that Daredevil's arch nemesis Bullseye (Wilson Bethel) is in on the fun this time around. Digital Trends specifically singled out Cox in their review for his excellent work.
"Cox handles this fresh direction for the character with all of the skill he's shown in previous seasons, and masterfully walks the line between annoying, woe-is-me angst and the genuine, internalized anguish that can shape a person's worldview in dark ways."
It sounds like Marvel fans should clear their schedules for some binge watching time next weekend, for those that haven't already. If this winds up being the final season of the show, it sounds like the character is going out on a high note. You can check out some reaction tweets to the new season below as well. Netflix streaming drops Daredevil season 3 on October 19.