She-Hulk: Attorney at Law continues to establish Jennifer Walters as a fan-favorite character while examining a number of compelling themes, namely the legal ramifications of superpowered individuals living in the modern world. This fifth episode also sets the stage for what promises to be a devilishly delicious comeback.
1. Lean into the human side
Early episodes looked at the balance between Jennifer Walters, the person, and She-Hulk, the budding superhero. This week’s episode still incorporates that duality, but it focuses more on the human side than its predecessors. While Jennifer is in She-Hulk form for the majority of the episode, there’s no breaking or crime-stopping to be found this week. Instead, the main conflict arises in his legal fight with Titania. In doing so, the series adds more depth to Jennifer as an overarching character, which helps cement her status as the next big thing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
2. What is my name?
As seen at the end of the previous episode, Titania trademarked She-Hulk and she sued Jennifer for use of the name. This week’s episode opens with an ad for “She-Hulk by Titania,” a line of beauty products. The popular line also has a billboard and radio ad, so the theft of Titania’s name is inevitable for Jennifer. She grows increasingly frustrated, especially when she sees that Titania is literally selling a snake oil infused lip plumper. “She’s literally selling snake oil,” she tells Nikki.
But at first, Jennifer can’t do anything about it legally, because Titania technically owns the name. Naturally, as a lawyer, Jennifer knows she can win the battle in court, setting the stage for the climactic hearing later in the series.
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3. The Drip Broker
One of the show’s recurring themes has been Jennifer’s questionable fashion sense, given the lack of stylish options available to someone who often transforms into a Hulk-sized being. Luckily, Nikki and Pug hook up with Luke Jacobson, a superhuman tailor. Pug has a connection through his “Drip Broker”, who provides him with limited edition sneakers, including new Iron Man 3s. Nikki twists the truth by telling Jacobson that Jennifer is already an Avenger and although he is reluctant, he ends up making him a new costume that will suit his human self and superhuman size.
The tailor also gives Jennifer something “more,” but she says she doesn’t plan on using it. The viewer doesn’t see what this item is, but it’s fair to assume that it will eventually be the She-Hulk costume. With that in mind, it’s only a matter of time before we see the hero in all his glory.
4. Unusual courtroom tactics
Jennifer continues to show off her unusual courtroom tactics as her genius once again saves the day. Previously, she realized that she practically had to insult one of her firm’s clients to win the case because she had to prove he was delusional enough to think Megan Thee Stallion would date him. (It’s a long story.)
This time, with her right to use the She-Hulk name on the line, Jennifer has a “Eureka” moment once she sees she can prove her ownership by having her previous dates testify about her in court. These people remember how Jennifer referred to herself as She-Hulk, showing her claim to the name. This tactic works perfectly, as the Judge sides with the titular hero and forces Titania to immediately stop using the She-Hulk name.
5. The devil is in the details
One of the most exciting moments of this week’s episode was practically a flashing Easter egg and you’ll miss it. In the final moments of the show, the aforementioned Drip Broker walks over to a box containing a helmet that looks quite familiar. Of course, his horns are unmistakable; the helmet belongs to Daredevil. What he does with the Drip Broker remains to be seen.
However, fans have known for some time that “The Man Without Fear” will be part of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, at least to some extent. Alongside the recent announcement of Daredevil: Born Again, the sight of the helmet is sure to excite hardcore and casual fans alike, as it will be fascinating to see how this series brings Matthew Murdock (and his Quirk) back into the MCU.
Five episodes into She-Hulk: Attorney at Law firmly found its voice as a heartfelt, realistic depiction of a new character’s struggle to embrace her superhero identity while staying true to her past life as a lawyer. The combination of these two worlds continues to be fruitful ground for exploration, and we can’t wait to see what happens next.