by Miller C. Lashbrook
This year the MCU has crossed into new territory so many times, and this can definitely be said about the like of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law. This show is the the MCU’s first half-hour comedy show and it’s first show starring a character that spends a good chink of her time as CGI. This show succeeds at camp, comedy, and commentary on the misogyny in superhero fandom. Where this show unfortunately falters however is in its narrative structure and presentation. The weekly release model has been great for mystery driven shows like Loki and WandaVision, but there is a reason that network procedurals have not really made the jump to streaming other than with binges. She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, like I am Groot before it, would have benefited greatly from being dropped all at once.
I am first going to talk about my big negative of this episode, the lack of resolution. Due to the ending being rewritten after Jennifer speaks to K.E.V.I.N., the storylines that had been set up throughout the season with Bruce, Todd, Titania, and Emil do not really get properly addressed. There is a lack of closure for audiences who have invested two months to the show. I was fine with the fourth wall break and the change, I just wished that we still got a new climax that showed us what the new canonical story is.
The fourth wall break, however, was genius! Seeing She-Hulk break through the Disney+ screen was inspired. I really wish that she had interacted a little more with the screen and Marvel Studios than she did, but the meta nature of the whole scene was great and made the finale worth it.
I really am excited to see the pieces laid out by this series come back into play in the MCU, like Jennifer, Matt Murdock’s return, Skaar, and Abomination working with Wong.
4/5 Drops of Gamma Blood 🩸
P.S. Sorry for the late posting of this review. For some more thoughts about She-Hulk, definitely check out Episode 19 of the Pop Culture Fae Podcast.