While The Walking Dead may have been the long-time, reigning champion of New York Comic Con (NYCC) panels, Marvel’s Netflix series have become just as big; if not bigger. Filling out the entire Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden way before the start time, the Daredevil cast and producers were met with a warm welcome from fans.
A ton of things happened during the panel, so here is a breakdown.
Where Are They Now?
Each actor got to tell us a bit about where their characters are physically, and mentally in the show. The show takes place in the aftermath of the building collapse from The Defenders, in which Matt Murdock, aka Daredevil (Charlie Cox), was seemingly killed.
Foggy (Elden Henson) is dealing with the loss of his best friend, and dealing with who he is as and individual without Matt. In one of the many clips we were shown of the upcoming season, we were shown a scene in a butcher shop with Foggy’s family. That’s right. We finally meet Foggy’s family.
We also deal with Karen’s world without Matt. Due to the romantic connection they had, as well as the falling out, Deborah Ann Woll stated that we would see a Karen with a lot of unresolved things with Matt. She also mentioned that on top of these things, Karen feels adrift because she never really had a home.
Matt is still reeling from the events of the Defenders, and still struggles with reconciling both halves of his life. We see in clips that he is donning his old, black mask outfit again, which was always a really cool look. I’m very interested to see what the reunion between Matt and his friends will look like.
Vincent D’onofrio received a warm welcome for his return as Wilson Fisk, aka Kingpin. When asked about his character, D’onofrio explained that Fisk “notices a thread of disease on certain person” and leverages that to get what he wants; in his case, Vanessa. Always Vanessa. D’onofrio then goes on to refer to the “little gnat that bothers him” and gets in his way, aka Daredevil. As D’onofrio said this, he turned his gaze to Charlie Cox, much to the delight of the audience. Charlie replied saying that it was an “honor to be a gnat in the world of Vincent D’onofrio.”
This season, we will be introduced to new characters. There biggest of these new characters, and the major reveal of the panel (though admittedly the Internet caught onto this way before this event), was the introduction of Bullseye. Bullseye, who will be portrayed by Wilson Bethel, is a nemesis of Daredevil who will really challenge him this season. According to Bethel, we will learn Bullseye’s origin story and the journey that leads him to become this iconic villain every Daredevil fan knows. Wilson Fisk, of course, will play a major role in guiding Bethel’s former FBI agent into becoming a full-blown villain. We’ll see more of the relationship between Fisk and Bullseye in a very deep way. According to show showrunner Erik Oleson, they apparently even removed dart boards from the writers’ room, just to make sure no leaked photos revealed Bullseye for the third season.
In addition to Bullseye, Jay Ali will play Rahul ‘Ray’ Nadeem, the FBI agent in charge of looking over Fisk. Joanne Whalley will helm the role of Sister Maggie, an important character in the world of Matthew Murdock.
We were shown several extended clips from the first season. Around 4 or 5 in fact. I’m actually curious as to why they didn’t just show us an entire episode, as the Marvel Netflix panels did in previous Comic Cons. Some of the previews are already viewable online (link to come).
Overall this was a phenomenal panel. It’s hard as a fan to keep my emotions in check as I write about this. I do wish there was more time for fan questions at the end, which had to be cut relatively short due to the sheer number of clips we were shown. Also wish the show debuted this coming week and not the one after, but hey, it’ll only make it more exciting when it finally airs.
- According to the showrunner, Erik Oleson, this season they will top the famous hallway fight scene from season one. Season Two had it’s own version but I personally didn’t feel like it measured up to the original. I’m very excited about this. The showrunner also mentioned that they really wanted the action scenes to be emotional and to hold consequences. If it’s anything like the fight scene we were shown during the panel, it’s sure to be incredible.
- The lovely cast got off their stools and sat on the floor in between each scene preview as to not obstruct the view for the audience.