After a year of waiting, “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” will finally be premiering on Disney Plus. Helmed by Jessica Gao who’s known for her work on “Rick and Morty” and “Robot Chicken”, the series will feature the life and times of high-profile lawyer, Jennifer Walters, who just happens to be Bruce Banner’s cousin.
The first episode showcases the origin of Tatiana Maslany’s Jennifer Walters, which happens pretty quickly and chooses to focus on the aftermath of her powers. It’s interesting to see Jen grapple with the idea of her green side, although she has it totally under control. She’s worked her way up to where she is as Jen and now, people don’t seem to appreciate that and would rather have the She-Hulk.
All in all, it’s all about balancing the scales of truth and justice along with adjusting to the new super abilities.
Granted, the comedic tone might be a little off-putting to some as it would defer expectations on how certain characters are handled. But you gotta keep an open mind here. In a show that’s both a courtroom drama and superhero feature, it’s nuts, and we love that aspect of it all.
Tatiana Maslany would have never worn heels prior to her gig with Marvel. The “Orphan Black” alum is super talented, having played an entire range of clones on that show. With “She-Hulk”, Maslany brings a different giddy side to her as she takes on Jennifer Walters.
Speaking on what made She-Hulk such a relatable character, it was the idea of a woman who’s worked so hard to get to where she is that was compelling to Maslany. “It was actually her conflict with it that I found most interesting. Her resistance to it and [how] she’s built this life for herself that she does not wanna let go of… And when this thing happens to her, she has to contend with a whole other perception being placed on top of her and societal expectations of like how she should be and who she should be.”
In the comics, She-Hulk is one of the only few countable characters who has the uncanny ability to burst right through the fourth wall. Long before Deadpool did it, She-Hulk was out there arguing with the Marvel Comics editors on how her story should be presented. Seriously, no cap here.
For the show, there were a lot of ideas being thrown around which was a back and forth on how much she should talk to the camera. At one point, even the text boxes that were editor’s notes were in the scripts. In the show, however, it isn’t as crazy as that (yet), but we do get a lot of interactions with the people on the other side of the screen.
It’s crazy to think that after all these years of aliens, killer cyborgs, and frisbee soldiers we’ve gotten a character who is self-aware. But hey, Deadpool’s coming and we’re already thinking of the madness that would ensue if these two characters were to meet!
This is one of the craziest marketing moves out there… but did you know that She-Hulk has a Tinder profile?
Yes! Just like on the show, She-Hulk, and not Jennifer Walters, is available on a swipe dating site. There’s a hilarious reason for this, being that guys dig the green alter-ego over the plain Jen.
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COMEDY AND CAMEOS GALORE
The idea of “She-Hulk” is that it is a weekly sitcom. The early episodes all clock in at just about the half-hour mark. Indeed, audiences would find the show’s tone to be more in common with “Rick and Morty” and “Archer”, which contain a ton of meta and irreverent humour.
In fact, during one moment of the show, Jennifer references the fact that “She-Hulk” is not the kind of show for cameos, despite there being a bunch of people already showing up, which is already hilarious considering that there are going to be even more in the coming episodes. Do expect more MCU actors and even real-life singers, yo!
Do expect each episode to come with a hilarious little tag at the end of it so don’t clock out once the credits roll!
ABOMINATION NO MORE?
Tim Roth made his return to the MCU as Emil Blonsky last year in “Shang Chi” and we are picking up where we left off from that thread.
After years of good behaviour, Emil Blonsky is now ready to be reintegrated into society, or so he believes, and he wants Jennifer Walters to represent him. Jen, on the other hand, sees this as a conflict of interest, considering that he had tried to kill Bruce 15 years back.
The character of Emil Blonsky is vastly different from the one in “The Incredible Hulk”, in which he was a cold-blooded no-nonsense killer. Nevertheless, time in confinement has given him much to think about. His stance on life is different and he’s no longer a feral predator but rather a tame beast with full control over his alter-ego.
Of course, back in 2008, Roth starred alongside Edward Norton as the titular character. In addressing the switch in actors from 2008 and now, Roth joked that he told Mark that “you’ve changed”. Man, what a personality!
NAUGHTY OR NICE
“She-Hulk” is actually pretty horny if we think about it. And that’s due to the rather crass themes being hurled around by the big green arms. It’s not everyday that we get to see a superhero think about a night in bed with someone else because that’s actually closer to real-life.
