Charlie Cox in 'Daredevil'.

As expected, Daredevil isn’t going to have much time to relax in Season 3. The first big villain he ever faced, the Kingpin, is returning to the series.

On Wednesday, Deadline reported that Vincent D’Onofrio would return as the villainous Kingpin in the show’s third season, which isn’t particularly surprising. Kingpin’s imprisonment at the end of Daredevil: Season 1 kept the possibility of him coming back open, which was reinforced by him making an appearance in the show’s second season. Plus, D’Onofrio told Collider in January that he would eventually reprise the role again.

Spoilers ahead for the end of The Defenders.

It also fits the comic book storyline Season 3 is probably going to be taking inspiration from, which we already saw hints of in The Defenders. At the end of the season, Daredevil (played by Charlie Cox) was presumed dead after a building collapsed on top of him and Elektra (played by Elodie Yung). But he was later shown waking up on a bed under a crucifix with a nun sitting by him, who says they should get “Maggie.” (Maggie is Margaret Murdock, Daredevil’s mother.)

Maggie nursing her son back to health lines up nicely with a major plot point from Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli’s “Born Again,” which sees the Kingpin learn Daredevil’s true identity and try to destroy his life, even recruiting Nuke aka Frank Simpson (who was played by Wil Traval in Jessica Jones) to this end.

If Daredevil: Season 3 follows this part of the storyline, he’ll likely be a bigger threat to the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen than ever before.


Daredevil: Season 3 is expected to hit Netflix in 2018.

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