She-Hulk: Among the main criticisms that are often directed towards the Marvel Cinematic Universe and especially its more recent products, there is a general lack of originality. Although numbers are in hand, it soon becomes clear that Kevin Feige has clearly found the right formula to make the characters of the House of Ideas explode in popularity.
Even managing to make the general public know and appreciate the superheroes which up to a few decades before it was even difficult to find material in comics, the undoubtedly winning formula Feige, as anticipated above, often offers the side of more or less severe criticisms about the character of the different stories.
Products that on paper should be very different in fact, given the protagonists, the themes dealt with in the original works, or the type of action brought on stage, often end up being too similar during their adaptations at the MCU, with direction, photography and structure narrative itself which, in many cases, simply seems a little lacking in character.
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, the MCU's latest TV series, out on the Disney + streaming platform from August 18 with a new episode a week, could be one of those rare and welcome exceptions to the more classic modus operandi of Marvel Studios products. The series, of which we were able to preview the first four episodes, seems truly inspired and absolutely in line with what the character was and in some way is still in the pages of the magazine dedicated to her.
The series in fact, following the events of Jennifer Walters, the real name of the lawyer known to most as She-Hulk, goes through its brief but intense origins in the company of cousin Bruce Banner (A.K.A. Hulk) and subsequently the first cases in the delicate as the extravagant world of superhero and supervillain jurisdiction.
Created by Stan Lee and John Buscema in 1979 only with the aim of beating the fierce competition of those years over time and preventing the registration of copyright on the name of the character taken from the famous green goliath from Marvel, She-Hulk is a subject entirely unique in the panorama of American superheroes, being one of the first superheroines to have had a head of her own, which instead, instead of the shapes and winks of the protagonist, instead focused on a strong irony.
Similarly, the Disney + series about the cousin of the angriest scientist in the world seems to follow the classic plot of the MCU series to tell what, at least from the first episodes, seems to be a Marvel parody of those legal dramas at Law and Order and Ally McBeal. The tone of the episodes, evidently inspired by Dan Slott and Juan Bobillo's 2004 run, more than by the now iconic nineties newspaper, is ironic and never heavy, even when our heroine has to deal with dangerous enemies or monstrous demons.
The action, better in the use of CGI than the much-criticized trailers, is surprisingly clear and well-shot, as well as serving as a side dish to episodes that always have great lightness and comedy at their base. Remaining faithful to the paper counterpart, even in the live-action adaptation, She-Hulk, aware of her being the protagonist of a television series about her life, occasionally breaks the fourth wall and addresses the viewer directly.
The series, completely convincing in its first four episodes, promises an intelligent and fun development for the Junoesque green lawyer and the large cast of friends and enemies who accompany her. In fact, in the first episodes, in addition to Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), stand out the interpretations of Ginger Gonzaga (Mixology), interpreter of Jennifer's best friend Nikki Ramos, and Tim Roth (Lie to Me) who returns in the role of Emil Blonsky / Abomination. Nothing to report from a technical point of view, with direction and special effects that are at the levels of a high-budget show like those to which Disney + has already accustomed us.