She-Hulk: Attorney at Law has rewarded many fans with what seems to be an astounding penultimate episode. People who were previously expressing disapproval over the Tatiana Maslany-led show have now come to talk in favor of it. Showering an authentic, comic-accurate depiction of Daredevil with constant praises to being enamored by the chemistry shared between Matt Murdock and Jen Walters, the fans of MCU have been charmed by the Disney+ series.
Additionally, an intriguing reference to one of the franchise’s biggest plot points has allowed fans of Steve Rogers’ Captain America to rejoice. In the episode, we see Matt Murdock state in a courtroom sequence how the Sokovia Accords have been officially repealed. The Sokovia Accords were a collection of legal documents that aimed at regulating the activities of superheroes under the guidance of the United Nations.
The existence of these laws was the main area of contention and conflict in Captain America: Civil War. Owing to it, we saw a bond-threatening rift between the Avengers. The erasure of such a plot point is certainly thought-provoking and might have interesting implications for future endeavors.
She-Hulk’s New Episode Referenced The Sokovia Accords
In a courtroom sequence where Matt Murdock and Jen Walters are representing their clients Luke Jacobson and Eugene Patilio (or Leap-Frog), respectively, the former talked of how the essence of Luke Jacobson’s job requires and “necessitates” the need for anonymity. Then, nonchalantly, he dropped the bomb and said, “May I remind you that the Sokovia Accords have been repealed.”
Such a bizarre, somewhat abrupt confirmation has come years after the legal documents seemed to be stuck in a narrative limbo, in a space of ambiguity. This is not to say that the accords were not mentioned throughout Phase 4. However, such references never quite revealed much to the audiences.
Now, though, fans have a concrete answer as to what happened to the accords. Although when or why the repeal occurred in the first place was not stated, She-Hulk: Attorney at Law has certainly offered us food for thought. Additionally, Matt Murdock, who we all know and revere as the fan-favorite lawyer-by-day, vigilante-by-night Daredevil, being the one to break such news has certainly fascinated the audiences; adding meaning to his statement.
Another group of fans has expressed enthusiasm over knowing that they were on the right side of the MCU history. The reveal has allowed #TeamCap fans to poke harmless fun at Iron Man and his actions during the events of Captain America: Civil War.
Captain America Fans Demand An Apology
As the events of Captain America 3 unfolded, fans witnessed the split of Avengers; a direct consequence of some heroes being in support of the Sokovia Accords and others disapproving of it. Established by United Nations and introduced by General Thaddeus Ross, the set of legal documents aimed at bringing about a system of accountability when it came to the unsanctioned activities of enhanced individuals. It was an attempt at minimizing the damage that was caused as a result of the activities carried out by several superheroes.
The accords were brought into existence as public concern grew and people started viewing heroes with suspicions, associating them with large-scale, unimaginable destruction.
Unfortunately, the introduction of the accords ruptured the Avengers into two. Tony Stark believed in taking accountability, while Steve Rogers had a distinct distaste for the authoritarian and imposing nature of the accords. There was mistrust on his part towards the government (specifically following the events of his past solo films) which aimed at establishing control over the superheroes.
The schism grew and further generated two groups. One that believed in Tony’s cause, the pro-Accords, and the other that supported Steve, the anti-Accords. The rest is, of course, history.
The latest revelation in She-Hulk has once again sparked the debates that plagued the Marvel community extensively in 2016. While many have taken to claiming that Captain America was right all along, others have come in defense of Tony’s beliefs and actions. On the other hand, many believe that the removal of such an integral plot point suggests a lack of interesting, credible writing. Therefore, it might just be that no side has actually… won?
Take a look:
expecting written apologies from each team iron man fan
— John Stewart Green Lantern (@LanternJS) October 6, 2022
Team Iron Man till the day I DIE and then some pic.twitter.com/WM32DpUFGE
— DickleMeElmo (@DickleMeElmo69) October 6, 2022
if you see the way jenn was wrecking that parking garage you’d want some form of accountability too☠️
— Ed🤙🏿 (@DreamForAlll) October 7, 2022
The only issue is the permanent damage the accords do, in the comics peter followed the accords and took off the mask and a few issues later aunt may was shot.
— dude… (@FanOfSuperDudes) October 7, 2022
team cap since day 1
— pluto ♡♡ (@heartsy__) October 6, 2022
not the sokovia accords being repealed 💀 they really badly used this plot and then threw it away like an old sweater? like sure I don't think it would have worked in the long term but the way it was so pointless and basically forgotten post-cacw says a lot about the bad writing pic.twitter.com/eyuzf3wIar
— the mechanic ⎊ (@cxptainflint) October 6, 2022
While people are entitled to support whichever side, the Sokovia Accords being repealed does bring about an enticing future. We all know that Thunderbolts is an upcoming MCU endeavor set to feature a ragtag team of anti-heroes/supervillains. Without the accords in place, it would be interesting to see the impact on the narrative which will revolve around the group led by Yelena Belova. Moreover, we may get to know how and why the accords were repealed in the first place.
It would be fascinating to see what exactly the MCU has up its sleeves for them to seemingly redact such an important plot point.
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law is available for streaming exclusively on Disney+.