When we think of Daredevil, we often think of the Man Without Fear that wears a red suit that allows him to look like a literal devil whenever he’s fighting crime in Hell’s Kitchen. Of course, we saw Daredevil making his debut in the MCU as a superhero when he appeared in episode 8 of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law. But this time, we saw him in a yellow and red suit that didn’t seem to fit what we were used to seeing out of him. So, why was Daredevil’s costume yellow, and what’s the history behind this suit?
Daredevil’s original suit in the comics was always yellow and red, and that means that this yellow suit in She-Hulk is a direct nod to his original costume. However, it is possible that this suit is his way of paying homage to his father, who used to wear a robe of yellow and red as a boxer.
The fact that Daredevil wears a yellow suit in She-Hulk is a great touch to the overall aesthetics of the character and his introduction to the MCU, as it pays homage to the classic origins of Daredevil, much like how the other MCU characters also wore some of their classic comic book costumes as well. Now, with that said, let’s look at the reason why Daredevil’s costume is yellow.
Why Was Daredevil’s Costume Yellow?
Daredevil has always been one of the most popular Marvel characters because of how down-to-earth and badass he is. Of course, we’ve seen Daredevil on Netflix in the past, as he started off with a simple black costume before graduating to the red costume that he has always been synonymous with. And when we think of Daredevil, it’s hard to think of him in anything other than the red suit he’s always worn.
However, things were different in She-Hulk: Attorney at Law. We already knew beforehand that Daredevil was going to be in She-Hulk, as the character was teased to appear in the series before the first episode was even released. However, one of the things that we didn’t know back then was how he would fit into the entire series, especially considering that Matt Murdock is based in New York while Jen Walters is based in Los Angeles.
Nevertheless, the earliest sighting of Daredevil in She-Hulk was when Jen went to superhero costume designer Luke Jacobson, who designed new suits for She-Hulk. While Jen was trying on one of her new suits, Luke noticed that there was a box that was not covered properly, and the camera revealed that it was a Daredevil mask. But the thing is that this mask was yellow, as we were already teased about the yellow Daredevil costume that was going to make its debut in this series.
Episode 8 of She-Hulk finally allowed us to see the character in the flesh, as Matt Murdock defended Luke Jacobson against Jen Walters in a courtroom case involving the “defective” costume that was designed for Leapfrog. Matt won that case by making use of his superior senses and lie-detection skills. And that allowed the judge to summarily dismiss the case.
Jen and Matt had a moment in a bar wherein they both talked about their lives as lawyers and what they could do with the power that they had. But the moment had to be cut when Matt needed to go attend to an emergency. Jen, meanwhile, was contacted by Leapfrog about someone who was attacking him. This led to a confrontation between She-Hulk and Daredevil, as this was the first time we saw the character in the MCU.
Of course, She-Hulk won the fight, as she learned that Daredevil was Matt Murdock himself, who explained why he was going after Leapfrog. Matt revealed that Leapfrog had kidnapped Luke, and the two worked together to rescue him. But while the action scenes involving Daredevil were great, the one thing that caught our attention was his yellow suit. As She-Hulk herself said, he was seemingly wearing mustard and ketchup.
The series never fully explained why Daredevil had a yellow suit in his MCU debut, except for the fact that he mentioned that it was Luke who designed it. But what we do know is that this yellow costume was always his original one in the comics. Daredevil first appeared in a yellow and red costume back in the 60s before he eventually graduated to the red and black suit that he has been known to wear for the longest time possible.
But we do know that Charlie Cox himself was excited to wear the iconic yellow gear:
“So I had to go to LA to have a fitting, and I walk in – I can say this now – I walk in. I knew I wasn’t going to wear it in Spider-Man: No Way Home, I knew that much, but whilst we were doing Spider-Man, we were getting ready to do She-Hulk, and so I got to go to LA to a fitting, and I walk in, and the suit is hanging there. But then there’s a drawing on the wall, and it has gold and red.”
Because this was Daredevil’s original costume in the series, it is possible that his MCU debut warranted a yellow costume because he was supposed to be a “reborn” character in the MCU after he was directly shipped from Netflix to Disney. As such, having him wear his original costume in his first appearance in the MCU gave justice to the character’s origins in the comics.
And this isn’t something that’s odd because some of the MCU characters started off wearing their first comic book costumes. For instance, Iron Man wore the original Iron Man Mark I suit as part of his superhero origin story. In that regard, Daredevil wearing his original costume gave justice to his comic book origins.
What Is The History Behind The Yellow Daredevil Costume?
In the comics, Daredevil’s origin story goes back to his father’s days as a boxer. Jack Murdock worked as a dirty boxer. However, inspired by his son, he decided to become a clean boxer, and this was what cost him his life. On his way to the ring as a boxer, Jack used to wear a yellow and red robe and was known to wear the same color scheme for his in-ring gear as well.
As such, when Matt Murdock decided to become a vigilante crime fighter, he paid homage to his father by fashioning a costume that was made out of the same materials that Jack Murdock used to wear when he was boxing in the ring. That’s why Daredevil’s original comic book costume was yellow and red.
Of course, he eventually decided to ditch this color scheme to opt for a darker color combination that allowed him to operate anonymously at night. That is why Daredevil now wears the red and black suit that has become synonymous with the character.
But we aren’t sure if the Daredevil: Born Again series will skip right to the red and black costume or if it will use the yellow suit again before moving to the red one. It is possible, however, that this yellow suit was a one-time-only thing that was reserved for She-Hulk.