MCU’s ‘She-Hulk’ starts off strong

Newest hero makes her debut.


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Mark Ruffalo as Smart Hulk/Bruce Banner and Tatiana Maslany as Jennifer “Jen” Walters/She-Hulk.

Jaden Fortier, Staff Writer

With another character being introduced into Marvel’s already expansive cinematic universe, Marvel Comics superhero “She-Hulk” dives into a corner of the MCU that hasn’t been seen since Netflix’s “Daredevil” was canceled in 2018.

The show follows the life of Jennifer Walters, a lawyer who tries to balance her job specializing in cases involving superhumans while dealing with her new powers obtained from her cousin Bruce Banner, the Hulk. Walters, unlike Banner, is able to retain her personality in “hulk form” with ease, giving her the ability to shift from her human self to a superhero seamlessly.

The series does a great job of adapting an important aspect of She-Hulk’s character which is the ability to break the fourth wall. This concept was originally introduced in “The Sensational She-Hulk” comic run by John Byrne in 1989, making her the first comic book character to have such unique abilities. The use of fourth wall breaking in the show adds for great humor and meta commentary about the show itself and things happening outside the confines of the MCU.

Tatiana Maslany’s portrayal of She-Hulk is wonderful as she delivers such a fun and charismatic performance throughout the show. She-Hulk’s comedy is an integral part of her personality, and Maslany does a fantastic job showing that. If Maslany’s stellar performance maintains for the rest of the season, this could very well be another instance where the actor and the character become one and the same.

Outside of Maslany’s performance as the protagonist of this series, there are also excellent appearances from Mark Ruffalo who reprised his role as the Hulk as well as Tim Roth, who returned to the MCU to reprise his role as Abomination in the 2021 film “Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Ring.”

While there is consistency within the acting performances of the series, the visual effects of She-Hulk leaves a lot to be desired when compared to the excellent CGI models of Hulk and Abomination. In some scenes She-Hulk looks solid but her movements tend to look clunky and her facial features can lack expression. Because of that it can sometimes be hard to feel fully immersed in the show, but the acting performances and story do a good enough job to overshadow where the effects can be lacking.

Fans of all of the MCU’s past content should definitely tune into “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” and see the wackiness and fun that it can provide. The first three episodes can all be watched on the DisneyPlus streaming service.