For the most part, She-Hulk: Attorney At Law has been a surprise, and not necessarily a delightful one. The Disney+ series has been receptive to critical reviews due to its lackluster performance and weird comedic bits that are neither exhilarating nor fresh. Although Tatiana Maslany brings her A-game, this is certainly not her best. After setting a standard with Orphan Black, the actress has certainly disappointed in her Marvel debut.
She-Hulk Celebrates the Comedy of Thor: Ragnarok
Not all of the blame for She-Hulk‘s less than warm reception can be put on the shoulders of its lead actress, Tatiana Maslany. The Phase 4 projects have all displayed a massive digression from the usual tenor of what the Marvel fandom has otherwise been accustomed to, with the exception of Thor: Ragnarok and Guardians of the Galaxy. Those two films had invented the perfect recipe for blending comedy in movies depicting the end of worlds and yet making them a box-office success.
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Such major milestones had been worthy of the directorial genius of Taika Waititi and James Gunn. Now, however, Phase 4’s closing series has been a medley of those two projects after She-Hulk director, Anu Valia recently opened up about what the creators had been trying to project in the series with their confusing mix of serious socially relevant themes and satire with blunt comedy.
Anu Valia Relates What Went Into the Making of She-Hulk
Director Anu Valia recently spoke in the Friends From Work podcast about her stint at the MCU show, talking mostly about where the director tried to draw inspiration from while constructing the foundational tone of the series.
“It’s funny because you wanna do service to the fans, but you also wanna create something new and not come from a place of fear… Just from a place of story… in a truthful and funny way. I feel like I was reallybalancing the comedic tone and the emotional crux of the show. Jessica and Kat laid such a groundwork that I just built off of that.
But I know personally, I was looking to what Taika Waititi did with Thor: Ragnarok… Like, he balanced that so well. I think that was maybe, out of the Marvel films, at the forefront of my mind. But I can’t say that I created the tone or anything, but it was sorta like building off.”
Despite delivering a few good projects after the Phase 3 grand finale, the entirety of Phase 4 as a whole has been quite unremarkable. The downright nonchalance toward She-Hulk proves the already established fact that the series has been a jumbled mix of emotions heavily relying on the socially acceptable mockery of what the MCU has been building up to for well over a decade.
She-Hulk is currently streaming on Disney+
Source: Friends From Work