She-Hulk continues to be one of the most unique and fun shows to come out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe age. Each week, we’re getting something fun and refreshing, and even now that we’re on Episode 8, there are still plenty of surprises, and that includes all the Easter eggs and references throughout the episode.
In the episode titled “Ribbit and Rip It,” She-Hulk finds herself representing a new client, who just so happens to be a vigilante in a super-powered suit–kinda. However, this puts her in the crosshairs of costume designer Luke Jacobson. Additionally, She-Hulk crosses paths for the first time with Matt Murdock (Daredevil).
The Disney+ series also provided a lot of deep cuts from random Marvel Comics books, including very specific references to many first appearances of characters. Below, you’ll find 12 Easter eggs and references from Episode 8 of She-Hulk.
For more Marvel fun, check out the breakdown of the latest Black Panther trailer, the Deadpool 3 announcement, and Easter eggs from Episode 7 of She-Hulk.
This is Leap-Frog, a product of the ’80s. He made his first appearance in Marvel Team-Up #121 as a villain who fought Daredevil in his first time out as the villain. The man inside–and inventor of the Leap-Frog suit–Vincent Patilio, spent the following years as a failed super-villain, often losing out to Daredevil. When Leap-Frog was up for trial the first time, he asked Matt Murdock and Foggy Nelson to be his lawyers, and Foggy ended up representing him. Throughout the years, Leap-Frog was a D-List villain that never really accomplished anything.
Leap-Frog was created by JM DeMatteis and Kerry Gammill.
A departure from the comics
In the comics, Leap-Frog’s suit gives him the ability to jump thanks to springs–very basic and Silver Age tech for a villain, even though he was created in the ’80s. On She-Hulk, Leap-Frog’s abilities come from rockets on his legs.
While the character of Luke Jacobson may come as a fun, one-off to battle wits with She-Hulk as she tries to get outfits that fit her, he’s actually based on an already existing character. In the comics, Jacobson was a famous fashion designer.
Created by Martha Thomases and Tony Salmons, Jacobson made his first appearance in the very short-lived Dakota North comic. Yes, Dakota North. It’s a real Marvel Comic.
Famous Marvel lawyer
Listen, if you’re reading this, then there is a very good chance you’re a fan of the MCU. You’ve probably seen the majority of the movies and TV shows, and you probably watched all those Netflix Marvel series too. But, it’s still important to point out that this gentleman, right here, is Matt Murdock–who is actually Daredevil. Once again, Charlie Cox reprises his role as the lawyer–and vigilante.
The new Daredevil suit is actually a throwback to an old Daredevil suit from the comics. In his first appearance back in 1964, Daredevil wore a red outfit with yellow arms and legs and a yellow helmet.
We finally get She-Hulk in a costume, but no, it isn’t her first appearance costume–that was just torn, white cloth. This is new but also pays homage to the color scheme and design of the one she occasionally wore in Dan Slott’s comic run.
If there’s one thing we’ve come to know and love about Daredevil, it’s that he loves a good fight in a hallway. This fight here really feels like it pays homage to the original Daredevil fight from Season 1, Episode 2 where he’s taking on the Russian mob. The only difference is that this scene had a lot more cuts than the original fight on the Netflix series–a one-cut battle.
He has his own Leap-Frog signal, henchmen, and a sign declaring a specific area is for “Frog parking only.”
We briefly see two arcade games. There’s the well-known Frogger game, and the fictional Leapfrogger game. We will never have any idea how it plays because She-Hulk threw it.
Ripped from the comics
Remember earlier when we talked about Leap-Frog’s first trial and Foggy was his lawyer? Well, during that trial, he got his hands back on his spring-shoes, jumped out a window to escape the trial, and broke his legs. The same thing happened here, except he wasn’t on trial, yet.
Jen mentions the twist she thinks is about to arrive, and mentions a “red Hulk.” There totally is a Red Hulk, and there was a big mystery around who he was in human form when the comic came out back in 2008. We know it’s been 14 years since that came out, but we won’t spoil that mystery just in case you want to read that series, which is simply called Hulk. It’s a lot of fun.
Jen also mentions her getting “Fridged.” In comics, Women in Refrigerators (WiR) is a term coined by comic book writer Gail Simone back in 1999. It refers to an issue of Green Lantern in 1994 where Kyle Rayner’s girlfriend was killed and put in a fridge. WiR refers to a woman getting killed, hurt, or depowered in order to motivate a male character or to push forward his story arc–rather than fleshing out these female characters and making them full-fledged people in a world. It’s women in comics becoming tools or pawns rather than characters.