Jennifer Walters breaks the fourth wall in the first episode of the She-Hulk Disney+ series, and it doesn't take her long. Here's our full She-Hulk episode 1 review.
Walters turns her attention to us and explains that she will be providing a detailed account of how she got to be She-Hulk after practicing a speech she intends to deliver to a jury in court. The series doesn't spend any time continuing as the episode focuses its attention on the unfortunate vehicle accident that results in the lawyer gaining superhuman abilities from her cousin Bruce Banner, also known as The Hulk.
Tatiana Maslany's portrayal of Jennifer Walters in the episode's opening scenes lays the scenario for her to demonstrate her comedic talents. The actress, who had a standout performance in the popular sci-fi series Orphan Black, makes her MCU debut as a much more subdued version of the violent green furry monster. Right away, Walters establishes herself as the MCU's funniest character.
Everyone anticipated the show to be an MCU comedy feast, and the debut doesn't let them down in that regard. One of my favorite self-referential moments in the series thus far is the debate between Walters and Banner on Captain America's virginity. The series may be a reason for concern if you don't enjoy the MCU movies and TV shows talking about other characters and events for extended periods of time, as there are several indications that this will happen in upcoming episodes of the show.
When it comes to character development, Maslany's Walters feels just like the Walters from the comic books. Fans of the Hulk, though, might be a little turned off by the character's transformations as a result of the Infinity Saga. While Bruce Banner's birth story in The Incredible Hulk fell short, Mark Ruffalo eventually gave the angry green anger monster a backstory in the first two Avengers movies.
With his appearance in Thor: Ragnarok, which included a weak rendition of Planet Hulk, the Hulk's situation hasn't looked good, though. The mutually beneficial connection between Banner and the Hulk was also significantly altered by Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame when the two combined to form Professor Hulk.
It almost has the impression that She-opening Hulk's episode has made Walters a better-written character than the MCU's version of the Hulk ever was. The show still has niggling difficulties with Walters' appearance, despite the fact that she sounds and feels exactly like the She-Hulk from the books. The problems with the character's VFX started as soon as the first trailer was released.
The first episode of the series verified that the show still had issues with the jarring expressions displayed by She-Hulk, which prevents Maslany from showcasing her talents as a talented actress. Subsequent teasers and trailers showed improvements in the character's appearance.
It is fairly safe to presume that any issues with She-visual Hulk's effects from the series premiere will continue in subsequent episodes. The first episode's issues were overshadowed by Walters' amusing and fascinating origin narrative, but the Disney+ series now runs the risk of being visually unappealing if the writing doesn't stay strong.
Marvel's She-Hulk gets off to a hilariously quick start that will make you laugh out loud. There's a very good chance that you could be willing to forgive the CGI because of Tatiana Maslany's funny portrayal of Jennifer Walters, even though it still feels janky on occasion. But if the writing doesn't hold up in the long run, it's unclear whether that will still be the case.