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Tomorrow She-Hulk: Attorney At Law launches on Disney+ from Marvel Studios. This is just the latest in the many MCU series that have been released since WandaVision. We have traveled through time, through television, and to different parts of the world with many different characters. Now it’s time to spend some time in the courtroom with Jennifer Walters, played by Tatiana Maslany.
If it wasn’t tough enough for Walters to juggle her career and dating life before, the addition of now being a Hulk just further complicates it. She-Hulk: Attorney At Law blends a variety of styles of television to give audiences something a little different than what the MCU has offered before. This includes breaking the fourth wall to communicate with audiences and being self-aware of the fact that we are watching her story. While the series stumbles a bit to get on its feet, establishing supporting characters helps it get going.
Without giving too much away, the premiere episode begins with the origin story of how she got her powers. As well as her time spent away in Mexico with her cousin, Bruce Banner, aka The Hulk, played by Mark Ruffalo. Followed by her closing arguments on a big case that is interrupted by the enhanced social media influencer, Titania, played by Jameela Jamil. This forces Walters’ hand to change into her She-Hulk self, revealing her secret to the world.
She-Hulk: Attorney at law then picks up in Walters’ attempt to balance her life. Highlighting the struggles of a millennial woman in a sitcom style. As the series progresses we are introduced to a variety of characters some new, some we know very well. Holding it all together is Maslany doing a great job as Walters in both her human and hulk form. Her adventures although ‘super’ at times will be relatable to audiences making he very likable.
The issue is that through all of the goofiness and jokes, I do feel that the series lacks direction. At times it feels as if it plays episodically, with a new adventure every week. For some, this will be fine, as it will play kind of like a comic book. For others who take the MCU more seriously, will continue to complain about the lack of cohesion between the offerings in movies and series released in this phase. But at the end of the day, it’s fun, in a way we haven’t seen since Deadpool.
One other issue that is a little distracting at times is the visual She-Hulk character herself. Yes, she is supposed to be green but at times her character seems not to fit her environment and she sticks out like a highlighter. It doesn’t help her case when she has some scenes with the Hulk and Abomination that have a darker tone of color. Luckily the show is entertaining enough that it’s forgivable.
Overall, She-Hulk: Attorney At Law is going to be hit or miss for fans. Will you accept it for the whacky fun sitcom series it is? Or will you penalize it for not being as cookie cutter as some of the other MCU series? Personally, I take the fun route, as I think it develops well as its own thing and I think the cast led by Maslany is great.
OVERALL GRADE FOR SHE-HULK: ATTORNEY AT LAW: B-
Marvel Studio’s She-Hulk: Attorney At Law premieres exclusively on Disney+ on August 18.