Jennifer Walters learns the meaning of the phrase “no good deed goes unpunished,” in the latest episode of the Disney+ and Marvel Original Series, “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law.” After transforming into She-Hulk to protect the jury who was being attacked at the end of episode one, Jennifer’s case is declared a mistrial, she loses her job, can’t get hired by any credible law firms and ends up taking a job with the firm that she thought she beat last episode. Then, she is forced to defend Emil Blonsky, the soldier who turned into a villain and attacked her cousin in the “Incredible Hulk” film.
This is an incredibly intriguing turn for the series after episode one. It appeared she was set in motion to be an attorney who could transform into a hulk. But, we quickly learn that she will have to be a hulk while serving as an attorney for other superpowered beings. It allows her to live her dream of being an attorney while also causing her to have to accept Bruce’s advice from episode one about accepting her hulk self as part of her entire self. It’s quite the way to make them both correct.
I love the connections to other Marvel properties in this episode. The obvious connection is the Abomination. He was the villain of the lone “Incredible Hulk” film we’ve received as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I love how they find a way to reference Edward Norton’s turn as the character in an endearing way that lets those who liked that film remember it fondly while still accepting how well Mark Ruffalo plays the character now. I remember seeing that film in theaters and I liked it then. I’ve watched it a few times and it doesn’t hold up as well. That’s partially because of better movies that followed and it’s partially because Ruffalo captures the magic of Bruce Banner a little better than Edward Norton.
On top of that, we also get to see how Emil Blonsky wound up in the underground fight club as part of “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.” That was the first time we had seen the Abomination since 2008 and we see that he has a relationship of respect with Wong. It will be interesting to learn how he got out of the prison he was held in to get to that fight club, but it looks like it’s going to be a fun ride.
The other nice Marvel reference to come from Blonsky is him referencing his “seven soulmates.” While there’s the off chance he could be putting together a harem of wives, I think it’s far more likely he is referencing the Thunderbolts, which is basically Marvel’s version of “Suicide Squad.” We learned recently a “Thunderbolts” film is in the works and we’ve seen Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ character show up to help create the team with her work of sending Yelena to kill Hawkeye and turning the second version of Captain America into US Agent. I can’t wait to see what happens next.
This is the first live action Marvel series since “WandaVision” to feel like a proper series. “Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” “Loki,” “Hawkeye,” “Moon Knight,” and “Ms. Marvel” all felt like they could be movies. “WandaVision” felt episodic and so does “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law.” That’s not a bad thing. I know what I’m getting into and I’m truly enjoying the ride. It’s different than the others and that’s good.
Ranking: 4 stars
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