‘She-Hulk: Attorney at Law’ Not Only Had a Bad Story, but it Was Also Offensive

She-Hulk fell shockingly short of audiences’ expectations whilst also not being the feminist show everyone was hoping for.

‘She-Hulk: Attorney at Law’ Not Only Had a Bad Story, but it Was Also Offensive

Emily Cardinal, Staff Writer

Warning: Spoilers

She-Hulk: Attorney at Law had potential to be a fun, superhero comedy; instead, it’s far from funny and can be viewed as offensive. Marvel has been releasing TV shows and movies in abundance. From Ms. Marvel, Thor Love and Thunder, Loki, What if?, and Wanda vision, it could be argued that marvel is too concerned with quantity opposed of quality. The prime example of this is She-Hulk: Attorney at Law.

Something simple in words but a big complaint is the CGI within the show. Marvel has produced stunningly beautiful scenes in outer space that are filled with magic. The same would be expected for She-Hulk, but it’s far from what was expected. There is no simpler way to put it; it just doesn’t look good. This was a complaint among fans long before the show was added to Disney+ so it’s not a big surprise this is still a running critique.

She-Hulk is the alter ego of Jennifer Walters, the cousin to the Hulk. At the beginning of the season Jennifer Walters receives her powers via a cut in her arm and her blood mixing with her cousin’s. This tuned Jennifer Walters into a Hulk, much like her cousin.

Unlike the show, in the comic Jennifer’s blood mixed with the Hulk’s after being injured in a mob attack. One fan said that the way She-Hulk gets her powers in the show, “is a joke.” Fans are upset by the undramatic way Jennifer received her powers when the comics had a much better origin story.

There are several episodes in She-Hulk: Attorney at Law where Jennifer’s dating life is discussed. One episode she tries online dating and has a series of very bad dates. One of She-Hulk’s messages are that she can be independent whilst also being a completed and successful person. It’s hard to believe the message their trying to spread while also dedicating two episodes to her constantly looking for male validation within her love life. If this TV show had a leading male protagonist, it’s unlikely so much of the show would be dedicated to the protagonist’s love life.

Later in the show, dating as both Jennifer Walters and She-Hulk fails, so Jennifer’s solution is to only date as She-Hulk. Doing this, she met a kind and well-rounded guy that seemed genuinely interested in She-Hulk. Jennifer didn’t show her human form until the morning after they had spent the night together. The issue with this is that the guy was made out to be a bad guy. But how was he supposed to know he didn’t just spend the night with She-Hulk, but also Jennifer Walters? It was clear he was upset and confused. He didn’t consent to a relationship with both, and it doesn’t appear that he knew She-Hulk was also Jennifer.

As a sit-com, She-Hulk: Attorney at Law is good. It focuses more on Jen’s dating life than her life in the court room fighting crime. The only issue is when more serious issues arise, and the characters brush it off. Everything is delt with a joking tone, and this isn’t always appropriate for a show that partially takes place in a courtroom. In one episode, She-Hulk is being sued for her name by the villain Titania. Titania is a superhuman that got into a fight with Jen soon after Jen go ther powers. In the court room, Jen realizes she hadn’t used the name often. The only time she claimed the name was for her Tinder account; her only witnesses are the men that she had bad dates with. She-Hulk then tracks all the men down from these bad dates and must depend on them in the courtroom. Unsurprisingly, more of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law became dedicated to Jen’s romantic life and how she depends on men.

It is unclear throughout the series who is the main villain. It appears to be Titania because of her reappearances, but it’s not. The true antagonist is Top Phelps, one of the men She-Hulk had a bad date with. Jennifer turns to the audience and expresses her distress. Jennifer’s solution was to completely break the fourth wall and have a conversation with the writers. She had them put an ending she wanted. Frankly, the writing felt lazy in this scene and completely got rid of the climax. There was no superhero fight, no way for Jen to prove herself, and none of the normal superhero aspects. Jen breaking the fourth wall as a good idea, but it was executed poorly. It felt as though they couldn’t come up with an ending, so they decided not to.

A fellow student at Argo expresses her opinion on the show: “I remember watching She-Hulk and thinking this is such a cool idea. Our first female lawyer of the MCU. The show had potential to deliver us a female protagonist who dug her heels in and stood for what she believed in. But as the show progressed, I noticed how easily manipulated and pushed around Jennifer Walters was which didn’t really interest me at all with the main protagonist.” She-Hulk: Attorney at Law failed to provide a strong and independent lawyer. It is very different from Daredevil, which also features a crime fighting lawyer (who also made a debut in She-Hulk: Attorney at Law).

Enjoying this show is completely up to the audience. There are good aspects along with the bad. But as a female Marvel fan, this show didn’t give me the female superhero representation I was looking for. Honestly, it was one of the worst things Marvel has released in phase four of the MCU.