Netflix chose to release on Monday the much-talked-about post-credits clip teased as the post-credits scene of Iron Fist Season 2. It’s a grim preview of Daredevil Season 3, featuring Matt Murdock in a confessional while wearing his original black Devil of Hell’s Kitchen outfit, bloodied and saying dangerous things.
“I’d rather die as the Devil than live as Matt Murdock,” he says, after cryptically remarking on the nature of justice. “Darkness only responds to darkness.” That line sure sounds Biblical, and the official Daredevil Twitter account hammered that idea home by referencing a specific Bible verse: Job 12:22.
Job 12:22 also references lots of darkness:
He reveals the deep things of darkness
and brings utter darkness into the light.
This Bible passage offers a slight clue about the direction this next season might take. In the clip, Matt also says, “I once believed that justice could be found in a court of law, and in the light of day, but I was fooling myself.” In a sense, he now believes that only darkness can contend with darkness.
The Book of Job offers a meditation on God’s justice and why he permits suffering, even in his most loyal followers. Job is a good, wealthy man who loses everything just so God can prove a point to the Devil. He feels forsaken and accuses God of acting unjustly. Ultimately, God explains that Job — nor any man for that matter — could ever comprehend His wisdom.
Why do terrible things happen to good people? The Book of Job ultimately says that only God knows. So when Drake and everyone else says that something is all part of “God’s plan,” they’re loosely referencing the Book of Job.
Matt Murdock, the Job in this scenario, doesn’t quite comprehend God’s plan. Because of all his suffering, he’s seemingly succumbed to the darkness.
At the end of The Defenders, Matt Murdock laid bruised and beaten in a Catholic convent calling for “Maggie” while a nun sat next to him. This offers an obvious hint that Season 3 will lift elements from the 1986 comics story arc Born Again, written by Frank Miller and widely considered one of the best Daredevil comics of all time. In that arc, Matt Murdock became so destitute that he went insane.
For Daredevil Season 3, the same might happen as Matt is “born again” into an even darker iteration of his superhero identity.
Daredevil Season 3 has no confirmed release date, but it’s expected by the end of 2019.