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What is in the name of a superhero? this week She-Hulk: Attorney at LawThe lawyer with the greatest power became the client. We’re now in the middle of the season, and while episode five is a filler episode, it closes out at least one chapter in the ongoing saga of light: Jennifer Walters is officially She-Hulk now. At least as far as the court is concerned. Maybe it was a lawsuit that forced her to claim the name, not a personal victory or a revelation…but what do you expect? She’s a lawyer!
At the end of the previous episode, Jen serves Titania, the superhero influencer who fought on the pilot. Titania is in her evil age, and has created a line of beauty products that capitalize on the moniker the public has imposed on Jennifer Walters’ alter ego. Titania does not destroy a city or wipe out half the population. She just registered “She-Hulk” as a trademark first and is now suing the woman who got the title. Jane never signed up for her other name because she didn’t think she had to and still wasn’t 100 percent ready to commit to being any kind of Hulk, let alone a She-Hulk. So Episode 5 starts getting upset and trying to ignore Titania, but it’s hard. Ads are everywhere, and there some The aspects of being a She-Hulk that Jen enjoys and wants to keep to herself.
However, Jin’s boss is outwardly dissatisfied. The superhero face of his superhero law department can’t be tangled up in a superhero lawsuit, so Jane Mallory Bock’s colleague (Renee Elise Goldsberry) takes her case. Mallory sets some professional boundaries, demands Jane stop wearing the boxy suit she’s been touring for the past few episodes, and decides to strike back. This is our legal story this week. It’s not as wacky as the cases in the previous two episodes, but it does help tie some of the themes and themes from the previous weeks together.
Meanwhile, Story B discovers that Nikki and Pug are tracking down Jen’s supernatural costume designer. Technically, Pug asks Nikki to queue up Iron Man Three shoes with him so he can get a couple pairs (one for rock and one for storage) first, but that happens off-screen. We have to follow the return service. It looks like Nikki has decided behind Jane’s back that she needs a new wardrobe. Seriously, Nikki decided to get her boyfriends/boss a new suit before Mallory even asked her to! Jane doesn’t seem too upset, but I am. This is not just a proactive paralegal, but a meticulously managed friend. First, the show repeatedly specifies that the world prefers She-Hulk over Jen and now, halfway through the season, Jen’s circuit reveals that everyone has notes about what She-Hulk should look and act as well.
Anywho, Pug and Slick Nik take their amazing platonic chemistry on the road in search of a superhero clothing company on the advice of drip broker Alonzo. They meet Barista Bubba who makes illegal merchandise for superheroes with deliberately mismatched colors and misspellings like “Holk”, “Thur”, “Hawkguy” and “Avingers” if you don’t like “Avongers”. It’s a good scene and ties into the legal story of the episode. You can’t be sued for trademark misuse if you don’t spell the trademark listed correctly.
They eventually score a consultation with fashion designer Luke Jacobson, who is played by Dear eggs And the hostessGriffin Matthews. It’s like Q James Bond meets Emma Stone’s Cruella. I want to know everything about his other customers as soon as possible. Dating Nikki, the best lawyer in tow. He’s rude to Jin but fascinated by the challenge: clothes that stretch to fit her human self And the Strong woman. This way, she can feel for herself no matter how tall she is.
We don’t start here, but it’s hard to be a woman! You can have perfect hair and a stylist still call you a hag. Influencers are taking advantage of your fear of insecurity to sell you expensive serums and oils – ie be Two very different things, but you shouldn’t know that. And as Mallory says at the end of the episode, you can have actual superpowers and anyone with access to the internet still thinks they can do a better job.
When Jen and Nikki return to the office, a seemingly random encounter with Todd, one of Jen’s dates from the fourth episode montage, helps her figure out how to win the case. He’s… well, we didn’t actually notice his career during last week’s date. He reveals that he is one of GLK&H’s biggest clients, and his fearsome presence inadvertently reminds Jane that she has created a dating profile as She-Hulk, and thus has in writing identifying herself as She-Hulk.
So in order to prove that she embraced the She-Hulk name with enough professional and personal ability to prove that Titania stole the name from her, Jen allowed Mallory to connect on the dates she got with her She-Hulk dating profile from the previous episode. It’s a good callback and successful legal strategy, but it doesn’t tell us anything we don’t already know about Jane or these guys. When the last guy, Arthur, says under oath he’s attracted to She-Hulk but Jen isn’t the type to suck it up, but it’s the same emotional cadence as last week.
What’s different is that Jane gets some verification from Mallory… and then another insult to her dress. Jane takes Mallory to Legal Ease for a drink to thank her for representing her in court and helping win the case, while Mallory appears to open up to short Secondly, she emerges completely from the patriarchy, soon reverting to being a little sassy and out of sight.
Tony Award winner Renee Elise Goldsbury has appeared suspiciously infrequently She-Hulk Attorney at Law. It’s like they’re hiding something. I’m a bit hesitant to make a sinister call, because I’ve been recently burnt by attributing meaning to another untapped award-winning guest star. Hamilton Alum while watching and summarizing Westworld Fourth season. But while Ariana DeBose was ultimately not kept in the background on this show, Goldsberry could still be on this show. The character of Mallory’s book is based on a Marvel cartoon character who is no more intimidating than rival Jennifer Walters at work…but with secret invasion On the Disney+ horizon, maybe Skrull? Maybe Todd works with her. Why would he need a lawyer from the super law department? On the date, he asked about her impenetrable skin after the Wrecking Crew learned they couldn’t steal a blood sample while Jen was in She-Hulk form…
Mallory’s digs remind Jane of designer fashion, leading her to break the fourth wall and move onto the scene where she returns to Locke’s office to experience what he’s made of. We can’t see the suit or the “extra thing” he just made. Next, Luke walks around, and takes a small chest from the table that, dun dun dun, contains Daredevil’s mustard yellow helmet. Matt Murdock is coming guys!
• We rarely see or think of who makes the costumes our heroes wear. Iron Man apparently made his own suits, and a LARPing fan named Macy’s recently modeled Clint Barton and Kate Bishop in hook. Another Marvel hero who has been commissioned with an on-screen suit is, by chance, Daredevil. In the Netflix series in which Charlie Cox portrayed the Fearless Man for the first time, his character was frequented by a fashion designer named Melvin Potter, played by actor Matt Gerald. Potter also designed a suit for Daredevil’s nemesis Wilson Fisk, an impersonator who later became Bullseye, and his lover Electra again. But despite the drama, Matt and Melvin are friends and allies. Why did Matt get a makeover in Los Angeles? What happened to Melvin? We’ll have to wait until next week to find out.
• Susanna Polo cracks in Polygon that Luke Jacobson is very Deep Marvel’s cut of a costume designer in the little-known comic North Dakota.
• “They’re still working on the deal and stuff” Nikki says regarding She-Hulk joining the Avengers, a great meta-comment from one of the less defined characters. As Marvel fans and skeptics alike know, joining the superhero team is all about paperwork.
• One of the court illustrations contains a treasure trove of Easter eggs. Pug and Nikki are shown wearing Iron Man Three sneakers. On the shelf are sneakers from heroes we’ve seen before in the MCU like Black Panther, Spider-Man, Moon Knight… as well as some depicting icons of characters we didn’t have, including Thing, Wolverine, Cyclops, and Deadpool. Is this canon? Should Kevin Feige have signed off on sneaker designs? I hope so. Also, why couldn’t we see this scene? Stop solving drawing lines with 2D images, Strong woman!
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