“She-Hulk” is a great, funny, interesting new Marvel show coming to Disney+. I would say it’s great for the whole family, but it’s not. We were able to preview the first four episodes of the nine-show first season. Here’s our review and what to expect.
“She-Hulk” stars Tatiana Maslany as Jennifer Walters, aka She-Hulk. Jennifer has a great life as an attorney, who just happens to be related to Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), aka the Hulk you know and love from many Marvel movies. Something happens to turn her into She-Hulk. Like Bruce’s Smart Hulk, she can hold a civilized conversation while she’s hulked up and green. But now she has to figure out how sometimes being a green six-foot seven-inch super-powered Hulk fits into the perfect life she has created for herself.
The show is being billed as a comedy, and it certainly is, but more like “Deadpool” is a comedy. There are lots of funny scenes mixed in with some drama, and lots of action. Like “Deadpool,” Jennifer/She-Hulk talks directly to you, the viewer, once or twice per episode. It’s not like they do on “The Office,” where they’re part of a documentary; she actually refers to the show you’re watching. This comes from the comic version of She-Hulk, where she would even “rip” through a page to get to another. So they’re sticking with that sort of comedy in the show.
With the Hulk being one of the most popular characters with kids, I was surprised to see them add a few “adult” parts to the show when they really didn’t need to. There’s talk of virginity, a middle finger more than once, and a character starting to yell the F-word before getting cut off. While those things don’t bother me, and I found them surprisingly funny, I feel they could have been left out to make it a family-friendly show for all ages. It’s rated TV14.
Not only does Mark Ruffalo appear, but there are other actors reprising their roles in the show as well. And they don’t just appear in one episode. This keeps it exciting and makes them part of the overall story instead of just episode “ratings boosters.”
When the first trailers came out for the show, many complained about how She-Hulk looked in them. Yes, they use computer graphics to change her into She-Hulk, but she looks good to me. You can tell it’s CGI, but this doesn’t bother me, as it lends itself to its comicbook roots. But I’m not sure why they didn’t just paint her green and use a bit of CGI to enhance it.
Here are a few more things we learned in the four episodes we watched:
- From the previews, it appears the villain of the story is Titania (Jameela Jamil), a social media influencer with superhuman strength. But in the four episodes we saw, she only really appeared once.
- Smart Hulk appears in most of the episodes. You’ll also get an explanation of how he appeared as human in recent scenes.
- Daredevil appears in a scene in the previews, but you’ll have to wait a while to see him. He’s not in the first four episodes.
- Every episode has a mid-credit scene, but they are just jokes and don’t further the story or tease the next episode.
- What they do with Abomination may surprise you.
- There are a total of nine episodes.
- There are lots of moments you’ll want to rewatch or pause to see all the details. Or just watch a recap from YouTubers like Screen Crush or New Rockstars. When you see the Supreme Sorcerer’s ID, pause and read it.
- Each episode is approximately 35 minutes long.
- Call the number on the She-Hulk ads, 1-877-SHE-HULK.
- If you’re as old as I am, and She-Hulk’s dad looks familiar to you, it’s Mark Linn-Baker, who stared in “Perfect Strangers” in the ’80s and ’90s.
I really enjoyed “She-Hulk” and I’m excited to see the rest of the episodes. I hope they’ll make more seasons. She-Hulk: Attorney at Law premieres Aug. 18, 2022 on Disney+.
In The Park
Right now, She-Hulk isn’t represented anywhere in the theme parks, but you can ride her cousin’s ride, The Incredible Hulk Coaster, at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.
Some She-Hulk merchandise will likely be available at Disney Parks and Resorts soon.