She-Hulk: Attorney At Law is the latest entry to Marvel’s Disney+ shows that brings some new and interesting additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After more than a decade of storytelling, She-Hulk takes on the monumental task to change the formulaic structure of Marvel shows and manages to pull it off, just barely.
Phase Four of the MCU has been a bumpy journey owing to the numerous complaints about Marvel’s recent decline in quality. Then we get She-Hulk: Attorney At Law, a show that promised to be a fun diversion from the ordinary as a fourth-wall-breaking legal comedy. The show played the comedy sandbox, integrating female sexuality into the MCU, and introducing significant new characters into the brand.
We get to see Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) for the first time since Avengers: Endgame and it seems that his hand has recovered from the effects of the snap. We are then introduced to Bruce’s cousin Jennifer Walters (Tatiana Maslany), with the former playing a bit part in She-Hulk‘s origin story, which took a somewhat deviated path from the comics.
Jennifer Walters was easy to connect with thanks to Tatiana Maslany’s endearing attitude, tremendous talent, and charisma. The actress had wonderful chemistry in all of her scenes with the special guest actors, which included Mark Ruffalo, Tim Roth, Benedict Wong, and Charlie Cox. Needless to say, Tatiana Maslany was a great pick for the role, and she alone persuaded viewers to stick with the show despite its flaws.
Fans also got to see Daredevil in action in the MCU, after last seeing him in Netflix’s Daredevil series. Charlie Cox who returns to play Matt Murdock/Daredevil instantly enhanced the show in numerous ways. The charm and humour of Cox seamlessly blended the character into the MCU.
However, one of the most criticized points of the show was that She-Hulk’s CGI was incredibly lacking in quality. Even though the budget for this TV show is limited, one would assume that Disney/ Marvel has enough money to show their heroes a little bit of civility. In fact, She-Hulk appeared as a hastily added afterthought and looked considerably worse than Ruffalo’s version of the Hulk.
Since the show followed a 30-minute format, the screenplay and conversations needed to be tighter and more fully developed. Instead, the writers appeared to have more focus on being snarky and rebellious. There are plenty of corny one-liners in the show and punchlines that fall flat that make She-Hulk a bit cringy at times.
However, despite all the flaws and few positives of the show, She-Hulk: Attorney At Law has the most absurd and imaginable finale we have seen in the MCU. Instead of wrapping up the story like any other show, the series takes a complete u-turn and erases where the story was heading, quite literally.
Overall, She-Hulk is among Marvel’s most surprising and interesting television series to date. The series’ conclusion may cause controversy for some viewers, but it provided a different fourth wall breach that was just as meta, self-aware, and occasionally funny as the entire run.
Final Verdict: 3 stars (out of 5)