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She-Hulk: Attorney at Law is dialing up the chaos with the latest episode, “The People vs. Emil Blonsky”. This show’s commitment to bringing the best of the MCU while being a fiercely and gloriously standalone project that’s in a class of its own. This continues to be one of the most innovative stories Marvel has told in a long time. It’s self-referential enough to be enjoyable to long-time MCU fans, and original enough to bring new fans into the fold.
Even as Tatiana Maslany remains the undisputed star of this show, She Hulk: Attorney at Law’s commitment to relentlessly mocking men is commendable. Pug slander, however, will not be tolerated. The relentless mocking of men who feel entitled to, well, everything, pairs perfectly with the female rage that centres this entire series. It’s refreshing to see men at the mercy of a justice system that in real life too often prizes their loves above literally anyone else’s.
Wong continues to be the glue that holds this entire franchise together. Having him appear at random intervals is the most effective way to integrate this character into Marvel projects. He provides the perfect amount of comic relief, while maintaining his earnestness that makes him one of the most loveable characters. While Wong could absolutely hold his own series within the MCU, it’s almost funnier to have him briefly appear, cause chaos, and leave immediately. The fact that this episode takes a moment to make fun of the mirror dimension is further proof that the MCU is becoming self-aware, in referencing itself and all its silliness.
We can’t talk about ‘The People vs. Emil Blonsky’ without talking about that cameo. Megan Thee Stallion is the perfect celebrity to trigger upset men. This cameo is the perfect venue to drive home an important message that the series has introduced. If the twerking bothered you, it’s probably best to ask why. In a series that continues to address the concept of female rage, particularly when being harassed and followed, this was the perfect contrast. This is female joy expressed autonomously, which makes the twerking aftercredit scene is a moment of empowerment.
It’s still incredibly surprising that Tim Roth is among the best characters in She-Hulk: Attorney at Law so far. Blonsky’s character provides the opportunity to make fun of prison tropes, including making toilet wine (here substituted for toilet kombucha). Roth’s chemistry with with Maslany and Wong is incredible, and we can only hope we see more of these three on-screen together. If there were a list of MCU characters who would most likely start a cult, Blonsky would certainly be at the top of the list.
Finally, as a legal comedy, She-Hulk: Attorney at Law continues to shine. Legal comedies are at their best when they point out the egregious flaws in the modern legal system. This show is more than up to the task. It’s further proof that Jen Walters is the girl boss we need at this moment. Throw in a side of mocking Thor’s inspirational speeches and the fact that they cannot be used as a legal defense, and it all comes together.
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law shows now signs of slowing any time soon. This continues to be one of the funniest and original properties Marvel has produced in a long time. The continued set-up for Titania, the main villain, leaves way more questions than answers. If the series can continue to strike this balance of providing topical social commentary, fully integrating into the larger MCU, and telling original stories that captivate, Marvel will surely have a winner on its hands.
New Episodes of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law air Thursdays on Disney+.