After leaving audiences with somewhat of a cliffhanger, Marvel’s She-Hulk: Attorney at Law nailed the ending in its season finale.
Marvel didn’t make any season finale images available yet so I’ll replace the above image when they do. I shouldn’t have to tell you to make sure to watch through the mid-credits but I’ll remind you anyway. I’m going to get into episode spoilers below the logo image below so please do not read until after watching.
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law broke the fourth wall in the most ridiculous way possible and I love the series all the more for doing so. In “Whose Show Is This?”, Jennifer Walters takes things into her own hands during what appears to be an epic finale. I mean, you have just about every cameo possible! It isn’t just that the finale was filled with every major cameo from earlier in the season. What I love is that Jennifer Walters approaches Kevin directly. Only, it wasn’t Kevin Feige himself but his MCU stand-in, an AI named K.E.V.I.N., which stands for “Knowledge Enhanced Visual Interconnectivity Nexus.” It’s the most genius way possible to get the MCU chief involved without making a physical cameo himself. It happens after Jennifer enters a Marvel Studios: Assembled episode and enters the production offices on the Disney Studios lot in Burbank.
Much like superheroes before her, Jennifer gets her own opportunity to take out guards in the hallway. Only this time, she takes out the guards keeping K.E.V.I.N. safe. When she walks into his office, she discovers clips from previous MCU films before we see the AI appear. The AI promises to answer Jennifer’s questions but only if she transforms back into her human self when the camera is off of her because as She-Hulk, she is “very expensive.” As K.E.V.I.N. tells her, “the visual effects team has moved on to another project.”
K.E.V.I.N. tells Jennifer:
“And to answer your question…Yes, I make the decisions. I possess the most advanced entertainment algorithm in the world, and it produces near-perfect products…Some are better than others, but I leave that debate up to the Internet.”
Jennifer cuts to the chase in that she isn’t happy with her story, only for K.E.V.I.N. to say that she doesn’t get to choose. When she questions this, she learns that it’s not her show but K.E.V.I.N.’s show. Jennifer calls it a legal comedy and proceeds to give her closing argument:
“The Marvel Cinematic Universe is known for its big spectacles and high-stakes plotlines, but it’s often said that Marvel movies all end the same way…Perhaps, this is the result of following some unwritten rule that you have to throw a bunch of plot, and flash, and a whole blood thing that seems super suspiciously close to Super Soldier Serum at the audience in the climax. I propose we don’t have to do that….It distracts from the story, which is that my life fell apart right when I was learning to be both Jen and She-Hulk. Those are my stakes, K.E.V.I.N.”
K.E.V.I.N. processes the data and then Jennifer proposes a new ending. Let’s face it, the new ending is way better than the original one. I mean, it’s one thing to have cameos but they were going down the same been there, done that route with Todd (Jon Bass) becoming a new Hulk. He doesn’t need super powers to be a villain. And while there is a reason to learn why Bruce went back to Sakaar, it doesn’t need to be during the fight–we learn he has a son, Skaar, at a family meal. As for Abomination, all she wants is for him to hold himself accountable. There’s one more thing that Jennifer asks and that’s for a Daredevil appearance because “a woman has needs.” Jen brings up the daddy issues (Tony Stark, Thor, Loki, Star-Lord) before asking “when are we getting the X-Men?” K.E.V.I.N.’s response: “I cannot tell you that.”
In one closing argument, Jennifer Walters singlehandedly deconstructs the entire MCU. That’s the thing that I’ve really enjoyed about the series. More than any other MCU project, it takes what we enjoy about the MCU and deconstructs it. Fan favorite characters like Daredevil and Wong show us their comedic side. Who knew that Wong would have time to get sucked into TV series after TV series?
In terms of the show’s plot, we learn that Todd is HulkKing and behind Intelligencia. He’s basically a stand-in for all the toxic film bros who are ruining fan bases everywhere. Don’t take my word for it but co-executive producer Wendy Jacobson. According to D23, “the character of Todd plays on the social commentary of misogyny and cancel culture and the unfair views of women.” I love how Marvel uses the series to call them out. Take it from me–their death threats are not fun at all.
HEAD WRITER/SCREENWRITER/CREATED FOR TELEVISION BY: Jessica Gao
DIRECTOR: Kat Coiro
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Brad Winderbaum, Kat Coiro, Jessica Gao
CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Wendy Jacobson, Jennifer Booth
CAST: Tatiana Maslany, Josh Segarra, Jameela Jamil, Ginger Gonzaga, Jon Bass, Mark Linn-Baker, Tess Malis Kincaid, with Renée Elise Goldsberry and Tim Roth
SPECIAL GUEST STARS: Mark Ruffalo, Charlie Cox, Benedict Wong
All episodes of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law are now streaming on Disney+. Episode 9 Grade: 5/5
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