SHE-HULK: ATTORNEY AT LAW
Starring: Tatiana Maslany, Ginger Gonzaga, Jameela Jamil, Steve Coulter, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Josh Segarra, Tim Roth, Mark Linn-Baker, Mark Ruffalo, and Charlie Cox
Creator: Jessica Gao
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law is the most consistently inconsistent MCU show to date. It fully embraces its light-hearted, courtroom procedural comedy vibe, but where one episode makes you laugh, the next leaves you bored. Its hit-or-miss comedy ranges from cackling to cringeworthy. That said, with Tatiana Maslany bodying the Jennifer Walters/She-Hulk role; great supporting performances from Ginger Gonzaga, Renée Elise Goldsberry, and Josh Segarra; and a much better executed latter half, She-Hulk’s potential gives hope to a future that surpasses this lackluster debut.
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law is difficult to review because it isn't just one thing. It's a buddy story with Jennifer (Tatiana Maslany) and Bruce (Mark Ruffalo), that becomes a legal comedy, that kinda becomes a Daredevil soft reboot…and that's without even mentioning that finale. That said, I had a ton of fun watching it thanks to Maslany, who absolutely smashes this role. Her blend of humour, sympathy, and badassery proves this was pitch perfect casting. Even when the show doesn’t work, she always does. I don’t know what’s next, but feel free to add her into any upcoming MCU project. Madisynn (Patty Guggenheim) too.
As a whole, She-Hulk: Attorney at Law isn’t great, finishing just above Ms. Marvel as the second worst MCU series overall. That said, some scenes demonstrate a potential for what could have been if the series had been more focused and nuanced than the overly broad “can Jennifer Walters (Tatiana Maslany) really have it all?” narrative. The scattershot approach isn’t helped by some questionable CGI, a breaking-the-fourth-wall-angle that wasn’t integrated well enough, and the huge gamble of an uber-meta finale that didn’t work at all. But we did get MCU Daredevil (Charlie Cox) and another exciting (if half-hearted) character reveal, so not a total loss.