Each week, Darren from @darrenmoviereviews will be recapping the most recent episode(s) of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law and the show’s overall connection to the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe.
It has barely been a month since Jane coined her catchphrase “Eat My Hammer” or Kamala Khan finished her dazzling debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but we are just days away from meeting our latest hero: Jennifer Walters, also known as, She-Hulk!
Yes, Bruce Banner’s cousin is making her big MCU debut in the latest Disney+ series. For those who aren’t familiar with Jennifer Walters, she is Bruce Banner’s cousin who also acquires the powers of the Hulk. In the comics, after being injured and receiving an emergency blood transfusion from Bruce, Jennifer gains the ability to turn into She-Hulk. But unlike her cousin, Jennifer has a milder-version of the Hulk condition and is able to control her powers more easily. As a result Jennifer is able to maintain her normal life and continue her job as a lawyer, where she often defends powered individuals.
The latest Marvel Disney+ series is being described as a comedy series, marking the second Marvel series to be a comedy after WandaVision. And just like WandaVision, this series is 9 episodes unlike the other live action series which have all been six episodes. Despite the shorter run time, having more episodes will allow the series more time to not only introduce Jennifer, but also develop its story. With one week and counting until its premiere on Disney+, here are just a few reasons to be excited for She-Hulk: Attorney at Law!
- Tatiana Maslany
If you aren’t already familiar with the singular talent that is Tatiana Maslany, prepare to be amazed! This incredible Canadian actress made a name for herself on the Canadian television show Orphan Black, earning herself an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series and two Critics Choice Awards Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series. There, she portrayed six of the main characters on the show as her character was one of many clones, and her ability to not only create so many memorable characters, but doing it acting opposite herself speaks to how talented of an actress she is! Ever since she was cast as Jennifer Walters/She-Hulk, I was instantly excited as I had been waiting for her superhero role and knew that she would be the perfect choice for the role. I have no doubt that Maslany will be a perfect superhero, breaking the fourth wall with ease, while maintaining Jennifer’s intelligence and emotion throughout the series.
- Marvel Characters Galore
We already know that Mark Ruffalo, Charlie Cox, Benedict Wong and Tim Roth will be appearing in She-Hulk as Bruce Banner/Hulk, Matt Murdoch/Daredevil, Wong and Abomination respectively. That brief tease of Cox back in the Daredevil suit in the Comic Con trailer was enough to get fans excited as everyone is dying for Cox to make his return as Daredevil after a brief cameo in Spider-Man: No Way Home as Matt. But the creators have teased tons of cameos of Marvel characters in the upcoming television series, including many characters that we have yet to meet in the MCU. Without a doubt, two of these characters will be portrayed by Renée Elise Goldsberry and Josh Segarra, who have both been casted in undisclosed roles. The possibilities are endless as to what characters will appear, and it makes sense as Jennifer Walters often defended Marvel superheroes in court throughout the comics. But it feels like Marvel may be using this show as a building point for its street level heroes in New York City led by Daredevil and Spider-Man!
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law is being billed as the first half and hour sitcom within the MCU, and the trailers are a lot of fun. They are clearly tapping into the comedic side of the story, with lots of great fourth wall breaks from Jennifer. The team behind the show consists mainly of females with extensive comedy background, whether it be head writer Jessica Gao, or directors Kat Coiro and Anu Valia, that are certain to capture not only the comedic tone of the series, but create one that is authentically set in a female voice compared to other female led comedies that have men writing the film. Plus, as much as I enjoy darker and more serious entries into the MCU, Ms. Marvel and Thor: Love and Thunder reminded me how fun more light hearted entries into the MCU can be, which has me excited to spend the next nine weeks with Maslany as She-Hulk just having fun while setting up future storylines in the MCU.
So until next week, start getting those theories going for what Marvel characters will appear! What new characters will we be introduced to? Is there any connection to the upcoming Echo and Daredevil: Reborn series? Or are you just waiting for some good old fashioned Marvel fun for the next nine weeks? Whatever you are excited for, make sure to check back next week as I recap the first episode of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, after it premieres on Thursday August 18.