Jughead’s New Riverdale Arc Makes Him the Show’s Daredevil-Esque Hero

While discussing the history of Jughead Jones, Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa compares the character to Marvel’s Daredevil.

WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Riverdale Season 6, Episode 6, “Chapter One Hundred and One: Unbelievable,” airs Sunday, March 20 on The CW.

While discussing the history of Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse) in Riverdale moving forward, showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa compared the character to Marvel’s Matt Murdock/Daredevil.

Following the show’s five-part “Rivervale” event, the sixth episode of Riverdale Season 6, “Chapter One Hundred and One: Unbelievable,” finally resolved the huge cliffhanger from the Season 5 finale, which saw Hiram Lodge (Mark Consuelos) bomb Archie Andrews’ (KJ Apa) house with Archie and Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart) still inside. (Jughead was later revealed to be in the nearby garage at the time.)


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After surviving the explosion, Archie and Betty discovered that they now had superpowers. Archie gained the powers of super strength and invulnerability, while Betty gained the ability to see evil auras. Jughead, whose hearing was badly damaged by the explosion, left him deaf.

“I will say that Jughead’s journey has only just begun, and it seems that unlike Archie and Betty, Jughead hasn’t been given a special ability,” Aguirre-Sacasa said. tv guide. “That said, he was a bit further from the blast nexus. So stay tuned and see what happens with Jughead. This is just the start of his journey, not the end point of his journey. .”


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Aguirre-Sacasa was then asked about an early draft of the first Riverdale pilot, in which Jughead was written as being deaf. “God, it’s such a deep cut. I completely forgot about it,” he said. “Yes, in one of the first drafts – not the original, but I would say probably in the third draft of the Riverdale pilot, he was, but he became deaf again. But that was something we talked about a long time ago.”

When asked if he could now explore some of the ideas he had at the time, the showrunner replied, “Yeah, I’m going to be totally honest with you, I didn’t even consciously decide to. make.” He continued, “You know, I guess in a weird way…Obviously we play with genre and different comic book tropes, and that’s why comics were such a big part of ‘Rivervale’. Without giving too much detail, it’s kind of a version of the Daredevil story where someone loses a meaning that’s so important to them, and then other things start happening to fill that missing meaning. Listen. There’s a lot going on with Jughead in the next episode.”


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Created by Stan Lee and Bill Everett, Marvel Comics character Matt Murdock lost his sight at a young age, though his other senses had reached superhuman levels, giving him “radar sense.” As an adult, Matt – a daytime lawyer – began using these abilities to fight crime as a masked vigilante known as Daredevil.

Daredevil has been adapted into live-action several times, with Matt Murdock portrayed by Rex Smith in the 1989 made-for-TV film. The Trial of the Incredible Hulk and Ben Affleck in the 2003 big screen film daredevil. The character was later portrayed by Charlie Cox in the Netflix original series Marvel’s Daredevil from 2015 to 2018 and in limited series Marvel’s Defenders in 2017. Cox recently reprized his role as Matt in the film Spider-Man: No Coming Home.


New episodes of Riverdale Season 6 airs Sundays on The CW. The show has been renewed for season 7.

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Source: tv guide

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