Disclaimer: This post contains spoilers for the entirety of The Defenders Season 1.
If you were like us this weekend, you spent a good chunk of time sitting back and watching the 8-episode miniseries The Defenders. For the most part, apart from some squabbles I had here and there, the series managed to be a pretty great time, living up to promises of it being in line with a summer blockbuster of sorts (though, it’s ultimately a tad more low-key than that, considering its TV budget). What was most surprising to me, however, was the way it ended.
In the final battle between the Hand and the Defenders, Daredevil stays behind in hopes of still knocking some sense into her brainwashed mind (stupid Daredevil). The result? The charge set in the building goes off, and from what we can tell, the hole he’s in collapses in on itself. This means the end for Daredevil, right? Of course not.
In the closing shot of the series, we see Matt Murdock wake up, beaten, battered, and bandaged up. Sitting on his bed is a nun, who, up on his waking says “get Maggie” (who comic fans know to be Matt Murdock’s mother). So what does this all mean? Well, the comic book faithful will recognize this shot immediately. In Frank Miller’s famous Born Again storyline, Matt Murdock’s alter ego is discovered by the Kingpin himself, Wilson Fisk. Kingpin then proceeds to destroy Matt’s world, freezing his assets, destroying his home, and everything in between. Upon facing Kingpin and losing horribly, Daredevil is left for dead, and wakes up in a nunnery in this exact same manner.
Fans of the Daredevil show last season may have also noticed that they seemed to be building up to the Born Again story, with Fisk seeming to have put two and two together regarding his identity. Will Season 3 of Daredevil have Matt getting knocked down by Kingpin before he has a chance to get up after his fight with Elektra in The Defenders? That certainly could be the case.
Those who’ve read Born Again also know that the story utilizes the character Nuke, who was introduced in Jessica Jones. This could be a cool for the series to continue crossing streams in very natural ways, with Fisk calling on Nuke to take down Daredevil.
Of course, it’s also possible that we’re reading too much into this. It’s very possible that the filmmakers looked to emulate that iconic Daredevil bandage scene visually without intending to lead it into the iconic story, but given how well-versed Marvel tends to be in its own lore, we’d bet against that.
What do you think? Do you think the next season of Daredevil will be an adaptation of Born Again? let us know your thoughts down below!