Netflix’s Defenders series (plus The Punisher) occupy their own unique corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and as each show has matured, crossovers have become more and more common. It may come as some surprise then to learn that the upcoming Daredevil Season 3 won’t have any crossovers to speak of.
IGN recently visited the Daredevil set and talked to showrunner Erik Oleson, who revealed why he’s opting for a self-contained season that won’t include appearances from characters such as Jessica Jones or Luke Cage.
“I wanted it to be standalone, I did not do crossovers this season,” Oleson said. “I wanted to really get back to these core characters, and use the real estate to focus on who they are and really flesh them out before I introduced external and other kind of elements of the MCU, at least all the Netflix Marvel stuff. I really wanted to get back to the core characters and tell a character-driven season, where the action is surprising and it kind of catches you off-guard.”
The last time we saw Daredevil interact with other big-name characters was in the crossover-focused The Defenders, which saw the Man Without Fear team up with Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist to take down The Hand. Since then, we’ve seen a number of guest appearances from characters in other series, including Karen Page in The Punisher, a team-up between Luke and Danny Rand in Luke Cage Season 2, and Misty Knight in Iron Fist Season 2.
Daredevil Season 3 seems to be the outlier here, with the story said to focus on the classic Daredevil: Born Again comic arc. We’ll see if the more self-contained storytelling pays off when Daredevil returns to Netflix on October 19.
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