MAJOR SPOILERS FOR THE DEFENDERS BELOW. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK
For all the issues I had with The Defenders, the one thing they did well was shocking audiences with several reveals in the show. The Marvel and Netflix have always had their fair share of shocks and twists and sure to be one of the more memorable ones is the seeming death and resurrection of Daredevil himself, Matt Murdock. The climactic third act of The Defenders saw Daredevil sacrifice his life in one final attempt to pull an evil Elektra to the good side, similar to what Steve Rogers did for Bucky in The Winter Soldier. The two ex-lovers then seemingly perished in the explosion that brought down the Midland Circle skyscraper. In the end, however, it was revealed that Matt Murdock actually survived a building falling down on him (amazing!!), and that he was currently in the care of a nunnery, teasing events related to the iconic Born Again storyline.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter for a post-premiere interview, The Defenders star Charlie Cox revealed several interesting details about the season’s epilogue, including his own thoughts on the possibility of Daredevil getting a fresh start in light of what happened to him:
I honestly have no idea. Whenever I think I know where something’s going or what something’s going to mean, I’m often completely wrong and surprised by the scripts when I read them. I almost prefer not to speculate. God knows. I could see it going many different ways for him. As you mentioned, he’s been struggling with who he is, or at least this aspect of himself, being Daredevil and engaging in vigilante justice on a regular basis. I can’t personally see a world where he’ll ever rid himself of that, despite the attempts to hang up the horns, as it were. At some point, one of two things is going to happen: either he’s going to embrace it in a way he never has before, or he’s going to continue to fight it. But at some point, “it” will probably win over.
Daredevil has faced close-death countless times in the comics but none of which were as close as his brush with death during 2010’s Shadowland arc, where Matt and the demonic Hand deity the Beast duke it out for the sanctity of his soul. And the story directly following Shadowland, Daredevil: Reborn has some very interesting parallels to Matt’s fate in The Defenders. Just like Iron Man 3, Daredevil: Reborn depicts a Matt Murdock reeling in from his experiences facing near-death and dealing with consequences of his actions during possession. While it’s not on the same scale as getting possessed and being drive ton murder, Daredevil’s fate in The Defenders sings a similar to tune to what happens to him in Shadowland. Season 3 could potentially depict Matt Murdock having to face the costs of him surviving, especially if it entailed him undergoing the Hand’s ritual of actual resurrection. Remember, the substance required to bring people from the dead was more than plenty where Daredevil and Elektra “died.”
Personally, I found the way they sent Daredevil and Elektra off hilariously out-of-place. I don’t see why they needed to make that scene a sexually-charged one instead of something more emotional and poignant. To me, it definitely felt like an ill-earned transition to a potential Born Again story line. However, I am curious to see where they take Daredevil following his survival. Tony Star was at his most interesting after surviving an alien portal. I’m hoping they service the aftermath of Daredevil’s survival well in Season 3.
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