“She-Hulk”'s 5th Episode Sets Up the Return of This MCU Hero
Fans have known for months that Daredevil, aka Matt Murdock, would be entering the MCU, and that Charlie Cox, who played the character in the Netflix “Daredevil” series, would be reprising the role. Cox already made one brief cameo as the character in “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” but he’s set to make his biggest entrance into the MCU yet in “She-Hulk.” The character’s appearance in the new series was first teased in a trailer back in July.
Episode five of “She-Hulk,” which aired Sept. 15 on Disney+, included another Easter egg that points at the character’s arrival. At the end of the episode, Jennifer Walters, aka She-Hulk (Tatiana Maslany), goes to try on her new suits, made by superhero fashion expert Luke Jacobson (Griffin Matthews). Luke was hesitant to work with her since she’s not quite an A-list hero yet, but was moved by her specific plight: She-Hulk is so big, and Jennifer is so small. As Jennifer takes her garment bags into the dressing room, Luke complains that one of his employees left a hat box out in the open, uncovered. The contents of that hat box? A gold helmet, clearly meant for Daredevil.
Fans got their first look at Daredevil’s costume for “She-Hulk,” a yellow and red suit, in the trailer. It’s quite different from the broody, black and red version that viewers were used to in the “Daredevil” series. Cox talked to Variety at D23 on Sept. 10 about how the character’s appearance in “She-Hulk” made him put a more light-hearted twist on the character to match the series’ energy. “What was fun about being in ‘She-Hulk’ for this one episode is… obviously the tone of this show is radically different, and in order for it to be appropriate for me to be in that show, I had to adapt a little bit my Matt Murdock so he was in a place in his life where he’s having fun,” he explained. “Where life is good and he’s a bit cheeky and a bit flirty and it’s tonally slightly different. It was a bit of an experiment, but it was really enjoyable, and I really had a good time, and the chemistry I had with Tatiana was amazing. So, if they do lighten the tone a little bit, I’m not afraid of that.”
Cox will return as Daredevil full-time in the upcoming “Daredevil: Born Again” Disney+ series, alongside Vincent D’Onofrio as Kingpin. It’s not clear yet if any other actors and characters from the original Netflix series will return. The new series is scheduled for spring 2024.
For now, we’re waiting to see which “She-Hulk” episode Daredevil pops up in, though episode six seems like a likely contender.