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Who Are Matador And Man-Bull, Daredevil Villains In She-Hulk?

By Chandraboli Majumdar
September 26,2022

We have already explored Leap-Frog who is another Daredevil supervillain and is set to appear in She-Hulk. But there’s a hoard of other obscure Marvel villains who will be appearing in what is most likely a cameo alongside Emil Blonsky aka Abomination. They’ll be a part of Abomination’s villain support group and they’re the epitome of whacky and weird. Their characters will most likely only be making a brief cameo in She-Hulk along with Porcupine, another supervillain. Nonetheless, it is great that the MCU is exploring some of the lesser-known and funnier villains in Marvel comics. Here’s exploring two such Daredevil villains Matador and Man-Bull who will appear soon in She-Hulk along with Porcupine.

Exploring Manuel Eloganto aka Matador

Matador and Man-Bull in She-Hulk clip

Matador and Man-Bull in She-Hulk clip

Manuel Eloganto was a vicious and brutal bullfighter. Despite his ruthlessness, he was world-class in his sphere of profession and was excellent at what he did. The Matador was a large man who stood 6 feet tall and was of a heavy build. Nonetheless, a huge part of the audience despised him due to his cruel ways. During one such show, he was distracted by the audience as they were booing him. This caused a major accident. A distracted Manuel Eloganto was unable to shield himself from the approaching bull ready to attack him. The bull hit him, horns first and left him severely injured. Unfortunately, this single incident changed his outlook on the world entirely. He blamed the audience and the people of the world for his accident and vowed to take revenge. That’s how he became the Matador and dove head first into a life of crime.

Matador in Marvel comics

Matador in Marvel comics

He didn’t have any superpowers. The Matador simply used his strength, agility and combat abilities to further his career as a villain. After beginning his journey as a criminal, he developed a rivalry with Daredevil and had constant run ins with him. He even collaborated with Man-Bull in one of his missions. You must be wondering how the Matador ended up in Abomination’s support group. Well, he actually left the world of crime and turned over a new leaf. He paid his debt to society and wanted to be a better man for his family. So he became another reformed villain. Though there was another instance where he ended up attacking Daredevil because he was manipulated and brainwashed by The Ringmaster.

Exploring Man-Bull

Man-Bull from Marvel comics

Man-Bull from Marvel comics

William Taurens aka Man-Bull was a villain right from the very beginning. He kidnapped people off the street to then supply them as test subjects for The Professor to carry out his experiments on. And that’s how he faced off against Daredevil who pretty easily defeated him and stopped the kidnapping for good. And that’s when Man-Bull decided to undergo experimentation himself to prove his worth to his bosses after failing his earlier task. So he was given injections of the Man-Bull serum which transformed him into a large sized monster with horns and all.

Man-Bull vs Daredevil in Marvel comics

Man-Bull vs Daredevil in Marvel comics

After gaining his powers, he commenced the kidnappings once more only to be defeated by Daredevil again. Only this time he was sent to prison for his actions. During the fight he turned back into William Taurens and that’s how he was in prison. However, his partner Itch managed to get him some more Man-Bull serum to make his change permanent. Using his powers, he broke out of prison. This is when he truly became a villain. He never really reformed himself. Man-Bull’s storyline ended when he became a patient at the Ravencroft Institute for the Criminally Insane. So it could be that he reformed over time and even found Emil Blonsky from here.

Man-Bull had a number of failed attempts at becoming a a villain. After escaping from prison he tried to infuse the Man-Bull serum into the New York water supply. He was unsuccessful once more as Daredevil stopped him. He then even battled the Hulk. Once Man-Bull collaborated with Hercules the demi-god to take down a villain. One thing should be noted that the Man-Bull in She-Hulk does not seem to be fully transformed. So his story arc might be a little different from this.

 

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