She Hulk: Attorney at Law review
She Hulk: Attorney at Law is a half-hour legal comedy where Jennifer Walters, a lawyer and cousin to Bruce Banner, juggles her legal career and her newfound superpowered persona.
She Hulk also features Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/ Hulk, who mentors She Hulk/Jennifer Walters and Tim Roth, who played Abomination in the 2009 MCU film The Incredible Hulk. The show’s name, “Daredevil,” and Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige’s repeated warning that it should be marketed as a legal drama rather than a straightforward Superhero program are two of the most fascinating aspects. Jessica Gao, an Emmy-winning writer, created the series, which also makes extensive use of the fourth-wall break format, which is unprecedented in the MCU (although Wandavision employed it somewhat in one episode).
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Jennifer Walters, also known by her superhero name She Hulk, hates the moniker more than anyone else. In contrast to her cousin Bruce (“Avengers” veteran Mark Ruffalo), who is always brooding, the lawyer turned reluctant superhero (played by “Orphan Black” star Tatiana Maslany) approaches her life with a winsome grin and “let’s get this over with!” sigh. The public calling her “She Hulk,” as if she’s just the feminine half of Bruce, is definitely an insult — but not one that Jen, a lawyer with years of experience grinning and enduring incessant aggravation, can’t dismiss with a well-timed eyeroll.
But She Hulk’s origin story, which is the focus of the first few episodes of the new Disney+ series, is one that’s fraught with emotion, anger and pain. After being exposed to a serum that turns her into the Hulk, Jen must grapple with the fact that she is now a giant, green superhero — something she never wanted to be.
With “She Hulk: Attorney at Law,” Marvel brings their latest attempt at adapting a character from the comics into a series that both differentiates itself from their already successful film franchise and still gives enough Easter eggs for the diehard fans. “She-Hulk” is charming enough as it bounces from one shenanigan to the next, especially in Maslany’s capable hands. But between its commitments to the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe, a lesser budget than its film counterparts, and attempts to inject Jen’s narrative with contemporary #girlboss energy, “She Hulk” also reflects an uneasy balancing act that will need more time than it currently appears to find its own rhythm.
The 9-episode series is, for the most part, the expected quirky legal drama. However, the first episode introduces Bruce trying to teach Jen how to become “a Hulk” on a remote tropical island. This could be considered a bold way to Start off episodes which look entirely different from what is yet to come , but in this instance, it’s also somewhat necessary. Establishing a rapport with Jen, who is the polar opposite of Bruce’s Hulk in that she… this helps us comprehend how she might go about her day-to-day activities now that she has green skin.
This She Hulk show is very different from the solo movies that have come out in recent years. While those films focus on She Hulk as a superhero, this series is more about her being a lawyer. In fact, most of the episodes don’t even feature her using her powers at all. This might be a turn off for some fans, but I think it’s a smart move. It allows the writers to explore She Hulk’s character without having to worry about action sequences or special effects.
The show is also very funny. She Hulk has a great sense of humor and the writers use this to their advantage. There are plenty of jokes throughout each episode, but they never feel out of place or forced. The humor is definitely one of the highlights of the series.
It’s interesting to see how the show will play out with its 9-episode run on Disney+. We’re also curious to see if the promised cameos appear. In the meantime, we can say that Attorney at Law is continuing the conversation started in She-Hulk about Jennifer Walters’ experience while also allowing us to study our own perception and reception of what Marvel Studios is choosing exploring.
Overall, She Hulk: Attorney at Law is a great addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s a fun and different take on the character that I think fans will enjoy. If you’re looking for a lighthearted and entertaining show, then this is definitely worth checking out.
Jessica Gao(created for television by)
Tatiana MaslanyMark RuffaloGinger Gonzaga
New episodes of She Hulk: Attorney at Law debut on Thursdays on Disney+.