Marvel’s “She-Hulk” is offering an alternative look into the life of our favorite green superhero.
by Lizbet Rodriguez
With great power comes great responsibility…and also, the ability to party all night.
According to our old-time friend, Bruce Banner, one of the perks of being a big green superhuman is the ability to drink as much as possible without ever actually getting drunk. This is only one of the many fun facts Marvel drops in the first episode of its latest hit series, now streaming on Disney+.
“She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” currently has Marvel fans all over the world raving with excitement. Starring in the seventh installment in Marvel’s current wave of television series, She-Hulk is the newest superhero joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The show is part of phase four of the MCU. It follows the weighty end of phase three, which saw fan-favorite characters such as Tony Stark (Iron Man), Steve Rogers (Captain America), and Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow) pass the torch onto the younger generation of superheroes following their deaths.
The much-anticipated law comedy offers much more than just an introduction to the protagonist, Jennifer Walters. Long-time Marvel fans will most definitely love the newest series as it does incorporate exciting easter eggs, such as the Hulk’s helmet from Ragnarok and a Led Zeppelin shirt.
It is suspected that the shirt could have once belonged to Tony Stark, as he always wore shirts of that nature and often had AC/DC playing in the background while he worked out the kinks of his newest technology.
While fans familiar with the MCU may have a more exciting time watching the film due to the cameos and easter eggs from previous films, it is not necessary to watch the entirety of the MCU films to enjoy the show.
Baby fans may, however, want to at least consider watching the 2008 film, “The Incredible Hulk”, starring Edward Norton as the Hulk himself. This will give viewers insight into the phenomenon of being a hulk and the problems associated with it.
The first episode starts off with Jennifer Walters in her law firm office, practicing her closing statement for an ongoing trial. Walters is seen to be a fierce attorney, hopeful about where her career in law will take her.
Interestingly, right after this initial encounter with our new hero, viewers witness a method of cinematography never before used by Marvel studios. Staying true to the comics, Walters breaks the fourth wall and directly speaks to the viewers.
Before diving deeper into her life as both an attorney and “She-Hulk”, Walters takes us back to the moment that converted her into a superhuman.
She is the cousin of the beloved Hulk, whose human counterpart is known as Dr. Bruce Banner. Following a freak accident, what began as a cousin’s trip with one hulk and one human, ended in two hulks and the destruction of a personalized bar created by Tony Stark, on the beaches of Mexico.
In an effort to help his cousin cope with living as a hulk, Dr.Banner ultimately kidnaps Walters and brings her to his personal hideout. Assuming that Walters will have an experience similar to his, Banner is worried that she will hurt others, or herself, if she does not learn everything that he has over the years.
Surprisingly, Walters does not split into two different personas after becoming a hulk. She was able to retain the consciousness of her human self, even when transformed into a hulk. This is a skill that Dr.Banner wasn’t able to master until recently in the MCU timeline.
Still, through methods ranging from yoga to drinking to anger therapy, Banner insists on helping Walters control her new powers. In an overwhelming reality of what it means to be a woman working in a field predominantly filled by men, Walters affirms Banner that she is very capable of managing her anger, given that she has to contain it every single day.
Eventually, she leaves Banner’s hideout after proving that she could control when she transformed and how she used her powers.
Following her first public appearance as a hulk, Jennifer Walters is baptized with the name, “She-Hulk”, by the press. It is then that She-Hulk, not Jennifer Walters, is offered an opportunity to be an attorney for superhumans.
Throughout the series, viewers can expect to learn more about She-Hulk and develop an understanding of what her role will be in the future of the MCU. Viewers can also expect to see cameos from characters such as Daredevil and Wong, whom Marvel has already confirmed will make an appearance.
“She-Hulk” will be composed of nine episodes and can be streamed on Disney+ every Thursday. Don’t miss out and make sure to watch past the credits for an extra scene at the end of the first episode!