Review by C.J. Bunce
Oh, ye of little faith. Those initial trailers didn’t do justice to the seamless conversion of Tatiana Maslany, the Emmy Award-winning star of Orphan Black, as Jen Walters, Esq. transformed into Marvel Comics’ famous She-Hulk. Not only was the greening CGI as spot-on as the de-aging marvels we’ve seen in several Disney movies and TV series this century, like Michael Douglas in the Ant-Man movies, producer Kevin Feige and showrunner Kat Coiro delivered all the backstory TV viewers need in only 30 minutes instead of spending another entire season on an origin story. Leaning into the humor instead of giving audiences another heavy drama, the new Disney/Marvel series She-Hulk: Attorney at Law is probably the most comic book-y series Disney has delivered–an awesome triumph for fans of the character and lovers of fun comic reads. A faithful re-creation of 42 years of the brash and bold cousin of Bruce Banner, it’s a particularly strong reflection of Mike Mayhew’s run of comic book cover art, and you couldn’t ask more from a half-hour series opener.
As with the new Hawkeye, the new Black Widow, and Ms. Marvel–the latest heroines to lead the Avengers forward post-Infinity War–She-Hulk is ushered in by her mantle’s predecessor, and here that takes the form of what was probably Mark Ruffalo’s best, most focused work in the MCU, back once more as the latest actor to play Bruce Banner aka The Hulk.
Ruffalo provides all viewers need, a Cliff’s Notes version of what Jen will need to know to control her rage–he thinks–and they face off in that requisite Marvel Comics “hulk smash” fight scene between two superheroes who aren’t even really angry with each other.
Does anything scream Marvel Comics more than that?
More importantly, one of TV’s best actresses is fully engaged in the lead role, complete with asides to we audience members.
It looks like there will be some fun ahead for all. (Now, unlike we saw with the Daredevil series, please get the lawyering part right!) Look for the first episode of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law now streaming on Disney+, with new episodes weekly every Thursday.