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Why Does Daredevil's Suit In She-Hulk Look So Different?

Daredevil is one of those characters that has a rather distinguished look among other superheroes. Regardless of what color scheme the character uses, it is fairly easy for even those with a passing knowledge of Marvel to pick out the famous superhero. This is due to the devil-inspired look of the character, as well as his choice of weapons. Luckily for fans of the heroic lawyer, Daredevil (Charlie Cox) has made an official and sustained appearance in the latest episode of "She-Hulk: Attorney at Law."

Representing costume designer Luke Jacobson (Griffin Matthews) in court, Daredevil, or Matt Murdock in his non-costumed persona, offers up the first in-court loss for She-Hulk (Tatiana Maslany). This is due to a miscommunication, however, as her client Leap-Frog (Brandon Stanley) misused his super suit and proved his negligence in full display of the court. However, it turns out that Leap-Frog is not a hero and is, in fact, a villain, which leads to a team-up of both Daredevil and She-Hulk. However, for those that had previously watched the "Daredevil" television show on Netflix, it should be immediately apparent that his costume has an entirely different color scheme, but why? As She-Hulk put it, ketchup and mustard colors can be somewhat of a bold choice.

A She-Hulk writer was surprised they were allowed to use Daredevil in the show

In an interview with Collider, "She-Hulk" writer Jessica Gao said of the utilization of Daredevil in the show, "I don't think we ever, in a million years, thought that we would be allowed to use them, because we didn't know what the status was of the character. And then, I can't remember how, we got wind that he was coming back and that it was Charlie Cox, and we were like, 'Wait, does that mean we can use him? Are we allowed?' And when they told us yeah, I mean, we couldn't believe it, we thought we were being pranked."

She added that she and her fellow writers kept putting Daredevil in the story and fully expected to be told that they wouldn't be able to use the character, but as the show progressed, the reality of being able to use Daredevil became more and more real. She added that it was incredibly hard to keep the secret for so long. Of course, people were excited to see Cox return to the character of Daredevil, mainly because his 2015 to 2018 Netflix series was well-received, with the show still maintaining a 92% over at Rotten Tomatoes. This hasn't been the first time Cox has appeared in the MCU either. He made a brief cameo in "Spider-Man: No Way Home," but that part only focused on his non-superhero persona, so fans didn't get a chance to see him in costume.

Daredevil's color scheme is a reference to one of his original costumes

So why does Daredevil look so different in "She-Hulk: Attorney at Law?" It turns out that it actually has to deal with the character's evolution and a callback to his previous costumes. As anybody who follows superheroes can tell you, most superheroes rarely look the same over an extended period of time. The color schemes of characters like Batman, Iron Man, and Spider-Man have changed several times, with probably the most memorable of those being Spider-Man's black suit iteration. Fans have already seen Daredevil come into his own in the original Netflix series, which started off with him basically wearing a black suit and black bandana over the top part of his head, but he eventually gets his famous red suit version by the end of Season 1.

The reason for Daredevil's shift in color actually appears to be a reference to the origins of the character. According to Marvel Fandom, the character of Daredevil has gone through several different versions of his famous costume. And the first official costume readers saw the character in was a yellow and red getup that he donned in 1964's "Daredevil Vol 1" #1.

Daredevil's red and yellow costume is his first real costume in the comics, and the character is getting a new show

While it doesn't look exactly the same as his original comics attire, it would appear that Daredevil's "She-Hulk" suit is inspired by that original design, which longtime fans of the character were no doubt delighted to see. It has been nice to see Charlie Cox back in the proverbial saddle again, which should act as a mild appetizer before his next MCU appearance. As reported by The Wrap, Cox's Daredevil is getting a new Disney+ series called "Daredevil: Born Again," which is scheduled to be released sometime in 2024. However, chances are that we will be seeing the character before that point in some capacity, considering that a Daredevil-adjacent character like Echo is getting her own show.

Speaking with The Direct, "She-Hulk" writer Jessica Gao said of working with Cox, "And Charlie is so wonderful. He's so game to do whatever, and he's such a wonderful actor, and a wonderful human being. What was so fun about bringing him and Daredevil into our world is that people have already seen a Daredevil who is very dramatic, little bit on the heavy side, very dark, brooding." It is nice to see Marvel and Disney pay homage to one of the original costumes for Daredevil, and one can only hope that they will continue to honor the history of the comics on which these shows and movies are based.