The third season of Marvel’s Daredevil has been dropping some pretty interesting hints on social media this year gearing up for Season 3, so Marvel fans, read your Bible!
Don’t worry, I’m not getting preachy, but if you aren’t familiar with the Good Book, you’re missing out on some intriguing hints as to what’s next for Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox).
If you haven’t been following the official social media feeds for the “Man Without Fear,” here’s a brief Bible study of the verses appearing in them, and what they seem to indicate.
Before the verses begin marking new announcements, a card with “In Loving Memory” or Matthew Murdock showed up last October in both braille and print bearing the verse Proverbs 25:26:
Like a muddied spring or a polluted well are the righteous who give way to the wicked.
This little reminder to not yield or fall down before evil was accompanied with the disclaimer from Murdock, “I’m fine,” so no secrets there.
Since the Proverbs verse is written in the NIV Bible version, I’ll stick with that for the rest of the verses to make it easier to follow.
The first cryptic verse was on Twitter in January, and included a link to an article announcing Joanne Whalley’s addition to the cast with John 12:40:
He has blinded their eyesand hardened their hearts, so they can neither see with their eyes,nor understand with their hearts,nor turn—and I would heal them.
Whalley, it turns out, will play Sister Maggie, who in the comic has acted as a nursemaid to Murdock in a time of need. More importantly, though, if you know the comic, Maggie’s full name is Margaret Murdock, Matt’s mother, who had left him and his father while suffering postpartum depression.
In March came another cast addition of actor Jay Ali for Season 3 with Romans 12:21:
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Ali will play a new character named Rahul “Ray” Nedeem, and his storyline is yet to be revealed. Marvel, however, described him in the announcement as an “honest, but ambitious FBI agent” who is willing to go to “any length” for his family.
On National Superhero Day, April 28, was simply the verse Isaiah 1:17:
Learn to do right; seek justice.Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless;plead the case of the widow.
This sounds like the job of a Superhero, as well as an “honest” lawyer.
After this, it gets quiet for a while until Sept. 10. Then we see the first teaser of the new season with Job 12:22:
He reveals the deep things of darknessand brings utter darkness into the light.
In this clip, a bloody-nosed Murdock is in confession revealing he would rather “Die as the devil than live as Matt Murdock.”
Spoiler alert: Matt’s nose stays bloody throughout the rest of the teasers.
The announcement on Sept. 19 included an image of Daredevil’s mask on a cross, something that mirrored a classic Daredevil comic book cover. It was accompanied by the words “Let There Be Darkness” and another passage from Job, this one Job 30:26:
Yet when I hoped for good, evil came;when I looked for light, then came darkness.
That doesn’t bode well, and it seems Matt is welcoming it, too.
Matt continued to delve deeper into his dark tendencies around Sept. 20 with two verses.
The first is the official trailer and date announcement declaring “there is only one true way to end evil…Let the Devil out.” That declaration was accompanied by some old school Old Testament with Deuteronomy 30:15:
See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction.
The second is an image of Matt from the back, holding his arms out crucifixion style with the words “Do not fear the dark. Become it.” The verse is Romans 2:8:
But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.
Does the use of this prophetic verse mean Matt’s handing out the wrath…or being the recipient of it? I’m going with both, judging from the martyred looking image.
Finally, on Sept. 26, we get a glimpse of Kingpin (Vincent D'Onofrio) in the newest teaser, set to the music of Cody Crump’s eerie song, “Burn” and the verse Daniel 9:5:
We have sinned and done wrong. We have been wicked and have rebelled; we have turned away from your commands and laws.
Here’s a no-brainer. This is likely not only taking about the infamous crime lord, Wilson Fisk, but about Matt himself.
Fans’ reactions have been answered with verses as well. Anxious fans awaiting the release date, for example, were met with the appropriate…and just a tad blasphemous…replies with Psalm 75:2: “You say, “I choose the appointed time; it is I who judge with equity,” and James 5:8: “You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.” Someone at Marvel has a wicked sense of humor, for sure.
There are possibly some more messages in verse before the Season drops, so until then, watch the internet…and keep your Bibles nearby.
Season 3 of Daredevil lands on Netflix Friday, Oct. 19.