The Marvel Cinematic Universe has continued to evolve since its inception with 2008’s Iron Man. Crossover films like “The Avengers’, later series followed on Disney+ and since ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home” and “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ opened the Marvel Multiverse, almost anything seems possible.
“She-Hulk: The Lawyer” goes one step further and even opens the door to the real world. Because while the so-called fourth wall (i.e. the imaginary wall between the audience and the series characters) has only been broken through by the MCU in exceptional cases, addressing the audience in the new Marvel series is part of the concept.
This is already revealed in the trailers, in which the main character, played by Tatiana Maslany, looks straight into the camera and makes comments that are aimed directly at the viewers. Such meta-level play should add a refreshing new twist to the MCU’s humor. Marvel fans already know this from “Deadpool”. If you like the hero with the loose mouth, you should have “She-Hulk” all the more on your screen.
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But what exactly is the series about? Lawyer Jennifer Walters (Tatiana Maslany) wishes for a normal life: As a single woman in her mid-30s, she primarily wants to make a career and find love. On the other hand, she wants nothing to do with the superhero existence of her famous cousin Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), better known as the Hulk. Too bad that the special condition of the rage colossus rubs off on Jennifer after a blood transfusion.
Suddenly she too becomes a green super being as soon as her emotions run high. Although she has her feelings and the associated powers under control much faster than her famous relative, a normal life is now unthinkable. At the latest when she is supposed to head a special department for people with superpowers in her law firm, all eyes are on her…
It’s no coincidence that “She-Hulk: The Lawyer” breaks through the fourth wall in the trailer: Even in the comics, Hulk’s cousin is often aware that she and her adventures are only drawn, and speaks directly to the readers from time to time. In the MCU, however, such an approach is very unusual.
Although “WandaVision” also used a few such moments, these served to reflect the style of the sitcom it was parodying, such as “Modern Family’ and copying ‘Malcom in the Middle’.
“She-Hulk: The Lawyer” is designed as an entertaining comedy series. The total of nine episodes from season 1 are all around 30 minutes long, instead of being based on the younger MCU series offshoots, which mostly rely on six episodes of around 50 minutes.
The first episode “She-Hulk: The Lawyer” starts on August 18, 2022 on Disney+. There will then be a new episode on the streaming service every Thursday.