She-Hulk: Attorney at Law could bring Daredevil and the Hulk together on screen, but the Disney + show won’t be their first ever team-up on television.
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law promises the return of Daredevil in the MCU, as well as the latest appearance from the Hulk, but it won’t be the first time the two characters appear together for a team-up in a live-action TV program. Charlie Cox’s iteration of Daredevil is making the jump from his gritty eponymous Netflix series to the more sanitized Disney + universe, with his next stop in the MCU occurring in S.he-Hulk: Attorney at Law. The show also features Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner / Hulk, and while Marvel Comics fans should be excited about the possibility of seeing the two superheroes sharing the screen, Daredevil and the Hulk have already appeared side by side on television before.
It’s fitting that Daredevil will turn up in a show based around the law since his secret identity, Matt Murdock, is a lawyer who brings criminals to justice in the courtroom. But he will be doing more than his day job in the Disney + series, as the latest She-Hulk: Attorney at Law trailer shows the hero flipping through the air, donning his iconic, more comic-accurate Daredevil suit, and armed with his billy clubs. With Daredevil fully integrated into the MCU, it will be great to see him interact with more characters, including Jennifer Walters / She-Hulk (Tatiana Maslany) and potentially Bruce Banner, again in his “Smart Hulk” form. Yet while such a meeting might seem novel, Marvel has already shown Daredevil and the Hulk fighting together in live-action media.
In 1989, NBC broadcast a made-for-television comic book movie called The Trial of the Incredible Hulk. It was a sequel to The Incredible Hulk Returns as well as a further continuation of the hit Marvel Comics-based TV show The Incredible Hulk starring Bill Bixby as “David” Banner and Lou Ferrigno as the first live-action Hulk. The Trial of the Incredible Hulk begins with Bruce on the run, living under a pseudonym, but after a wrongful arrest for assault, he crosses paths with Matt Murdock (Rex Smith). As the Hulk, he teams up with Daredevil several times, and they ultimately part ways as friends. The TV movie was developed as a backdoor pilot for a Daredevil show and actually featured more of him than the Hulk, but the spinoff never happened. The Trial of the Incredible Hulk is an entertaining piece of nostalgia but otherwise fails to hold up to today’s standards set by the MCU.
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While a Daredevil and Hulk team-up already exists in live-action, The Trial of the Incredible Hulk doesn’t offer a particularly good depiction. Compared to modern superhero movies, it’s a tepid and tedious film, with a lot of heart but little in the way of visual excitement. Plus, unlike in She-Hulk, where Daredevil wears his iconic suit, in the TV movie he wears a black outfit similar to that of Matt Murdock’s costume in the first season of his Netflix show. Also, strangely for a movie with his name di lui in the title, the Hulk actually appears less and less as the program goes on. In fact, the climax of the TV movie, in which Daredevil and Bruce Banner fight Wilson Fisk, aka the Kingpin (John Rhys-Davies), completely lacks the actual Hulk.
It’s unlikely the Hulk appears much in She-Hulk: Attorney at Law beyond what looks to be a training montage at the beginning of the series. However, She-Hulk will be front and center amidst other MCU characters, and it seems Daredevil will be suited up and ready to team up with the show’s title character. It’s not yet clear how much screentime Daredevil will get in She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, but any action scene between him and the Hulk will surely deliver the team-up audiences deserve. At least their MCU meeting will have to be better than the relatively Hulk-less crossover Marvel fans got when the two characters last appeared in live-action together, in The Trial of the Incredible Hulk.
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