What’s the Deal with She-Hulk: Attorney At Law?

[SPOILER WARNING: She-Hulk: Attorney at Law]

She-Hulk’s first appearance was in 1980 in Marvel Comics and was one of the last characters the great Stan Lee personally developed, and soon followed with sixty more issues. The public opinion on She-Hulk was generally positive, with people wanting to see more about Jennifer Walters and her life between being an attorney in New York and the mutation as a Hulk. Unlike her cousin, Bruce Banner, she can control her emotions more or less in the Hulk’s form. After an incident with the criminal underworld of New York, which resulted in her being shot and critically injured, Bruce Banner donated some of his blood, inadvertently turning her into the powerful figure she is now, fighting crime with the Fearless Defenders, Avengers and Fantastic Four. In the comics, Jennifer rarely shifted back into her natural human body, embracing the new side of herself.

As a Hulk, you are ridiculously strong and resilient, but your psyche is very fragile, dependent on your emotions. Bruce Banner has more difficulty controlling his emotions while in his Hulk form, making him even stronger but more uncontrollable. Although She-Hulk has those similar aspects of her Hulk side, she can control her emotions much more from the low level of exposure during the blood transfer. Jennifer Walters maintains her intelligence, swiftness, and resistance to injury and disease. She’s incredibly dependable with her multiple interests in Martial Arts, Boxing, Weight training, and other endurance-based exercises. Despite her reputable status in the comics, the newest addition to the Marvel universe has several She-Hulk fans disappointed. Some are even angry about the changes.

She-Hulk: Attorney at Law is a rendition of the comics airing in 2022. Our main character Jennifer Walters is very similar to the usual storyline in the comics. Yet, it’s poorly received by the public, earning a 2.0 IMDB rating and a 33% audience score.

She-Hulk: Attorney at Law has a team of female writers, yet the representation fell flat. In the comics, after an emergency blood transfusion, Jennifer Walters wakes up much stronger and with a steadily changing body. She is a different variant of Hulk and has to learn how to live with the new green appearance and how people treat her differently. Overcoming the usual sexism, and now those treating her like a monster. It’s hard to accommodate herself now that her build is changing, and it adds weight and meaning to the story. She learns to embrace herself and use her new powers for good, even if it means sacrificing her old life.

In She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, She-Hulk is balancing her job as an attorney and the radical life shift as a Hulk. What makes a lot of people upset is how controlling it all is. It’s been confirmed at the end of the season during a fourth-wall break that the show was based around an argument with your boss. It was a huge letdown and took away almost all the emotional value of the characters.

Another detail about the show that upset many fans was how Jennifer Walters treated her cousin Bruce Banner. In the show, she claimed that her life was harder, and yet she was more powerful than him. While he did say that her life was harder, Bruce Banner has been fighting the Hulk’s side because he doesn’t want to hurt people, and almost ended himself because of the mutation and how controlling it is for him. Yet, Jennifer Walters in the show claimed that she was stronger and goes through more than him.

It’s hard to be discriminated against, and it’s never okay, and in doing so the writers managed to make the lovable character into a stranger. Everyone has flaws and they need to be implemented into a good story, but the accusations with no repercussions have many fans losing their want to support the main cast. She-Hulk has ethical ideals and intentions with the potential for an amazing show. With the next season coming out in 2023, it can be turned around and win back the public’s favor.