There are so many Marvel characters who fit right into the sitcom mold that it’s quite surprising that She-Hulk: Attorney At Law is the first time the media behemoth has attempted the format. Waiting, on the other hand, worked in their favor. Jennifer Walters’ brave fourth wall breaks and extremely relatable fish-out-of-water antics as she navigates her newfound powers are a perfect fit for the episode’s shorter, funnier format.
It’s no surprise that Tatiana Maslany handles Jen and She-Hulk with ease. Given her experience on Orphan Black, where she juggled a wide range of characters, we know that’s more due to her skill than the fact that She-Hulk isn’t an alternate personality (unlike Bruce Banner, she doesn’t have to contend with another hand on the wheel in Hulk form). She-Hulk just comes with all the confidence you’d expect from a six-foot-seven-inch gamma-powered superhero. (Of course, don’t call her that.)
The premiere, as expected, gives us a crash course in Jen’s transformation into She-Hulk. But, above all, it’s about establishing her relationship with her cousin, Bruce (Mark Ruffalo). The two have fantastic chemistry, which has been heavily emphasized in the trailers. Kat Coiro (director and executive producer) and Jessica Gao (head writer and executive producer) struck a balance between focusing on Bruce as the wise mentor and keeping the first episode firmly anchored in Jen’s story.
The effects that piqued fans’ interest in the first trailer have also been greatly improved. During a press conference earlier this summer, Gao stated that part of the criticism leveled at She-appearance Hulk’s stems from people believing they can constantly comment on women’s appearances, which isn’t entirely unfounded. Hulk appears more natural because Banner is allowed to have scruff and imperfections on his face, which contrasts with the flat matte appearance he would have if men were expected to have perfect complexions at all times. She-Hulk might have looked a little better if Maslany’s makeup was applied practically and then blended digitally after the fact, but it wouldn’t have made much of a difference.
Some fans were concerned about the 30-minute sitcom format’s overall significance in the MCU, but those concerns have been allayed. There are no specifics in this review, but the premiere alone provides some significant answers regarding Bruce, Smart Hulk, and the progression of the Hulk… gene(?) as it relates to the varying reactions between Bruce Banner and Jennifer Walters. As a sitcom, She-Hulk must work extra hard on the callbacks to give fans a sense of connection to the MCU. However, given the format of the show, none of them feel forced. A Tony Stark joke here, a Steve Rogers remark there, and a random spaceship appear… It’s all day in the office.
Jen’s Dry Wit, Combined With Bruce’s Earnestness, Provides Ample Opportunity For Comedy
The most important aspect of the series format, however, is that it’s freaking hilarious. The fourth wall breaks aren’t overused, and Jen’s dry wit combined with Bruce’s earnestness provide some genuine opportunities for humor, which Gao and Coiro take full advantage of. Watching smartypants Bruce Banner feel jealous for the first time in his life as his cousin outperforms him in every way? It’s comedy gold.
And, perhaps unsurprisingly, She-Hulk: Attorney At Law captures the female experience even better than previous female-fronted MCU entries. The MCU has given us some rockstar female heroes, but this is the first series that feels unabashedly and contemporary female (we see you Agent Carter, and we love and miss you). Don’t worry, dudes; there’s plenty to laugh about here! But Jen’s struggles as a woman in the workplace and the world as a whole hit home especially hard for those of us who have identified as female. And by “hard,” I mean handled in the most amusing “it happened to me” ways.
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How many episodes will be in She-Hulk?
How Many Episodes Will There Be of She-Hulk? She-Hulk has been given ten episodes, a rare deviation from the norm.
Who does She-Hulk end up with?
Captain America: The Winter Soldier revealed that Peggy married and had two children, and Endgame appears to confirm that her unseen husband was Steve Rogers after time travel.
Why was the Incredible Hulk TV series Cancelled?
Even though the show’s ratings were still respectable, CBS initially refused to renew it for the fall of 1981. Harvey Sheppard, then-head of CBS programming, felt the series had run its course and canceled it, according to Kenneth Johnson.
What is the next Marvel series?
What We Know So Far: In December 2020, Marvel announced the development of a Disney+ series based on Iron heart, which will tell the story of an engineer who creates the most advanced suit of armor since Iron Man himself and then becomes a superhero.
How is She-Hulk related to Bruce Banner?
She-Hulk is the alter ego of Bruce Banner’s cousin, a lawyer.
She-Hulk: Attorney At Law hits all the right notes as a sitcom while also hitting the beats you’d expect from a Marvel Cinematic Universe entry. Though the first episode contains all of the necessary, standard origin story elements, none of it is presented in a boring manner. And, yes, the effects appear to be better than in the first trailer.
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- August 19, 2022