A Harsh Hero’s Welcome for Ms. Green: She-Hulk Episode 2 Recap

A review of Marvel Studios’ new superhero comedy series


There’s an old saying: it ain’t easy being green. And Jen Walters is realizing this reality more and more (Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios)

Episode 2: “Superhuman Law” resumes shortly after Titania destroys the courthouse and attempts to kill the entire jury with a table. Our hero, Jen Walters transforms into her Hulk form for the first time in the public eye and saves the lives of the jury members.

News quickly breaks and social media goes into a frenzy about a new super dubbed “She-Hulk.” Jen, not amused or flattered by the name associated with her cousin and the barbaric stigma attached, decides to celebrate with the people at a local bar.

In the midst of celebration, we encounter Jen’s first superhero reality check: she lost the case because it was declared a mistrial by GLK & H (the accused’s attorneys) claimed bias on the jury’s part since Jen saved their lives. She was also fired from her job because, as her cousin pointed out earlier in Ep. 1, “Jen, when you have powers like this, it’s like putting a target on your back and on the back of the people you care about.”

A life and responsibility she never wanted any part of, Jen’s second realization of being a super comes during her hopeless job search after her public fiasco: being a super is a lonely place that few understand and relate to, and though they admire and respect you, help seldom comes.

During her job hunting montage, you see the offices slowly looking less prestigious and worthy for someone of Jen’s caliber and qualifications. Several months flew by trying to find a law firm that doesn’t see her as a “sideshow” or “liability” or “endangers others.”

You need friends to always bring a different perspective when you’re down. Too bad she’s going to leave Jen hanging at a family dinner alone (Courtesy of Marvel Studios)

Now in the depression stage of grieving, it’s clear that Jen has been yearning for semblance of normalcy, her old life back. This seems to be a theme for heroes thrust into the role: people wanting to be average even though they are capable of accomplishing so much more, accepting complacency, the status quo, and where they belong on the totem pole.

Just when it seemed her life was about completely flushed down the crapper, Holden Holliway – head of GLK & H – offers Jen a position at their firm. Without specifics given, Jen blindly accepts the position if she can hire her own paralegal – a request they accept.

To her dismay, she finds out on the first day that Jen Walters was not hired, She-Hulk was. Mr. Holliway explicitly requires that Jen come to work as She-Hulk. As head of GLK & H’s new Superhuman Law Division, they want She-Hulk to be the face of it.

This is an example of a bona fide occupational qualification. This law allows a company to discriminate on the basis of national origin, sex, religion or age in rare, unique situations that are logically necessary for the business so long as its based on objective facts, reason and logic.

While she has never had her own office, team or salary with that many zeros, she is put in the precarious position of power that can easily be taken away. To make things worse, she has been assigned Emil Blonsky aka the Abomination (Tim Roth) as her first defendant. Now more conflicted, not only because Blonsky tried to kill Bruce in 2008, but also because she “won’t have a job” if she doesn’t take this case.

Upon receiving this career ultimatum, Walters visits Blonsky, though skeptical, in a superhuman maximum security facility.

It is revealed that Blonsky’s condition and behavior resulted as a sanctioned byproduct of the United States’ government injecting Emil with superhuman serums, causing the creation of Abomination, the destruction of countless city blocks and his imprisonment. Blonsky appears a much reformed man that has atoned for his mistakes, even writing those he’s wronged heartfelt haikus of remorse.

Jen takes a day to think things over and consults Bruce about her predicament. Ultimately, Bruce is fine with Jen taking the case and the job. Both had moved on from the 2008 incident and Bruce even received a haiku from Emil several years ago.

During this conversation, it is revealed that Bruce is on the Sakaarian ship that they encountered in episode 1. The Sakaarians haven’t made an on-screen appearance since “Thor: Ragnarok” but were last alluded to in the Disney+ series “Loki.” It’s not clear as to why a diplomatic Sakaarian ship was sent, but requiring an Avenger means it’s a serious matter.

Relieved, Jen accepts Emil Blonsky’s case and the position as Head Attorney of GLK & H’s Superhuman Division. What she doesn’t know is that Abomination just made a public appearance in an underground superhuman fight ring in Hong Kong seconds after accepting the case.

Fans were left with an easter egg: the scene in which Abomination is fighting is from “Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.” Emil is fighting Wong, the Sorcerer Supreme. This puts this series merely months after Thanos was snapped away. Fans are left to wonder if the Sorcerer Supreme will make an appearance in Episode 3.