Lawyer at law “is a comic mess – El Estoque

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Marvel’s seventh Disney+ series struggles to form a cohesive plot

“Jen Walters can use the law to help people when society fails them. She-Hulk can help people when the law fails them.

From the pages of Marvel comics, She-Hulk makes her MCU debut in the Disney+ series “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law,” directed by Jessica Gao. As the MCU’s first forensic comedy, the series tells the story of a lawyer named Jennifer Walters – played by Tatiana Maslany – who accidentally gains the ability to transform into a hulk, gaining powers such as super strength and durability. . After gaining popularity with the public as “She-Hulk”, Walters struggles to balance her life as a lawyer and a superhero.

The show contributes greatly to the world-building of the Marvel Cinematic Universe – references to events from past films such as ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ and ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ are frequent throughout the show . Additionally, the show discusses and explains several details within the MCU. For example, it tackles the whereabouts of Emil Blonsky – the antagonist of “The Incredible Hulk” – for the first time in 14 years, and establishes him as one of the supporting characters in the story.

Various aspects of “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” are unique from past Marvel projects – one of them being the series’ plot structure. While many past MCU films and shows have dealt with world-threatening events and various supervillains, “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” offers a refreshingly original plot while staying true to the concept of a forensic comedy show. . The majority of the show takes place in the courtroom, where Walters deals with low-stakes legal issues that people face due to superheroes and other non-human entities in their society. The grounded nature of the show is a breath of fresh air in a universe full of excessive and large-scale conflict.

Graphic by Minjae Kang

The show further distances itself from previous Disney+ shows with its distinctive plot progression. Each episode features a subplot—usually revolving around a court case—which does not affect the other episodes or the overall storyline. However, such a departure from the usual format of Marvel shows is fruitless. Not only does the quality of the plot differ greatly from episode to episode, but the series also struggles to form a cohesive overall plot, ultimately leading to an uninteresting main storyline and an unsatisfying conclusion to the series.

Also, the comedic aspect of the show is random. The show’s plot relies too much on banter and jokes to entertain the audience, but such attempts usually lead to goofy and unnecessary humor. She-Hulk is also the first character in the MCU to have the ability to break the fourth wall and speak directly to viewers. While such a “meta” element is an interesting aspect of the series, its overuse quickly renders it stale, acting as a distraction that breaks the story’s engagement and takes away the gravity of certain scenes.

Jennifer Walters struggles to balance her identity as a lawyer and as She-Hulk | Photo by Marvel Studios

While Tatiana Maslany’s strong and energetic performance of She-Hulk is one of the highlights of the series, the low quality of the CGI, especially that of She-Hulk herself, impacts the visual aspect. from the Serie. In the scenes that take place in She-Hulk’s district attorney’s office, She-Hulk’s movements are noticeably unnatural and awkward. Additionally, despite having features similar to those of a regular human, She-Hulk’s green skin is too smooth and lacks texture compared to that of a normal person.

Overall, despite the strong points, “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” falls short in terms of plot organization, comedy, and CGI, ultimately failing to give She-Hulk a memorable debut. While they’re suited for a series that can be used to kill time, those expecting a solid origin story will be disappointed.

2.5/5

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