Fans of Charlie Cox‘s portrayal of Matt Murdock, aka The Man Without Fear, aka Daredevil, were delighted to see the actor return to the role. Little did we know how great that return was going to be. Marvel Studios’ “Spider-Man: No Way Home” officially introduced Matt Murdock to the MCU, and “She-Hulk” brought Daredevil home. We absolutely loved how they used the character along side Tatiana Maslany‘s Jennifer Walters, aka She-Hulk. And even more so- a romantic tryst resulting in a morning walk of shame for the horned hero.
But not every fan appreciated this addition. Many vocal haters- probably the same ones who didn’t quite “get” what “She-Hulk” was all about- hated it. Whether it was the actual implication of a sex scene in a Marvel Studios project (yeah, but, what about the first “Iron Man?”), or the fact that it was Daredevil doing the barefoot walk the next morning, it’s hard to say.
Cox himself had some things to say about the scene and show.
“There are things that you do when you’re playing a superhero. There are scenes that you read, and you go, ‘The fans are going to love this. This is knock-out’. And then there’s stuff like the walk of shame, where you’re like, ‘I don’t know. This could go two ways. This could be something that the fans really enjoy, and it could be something that feels like it goes against the nature of what they love about the character and the tone of the piece’.
The good thing about doing it on something like She-Hulk is, it’s not Daredevil’s show. It was my job as the actor to come onto another person’s show and embrace the tone, whilst staying as true to the character as I possibly could. In this world, Matt’s in LA, and he lets his hair down a little bit. He’s just having fun. He’s killing it in the courtroom. You know, he has a fling with a really beautiful and charismatic lawyer. And then they get to do some superhero stuff.
It felt very different from everything I’ve done as that character, but that was also really exciting and new and different and in keeping with the character. If you read the comics, there are a series of Daredevil comics where the tone is much lighter, and he is much more kind of silly and goofy than perhaps we’ve done much of previously with this character. You can’t please all the people all the time. If She-Hulk’s not your thing, then don’t watch it. Watch something else.”
Cox and Vincent D’Nofrio will return as Daredevil and Kingpin in Marvel Studios’ upcoming “Daredevil: Born Again.” Kingpin will also be a part of “Hawkeye” spinoff series “Echo.” Whether or not we’ll see Murdock return for more “She-Hulk” shenanigans with Jen remains to be seen.
Catch “She-Hulk” and “Marvel’s Daredevil” (and all the “Defender” shows) on Disney+ now.