Since I've reviewed both other seasons of Daredevil, I figured I'd talk about the Third - and last ? - season and then chat a tiny bit about the sudden cancelling of the series and the rest of the “Netflix Marvel Universe”.
It was excellent. I understand that the second season got some bad or mixed reviews - I loved it. But Season Three was even better. Knowing these characters so well at this point is a real treat. And the Third outing is the time for things to get very difficult for Daredevil and company.
We get a deeper look at Matt's past and where he came from. I'll avoid spoilers there. Karen and Foggy are back, and we get a similar look at some of the mysteries of Karen's past, which I liked. She gets a whole episode in fact. The Kingpin is back, and has a huge role this season, which was awesome.
The fight scenes were great, in the eyes of a layman like me anyway, and there's a particularly fantastic one early in the season that takes place in the halls of a prison.
They kept track of the relationships that were important - I love the continued story of Karen as a reporter. Her relationship with her boss was well served and had a really nice payoff.
I liked that Daredevil was never in the red suit. A bit surprising, but he never goes back to it. He sticks with the black suit and mask from season one. The red suit doesn't work for me at all in this series. There is a story reason for the upgrade to the red suit, of course - and a story reason that he doesn't use it this season. Excellent!
SOMEONE wears the red though, and that was really cool.
My only criticisms are small nitpicks, really - the playing of the media and public opinion by Kingpin was a bit unbelievable at times. And the comparison of Kingpin to Trump got a little obvious near the end, when he literally made reference to “fake news”. I rolled my eyes there, not because of any political affiliation, but because it took me out of the story. WAY too on the nose, there.
And finally, at long last, we got to see Bullseye, who's a hugely important character in the Daredevil mythology. Just like the intro of Kingpin in Season One, the introduction of Bullseye was done brilliantly. We get an indepth look at this fascinating character - I had no idea this dude was going to be Bullseye. And I shouted out “Omigod! He's Bullseye!” at the appropriate time.
A little embarrassing.
The season's ending actually serves alright as a series finale, too. But there's plenty more that could be done going forward. Things are wide open for more stories, and I really hope they pick up this series and continue it…though it won't be happening on Netflix.
The End of Netflix Marvel
Sadly, Netflix surprised those of us who follow such things with the announcement that they were cancelling Iron Fist and Luke Cage, followed by the recent announcement that the just-released hit Daredevil was cancelled as well. Jessica Jones season 3 and The Punisher season 2 are still in production, so they will be released soon - and it seems obvious that those shows will get the axe as well.
I haven't seen Iron Fist, but Luke Cage was definitely screwed over, story-wise, with its intriguing Season 2 ending.
I really liked the Punisher so I'm glad it's getting another season at least, and I loved Daredevil. The press releases from Netflix and Disney/Marvel haven't said much - basically they're thankful to the creators, cast and crews of these shows, and that they look forward to seeing more from these characters.
That's “these characters” - not necessarily these casts and storylines. Daredevil and the Punisher are huge characters in the Marvel Universe, so I'm sure they will continue. But will they be rebooted with different actors in the Marvel Universe? Boo!
It's awkward, because apparently the existing seasons of these shows will remain on Netflix, while Disney Plus will be the new home for Marvel series (including any reboots or continuations of Daredevil and company).
The casting of Daredevil is pretty much perfect, and I want to see that series continue. Ditto the Punisher - perfect casting of Frank Castle. And I'd rather see them continue in the gritty series format they've started in, rather than in lighter-toned Marvel movies. I don't think these characters can be done any better than they've been done on the Netflix shows.
There's no way of knowing what's going to happen to these folks at the moment, though.
It was quite the bombshell from Netflix, and it seems as though it's a deliberate jab at Disney, who will soon be Netflix's biggest competitor in online streaming.
We shall see!
If you're interested in such things, there are probably thoughts on it posted all over the ‘Net. As a big fan of the Midnight’s Edge channel, it's their take that I recommend for starters:
So, have you seen Daredevil? What are your thoughts, predictions or hopes for the continuation or next iteration of the Netflix Marvel series?
Have a fine day!
p.s. If you've been enjoying Genejoke's 3D comic tutorials as much as I have, don't fear! Part 3 will be here next week!
Banes at 12:00AM, Dec. 6, 2018
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