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Daredevil season three is all about getting back to basics for Netflix’s original Marvel Universe series, as long as you’re comfortable defining “basics” as a blind lawyer who elbows criminals into comas at night. Earlier this year, the streaming network invited Collider and a few other journalists to the show’s Brooklyn set, and everything from the new sets and story details to interviews with the cast and creators to just the overall vibe strongly suggested that Daredevil is moving away from the mystical Hand-related hullabaloo of season 2 and The Defenders toward something much more tragically human. New showrunner Erik Oleson—the third for the series—has crafted an entirely original story that isn’t adapted from any comic series, a crime-thriller that begins with Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) barely alive after the Midland Circle collapse in The Defenders.
And it only gets much, much darker from there. The scene we watched production film took place in a dimly lit crypt, where a bloody, bruised Matt Murdock viciously took Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll) to task for ruining his chance to bring justice to New York once and for all. If what I saw is indicative of the rest of the season, we’re in for one intense return trip to Hell’s Kitchen.
Below, you can check out 40 things I learned about Daredevil season 3 from touring the set and chatting with Cox, Woll, and Oleson as well as co-stars Elden Henson and Joanne Whalley and costume designer Liz Vastola.