Lawyer Hulka, Marvel’s new fiasco?

In the most recent chapter of She-Hulk: Attorney Hulka, Disney+’s Jennifer Walters (Tatiana Maslany) attends the wedding of an old acquaintance. The character fully intends to dazzle with his gorgeous green-skinned alter ego, but ends up having another unpleasant experience. The bashing of her human version, a few jokes about her appearance and, at the end, a scene in which the heroine shows off her powers. All this in the midst of a banal atmosphere charged with a certain socio-political commentary.

So far, the series has stuck to the same format week after week. This while including with some frequency the hint that, sooner or later, there will be a major conflict. Of course, he also made it clear that the long-awaited Daredevil cameo played by Charlie Cox will be coming. But, beyond that, the production is a collection of platitudes about sexism and a supposedly fragile feminist view. So little credible and effective that it makes the series an unknown.

Where does its plot go, and does a nine-episode production that’s really nothing more than a comedy make any sense? It’s safe to say that Marvel is trying to shift its register to a lighter tone and pay homage to the iconic comic book the series is based on. Overall, though, She-Hulk: Lawyer Hulka has real trouble fitting all of its pieces into a solid approach.

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In the middle of phase four of the irregular saga and the subject of harsh criticism. production seems a particularly low point for Marvel. Even its technical section is an element at the heart of the debate on the ability of the studio to undertake such an ambitious project. The company, which has tripled its streaming content and doubled its theatrical releases, seems to have real difficulty maintaining its quality standard at such a rate of new releases.

Prior to its premiere, early previews of the series showed the production’s poor digital effects. Something which, despite the studio’s promises, did not improve at all once the series was released.

Much of the criticism surrounding She-Hulk: Advocate Hulka has to do with the combination of a shallow storyline and poor visual section. Between the two, the series finds itself in an uncomfortable gray area where its sheer quality as part of a larger saga is questionable.

Where does a script that uses its apparent feminist and light-hearted background as a stage to introduce a new side to Marvel point to? Despite its good intentions, the series’ execution is haphazard, mostly lacking in substance, and simplistic at best.

A production without real direction or meaning

The story, which includes all sorts of nods to the saga to which it belongs and its impact on immediate events, does not go further than it promises. Its main focus so far has been to entertain, and it focuses a good portion of its premise on humor. Which could be a novelty if the story did not lack elements to deal with its most messy moments.

The big problem with She-Hulk: Advocate Hulka is its lack of clear goals. The studio seems to have pushed its need to innovate into inconsequential territory. Its first four episodes showed what seemed like an overhaul of the ordinary life Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Also, some hints of a hidden danger for its main character. However, subsequent chapters were unable to expand on the various plot arcs it continued to enter. At sixth, and with only three before the season finale, the series continues to move into hazy spaces.

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Without substantiating the personality of its main character, nor that of her powerful alter ego, the series insists on corny jokes about being a contemporary woman. Jennifer Walters is the stereotypical single woman of the 1930s on American television. There is not the slightest innovation in the embarrassing, and often humiliating, situations she has to endure. Even less with the twist that he has to face an alter ego that surpasses him in notoriety and recognition.
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The production, which pays a disguised tribute to Ally McBeal and similar series of the 1990s, lacks balance. There’s something old-fashioned and irrelevant about how she poses the dilemma of being an empowered woman in a misogynistic environment.. This, despite a few moments of interest that indicate that the series could take this direction. His allusions to toxic masculinity on social media, the attack on inclusivity and the taunting of disgruntled fans are witty.

But the series skewers them to, once again, fall into situations as innocuous as they are ill-posed. Until now, this woman, who has to deal with a six-foot-tall, green-skinned version of herself, is obsessed with her love life. So much so that its fifth chapter goes over all the reasons why Jennifer should feel humiliated.

At the same time, there are jokes about her appearance, the way she dresses, and her skills as a lawyer. some of which are nothing more than the recombination of all the clichés of romantic comedy heroines. Only, this time, under the figure of a future superheroine.

In the end, the series pays homage to its humorous origin, but nothing more. Despite its minor hints, it could be a deeper production. A confusing combination that the production fails to overcome and ends up making it a lesser project. Worse still, to the iconic Jennifer Walters in a two-dimensional character that doesn’t cross the line of being a humorless parody.

Is this the first real fiasco of She-Hulk: Lawyer Hulka Marvel?

What has the series shown so far besides its cameos? To break the fourth wall? To possibly introduce an iconic character? She-Hulk: Advocate Hulka has mixed reviews and little impact on scholarly opinion. And, more worryingly, does not cross the line to be part of this larger universe that seeks to expand through its new tone.

Is this a failed attempt to analyze an unusual character? Marvel, often criticized for the way it portrays its female characters, had the perfect opportunity to brandish a standout heroine. A passionate, independent, powerful and good-humored lawyer. But, by contrast, on TV, Jennifer is more concerned with her love life being overshadowed by She-Hulk than anything else.

It may sound funny. However, is this enough for a series announced as a new experience? Ominously, the same question could be asked about Marvel’s Phase Four, of which the series may be the low point.

Jon J. Epps