There is one thing that has bothered me about ‘She-Hulk: Lawyer She-Hulk’ since its first episode, and that is how ill-justified his breaking of the fourth wall was. In Byrne’s comics, the character messed with the author, moved between panels, was fully aware of living in a comic, and used it to his advantage. However, in the series they have not been able to adapt it and introduce it well at all, and it remains as a rarity rather than a distinctive trait of She-Hulk.
To give an example, a style of humor that they could take advantage of by mimicking the comic would be for She-Hulk to say “I’m going to spare you this part, which is boring” and move the Disney+ time bar until you move on to another more fun moment. Fortunately, episode 7 is the closest so far to what i expected of the adaptation of one of the most peculiar characters in the history of Marvel. Without throwing rockets, I am not going to deceive you either.
Warning: Although you can tell from the title, there are going to be spoilers for ‘She-Hulk: Lawyer She-Hulk’ episode 7.
A vibrant start
After a couple of rather unsuccessful episodes, especially from a visual point of view, ‘The retirement’ returns to have the strange and rare humor that should be the protagonist of the seriesin this case thanks to an original and vibrant beginning and the appearance of four hilarious new characters with which Marvel is introducing the mutants without doing it officially.
And it is that, after all, The Eagle is a mutant with the ability to launch a bioelectric blast. with the hands. Beside him are the Porcupine (a classic Ant-Man villain), Bull Man (Daredevil and Spider-Man’s enemy), and Saracen (a vampire who appeared in the first issue of ‘Blade’). Don’t worry if they don’t sound familiar to you: they are very, very dark characters from the comics.
‘She-Hulk: Lawyer Hulka’, instead of betting on the fight between them, commitment to coaching and conversation in an episode that, while it will frustrate those who want action, It is original, fun and, in a certain way, leaves the heart warm. The best thing about this series is that it doesn’t matter if you’re liking an episode or not: it’s come to an end in a heartbeat. And, in this case, it was worth seeing.
And what about Daredevil?
It is clear that with the series, Marvel seeks to be something totally different from what is expected of herand that is why he has known how to get ahead of his critics by laughing at all those who hoped that the “judicial comedy” was just an excuse for fights and that Daredevil was his co-star. By the way, already put, what about Daredevil?
With the tradition that the UCM has of making fun of their fans (something that some find unnerving and for me, personally, I find it very funny) it wouldn’t be surprising if Matt Murdock just made a cameo glorified and that the entire advertising campaign was a crescendo joke that has forced viewers who can’t stand the series to watch it in its entirety (and perhaps, by rebound, feel identified).
Still feeling compelled to watch it, surely more than one of those who say they can’t stand the series have enjoyed this episode that gives an epilogue to Abomination (although in the event of a season 2, I wouldn’t mind seeing him again) and culminates Jen and Hulka’s initiatory journey: if the lawyer always felt inferior to her inner monster, finally here she has learned to make peace with herself thanks to a group of third division villains.
The jokes flow and work, but it is true that you have to have a certain propensity to enjoy the so-called “slapstick”: ‘She-Hulk: Lawyer Hulka’, although it is watered down to reach a general public, from time to time it lets out glimpses of what were probably its initial scripts, with a very unique sense of humor constrained by his compulsory adherence to the MCU.
And although for some it is being torture, I must say that I am enjoying it moderately. It’s not the series I wanted it to be, but it’s twenty pleasant minutes in which there is a good joke, Marvel characters that are more a nod to fans than fanservice and even surprise twists playing with the conventional narrativeincluding a cliffhanger that makes things very interesting.
Speaking of breaking conventional narrative, remember how I said I wish She-Hulk was more like the Byrne comics? The joke in which you force to put a “Previously” dedicated to one of the characters. That’s pure She-Hulk. If they manage to raise the level and go crazy in the last two episodes, who knows? Perhaps after all, and for the first time in a long time, the wonderful trip has been worth it.