Well, I can honestly say that the She-Hulk finale was all I anticipated... right before it was so hard that it broke my mind. In fact, she-Hulk episode 9 practically broke the MCU with all of its fourth wall-breaking.
You may even say "She-Hulk broke Disney Plus," but then people will be asked about outages that didn''t happen and nobody wants that. Here''s what She-Hulk''s finale was, at least judging by early reactions. So let''s get it done.
Before you go into thinking about the upcoming Marvel movies and shows that have been on the way, here''s how the She-Hulk SMASH surpassed our expectations. Yes, this story contains spoilers for She-Hulk episode 9, "Whose Show Is This?"
She-Hulk mocked MCU storytelling perfectly
So, the most significant advantage of She-Hulk''s finale is that it gives you a very basic Marvel TV show finale before putting it all out. As we saw, Jen has been down-sized from She-Hulk with an inhibitor on her ankle, which means she loses her job and spends a lot of time with her family.
Jen, as Hulk is missing, then goes to Emil Blonsky''s retreat, while Pug and Nikki investigate the Intelligencia. Those two stories begin to collide once again, when it turns out the dark web dweebs are running an event at Blonsky''s hideout. Emil''s also back to his outrageous ways again. It''s one huge brawl... that Jen finds way too-complicated and uninspired.
Disney Plus itself is a hit, but the internet loves it, according to a Twitter user @giselleb1234 (opens in a new tab) in an American Psycho meme:
Episode 9 spoilers for She-Hulk -----Ladies and gentlemen: this fourth wall break #SheHulkAttorneyAtLaw #SheHulk pic.twitter.com/tKFwOqlguIOctober 13, 2022
While Todd Phelps (Jon Bass) appears to be season villain Hulk King we were waiting for, the meta-villain for She-Hulk is unsatisfactory storytelling that makes the show about other heroes. This sends her to Disney/Marvel HQ, where she takes her to the next level.
No, not Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige, but K.E.V.I.N., a robot equipped with three ocular sensors who argue with She-Hulk. And here is where we get so many great moments, including Jen''s badgering of K.E.V.I.N. about when we''re getting the X-Men, which user @ArkhamNumb (opens in new tab) liked:
I FUCKING LOVE JEN pic.twitter.com/WwHo6I2s9mOctober 13, 2022 #SheHulk Finale *small spoiler warning*--I FUCKING LOVE JEN pic.twitter.com/WwHo6I2s9m
This scene also received applause for her self-referential moments about She-Hulk''s CGI. K.E.V.I.N. has to demand her to transform to Jen off-camera because the effects are too costly.
Upon arriving at the site, @wandaslizzie performed music that sounded like Black Panther. It''s clear that Marvel''s CGI team is still working on Black Panther: Wakanda Forever in under a month. It was a bit surprising for She-Hulk to get even that close to discussing Marvel''s current CGI issues (opens in a new tab), but it was impressive nonetheless.
WHEN THE WAKANDA MUSIC WAS STANDED PLAYING WHEN KEVIN SAID A ANOTHER PROJECT #SheHulk pic.twitter.com/0cpQBPeiGIOctober 13, 2022
Perspective: For She-Hulk Season 2, please share more of this.
i break fourth walls and bad endings. and sometimes matt murdock jen be serious #SheHulk pic.twitter.com/Tuoz246cvkOctober 13, 2022
The finale of She-Hulk may have been seen as a bait-and-switch twist, but it certainly wins us over because Jen is so kind of likable. Especially when she''s returning to Marvel from inside.
In a future season of She-Hulk, we may be given credit for Tatiana Maslany for making this show so fantastic. Especially with that above picture about how she "smashed" Matt Murdock.