Review of She-Hulk Episode 1: An exciting origin narrative with lots of intriguing content (Spoilers)
When She-Hulk debuted on Disney+ on August 18, 2022, it not only brought another legendary heroine to television but also expanded the roster of superheroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
The show’s first episode was unsettlingly quick-paced and delves into the past of Jennifer Walters, the main character. This brief deep dive contrasts sharply with recent Marvel movies like Moon Knight and Ms. Marvel, which took their time getting going and establishing the framework for their characters.
The first episode of She-Hulk required fewer than seven minutes to introduce viewers to her history, which was a novel approach to Marvel’s overdone origin tales. The sequel to the narrative, which depicted the significantly improved Hulk learning to control her abilities, is even more fascinating.
Review of She-first Hulk’s episode: A brisk but uneven look at an intriguing superhero
She-Hulk has drawn criticism for its shoddy CGI, yet there is still enough content in the show for viewers to find it entertaining. After a few frames, the CGI ceases to be distracting in light of the content.
In many ways, the program is different and inspiring, offering a sharp contrast to what Marvel fans may be used to. One of the most notable deviations is how She-Hulk foregoes the MCU’s signature drawn-out backstories in favor of quickly developing a compelling narrative for its eponymous character.
The backdrop of the show, which is reminiscent of a legal drama from the 1990s, adds to its appeal.
As the program opens, Jennifer Walters (Tatiana Maslany) is seen getting ready to deliver a closing argument alongside her friend Nikki (Ginger Gonzaga) and attorney Dennis (Drew Matthews). Jen then immediately addresses the camera after making the well-written comment, essentially breaking the fourth wall for the first time in the MCU.
For a movie universe that frequently deals with the illusion of a different reality inside the screen, this is a daring move.
Jen speaks to the camera and describes how she developed into the She-Hulk. The scenario soon changes to the day of a tragic event where Jen, who is Bruce Banner’s cousin, was unintentionally infused with Bruce Banner’s blood (played by the outstanding Mark Ruffalo).
As Bruce tries to teach Jen how to be a Hulk, Jen spends the most of the remaining first episode coming to terms with her unexpected abilities.
Despite having similar superpowers to Bruce Banner, Jennifer Walters is nothing like him, as this entire scenario expertly illustrates. She is the “smart hulk” from the get-go because she has total control, is logical, and has emotional control.
The creators of the program effectively used this to make a social statement by having Jen say that women are accustomed to being furious all the time (thanks patriarchy!).
The episode’s other fantastic sequences demonstrate the need for a woman to control the Hulk’s might (the nightclub scene). But it also shows that, in contrast to what many people think, having superpowers isn’t always a good thing.
The program then shifts back to the present as Jen enters the courtroom to make her final argument after delving into these complex subjects.
The final scene of the show featured She-Hulk using her abilities (for the first time) against a furious Titania (Jameela Jamil) who storms into the courtroom.
The episode left viewers feeling hopeful and full of promise for the remaining episodes. The new Marvel movie might have benefited from better CGI and a more consistent rhythm, but given that this is only the first episode, it can be anticipated that things will progressively get better as the plot develops.
The She-debut Hulk’s episode is currently available for watching on Disney+.