After weeks of teasing, the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen finally made his long-awaited appearance on She-Hulk: Attorney At Law’s penultimate episode of the season and as a proud member of the Charlie Cox Daredevil fandom who earnestly anticipated this episode and fell victim to the shows intentional misleads these past weeks, it was well worth it in the end.
In ‘Ribbit and Rip It’ Jennifer Walters, represents Eugene Patilio AKA ‘Leapfrog’ in a product liability lawsuit against super suit maker Luke Jacobson whose sense of fashion matches his taste in defense attorneys as he has Matt Murdock fly all the way from New York to defend him. Following his dramatic entrance, Matt proceeds to kick Jen’s green ass in court, and afterwards, the pair of them team up to stop several dimwitted goons during which tiny sparks fly and they both end up in the sheets together.
With the fandom split in two over the show’s handling of Daredevil with some for and some sorely against the quippy, walk of shame version of Matt Murdock, I’m all for it! ‘Ribbit and Rip It’ was an absolute delight and dare I say, the best episode so far in Jennifer Walters’ first MCU outing. The showrunners deserve nothing but praise for their handling of Daredevil, managing to introduce a lighthearted and witty version of character known for his grit and expert brooding while paying homage to the original series on more than one occasion. The on-screen chemistry between Charlie Cox and Tatiana Maslany is something I do hope gets revisited in the future. It was too good to end in this one episode.
With Daredevil: Born Again set to commence filming early next year, and being set in Hell’s Kitchen, we do expect the show’s writers to bring gritty Matt back to our screens, but I do hope this whimsical version doesn’t get tossed out the window entirely.