Marvel’s She-Hulk: Attorney at Law 1×02 opens up a whole new world for us, that’s not so new to Jen. Last week’s episode showed us how she now has to deal with being a 6’7” green woman in the physical sense, but now it’s public. After opening a can of whoop-ass on Titania (Jameela Jamil), She-Hulk is now a household name. Sorry, Jen, like Bruce said, those names get chosen for you.
This week, on She-Hulk Attorney at Law, we dive deep into the world of Jen. Who are her family members? What’s her work life like? What are the new possibilities she can find as the She-Hulk? We love to see it when the Marvel Cinematic Universe expands to bring more people in. The more stories to tell, the better, despite what some may think.
A WALTERS FAMILY AFFAIR
Despite telling us that she told her family about her being a Hulk, they still explode when she goes green in the courtroom. It’s a shock, Jen just lost her job and is now the center of attention. But Jennifer’s mom is just concerned with hooking her up with some guy she knows. Everyone else has other questions in mind. We solved the mystery of Captain America’s virgin status, but what about everyone else? How does Hawkeye always have arrows? We know the answer from Hawkeye, but these must be things people who exist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe have.
Now that She-Hulk: Attorney at Law 1×02 takes us deeper into the MCU, civilians are just as involved in the superhuman conflict as the Avengers are. It’s not an exclusive club. Everyone was affected after Avengers: Infinity War. To them, heroes are normal people. so they have a right to wonder what their heroes are like as normal people. As some may compare She-Hulk Attorney at Law to the earlier origin stories of the MCU, they just have to accept that this is not the same universe we grew up with. The universe is already established, no need to explain character arcs, we’ve seen it done before. Now what we really need to know is how they exist in the real world. We’re moving towards an MCU where the Avengers Mansion is a place that could be real for these characters. So be proud of where Marvel started the story and really appreciate where it is now.
INTRO TO GLK&H: SUPERHUMAN LAW DIVISION
Jen lost her job and is looking for new work, but no one wants to hire her. How can these law firms be liable for a superhero? Despite Jen’s opposition to being the “She-Hulk,” she certainly caught the attention of Holden Holliway, a member of the opposition, GLK&H. Their new specialty? Superhuman law. Ever wonder what happens when The Hulk smashes into your apartment? You could probably sue. Heck, Spider-Man could probably sue for libel (oh wait he has.) Regardless of the situation, GLK&H has figured out a way to give an answer to all those superhuman problems that are popping up across the world. Now, they want She-Hulk to be the face of the firm. How else is the firm meant to get superpeople on their side without a superperson?
But, in a feat of panic and excitement, Jen accepts the opportunity to work there immediately. Although, what law firm would present her with the opportunity without giving her the fine print? She can only work at GLK&H on two stipulations. 1. She must work there as the She-Hulk (a HUGE deviation from the comics.) 2. Jen must represent the Email Blonsky aka the Abomination in court for his parole. Almost seems really unfair of the firm to exploit her powers and connections that way. Wouldn’t a jury automatically side with the She-Hulk? Which was the problem in the first case anyway? It’s great that she has a new job, but it’ll be hard to trust GLK&H after this. While they may not be the big bad of the season, it’s hard not to feel like they are.
CONFLICT OF INTEREST
It’s sweet that Jen decides to check in with Bruce to tell him that she’s taking the job. Even though they Hulked out and fought last week, Bruce and Jen are back to being loving cousins. Although Sakaar has called Bruce back without Jen knowing. Could Thor’s universe clash into Jen’s? We’re only two episodes in and there are hints that She-Hulk is about to bust the door open for the MCU. Perhaps even more than Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness did.
A huge point of contention for MCU fans is figuring out when exactly Phase Four projects take place in relation to each other. Now, we’ve got a timestamp for She-Hulk. Just as Jen accepts to work with Blonsky, he escapes prison and is found in an underground fight club in China. Sound familiar? Now we know for sure that She-Hulk takes place during the events of Shang Chi. Looks like Wong is going to have to answer for releasing him.
Overall, this episode was great. While the last episode focused more on the development of Jen’s powers, this one opened up her world. We know from She-Hulk: Attorney at Law 1×02 that the show isn’t afraid to deviate from the comics, but we’ll be analyzing it’s origins anyway. For more of a deep dive into She-Hulk’s history and her fan base, I’ll be continuing joint coverage with The Nerdy Blogger as She-Hulk airs.
After Credit Thought
Honestly expected her family to ask for Hulk-type help earlier on in the episode. Hell yeah, Jen showed Ched up by being the strong one.