Week after week, viewers have been asking ‘When is Daredevil going to show up on She-Hulk.’ It’s not that we aren’t enjoying Jen’s crazy misadventures-- we’ve just been really excited to see Charlie Cox suit up as Daredevil again. This week on the She-Hulk: Attorney at Law episode 'Ribbit and Rip It,' that moment finally came. Did it live up to the hype? Let’s break it down.
Warning: Spoilers ahead for the latest episode of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law
What did Daredevil do on She-Hulk?
Where do two lawyer superheroes meet for the first time? The courtroom of course. Jennifer Walters faces Matt Murdock for the first time when a faux-vigilante known as Leap-Frog files a civil suit again superhero costume designer Luke Jacobson. When the thrusters on Vincent Patilio’s Leap-Frog suit malfunction, he blams Jacobson, accusing him of selling a flawed product. Jen represents Patilio while Matt represents Jacobson. Matt easily wins the case, pointing out that Patilio didn’t listen to Jacobson’s instructions and put the wrong fuel into the suit.
To show there’s no hard feelings, Matt buys Jen a drink later that night. Jen senses some sparks between them, but their moment is interrupted when both of them are called away on business. Leap-Frog kidnaps Jacobson, forcing him to make another costume, which causes Daredevil to intervene. This is when we see Charlie Cox suited up as Daredevil for the first time since the cancellation of his 2018 Netflix series. Daredevil wears the yellow and red outfit we saw Jacobson pack up for him in episode 5.
Daredevil clashes with She-Hulk, who mistakes him for a villain thanks to his devilish outfit. Daredevil fans will be glad to know that Murdock holds his own against She-Hulk, using his acrobatic skills to evade her blows. After She-Hulk unmasks Daredevil, he explains his powers to her, and the two realize they’re on the same side.
The duo team-up to take down Leap-Frog and rescue Jacobson. Along the way they argue over battle tactics, with both heroes proving effective. Things get a bit steamy afterwards, with Daredevil staying the night at Jennifer’s house for a different kind of superhero team-up. The next morning Daredevil is seen doing the 'walk of shame,' leaving her apartment in full costume while holding his boots.
Was Daredevil’s characterization consistent with his Netflix series?
Since the cancellation of his 2018 series, we haven’t seen Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock, aside from a brief cameo in the 2021 film Spider-Man: No Way Home. However, his screentime was brief, and he never suited up. This week’s episode of She-Hulk felt more like an official return to the MCU. As a fan of Marvel Television’s Daredevil, it felt like Charlie Cox had never left. From the moment he walked into the courtroom, he embodied Matt Murdock. The mannerisms were all there, the courtroom swagger, and it was glorious. In fact, John Paesano’s Daredevil theme (as heard in the Netflix series) can be heard when Cox introduces his superhero persona.
He might be wearing a different costume, but this is the same Daredevil. The show utilizes his agility in a fun way during his battle with She-Hulk. Daredevil also gets a chance to show his stuff when he takes on Leap-Frog’s gang. There is a hallway battle with a group of thugs, which can almost be considered a subtle callback to one of the most memorable action scenes from Daredevil season one.
Daredevil utilizes his radar sense throughout the episode, with Jennifer describing it as echolocation. The events of his Netflix series aren’t mentioned, but Murdock talks about his law firm back in New York. In other words, there is nothing here that contradicts anything Charlie Cox did as Daredevil in his series or in the Defenders mini-series.
What kind of relationship do She-Hulk and Daredevil have in the comics?
Although She-Hulk and Daredevil have a good relationship in the comics, they’ve never been romantically involved with one another. They were seen flirting with one another in House of M #5 (2005), which was incidentally the first time they were seen interacting on panel. Aside from that brief playful banter, their relationship has mostly been portrayed as professional. Since both of them are attorneys, the two of them have gone to one another for advice on work related matters, as seen in comics like Daredevil #27 (2017).
They’ve only faced each other in court on one occasion, which occurred in She-Hulk #8-10 (2014). Captain America was the defendant in a wrongful death lawsuit, with Jennifer Walters as the defense, and Matt Murdock representing the petitioner. Jennifer Walters won, which means her comic counterpart beat Matt Murdock in court while the MCU version couldn’t. For more on the comic book relationship between She-Hulk and Daredevil, including a deep dive on every interaction they’ve had, check out this article I recently published here on Popverse.
When will we see Daredevil in the MCU again?
Daredevil’s next confirmed appearance is the series Echo, which will stream on Disney+ in 2023. Cox is also set to star in Daredevil: Born Again, which will premiere on Disney+ in 2024. Charlie Cox recently joined Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige onstage at D23 Expo 2022 to promote the series. However, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is known for its surprise cameos and crossovers, so there’s a chance we might see Daredevil sooner than we think.
Could Daredevil show up again in next week’s She-Hulk season finale? It’s possible, but Jennifer will have her hands full. This week’s episode ended with Intelligencia making their move against She-Hulk, releasing the contents of her phone to the world. This humiliated Jen, causing her to unleash her fury as She-Hulk. The public is now afraid of the gamma-radiated lawyer, and something tells me she’ll need more than a Man Without Fear to get her out of this mess. I hope She-Hulk enjoyed her team-up with Daredevil as much as we did, because something tells me she’s in for a stressful season finale.
How often have Daredevil and She-Hulk teamed up in the comics?