SHE-HULK Breakdown: Every Easter Egg and Marvel Reference in Episode 1
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She-Hulk: Attorney at Law Episode 1 is filled with Easter eggs to Marvel Comics and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Where did Tony’s wrecked Iron man helmet come from? What’s the deal with that space ship? And how can Jen talk to the camera? We breakdown all the MCU Easter Eggs and references!
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Edited by Harriet Lengel-Enright, Randolf Nombrado, and Srinidhi Rao
Now the intro begins with Jennifer Walters practicing her closing argument, speaking directly to the camera. Now I say speaking to the camera, and not to the audience for a reason. When characters speak to the audience, it’s called breaking the fourth wall, because it is a very old term from the theater, when an actor would stop pretending there was a fourth wall of the stage and would speak to the audience directly.
Yes, but She-Hulk was one of the first Marvel characters to break the fourth wall; she did it years before Deadpool was even created. In fact, in her 80s comics she would even rip through a comics page, into the next page, or use panels as a shortcut to teleport long distances.
So this opening shot is not Jennifer breaking the fourth wall–but she is laying the groundwork for breaking the fourth wall a bit later.
Her opening line cuts to the theme of the series–and the MCU. [what is the responsibility of those with power?] Now we know that this theme speaks to the heart of marvel comics. In the golden age of comics, Steve Rogers signs up to get powers because he has a responsibility to serve his country. Marvel’s silver age was kicked off with the Fantastic Four, and a few seconds after they got their powers they swore to use them to help humankind.
And spider-man, famously, tried to use his powers for his own financial gain, before realizing [great power, resp, montage, end with aunt may]
The court case Jennifer is trying centers on the great power of a corporation–which I have a theory about which evil corporation that I’ll get into a little later in the video.
IN this case, it;s not that the corporation did not use their power to help–it’s whether or not their neglect willfully caused problems. In the same way, does Jennifer choosing to live her own life put the world at risk? [hulk, you gotta save the world]
The shelf in her office displays lots of fun set dressing that has nothing to do with superheroes. These are all items you would expect to see in the office of a young Lawyer. A book called Badass women. A UCLA pennant, a UCLA bruin, an RBG bobblehead, and a mug that says see you later, litigator.
During her monologue, the man interrupts her and tells her to smile [clip]. Something women love hearing [cap marvel deleted scene]. This character is Dennis Bukowski, who first appeared all the way back in the savage she-hulk as one of Jen’s early legal nemesis.
The final sentence of her closing argument […most to answer for] is another recurring theme in the MCU. Tony believed that since he created Ultron, he needed to accept a curb on his power [we need to be kept in check]. Natasha and Steve took down Shield because the organization over reached their power. And thunderbolt ross hunted down Bruce Banner for this exact reason.
So at this point in the series, Jen is a prosecutor, which means she works with the DA to put people into jail. IN the comics and in this show, she switches sides to become a defense attorney. Which always creates a fun contrast in the comics, as a superhero shae catches bad guys,a dn as a lawyer she defends them in court.
Right here is a photo of the griffith observatory, an LA landmark probably most famous for being in rebel without a cause [clip].
Then Jen finally gives us a direct address, as we see her origin story. We learn that she was ona road trip with her cousin Bruce Banner, as he explains why his arm is better and he’s in human form. You remember we saw a hologram of human bruce in the post credits of shang chi, and [joker, everyone loses their minds]
Now we know why. His arm was ruined in the endgame, but, when he reverts back to bruce, it helps his arm to heal. And he has to wear a gamma suppressor on his wrist to stay human. Very similar to the device Jen wore in the comics, which allowed her to become she-hulk when she had a mental block.