It’s been nearly three years since the third season of Netflix’s Daredevil left all our collective jaws wide open with its flawless execution. Starring Charlie Cox as Matthew Murdock, Daredevil became an instant hit with its dark, gritty, and grounded storyline paired with breathtaking fight sequences and some of the best acting performances in the superhero genre in a long time. With Vincent D’Onofrio as Wilson Fisk aka Kingpin as the recurring antagonist throughout the three seasons, the show also introduced us to Jon Bernthal’s Punisher and Wilson Bethel’s Benjamin ‘Dex’ Poindexter aka Bullseye, who was the major villain in the third season. While it might seem the end of the road for Bullseye after that explosive third season finale, a theory suggests that Marvel Studios might just be able to use him, but this time as an Avenger.
In the comics, Bullseye is one of the most enduring villains of Daredevil who keeps pushing him to his limits. A master marksman, Bullseye can use literally anything as a lethal projectile, from straws to playing cards. In the series, Benjamin Poindexter is shown to be an FBI agent who is later hired by Kingpin for his innate ability as a master assassin. In the finale, Daredevil broke Bullseye’s back by repeated blunt trauma. However, it was later revealed that Bullseye was receiving treatment from an unknown doctor to fix his spine. In the comics, Bullseye also suffered the same fate only to have adamantium laced in his bones that helped him recover.
How can Bullseye return to the MCU?
In early January this year, multiple reports of Charlie Cox making an appearance in the upcoming Spide-Man: No Way Home made the rounds. While it is yet to be seen if Charlie Cox has really returned to reprise his role as Matthew Murdock, this opens up the avenue for Bullseye to also mark his return to the MCU. However, the supervillain might be returning as Hawkeye instead of Bullseye.
In the MCU, Jeremy Renner plays the role of Clint Barton aka Hawkeye. With Hawkeye show in production, Hailee Steinfeld’s Kate Bishop is all set to take up the moniker of Hawkeye from Barton as his successor. However, there’s still a chance for Bullseye to grab that position, albeit temporarily, in the MCU.
Enter Dark Avengers
In the aftermath of the Secret Invasion storyline, Norman Osborn uses the chaos to replace Tony Stark as the new director of S.H.I.E.L.D. and recruits supervillains to become the new Avengers. While maintaining the masquerade of being a hero and protecting the city, Osborn forms the Cabal, a secret association of supervillains to ensure his dominance over the world. To replace the former Avengers, he recruits Daken (Wolverine), Venom (Scorpion), Moonstone (Captain Marvel), Bullseye (Hawkeye), and himself as Iron Patriot. He also becomes allies with Doctor Doom, Emma Frost, Namor, Loki, and the Hood in the Dark Reign storyline.
While the Dark Reign storyline being adapted on the big screen is a long shot, Marvel Studios can approach this in multiple ways. With the Avengers nearly disbanded in the MCU, the time is ripe for Norman Osborn to siege power for his world domination plans. If everything else fails, the MCU now has the power of the multiverse to make this happen. But moving forward, not utilizing Netflix’s Daredevil will be an unwise decision for Marvel Studios.
Spider-Man: No Way Home is scheduled to release on December 17, 2021.