During the third episode of She-Hulk: Lawyer She-HulkJennifer Walters looks at the camera, breaks the fourth wall, and drops a line. Looking at the viewer, he questions it regarding the possibility that the series is just to show other characters. It has already featured cameos from the Hulk, Abomination, wong and it is expected that Daredevil. Four superheroes featured in other projects.
The joke and the succession of characters leave on the table the idea that She-Hulk: Lawyer She-Hulk It is, in essence, a series that feeds on other characters, without giving strength to its protagonist. There are several nuances in this reading. From the tone of the production to the moment in which the Marvel Cinematic Universegoing through several topics that are touched on in the story with greater or lesser success.
These variables can serve to enrich any analysis in relation to She-Hulk: Lawyer She-Hulka narrative that may not be positioned among the best of the presented by Disney+ in television format. But perhaps several of the issues that occur in the story serve as a starting point for it to grow through other adaptations. In the meantime, there are a few key things to keep in mind.
the comedic tone
in She-Hulk: Lawyer She-Hulk
While other genres tend to have a clearer pattern in relation to what is good and what is bad, in the case of comedy it is more complex to bridge this gap. Humor, like colors, is a matter of taste and fictional pacts. This tone, even, is not only exclusive to She-Hulk: Lawyer She-Hulk but also of the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe. Coming to this series is also accepting that perspective from the start.
through her a woman is shown fighting in a marching universe, trying to break through in that environment while an accident adds a new variant to this question. She is no longer only conditioned by her sex, but also by her abilities as a superhero. Jennifer Walters –played by Tatiana Maslany– not only fights against her historical present, but also with herself.
Unlike Bruce Banner, she does not have a conflict with his other personality. His internal pulse has nothing to do with a beast out of control, but with the way she wants to be recognized by the outside world. Jennifer Walters is more than She-Hulk, but the superheroic version of her opens up options that she wouldn’t otherwise have available to her. In her own way, this character serves to represent part of a context that escapes the screen and to which many women today are exposed.
The State of the Cinematic Universe
Within the narrative the abundance of stories, references and superheroes is getting wider. This expansion means that, as in the comics, some of the characters end up crossing each other during the development of the story. Beyond a resource to please the fandomis also a gesture of coherence. If two characters share a zone of influence or defense, it is possible that they will coincide at some point.
In the case of She-Hulk: Lawyer She-Hulk, Jennifer Walters is a lawyer in charge of attending the causes of heroes and villains. In that context, who is the other recognized lawyer within the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Matt Mudock, also known as Daredevil. The Disney + series will present this meeting. Within the comics he already has a journey because once they fought for the freedom of Captain America.
Marvel and Disney are likely to follow this trend and incorporate more characters into stories that are not presented as crossovers or events. Although his films and series are adaptations –and, therefore, some interpretative liberties are allowed–, there is a stable link with comics. Within them, based on the work of authors such as Jim Shooter and others, it is quite common for superheroes and villains from different stories to come together in a larger one. It is intuited that this is one of the objectives on which it is most desired to work both in television and cinematographic formats.
More than a series of cameos
One of the most obvious aspects of the lines of She-Hulk: Lawyer She-Hulk It is the glass ceiling and machismo. Jennifer Walters can handle anger better because in her day-to-day life as a woman she has been exposed to multiple situations in which she has had to do so. That self-control, developed in situations of gender inequality, gives her an advantage in managing her new skills..
During the first two episodes, the above was constantly highlighted. Jennifer Walters has an internal struggle, with her fears and the duality in which she finds herself now, between being a common lawyer or a superhero and also one with her environment, which refuses to value her for her abilities as an ordinary person. Even with a tone of humor that she may like more or less, the message against machismo is clear. He is a visible face to be able to dialogue with other superheroes and villains based on this possibility as the main reason, rather than because of his intellectual abilities.
In this way, Marvel and Disney are also suggesting one of the ideas that has been dragged from Captain America: Civil War: control over the heroes. Jennifer Walters is part of GLK&H. She is in the legal department in charge of dealing with superhuman cases. Who watches the superheroes? Who defends them, given the case? These are two questions that cross the mythologies of superheroes, among other possible ones. This aspect has not yet been explored in depth within She-Hulk: Lawyer She-Hulk. It is worth waiting to see if further questions on this aspect are suggested in the next chapters.