“She-Hulk: Attorney at Law”: First Impressions


Clement M.

Marvel unveils “She-Hulk” to audiences.

JD Szeto, Staff Writer

She-Hulk: Attorney at Law,” directed by Kat Coiro, joined Marvel’s growing roster of Disney+ shows when the first episode aired on Aug. 18, 2022. Although the show has not finished airing, many critics have given mostly negative reviews on the show’s start. 

“She-Hulk: Attorney at Law,” a hybrid between superhero action and legal comedy, takes place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The show follows protagonist lawyer Jennifer Walters (Tatiana Maslany) as she takes on the mantle of She-Hulk. Throughout the show, Walters takes part in various court cases while dealing with a variety of fictional creatures and a personal journey of self-acceptance.

Upon the release of the show’s trailers, the internet was set ablaze with an uproar of criticism of the show’s visuals, specifically on the computer-generated imagery (CGI) of She-Hulk herself. Although many MCU fans were hoping the visual effects would improve as the show continued, the result was rather disappointing. The CGI ends up as very hit-or-miss depending on the lighting or proximity to the camera. Due to poor CGI, it is difficult for audiences to become completely immersed in the show.

Furthermore, many are quick to point out the show’s lack of character depth within the first few episodes. With She-Hulk shown to be immediately capable of handling her superhuman abilities, producers missed out on the untapped potential for She-Hulk to grow and adapt to her powers. Fans are also upset with the contrast between She-Hulk and Bruce Banner’s experiences in managing their Hulk powers. Culminating in a missed opportunity for having Banner serve as a mentor, She-Hulk lacks the character dimension that could have redeemed the series’ poor visual effects. 

The show also fails to captivate its audience. Action scenes are either cut extremely short or are simply bland, and the show’s humor rarely lands. This is a glaring issue for a show marketing itself as a superhero legal comedy. 

Despite clear issues that cannot be overlooked, the possibility that the show will improve in its later episodes remains. The conclusion of episode four hints at a major conflict with an exciting villain. If handled correctly, the show may have more opportunities to balance superhero action, legal drama and comedy in a way that producers have failed to do thus far.

Overall, the release of “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” suffered greatly from poor visual effects, character writing and action scenes, but does have the potential to improve in later episodes.