After her (understandable) loss of control at the Gala, Jen finds herself in serious legal trouble – and that’s just the beginning of her problems. So who was behind the […]
After her (understandable) loss of control at the Gala, Jen finds herself in serious legal trouble – and that’s just the beginning of her problems. So who was behind the very public attack? Jen needs to find out – but who can she rely upon to get the justice she deserves. Also: what happens if things don’t go her way?
Right from the cheeky 70s opening – which even gives us an era appropriate, non-CGI She-Hulk amongst other pitch-perfect touches – this finale expertly dives through the fourth wall and continues going further and further into meta territory.
It actually goes into such self-referential territory that you may not quite believe it went ahead in this form; it’s extremely clever and self-aware, but it does require some serious background knowledge on the part of the audience.
For a show that’s so far needed little homework to enjoy its light-hearted legal drama and superheroics, it might be a big ask for much of the audience who have stuck with it.
In order to get the most out of this episode, you’re not just expected to know about the toxic online discourse around female (and that word is very important!) superheroes, but also the general set up of Marvel Studios as a whole. If you get it, you’re going to love the self-deprecation here, which is genuinely impressive and hilarious. If you don’t, you might get a laugh or two from the way things play out – but at worst, it might leave you pretty confused.
Still, I was left stunned not just at the lengths to which Marvel were willing to poke fun at themselves and point out their flaws, but also by at least one off-the-cuff character introduction.
There’s an awful lot here to enjoy – and I have genuinely loved how She-Hulk the series perfectly anticipated the reactions of online trolls, incels and other unsavoury, toxic masculinity-type ‘influencers’ over the course of its series. That it takes this even further and pokes fun at the entire MCU is just the cherry on top. Peer beneath that and you’ll see some surprising layers beneath the colourful, seemingly lightweight exterior. Well played, She-Hulk – well played.
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