She-Hulk’s Leap-Frog goes from a Marvel Comics loser to a wild villain

She-Hulk: Attorney at Law has settled into a comfy rhythm within the again half of its first season: Every episode brings one other frightfully obscure Marvel Comics character to the live-action display to riff on them. The present started its run with Titania — comparatively effectively referred to as the closest factor She-Hulk has to a nemesis — and has adopted by means of with the likes of Mister Immortal, Luke Jacobson, and extra.

This week isn’t any totally different, with a cameo that’s leaps and bounds forward of the remainder.

[Ed. note: This piece contains spoilers for She-Hulk: Attorney at Law episode 8.]

Daredevil and She-Hulk eye each other on the rooftop of a parking garage in She-Hulk: Attorney at Law.

Image: Marvel Studios

This week’s authorized plot considerations Eugene Patilio, aspiring superhero virtually instantly turned villain, who’s utilizing his father’s cash and clout to bankroll his aspirational costumed life as Leap-Frog. Patilio’s powers appear to embody entitlement, having a lot of cash, and utilizing it to pay for a go well with with rocket boots — however what he’s actually doing within the episode is constructing a door for She-Hulk’s a lot anticipated Daredevil cameo.

Is Leap-Frog a actual Marvel Comics superhero?

Eugene Patilio/Frog-Man, dons his father’s spring-booted frog costume for the first time. “There’s only one way dad’s gonna be rid of the Leap Frog’s ghost — and that’s if someone uses that. name to create a powerful symbol for good!”

Image: J.M. DeMatteis, Kerry Gammill/Marvel Comics

Of course he’s! He’s fairly a bit nicer, although. The Eugene Patilio of Marvel Comics is the son of Vincent Patilio, who had an ignominious profession because the supervillain Leap-Frog. Vincent served his time, however by no means recovered emotionally or financially, and after the demise of his spouse he started to really wrestle. Eugene, a excellent boy, took it upon himself to redeem his father’s previous by associating frog-based adventurers with good and never evil.

He donned his father’s outdated costume — full with the spring-loaded boots Vincent invented — and began to put a cease to crime as Frog-Man. Frog-Man was by no means a enormous participant in Marvel Comics (don’t act so stunned) however he’s the sort of character who will reliably come up every time a author wants to let you recognize that some absolute silliness is about to occur. He’s teamed up with the mutant Toad, been hunted by Kraven in a menagerie of animal-themed comics characters, and he was changed by a Skrull in the course of the Secret Invasion.

He’s the sort of man who would get picked to go on a cosmic journey with Iron Man and recommend that the staff title be “the Space Friends.” And whereas in the mean time his area of interest is “absolute nobodies that you still can’t hate,” that simply means he’s one actually good story away from superstardom. After all, it occurred to Squirrel Girl.

A screenshot shows Brandon Stanley as Leap-Frog in She-Hulk: Attorney at Law

Image: Marvel Studios

She-Hulk: Attorney at Law could have wanted a little-known superhero to play the jerk on this episode, and I respect that. The wants of the variation should typically outweigh the wants of the few. But I select to bear in mind Eugene as Frog-Man, not as Leap-Frog.

Because he’s a good frog, Brent. 13/10.

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