In the Defenders trailer at SDCC, we notice something odd, one that is compounded by released clip, Matt Murdock is no longer Daredevil at the beginning of the series. If you recall, at the end of Daredevil Season 02, Matt failed to fully beat The Hand, Elektra got killed (but she’ll be back…), Foggy and Matt split up lawyer/firm wise, and Matt revealed himself to Karen. Apparently that was enough to make Matt hang up the suit. Which is something that Charlie Cox confirms in an interview with Cinemablend:
“At the end of Daredevil season two, everyone failed,” Cox said. “Matt failed, and the consequences were devastating. Six or so months have passed, and he’s had to completely reevaluate everything that he believes, everything that he does. And he’s decided to hang up the suit, as it were. He’s focusing all of his energies on being a pro bono lawyer. And I don’t think he has any interest, really, in being Daredevil anymore.”
Now, we also saw at the end of the trailer that he will be in Daredevil garb before the end of the season, no doubt to fully commit to the Defenders and fight The Hand’s leader, Alexandra. But how long that’ll take is unknown. We do know from early reports that it won’t be in the episode. But how long after that will Matt Murdock be out of his super suit? Guess we’ll find out August 18th.