Disney’s “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” Is Unsurprisingly, A Disappointment

Disney+’s newest superhero sized flop.


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Marvel’s teaser poster for “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law”

Malia Rodriguez, Staff Writer

Disney+ recently released a new marvel property “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” and it is yet another disappointment that will join the large pile generated by the company.

A show should be good because it has quality writing, good actors, high production value and an experienced team of creators. You cannot substitute good writing with hollow activism and poorly written jokes about what it’s like to be a female lawyer. By now, you would think that Disney and Marvel would understand this but unfortunately, they do not.

The premiere episode opens with She-Hulk (Jennifer Walters) practicing her closing statements for her case and then breaks the fourth wall to tell us that we are flashing back to a few months prior. From that, we find out that she and her cousin Hulk (Bruce Banner) got in a car accident from swerving to avoid hitting a spaceship. His blood finds its way into her wounds and bam, Hulk. The rest of the episodes serve as a training montage to show how she got better at being Hulk.

The first questionable thing I noticed is how she constantly talks about how hard it is to be a woman. Of course, she’s not wrong, it just comes off as smug and stereotypical. Bringing awareness to issues such as catcalling and “mansplaining” is important, but if it’s done in a poor way, it sounds like performative activism. Not to mention, shows that emphasize girl power need to be well written and not easily made fun of. Any feminist or really any woman character that is poorly written only serves as more fuel for misogynistic men.

Another problem is the way they decided to animate her. She looks so much more plastic than Banner (along with her constant perfect hair) and the contrast between their Hulk forms is stark. Of course, being feminine isn’t bad, but you can be strong and muscular while also being feminine.

Now some might say that they are sticking to the comic books when they decided what she should look like, but I would like to point out that the original “She-Hulk” comic came out in February of 1980 and was both written and designed by men. Take a look at any female wrestler or bodybuilder and you can see that she’s nowhere near the peak of female muscle mass.

The last thing I would like to touch on is her interactions with Banner. She is constantly butting heads with him, insisting that she is better at “Hulking” than he is. While she has more control over her powers than Hulk originally does, her dismissal of her cousin’s concerns for her wellbeing and mental health makes it sound like she’s trying too hard to act cool.

Banner isn’t fantastically written either, he comes off as overbearing and sometimes condescending, but it ties back to the whole girl power aspect. She says that “anger and fear” are the baselines for women existing which again is a harmful stereotype to portray, that women live in a cycle of fear and rage that can trigger a “hulk-like” reaction.

Would I recommend “She-Hulk” to anyone considering watching it? Absolutely not. “She-Hulk” is disappointing, offensive and just downright mediocre. I can see so many ways that this show could’ve been improved, but right now I’m not sure I’ll be returning for further episodes. Disney clearly values quantity over quality nowadays and it’s a shame considering the movies and shows they used to produce.