She-Hulk: Attorney At Law Episode 9 Recap: Rewriting The Show

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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’s time for She-Hulk to literally break Disney+ on the season finale of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law.

After nine episodes, She-Hulk: Attorney at Law‘s first season has come to an end. From the beginning, Tatiana Maslany has been a standout as Jen/She-Hulk, making for one of the best casting choices in recent memory in the MCU. The entire season itself has been full of highs (last week’s episode featuring Matt Murdoch/Daredevil) and lows that has divided fans, but it has been an enjoyable watch nonetheless. The personal story for Jen has been the beating heart of the series, and while not all the jokes landed as intended, the legal comedy lens was a fun change for Marvel. The finale itself is the most meta thing Marvel has ever done. It’s wild and outrageous, and while you will most likely sit their questioning what the heck is happening as it unfolds, it’s a fun ride from start to finish that is never for a second short on MCU cameos and Jen trying to get the audience answers as to what is in store next for the MCU.

And into spoiler territory we go. If you have not seen the season finale of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, stop reading now. If you have, keep on reading to find out what we learnt on the season finale…

The episode begins with an Intelligencia propaganda video about Jen being She-Hulk, displaying her as a green rage monster with an undeniable 80s retro vibe. When the video ends, we are in prison as Jen has been arrested for her actions at the female lawyer of the year gala. Mallory, Nikki and Pug arrive, and they have been trying to get in touch with Bruce but with no luck. Jen immediately wants to jump into how they can attack Intelligencia legally. But Mallory tells Jen that they need to address her legal predicament, because the police have multiple witnesses saying they saw an out of control She-Hulk, substantiating Intelligencia’s claims. There is a plea deal on the table though, which involves Jen wearing an inhibitor device that prevents her from turning into She-Hulk. Knowing it is her only way out of prison, Jen accepts the deal.

Now that she is no longer able to turn into She-Hulk, Jen loses her job and can no longer afford her apartment, forcing her to move back home with her parents. Nikki is over one night, trying to help Jen pin down Intelligencia’s leader’s identity. Jen wants to do so legally, where as Nikki wants one of their “dumb” members to slip up and give them an important piece of information. While there, Jen’s mom brings them food and shows Nikki an embarrassing dance video of Jen from her university days. Calling it a night, Nikki heads out and Jen returns to her room and sends two text messages. The first one to Bruce to see where he’s at, with no response. The next to Emil, seeing if he has room for her at his wellness retreat. But before Emil can respond, Jen packs a bag and begins driving to his place.

Back at the office, Nikki is on the Intelligencia webforum. Without Jen knowing, she uploads the dancing video of her and immediately gets a message from the Hulk King, inviting her to a meeting that night. But, the Hulk King assumes that Nikki is a man, which quickly has her calling Pug as she needs a favour.

Jen arrives later that night at Emil’s, and is set up in his guest room. Emil is currently at speaking engagement in the barn, so she heads on down to the barn to find him.

At the same time, Nikki and Pug arrive at the location of the Intelligencia meeting. Nikki quickly preps Pug on how to act, giving him such useful advice as referring to women as “females”, before sending him into the meeting with her connected via a wireless headphone in Pug’s ear. Pug quickly finds himself in the middle of a conversation where the men are trashing female superheroes like Lady Thor and She-Hulk. Though Pug is spotted by Todd, who is immediately happy that Pug is there. Nikki coaches Pug through the conversation to gain the group’s trust, which leads to Todd revealing himself as the Hulk King to Pug… when the call with Nikki drops and she loses audio on Pug.

Before Pug can ask too much of Todd, the meeting begins and Todd introduces their guest speaker: Abomination. Turns out Emil is moonlighting as a motivational speaker in the form of Abomination, violating his parole conditions. At this moment, Jen walks into the barn and sees Emil as Abomination talking to the Intelligencia congregation. Pug calls out to Jen, telling her that Todd is the Hulk King, at the same moment that Nikki barges into the barn. Todd then addresses Jen, telling her that Josh stole her blood so they could synthesize a serum to give him her powers, which turns him into a Hulk. But to add to the chaos, Titania and Bruce both break through the walls and appear in the barn. Bruce begins fighting Abomination, and Titania attacks Jen, causing Jen to transform into She-Hulk. Then Jen makes a daring move: she addresses the audience, saying that this is a mess and none of these storylines make sense.

