She-Hulk Review: Smashing the Fourth Wall, Bad Endings, And Sometimes Matt Murdock

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“She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” has been one of my most anticipated Marvel projects in a while. I’m a sucker for legal and lawyer shows, and I was already intrigued by the character from her comics. It also helps that my favorite Marvel character, Daredevil, has been rumored to be in it for over a year.

Suffice it to say, “She-Hulk” lived up to my expectations in some areas but also massively disappointed me in others. Overall though I was satisfied with the show.  If you’re looking for a fun superhero sitcom, this one’s for you.

To start, this show has some absolutely abysmal legal writing. Whenever anything related to the law or a courtroom is brought up, almost everything said is nonsense. To be clear, this goes beyond the realm of reasonable doubt most shows have, such as lawyers approaching the jury box or the expedited legal proceedings to make way for drama.

Some of the stuff here is just so fundamentally incompetent in terms of legal knowledge it’s legitimately baffling. Most legal arguments are just bad, evidence is presented in opening arguments, people just admit stuff into evidence on the fly with no regard to discovery, and there are numerous workplace lawsuits just waiting to happen with how Jennifer Walters (She-Hulk) is treated.

What makes this lack of legal realism even worse is that Charles Soule, an actual lawyer who passed the Bar Exam, wrote for the character not even a decade ago. The head writer on the show even said that they didn’t have the writing chops to write an extended legal battle so why did they not get Soule to help with the writing process?

Beyond that, the directing in the show is not the best. There’s a ton of sloppy editing, bad CGI, and poorly framed shots. Outside of a few standouts, the show is just very bland visually. For a character like She-Hulk, I was hoping they would’ve at least gotten a little more creative with the directing.

Despite this though, the show absolutely nails She-Hulk as a character. Usually, I find most of the recent Marvel adaptations to be exceptionally poor when compared to the comics because the characters are almost always dumbed down and simplified in the movies and shows. 

She-Hulk however, feels like she is straight out of the pages of John Byrne’s classic run on the character. From her fourth-wall-breaking shenanigans to delving into the layers behind Jen and She-Hulk, the writers clearly understood the character before making this show, unlike “Moonknight”. 

The supporting cast is just ok. They aren’t anything to write home about, but they are charming enough to accomplish their purpose.

The show takes a different structure than the other Marvel Disney+ shows. Instead of essentially being a movie split into six parts, this show takes an actual episodic format where each episode has its own conflict that is resolved at the end of the episode. 

This Marvel show actually feels like a TV show, so that was very refreshing from the normal shows Marvel produces. I know a lot of people were complaining that this show didn’t build up to some big earth-shattering reveal but to be frank if you went into She-Hulk expecting that then the fault lies with you, not the creators of the show. Regardless, going into a superhero project only wanting big reveals is just an extremely reductive way to view these productions.

“She-Hulk” also marks the long-awaited return of Daredevil in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Yes, he was in last year’s “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” but he was merely a cameo and he didn’t show up in costume. As a massive fan of the character both in the comics and in the show, I think they absolutely nailed him here. 

Daredevil is certainly in a happier place here than in the Netflix show, but Daredevil has taken a lighter tone multiple times in the comics, as in  Mark Waid’s seminal run on the character. His character feels like a natural evolution after the inspiring and uplifting ending of “Daredevil” season 3. Charlie Cox shows that he’s still got it as Daredevil, and he has great chemistry with Tatiana Maslany’s She-Hulk.

After seeing this show, I am immensely excited to see Daredevil’s future in “Echo” and “Daredevil: Born Again.”

Overall, “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” was a fun show that if improved upon, could shape up to be one of Marvel’s best shows. Most of the problems with this show stem from sloppiness in terms of directing, editing, and legal writing. From an adaptation standpoint, this show hits the bullseye, which is something that most of the recent Marvel shows can’t say. 

Score: 7/10