“She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” Season 1 comes to a stellar and, quite literally, a fourth wall-breaking end with the release of its ninth and final episode on Oct. 13 on Disney+.
Situated a few years after “Avengers: Endgame,” the refreshing and light-hearted legal comedy is the 20th television series in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), and the 15th installment of Phase Four.
The story follows Jennifer Sue “Jen” Walters, an attorney at Goodman, Lieber, Kurtzberg & Holliway, and a former Deputy District Attorney for the City of Los Angeles, who after an unfortunate car accident caused by a Sakaaran Space Craft, comes into contact with her cousin Bruce Banner’s blood, turning her into the titular all-powerful and fourth wall-breaking, She-Hulk.
She was then hired by GLK&H to become the face of its Superhuman Law Division taking on different super-powered cases throughout the series.
“She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” primarily magnifies the split between the two camps of Marvel Studios TV.
With previous series titles like “WandaVision” and “Loki” in the past, Marvel has relentlessly tried to break its good ol’ formula by introducing elements that has never been seen in TV before. However, all these aforementioned shows eventually fell into the same superhero tropes. “She-Hulk” however manages to stay away from these limitations by embracing a very unique approach throughout the season successfully.
The usage of Jennifer Walters’ constant interactions with the audience through fourth wall-breaking, be it navigating her way out of an awkward situation or ranting out from sudden messy plotlines, creates a unique relaxing atmosphere that makes the show digestible even to non-comic book show fans.
The season’s finale further cements this by overtaking expectations by subverting it through the show’s self-awareness. Throughout its run, the show has been facing several issues and review bombs ever since the nine-episode series made its debut on Disney+. But what’s amazing is that the show manages to weave the hate and criticism it receives in real life, into the storyline itself. And if that’s not enough, in the finale, Jennifer Walters unleashes the full power of her fourth wall-breaking abilities by going as far as demolishing her way out from her TV series on the Disney+ window, and into the actual show’s writers’ room to speak to an AI named K.E.V.I.N., a reference to Marvel Studio’s president Kevin Feige, demanding that the creative team “fix” her show’s finale because of how chaotic the story suddenly went, ultimately establishing her place in the MCU firmly.
Verdict? This is by far the most comic-accurate show so far Marvel has released. A true reward for comic-book fans who are familiar with how crazy Jennifer Walter’s fourth wall-breaking powers are. It is unique and refreshing and is a certified must-watch.
CHARACTER. She-Hulk breaks the fourth wall by invading the Marvel Studios HQ.
FUN. “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law.”
October 17, 2022
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