Daredevil Season 3 made a big splash last week when it revealed not one but two trailers teasing the bleak things coming this season. Included in one of those trailers was the first look at Mother Maggie, played by Joanne Whalley, the nun all Daredevil fans know to be Matt’s mom. Whalley sat down with Collider to talk about bringing an iconic part of the Daredevil mythos to life. She revealed that Maggie is, in many ways, the same as the blind boy she raised.
She’s had a life. She’s wise. She’s tough. She’s seen a few things. She’s not afraid. She has the strength of her faith. She runs an orphanage in Hell’s Kitchen so she ain’t no sissy. But she’s hugely compassionate. She’s brave. She is decent, which is a funny, old-fashioned word. But she strives to do the best and the right thing, and the main pillar of that is her faith. So she’s a fighter but she’s also vulnerable. She’s human, too.
Spiritual faith has been a staple of some of the most iconic Daredevil stories and in the Marvel-Netflix world, it’s been a predominant theme for the character. With the introduction of Mother Maggie, it’s no surprise that Season 3 will delve into that aspect more. Whalley shared some insight as to how her character deals with the darkness surrounding Matt’s faith.
You know what I particularly liked in the writing? The way Maggie handles someone who doesn’t necessarily share the same faith. She’s not judgemental about that. She knows that people call things by different names. It’s no reflection of whether you’re a good person or a bad person. She has a great sense of humor, which is one of the things I love about her. She has a little bit of a sharp tongue and she’s very quick-witted sometimes. She’s been around the block. She knows a good person when she sees one. And she’s generous. Of course, she’d love if everyone were Catholic and came to church. But you take what you can get. She’s wise enough to know that if you force something down someone’s throat they’re not going to choose it willingly.