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It’s not everyday you see Matt Murdock doing the walk of shame, but She-HulkThe comedic tone of allowed the character to reveal a lighter side of himself that was still largely unexplored on screen.
At Netflix daredevilMatt was already prone to cracking a few jokes, mostly at his expense, so his inclusion in She-Hulk: Lawyer ended up working surprisingly well. However, when it comes to the infamous walk of shame in episode eight, the actor Charlie Cox and the creatives behind the show weren’t sure the scene would even be included in the final version.
In a conversation with The Hollywood Reporter, Cox revealed that this particular moment was “an idea that was shot, but it wasn’t clear if it would work, both on the show and for the character.” He called it “a lot of fun”, but said he was unaware of the response the scene ended up getting.
Marvel’s penchant for comedy of late has been the target of criticism from in-universe faithful who yearn for the pinnacle of brooding vigilantes and dark cinematography that defined past MCU productions. Putting Daredevil in such a stupid position was a big risk, given the character’s past on one of Marvel Studios’ most serious, no-frills series.
Cox, however, said he was up for something a little different. “Anything you can do to humanize these guys is helpful because it makes them approachable,” he said. “When they end up doing something extraordinary, you feel it a little more viscerally.”
It’s unclear how extraordinary Daredevil will be in his upcoming Disney Plus series, Daredevil: Born Again, which will see Cox reprising his role as attorney Murdock and his vigilante persona as the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen. Fans are hoping the series will retain some of the magic of its Netflix predecessor, but seeing as She-Hulk was Matt’s first real introduction to the MCU, his stronger comedic side shifted expectations somewhat.
She-Hulk: LawyerThe first season of is available to stream on Disney Plus while we wait Daredevil: Born Againwhich is expected to hit the platform around spring 2024.