She-Hulk: Advocate Review – The Marvel Superhero Series Built On Its Goofy Premise


Watching She-Hulk: lawyer, you might start wondering where the Marvel Cinematic Universe might go next. Hawkeye: Tennis umpire? Spider-Man: Web designer? A franchise based on a hero named Ombudsman?

This new nine-part Disney Plus series seeks to bring Marvel’s cosmic shenanigans back to earth with its story of Jen Walters (Tatiana Maslany) – a 30-something who’s not just a top lawyer, but also a superpower at green skin. creature. Billed as a “legal comedy,” the series seems like a game for newbie viewers looking for an offbeat sitcom as well as fans of the studio’s lighter offerings.

The series begins by showing what a Hulk does best: breaking things. First, the patriarchy — as Jen fires a chauvinistic colleague who suggests he exerts more of a hold on juries — then the fourth wall. By having her address the audience directly, the show stays true to the mindful tone of the original comics, while aligning with the cool, sardonic humor of Flea bag (a key influence, according to the authors).

Not that Jen is as destructive as Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s character, although she is a real outsized freak. In fact, unlike his more famous cousin Bruce Banner (also known as the Hulk), she has a natural instinct to control her rage. In a first flashback-oriented episode in which we learn how Jen transformed, we see Bruce (Mark Ruffalo) trying to coach her on how to regulate her emotions through “dialectical behavior therapy”. She points out that as a woman, she has already trained her whole life to control her feelings to avoid “being called difficult or being murdered”.

Much of the opening focuses on the rest of Bruce’s mentorship program, which includes physical conditioning, sweet banter, and several tough accountability lectures. So far, so uninspiring. And Jen, it seems, would agree. Arguing that she is always at her best in the courtroom and that vigilantism is reserved for “billionaires, narcissists and adult orphans”, she chooses to fight injustice at a firm that hired her to lead the “division of superhuman law”.

Watching a superhero mired in everyday life — going to work, going on dates, doing chores — provides light and airy fun, and there’s a certain punch to the way the show skews the treatment. powerful women in the workplace and in the media. But the series also seems comfortable on its goofy premise. For all the strength of She-Hulk, it’s a shame that predictable gags and dull meta-humor do the heavy lifting.


On Disney Plus now; new episodes aired weekly

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