She-Hulk Premieres Recap: Marvel Series Starring Tatiana Maslany

Marvel’s She Hulk This Thursday, she made the case for directing her own Disney+ series. What do you say, the jury?

As the series begins, Tatiana Maslany’s ADAJen Walters rehearses her closing statement for a major lawsuit, earning praise from paralegal/BFF Nikki and a dismissive offer from co-worker Todd to graduate. Jen waves Todd off as they head to court, but not before Jen turns to the camera to address something Nikki just said. “Yes, I’m a Hulk,” Jen shrugs, and as such, she suspects viewers won’t be able to focus on this “fun lawyer show” until they know its origin story.

Cut to months ago where Jen and her cousin Bruce Banner (MCU vet Mark Ruffalo) are on a road trip. Still nursing a wounded wing from Endgame, Bruce stops an escapement device on his other wrist that keeps him in human form, while Jen describes her theory that Steve Rogers was “very busy” as Captain America to ever be employed. However, she is cut off by a Sakaaran class courier ship 8 as previously seen in Thor: Ragnarokand steers down an embankment into an accident.

You Hulk to Shang-ChiWhile wriggling out of the wreckage, Jen severely cuts open a forearm. And as she pulls out a dazed Bruce, blood trickles from his own wound into hers, causing her to “break out” almost instantly, as seen in a car door reflection. Bruce immediately panics about the accidental blood contamination when Jen runs into the woods. She later shows up as herself at a pub where some young women see her battered and injured in the washroom and she is doing some cleaning. While waiting outside for Bruce to pick her up, Jen is attacked by a couple of goons, who she quickly fends off by unknowingly sprouting into her 6-foot-7, green self.

The next time Jen wakes up, she’s in a cabin in Mexico. She ventures below and finds Bruce, now in Smart Hulk form, toiling away in the underground lab Tony Stark set up for him during the Blip; Here, he explains, he learned to integrate his two identities into Smart Hulk. Bruce then informs Jen that her blood has been hit with a lethal dose of gamma radiation, but their shared, rare genetic factors mean she can synthesize the toxin. And indeed, he used her blood to heal his right arm!

At Pancakes, Bruce makes it clear that Jen’s inner Hulk doesn’t go away – that’s the best part he What he ever learned was to merge his two selves — so he pulls out a thick manual on Being a Hulk that he’s followed for the past 15 years. (Did Edward Norton write the first chapter?) He then leads Jen back to his lab to lock her in a sealed room with buzz saws approaching and to test her ability to take out Hulk. Not only does she do this, she also vandalizes the chamber’s multi-million dollar door. Bruce is excited/jealous/impressed when he realizes that Jen is still very Jen for being a Hulk. There is no “second man with his hand on the wheel,” no inner voice to wrestle with. The question then becomes, “How can Jen reverse himself?” as Bruce warns that he was once “stuck” in space as the Hulk for two years.

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Bruce trains his cousin on DBT and mindfulness and the importance of reinforced bedroom furniture and spandex. Powers like that can put a target on your back, he warns, but Jen is more focused on her ability to metabolize alcohol — “All buzz, no puke,” Bruce boasts. The next day, while nursing a Hulk-sized hangover, Jen claims, “I’m not going to be a superhero,” just going back to the career she spent a lot of money and years building. Bruce claims there is a way to “live between who we are wantand what is‘ when she can control her anger.

Jen meets Bruce with the reality that as a woman, she’s had more than enough experience suppressing anger — whether it’s being attacked by cat calls, suffering from mansplaining, or dreading every step when she’s out for a late night walk. After demonstrating that she can transform between herself and She-Hulk at will, Jen packs up to leave Mexico, but Bruce argues, “Who’s going to protect the world if it’s not people like us?” Jen fires back : “I will not become you, and my life will be taken from me”, and points to his somehow sad, often isolated existence. “Why would you want that for me?” Bruce counters that “half of his being is in denial, no way of life,” and then asks, “Why wouldn’t you listen to someone who’s been through this before?” As When Jen literally smacks the Hulk back to her cousin, a big, green brawl ensues, resulting in the destruction of Bruce’s homemade tiki bar.

Tensions ease as Jen helps Bruce rebuild the bar while admitting she can get back to her normal life. We then cut back to Jen’s ADA office, where she tells the viewer, “So that’s how it all happened. My family knows, Nikki knows…. Now I will win this case. show attorney!”

She Hulk Maslany videoHowever, Jen Walters’ super secret soon comes to light. Just as she is about to deliver her final argument, a superhuman named Titania literally bursts through the courtroom doors. Nikki quietly prompts Jen to do her “thing” publicly for the first time, and—favorite outfit be damned—Jen kicks off her heels and swells into her She-Hulk form to smack Titania. Once this very random (and later to be explained) threat is neutralized, Jen reverts to her normal self, clothes somewhat tattered, and tells the judge in no uncertain terms, “I am now ready to give my closing argument.”

This leads to the first credits, followed by a bonus scene where Bruce clarifies his mate Cap’s alleged virginity. (Read much more about this revelation here.)

what were you thinking about She Hulkhis debut? And as always, if you’re looking for information, email InsideLine@tvline.com!

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