With She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, the MCU has officially run full-tilt towards comedy. Not content to dabble with the occasional witticism, the entire show is structured around Jennifer Walters, a staggeringly reluctant superhero, and her denial about her current predicament.
Can she be a high-powered lawyer AND a hulk? That’s what we’re going to find out this season.
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law
Walters is infused with an (at times) off-putting snark towards the institution of superheroes, and spends much of her interactions with her cousin, Bruce, diminishing the staggering scale and weight of sacrifices they’ve made to ensure the safety of the world.
In pursuit of the genre and seeking jokes that work tonally with the legal comedy we’re watching, Jennifer ends up sniping or dumping on the things we’ve grown to love about the MCU: its heroes. It’s a gamble, for sure.
But she’s a lawyer, and her new powers are threatening to upend her own personal pursuit of doing good. I get it. When I talked with director Kat Coiro (who has turned out episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Modern Family) about this aspect of Jennifer, she provided some genuinely insightful answers.
Check it out below.
She-Hulk is something entirely new for the MCU, and I’m stoked to see that they’re continuing their jubilant risk-taking, especially after the sublime Ms Marvel took so many chances (and had them pay off in spades).
It debuts this week on Disney+!