Not everything is about the impending threat at large or the multiversal rift that is about to collide with existence. No, sometimes, it’s just about some green lady’s sex life. And that’s ok, ya know!
Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner is also back and this is the first time we’re actually seeing more of his family. Bruce is in fact, Jen’s cousin in the show. And a very supportive one at that.
Source: Marvel StudiosEver since “Endgame”, we’ve been wondering what’s up with the changes in Hulk’s form these days. One minute he’s Smart Hulk and in another, he’s still Banner with a broken arm. Well, the show does clear that up.
Bruce here attempts to be more mentorlike since Jennifer has just got these powers for a few days. He even has a binder detailing what he went through over the past 15 years or so. However, he underestimates Jen’s capabilities which gives her greater control than when he first started out.
One gag that is a standout is when Jennifer Walters enthusiastically discusses Steve Rogers’ virginity in full detail. She goes as far back as to when the man was initially drafted into the army and theorises as to whether he got laid or not.
While Bruce Banner eventually gives a more direct answer based on the facts that he had while Steve was still his “honorary peer”, the scene just cuts off before Jennifer Walters is able to blurt out an F-Bomb. Expect a lot more of these kinds of moments in the show!
SAKAARAN EMBASSY COMES A-CALLING
In one of the promotional videos released by Marvel, Jennifer Walters and Bruce Banner are shown to be in the same vehicle discussing Captain America’s virginity when a Sakaaran ship akin to the Grandmaster’s Commodore appears out of nowhere right in their path. This in turn causes Jen to panic and crash. Chaos, we know.
Despite being a totally random appearance, this is actually significant as we would then be revisiting a period that we do not actually have too much information on. Despite catching up with Hulk on Sakaar, we are unsure of what happens when the Hulk is in control for the two years prior.
If the reports that a World War Hulk project is in development are true, this would probably be a lead-up to that. Also, Hulk has a son. Yikes, wonder what Bruce would do if he finds out he’s been getting laid.
In one of the moments of the show, we find out that Bruce Banner had actually built a secret lab with Tony Stark in Mexico. Well, of course, the Science Bros are gonna do that!
We’re sure that Bruce and Tony would have improved on their chemistry with them building a bar and whatnot. Who knows what crazy inventions they would have stashed away somewhere?
PHASE WONG, YES!
With appearances in “Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings”, “Spider-Man: Far From Home”, “Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness” and now this series, we definitely can’t get enough of the current Sorcerer Supreme.
Wong will be a key player in She-Hulk due to his ties with Emil Blonsky, who was last seen ‘convincingly’ fighting him in a tournament in Macau. It’s all about returning the favours here. Despite the fact that he’s mostly worried about the impending threats on the Multiverse, Wong still has some time to kick back and have some fun watching stuff like “The Sopranos”. Yes, Wong!
ACCORDING TO SOKOVIA
With “She-Hulk” delving more into the legal aspects of superheroes and the shenanigans surrounding such, an important part of MCU history will be revisited. The Sokovia Accords, which were largely forgotten by the time “Avengers: Endgame” rolled out, will indeed be a talking point in the series.
It will be interesting to see if Jen will be for or against such regulations, but since she’s one to uphold the law, we’re gonna say for!
REALLY GOOD LAWYERS
Alright, we knew he was coming. After all, this is a courtroom drama, and there is another great lawyer out there who’s superpowered.
The beloved Matt Murdock, played by Charlie Cox, is back to some degree in “She-Hulk” during which he could possibly face down the She-Hulk in the courts. We do know that he will meet her as the Man Without Fear, which would be interesting, considering his usually serious demeanour.
His suit is reminiscent of the Netflix version, with the familiar buckles and armoured sections. The only difference this time is that the suit has a golden hue on some parts, which is a reference to the first appearance of Daredevil in Marvel Comics in 1964.
One of the weirdest inclusions in the She-Hulk trailer is the addition of Frog Man, who we never thought would have had a live-action appearance so quickly. Like seriously, this is a guy who made his own suit with springs to jump around and fight crime!
In the comics, Eugene Patilio, takes on that alter-ego, calling himself the “Fabulous Frog Man”. He totally means well and tries his best to help other superheroes but due to the unpredictability of the springs in his suit, he barely has any control over where he’s going. Yeah.
It would be interesting to see what “She-Hulk” does with this character and we sure think he will be a bumbling fan-favourite moving forward.
Marvel Studios’ “She-Hulk: Attorney At Law” is currently streaming on Disney+.