[WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS]
The Devil of Hell’s Kitchen is dead – or so the world thinks. In the final episode of Marvel’s The Defenders, the very first hero featured in Netflix’s corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe ended things in a dire situation: trapped beneath an exploding building, almost certainly consumed in the rubble.
The people who know Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) best believe him dead, including Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll) and Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson), as well as the hero’s three newest friends: Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Danny Rand (Finn Jones). But Daredevil will only be absent for so long. In the final scene of The Defenders, we see that Matt is very much still alive, albeit in rough physical condition, recovering in an unknown location where he’s being tended by nuns. It’s an image that’s familiar to fans of the Daredevil comics, and one that’s sure to fuel the character’s next steps forward in the Marvel-Netflix Universe.
On being quizzed about Daredevil’s fate and what’s coming next, Charlie Cox said that the ending to The Defenders is kind of a cliffhanger, and yet not. He added, “I don’t know what it means for season three, going forward for Matt. It obviously presents him with some pretty interesting options when he reengages with life. Will he reconnect with people? Will he find Foggy and let him know he’s okay? Will he not? I’m very excited to find out what his game plan is going to be, once he gets his shit together.”
The ending mirrors a scene from ‘Daredevil: Born Again’, a popular arc from the comics. But will it provide the story blueprints for season three of Daredevil? While Cox agrees that the Born Again is an amazing story, they can’t make Born Again page-for-page, then the people who have read it and loved it, won’t have too much drama. He added, “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.”