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She-Hulk: Attorney at Law’s case-of-the-week format is one of the best decisions that Kevin Feige and the powers that be at the Marvel Cinematic Universe made in adapting the hero for television. There’s a great intro to the lead character, and we get a rotating cast of minor villains who we otherwise wouldn’t see in the two-hour films we’ve had in the past.
It also means the perfect opportunity for cameos, like Wong, the Hulk himself, and of course, Daredevil, who (surprise!) showed up in Episode 8 after a number of not-so-subtle hints point toward his appearance. Of course, to bring Daredevil into She-Hulk means you also need a Daredevil villain for that appearance to make sense. So, sticking with the light-hearted, more comical nature of the show, who better than Leap-Frog?
If you’re not familiar with Leap Frog, you’re not alone. The villain didn’t appear in the Marvel and Netflix collaborative series Daredevil, and if you’re not a devoted Daredevil comic book reader, he may not be your first choice for the most prominent Daredevil villain to put on screen. But we don’t exactly have time to bring in, say, Kingpin or Bullseye with only one episode left to wrap up a pretty packed Season 1. Simply put, Leap-Frog is a bit of a deep cut for a casual fan. But that means he’s easily adaptable for She-Hulk, which both changes his origin somewhat and boils him down to a whimsical fool with a few goons at his side.
So, who is Leap-Frog? Here’s what you should know in case you don’t have time to read the source material.
Who Is Leap Frog in She-Hulk?
In the Marvel comics, Leap-Frog is not Eugene Patilio, but actually his father, who’s only mentioned in passing in the television show. Eugene’s father, Vincent, becomes Leap-Frog after he fails to become a successful toy inventor and instead turns to a life of crime and first appeared in Daredevil Vol. 1 #25. His mechanical skillset gives him the idea of boots with powerful springs supported by a battery pack, which causes him to leap around. Hence, the villain Leap-Frog was born, and officially became a thorn in Daredevil’s side.
Eugene in the comics goes by Frog-Man so as not to be confused with his father, Leap-Frog. Due to his father’s unsavory reputation, Eugene is teased at school. As an adult, he gets work at a car dealership…to wear a frog costume, where he endures even more ridicule. He then steals one of his father’s suits and goes on a quest to become a Super Hero, not a villain, as the show suggests. He mostly succeeds, aiding Captain America, Spider-Man, and other major names, but he can never quite manage to make a big enough impact to become a full-fledged household name.
We most likely won’t see Leap Frog again since he very clearly kidnapped a man and got arrested, but he’s one of many characters from the comics who when they appear, we should keep an eye on. It may just be a hint to what major characters could show up in an upcoming Marvel show or movie.
Leap-Frog/Eugene is played by Brandon Stanley
The episode's antagonist, Leap-Frog, is essentially boiled down to a wannabe hero rich kid name Eugene who only even gets face time at Jen's law firm because of who his father is. The character, played for laughs as a bumbling fool, is played by actor Brandon Stanley.
Stanley isn't a super experienced actor, having only a few credits to his name. But he has appeared in prominent things: he worked with Clint Eastwood on Richard Jewell, and appeared on TV in recurring roles on shows Naomi, Teenage Bounty Hunters, and Looking for Alakska.
He's next set to appear in the upcoming series Will Trent, on ABC, based on the book series of the same name.
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