TL;DR – I am not sure we needed to meet ‘Wongers’, but I am fundamentally glad that we did.
Disclosure – I paid for the Disney+ service that viewed this film.
Post-Credit Scene – There is a mid-credit scene
She-Hulk Attorney at Law Review –
In the MCU, some films tend toward the more light and jovial, like the Ant-Mans and the more recently Thor: Love and Thunder. However, while Marvel had nailed the comedy movie, I was wondering if they would be able to nail a comedy series and this week’s episode shows that I think they have.
So to set the scene, we open in Los Angeles as a ‘magician’ The Great Donny Blaze (Rhys Coiro) is performing to a very not sold-out audience that feels less than impressed with his act. Trying to woo them, and from the encouragement of Cornelius P. Willows (Leon Lamar), Blaze calls for a volunteer from the audience and Madisynn with two N’s, one Y, but it is not where you think (Patty Guggenheim) comes up on stage. Things take a turn when Blaze opens up a portal behind her, and after a long trip, she ends up in Kamar-Taj just in time to spoil Wong’s (Benedict Wong) night. Now from here, we will be looking at the episode as a whole, so there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.
The one thing that makes a comedy work for me is how they nail the tone. At the start, I was concerned that the show was going to miss it with the dodgy magician storyline, but they made it work. First, it helps that they struck gold with The Great Donny Blaze as a dude that might destroy the world because he sucks at engaging with an audience. Also, if you cast someone to make a fool of themselves, it does not hurt when you cast the director’s husband. My big concern was that Madisynn would be a one-note character, which goes against what the show has been set up. But not only is this not the case, but he became the star of the episode, and they make sure that she is not the but of the jokes and instead has real agency.
It is also clear that the show knows exactly what they are doing with their 4th wall breaks. This week’s aside with Jen (Tatiana Maslany) talking about how happy we are that Wong is in the episode and how it gives the show ‘Twitter Armour’. They are not wrong. Also, we got real growth for Jen/She-Hulk with the story about dating in their 30s [which does indeed suck], but also an exploration as to what She-Hulk’s role will be as a hero, if reluctantly. This juxtaposition feels like it will be at the core of where the show will be going in the future. It will be interesting to see how Jen and She-Hulk relate differently to the law.
In the end, do we recommend She-Hulk Attorney at Law: Is This Not Real Magic? ? Absolutely. I have here people say that this is the first Disney+ Marvel that could go on for multiple seasons, and given how much fun I am having with it, I hope that comes true.
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Credits – All images were created by the cast, crew, and production companies of She-Hulk Attorney at Law
Directed by – Kat Coiro
Written by – Melissa Hunter
Created by – Jessica Gao
Based On – She-Hulk by Stan Lee & John Buscema
Production/Distribution Companies – Marvel Studios & Disney+
Starring – Tatiana Maslany, Jameela Jamil, Ginger Gonzaga, Jon Bass, Mark Linn-Baker, Rhys Coiro & Benedict Wong with Patty Guggenheim, Britt George, Leon Lamar, Ryan Powers, Mike Benitez, Eddy Rioseco, Michel Curiel, Caroline Henry & Maliah Arrayah