– by David Kozlowski

Netflix’s The Defenders mini-series seemingly closed the book (at least temporarily) on The Hand as an ongoing major adversary for Daredevil, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage. Now that Daredevil Season 3 is about to enter production, speculation is rampant regarding potential storylines and villains. Last season introduced both Elektra and Frank Castle (aka The Punisher), and interestingly each played both ally and antagonist at various times. So, what can we expect in the next chapter in Matt Murdock’s saga?

Many fans are hopeful that Frank Miller’s classic “Born Again” storyline is featured — this arc focuses on Wilson Fisk’s pursuit of Daredevil’s secret identity, and also includes Marvel characters Captain America, Iron Man, and Nuke — a character previously established as NYPD Sergeant Will Simpson in Jessica Jones. While it’s extremely unlikely that any of these characters would appear in Daredevil, it’s notable that toward the end of DD Season 2, Fisk suspected that Murdock was Daredevil, which would setup “Born Again’s” core narrative. Others in the media have suggested that DD’s long-time nemesis Bullseye is on-deck for Season 3. Clearly, we’re all guessing at this point.

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However, our friends over at That Hashtag Show are reporting a new Daredevil casting call for a very specific character type (they’re obviously using a pseudonym to obscure the character’s full identity):

“[STEVE]  28-35, 5’9-6’1, Open ethnicity. An athletic but socially awkward FBI Agent, needs structure and rules to suppress the darkness inside himself. Athletic with medium build, responsible and resourceful, hair trigger temper. SERIES REGULAR.”

THS speculates that “STEVE” is actually Stanley Carter, a Marvel vigilante known as the “Sin-Eater,” a character associated with both Daredevil and Spider-Man. Sin-Eater is a mentally-disturbed ex-cop who kills with a double-barreled shotgun (hint: his victims are not always criminals). Carter was also an ex-SHIELD agent who underwent a form of “Super Soldier” drug experiment, which may have contributed his psychological breakdown.

While Carter/Sin-Eater is a reasonable possibility, it sounds too much like a hybrid of Frank Castle and Will Simpson, which feels a bit similar to events from DD Season 2 (and Jessica Jones Season 1). More likely, Steve is a reinvention of Bullseye, whose background has always been a little vague in Marvel canon, but he’s believed to be an ex-Army Soldier and later worked at the NSA as an assassin. Bullseye also has a long relationship with Kingpin too.

Whether or not Steve is the Sin-Eater, Bullseye, or some other yet-to-be-revealed Marvel character, it’s clear that this season is pivoting back to the gritty and grounded crime focus from Daredevil Season 1, which I expect is really exciting news to most fans who were put off by The Hand’s mysticism (The CW’s Arrow followed a similar transition from it’s street crime roots to mysticism and back).

Who do you think Steve really is? Sin-Eater, Bullseye, or someone else? Let us know in the comments down below!

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David Kozlowski is a writer, podcaster, and visual artist. A U.S. Army veteran, David worked 20 years in the videogame industry and is a graduate of Arizona State University's Film and Media Studies.