The screen then changes to the Disney+ menu, and Jen breaks through the title cards and jumps into the Marvel Assembled icon. It transports her to Walt Disney Studios, and Jen makes her way across the backlot to the She-Hulk production office. She interrupts a writers’ meeting where they are discussing potential story ideas for season 2, and asks them what the hell this finale is. She gets into an argument with them over how stupid it is, but the writers say that it is what Kevin wants. Jen demands to speak to Kevin, to which the writers laugh as no one speaks to Kevin. But this doesn’t stop Jen, as she heads up to the Marvel executive offices.

Upon arriving at the executive offices, Jen signs a standard non-disclosure agreement. But this is just a distraction giving the security team enough time to arrive to detain Jen. But they are no match for her, and Jen finds her way to Kevin. Jen finds herself in a room with multiple screens, playing moments from throughout the MCU. Then Kevin enters the room… but it is not Kevin Feige like we were expecting. It is a robot named K.E.V.I.N., which stands for Knowledge Enhanced Visual Interconnectivity Nexus. Before he will discuss anything with her, K.E.V.I.N. wants Jen to transform back into her human form, which she does. While Jen questions the finale story, K.E.V.I.N. says that Jen can’t choose what happens on her show because he is the one controlling the story. But as this is a legal comedy, Jen tells K.E.V.I.N. that she wants to make a closing argument on the matter. K.E.V.I.N. agrees, and Jen begins her argument saying that all Marvel stories end the same way: everything is thrown at the audience in the climax with a fight, which is distracting from the true story of this show. Her story. Her personal journey finding a balance between her life as Jen and as She-Hulk. Hearing this, K.E.V.I.N. asks Jen how she would fix the finale. Jen says she would get rid of Todd gaining powers, Bruce is not needed to show up nor do we need to hear what he has been up to all this time, and wants Emil to hold himself accountable for his actions. But, she wouldn’t say no to Matt showing up because a woman has needs. Jen then gets on a tangent about other Marvel characters, for example asking K.E.V.I.N. when the X-Men are going to appear in the MCU, but K.E.V.I.N. says her story is fixed, refuses to answer any of Jen’s questions, and sends Jen back to her finale.

Back in her finale, Jen turns back to her human form and instead of fighting Todd, she tells him she will see him in court as the police arrest him. Daredevil arrives outside the barn, but after Jen and the police have everything sorted. Though, Jen tells him that she is happy to see him but that she needs a minute as she walks over to Emil who is being arrested. Jen informs Emil by signing the admission, he will go back to court for ten years for breaking his parole. But Emil says it’s the right thing to do and turns himself over to the police.

With Hulk King arrested, Jen can relax at her parent’s place. They are having a family BBQ, and Matt has been invited. Her family immediately starts drilling Matt on his job and income, because as they say, they need to see if he is cut out for raising kids in Los Angeles with Jen! Jen quickly swoops in to rescue Matt. Bruce then arrives at the BBQ, and begins to tell everyone that he has been away on Sakaar and will tell them all about it. But he first needs to introduce them all to his son: Skar!

Before we can get any answers from Bruce, we cut to Jen as She-Hulk heading into court for her lawsuit against Todd. She is stopped by a reporter, asking her about what she is going to do. She tells that reporter that she will go after any lawbreaker, whether it is in court as Jen or as a superhero as She-Hulk, as the episode ends.

After a few episodes of no credit scenes, we get one for the finale. Emil is back in prison, but a portal opens up in his cell revealing Wong. Wong has come to break Emil out, but got delayed because he was on a television binge. They both head back to Kamar Taj, where Emil is going to take up temporary residence.

And just like that, another Marvel television show has ended. The finale was a wild, meta moment as Jen literally storms into Marvel studios demanding that her story be rewritten. There are lots of small references to other Marvel projects in this sequence, but we get a big character reveal that will have larger ramifications for the MCU: Bruce’s son Skar. While his role in the MCU is not known going forward, it immediately raises the possibility of a World War Hulk project in either Phase 6 or 7. For years, both fans and Mark Ruffalo have been wanting a Hulk solo film, and now with three known Hulks in the MCU and with Thunderbolt Ross returning in Thunderbolts and the reference made to Red Hulk last episode, it is very possible the groundwork for World War Hulk is currently being laid down. 

Well, that’s a wrap on Marvel recaps for the year as She-Hulk: Attorney at Law is the final Marvel series premiering this year, with the next series being Secret Invasion which is set to begin early next year. So enjoy the break in the MCU for the next few weeks as we all get excited for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever which opens on November 11.

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