Warning – This article has MAJOR spoilers for Daredevil season 3.
Today at Netflix’s Daredevil season 3 panel, a major secret for the season was revealed by Executive Producer and Marvel’s head of television, Jeph Loeb, and actor Wilson Bethel. After a very telling video clip was played for the room, Bethel officially announced to the room that his character, FBI agent Benjamin Poindexter will become the iconic Marvel villain Bullseye.
“Honestly it was one of the most incredible experiences of my life, having the opportunity to tell the story of how Benjamin Poindexter will ultimately become Bullseye.” said Bethel.
“Working with Vincent was one of the great pleasures of my career. As Jeph alluded to, this is the beginning of a weird relationship you’ll see develop over the course of the season. Vincent was very supportive of me as an actor and took me under his wing.” shared Bethel. “Unfortunately for Dex, he gets taken under Fisk’s wing and the result of that is not so positive.”
“Maybe the worst kept secret in the history of Marvel is that this season we would be telling an origin story for one of the more iconic characters.” said Loeb. In a not-so-subtle move, Loeb also revealed that Bullseye will earn his suit this season.
“Bullseye is one of the greatest villains in any of the comics, period. I think [something we needed] in order to fit in with the emotionally honest and character-driven narrative of this show, was telling the story of a real person teetering on the edge of light and darkness. What are the aspects of fear?” shared Erik Oleson, series show runner. “How does someone like Wilson Fisk turn someone who could be a productive member of society into a villain? The way that Fisk pulls a psychological manipulation on him and worms his way into Benjamin Poindexter’s life in a way that feels like it could really happen is incredible.”
Before the panel ended Loeb had one more treat for the audience: a video clip of the first confrontation between Daredevil and Bullseye.
Foggy arrives in what looks to be Karen’s office and the lights are out and people are dead. Daredevil is seemingly standing there in the darkness among corpses. He throws one of Daredevil’s signature fighting sticks at Foggy, and Matt catches it, wearing his season 1 costume. The two fighters slowly circle one another as Foggy runs the hell out of the room. Matt asks “Who are you?” to which Bullseye replies “I’m Daredevil.” Cue epic fight scene, at the end of which Matt is unconscious at Bullseye’s feet.
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