She-Hulk balances Jen’s decision to control her own narrative with a couple of major cameos

She-Hulk: Attorney At Law - Episode 3 Review


Warning: This is a spoiler review of Episode 3 of She-Hulk: Attorney At Law.

If you thought “haha, yuck” at any point during the myriad of examples of Dennis Bukowski’s (Drew Matthews) misogyny, you’re not alone! But the real pull in this week’s episode is She-Hulk finally stepping into her new shoes. And, yeah, ok — Wong’s (Benedict Wong) entrance into the series is pretty great, too.
Episode 3 does a good job of highlighting the sheer ridiculousness of the MCU to a normal party with no interest in being a part of the supernatural side of things. Jen Walters attorney at law has absolutely no interest in hearing of mirror dimensions or erasing the world’s memories as a solution to her client’s case. If she had her way she wouldn’t even know the phrase “Sorcerer Supreme,” nor would she choose to be involved in the weird media circus that comes along with being a Hulk representing an Abomination. Still, know she does and involved she is.
Josh Segarra is given a real opportunity to shine this week as Bukowski’s begrudging representation, Augustus “Pug” Pugliese. It’s a real turn from his Adrian Chase days on Arrow, but he takes on the goofy do-gooder with ease. Episode 3 firmly establishes Pug as a member of Team Walters, not just some GLK&H stooge, which will become especially important should his character become as infatuated with Jen as he is in the comics.
“They’re gonna write a story about you one way or the other, best to be a part of it.”
This week is all about Jen taking control of her own narrative (or at least starting to). Blonksy inadvertently teaches her an important lesson before heading off to his compound with his soulmates. Folks are gonna talk no matter what — you can either be a part of that story or be a frustrated passive observer. Here’s hoping this isn’t the last we see of Roth’s character but, if it is, he’s served his purpose for the story. Besides, we’ve still got Daredevil (Charlie Cox) to get to!
Megan Thee Stallion’s entrance only proves that we don’t know all the cards Marvel has in its hands just yet.
Calling out the cameos from the jump in Episode 3 was a clever move for that very reason. She-Hulk is, indeed, a cameo-heavy show, and Megan Thee Stallion’s entrance only proves that we don’t know all the cards Marvel has in its hands just yet. For now, they’re doing a good job of keeping it the Jen Walters Show feat. Many Guest Stars, but maintaining that balance for the full series may be a tall order, and they could end up painting themselves into a corner if they set the expectation for major surprises that not every episode delivers on. All the same, they’ve had a solid beginning run so they’ve earned some good faith.
Who Will Be the New Avengers in the MCU?Marvel won't release another Avengers movie until the end of Phase 6 in Avengers: The Kang Dynasty. Who will join Earth's Mightiest Heroes at that point? Let's break down the most likely candidates.<b>Wong</b>
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In the absence of Tony Stark and Steve Rogers, it’s fallen on Benedict Wong’s character Wong to become the glue that holds the MCU together in Phase 4. Wong has appeared in many Phase 4 projects so far, from Spider-Man: No Way Home to Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings to, of course, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
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It makes sense that we’ve entered Phase Wong of the MCU, since he’s inherited the mantle of Sorcerer Supreme from Doctor Strange. It’s his job to proactively defend the world from these new, emerging threats. And when the time comes for the Avengers to assemble once again, you can bet Wong will be right there bringing everyone together again.
<b>Shang-Chi</b>
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Simu Liu’s Shang-Chi is practically guaranteed to join the Avengers in Phase 6. For one thing, we already saw him summoned by Wong at the end of 2021’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. For another, Avengers: The Kang Dynasty is also directed by Destin Daniel Cretton. We doubt that’s just a coincidence.
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Shang-Chi is certainly an asset to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, now that he controls the mystical Ten Rings. The mid-credits scene in The Legend of the Ten Rings hints at a deeper mystery surrounding these artifacts, one that could very well come into play in The Kang Dynasty. 
<b>Doctor Strange</b>
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Wong may be Sorcerer Supreme now, but that doesn’t mean Stephen Strange won’t continue to play an important role in whatever version of the Avengers exists in Phase 6. He’s a superhero veteran now, and the Avengers need his expertise in both magic and the multiverse.
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It’s worth remembering that Doctor Strange is currently in another universe, helping Charlize Theron’s Clea deal with the Incursion problem. It’s unclear if we’re going to get another Doctor Strange sequel before The Kang Dynasty but, either way, that tease in Multiverse of Madness is sure to pay off when the Avengers assemble to battle Kang.  
<b>Captain America</b>
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Is any Avengers roster really complete without a Captain America? Fortunately, even though Steve Rogers retired to finally have his dance with Peggy Carter in the past, Sam Wilson has now taken up the shield as the new Cap. 2021’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier showed Sam reluctantly accepting that burden, and 2024’s Captain America: New World Order will chronicle the next step in his superhero evolution.
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Can Sam be the inspirational team leader and figurehead Steve was? That’s a question we suspect The Kang Dynasty and Secret Wars will answer. We may even see Sam try to reform the Avengers in New World Order. But given that Marvel’s very next movie after Cap 4 is Thunderbolts, it seems the MCU won’t entirely be ready for an Avengers reunion.  
<b>War Machine</b>
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After playing a supporting role in the Iron Man and Avengers movies, Don Cheadle’s War Machine looks to be coming into his own as a solo hero in Phase 5. Cheadle will star in the Armor Wars series, a show that will likely deal with Rhodey trying to prevent Tony Stark’s tech from falling into the wrong hands.
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From there, it seems only natural that War Machine will be one of the characters to fill that Iron Man-shaped hole in the Avengers. He’s an experienced soldier who brings a lot of firepower to the table. He may not be the brilliant inventor Tony was, but that’s where our next Avenger comes in.
Week 3 of She-Hulk: Attorney At Law has tied up the Abomination storyline, but it’s now at an impasse where some fans may find themselves frustrated. We’re conditioned to expect constant story progression from MCU stories, but that’s not really how the sitcom model functions. Outside of the introduction of the Wrecking Crew — those are the YMCA rejects in Asgardian gear who tried to jump She-Hulk for her blood — we’re not really sure where the series is going next. Viewer mileage may vary, but it’s still operating well within its format’s means.
She-Hulk doesn’t need a next step; she needs to twerk with Megan Thee Stallion!
This story originally appeared on: IGN - Author:Amelia Emberwing

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