(WARNING, This does contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.)
In its latest television release to the popular streaming platform Disney+, Marvel Studios’ She-Hulk has left fans divided.
The show premiered Aug. 17 and is currently tied for the second-worst rated Marvel show with Hawkeye, which both only brought in about 1.5 million streams within the first four days of release. The worst-rated show so far is Ms. Marvel, which premiered over the summer.
This is quite a drastic difference from Loki, which bagged an impressive 2.5 million views within the first four days, making it the most premiere for a show so far.
The show is the MCU debut of the crime-fighting lawyer She-Hulk/Jennifer Walters herself, Tatiana Maslany. “I had always been wary of entering this universe or doing anything of this scale. There’s a part of me that always feels a bit more comfortable in a smaller piece. Just something that I can guarantee will be focused on character, guarantee will be collaborative,” she said of joining a project on a scale this big.
“It just spoke to me in a way that I was like, ‘I don’t know that I can do this,’ and that’s exciting to me. I don’t know that I was like, ‘I can take everything that comes with this,’ but I definitely was like, ‘This work will be interesting enough to me to warrant a little bit of a shift in my life if that’s what happens. And if not, great.’”
The show also sees the debut of Jameela Jamil, Ginger Gonzaga, and Josh Segarra. Jamil plays villain Titania while Gonzaga and Segerra play likable characters who work at the law firm with Walters.
Of course, it wouldn’t be an MCU show without cameos from loveable actors such as Mark Ruffalo and Benedict Wong, appearing as Bruce Banner and Wong, respectively. The most anticipated cameo of the show is most definitely Charlie Cox who will be reprising his role as Daredevil.
Personally, I like the show. It’s not my favorite by any means but it’s okay. I certainly don’t not like it because of the reason most people don’t like it…I’m looking at you misogynistic fans whose only critique is that the show stars a woman in the lead role.
My biggest problem, and a lot of other people’s problem, is with the CGI. It’s not Birdemic, Shock and Terror bad but it’s distracting enough that it’s become one of the show’s biggest downfalls and one of the aspects criticized the most.
I also have a problem with how they physically depicted She-Hulk. In the comics, she is absolutely jacked. In the show, she is literally just tall, green, and has broad shoulders. It seems like they dumbed it down to get men to watch because Marvel likes to cater to men but I digress.
The writing is great, featuring alums from shows such as Robot Chicken, On My Block, and the She-Hulk comics themselves.
Marvel’s biggest problem in the last couple of years has been the sheer amount of content they are putting out. I am a quality over quantity person any day of the week and you can definitely tell that has gone to the wind over at Marvel Studios in the last couple of years.
With the release of eight shows and six movies in the last two and a half years, you can see the drop in quality in literally almost everyone in terms of CGI. I would much rather have to wait and see these fan-favorite characters again for a year than have to watch more shows and movies that are just straight-up eyesores at this point.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe will continue to expand with the much anticipated Black Panther: Wakanda Forever tentatively set to be released on Nov. 11 of this year.