Sorry for lacking in my reviews on She-Hulk, everyone. It's not that I haven't enjoyed the show, but life sometimes gets in the way. So, since three episodes have been released, thus far, I'll be doing a summary of the past three episodes. Also, I'll be giving my personal thoughts on the show and predictions for what may happen later on! SPOILERS AHEAD!!!
"The People vs. Emil Blonsky" picks up right where the last episode left off; Jen now has to figure out a way to prove that Blonsky, aka The Abomination, didn't willingly break out of prison. With his pending release in danger, Jen is told by Emil that he was released by the new Sorceror Supreme, Wong! As Wong and Jen deliberate on a court strategy, an Asgardian shape-shifting elf has been posing as Megan Thee Stallion. While Jen has to prove Blonsky's innocence, she also must help a sexist co-worker from being scammed.
"Is This Real Magic?" gives us more Wong, as he asks Jen for legal advice. One of the dropouts from Karmar Taj, Donny Blaze, is abusing his teachings. While fighting off demons that Blaze, Jen is having trouble with her dating life, so she creates a profile but using her She-Hulk persona. After some horrible speed dates, She-Hulk finally gets lucky! Sadly, not only does her date not like her in "Jen form", she learns that socialite Titanna is suing Jen for trademark infringement! This brings us to the latest episode, "Mean, Green, And Straight-Poured Into These Jeans"! While friends Ramos and Pug discover a stylist that creates fashion for superheroes, Jen and co-worker Mallory Book must prove that Jen owns the "She-Hulk" moniker. While they do battle with Titanna in court, Jen meets superhero stylist, Luke Jacobson. While Jacobson eventually creates Jen some new clothes that match her "She-Hulk" form, we also see the red and gold Daredevil helmet!!!
What I love about this show, is that it doesn't take itself so seriously! It's a comedy series, not a drama. If you're expecting some serious moments, then keep looking. Also, the writers are aware of how negative critics are trashing the show, and mock them openly! That sort of action can backfire, but thankfully, it plays well. Especially with She-Hulk breaking the fourth wall. From easter eggs, to the impending appearance of Matt Murdock, She-Hulk: Attorney At Law is entertaining...and one of the few gems in Phase 4 MCU. Post your thoughts below, and till next time fellow blerds!
Welp, I did Marvel. So DC is next, and boy is there a lot to talk about. This is part two of an opinion piece on where the DC Extended Universe is at now, and where it’s going. And while they have made some recent successes; their past failures and present issues are still a hurdle they must get over. Fans are split down the middle about whether the studio, Warner Bros should just reboot the entire thing, or keep making movies based in a fractured universe with almost no connection to each other.
First, let's just get it out of the way; Zack Snyder’s Justice League was a success and a big boost to fans who were told that not only did the cut not exist but would never see the light of day. Well, we now know that was wrong. While four hours may be too much for one to commit to watching a movie, there’s no denying that the Snyder cut was miles better than the original release, directed by Joss Wheadon. With releases like Birds of Prey, Peacemaker, sequels to Shazam, Aquaman, and new movies like Black Adam, The Flash, and a Black Canary project in the works, fans were seeing some progress. Slow progress, but it was there. Not to mention how successful The Batman was, early this year. Animated shows like Young Justice: Phantoms, Harley Quinn, and upcoming animated films are coming. In addition, with the business merger of Discovery, Warner Brothers were looking to be coming for Marvel’s neck. Or so everyone thought.
With DC, (at least, their live-action films, anyway), it’s a “one step forward, two steps back” thing. Let’s start with a small one. The CW is effectively getting out of the superhero business. The Flash is finally entering its ninth and final season. And while it still has its followers, it’s a show that stuck around too long. Now, Superman and Lois is still on, but with just the two remaining Arrowverse shows on the air (Batwoman, Legends of Tomorrow, Black Lightning being canceled.) and Titans on HBO Max being renewed, DC’s tv front is lacking. Then, there is the upcoming Gotham Knights series, which shows very little to do with the Batman mythos.
On to the films, and man, does it get rocky from here. Actor Ezra Miller is in trouble with the law, with claims of grooming minors and assaulting fans. One wonders if The Flash will ever see the light of day. Then, actor Henry Cavil is still out of the loop, as far as Superman projects are concerned. When asked if he’ll make an appearance in Black Adam, not even Dwayne Johnson could quell the disappointment in fans’ voices due to the uncertainty. Then, the trial of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard happened, with Heard’s scenes being cut from Aquaman 2. And if that wasn’t enough, recently, Warner Brothers decided to shelve Batgirl. So, that means it won’t be in theaters or available for streaming. A $90 Million dollar movie, scrapped, when it was almost done. See what I mean when I say, “one step forward, two steps back”?
(How every DC fan feels, right now. Sad thing is. they brought it on themselves.)
It's not like DC and WB studios don’t have the potential for greatness. With iconic characters at their disposal, why is it so hard to make a cinematic franchise profit, like their counterparts do at Marvel? They’ve had a good start, with their earlier films. They can make movies that aren’t in their Extended Universe, and still make money as well. Just look at Joker and The Batman. Perhaps it’s relying too much on their flagship heroes like the DC Trinity (Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman). Maybe they should just reboot everything. Start over. It’s clear that whatever plans Zack Snyder were, Warner Bros wasn’t on board. But in defense of Snyder, at least he had a plan. Nobody really knows what WB and DC are doing, other than trying to imitate what their competition is doing. Perhaps that’s the issue. Instead of just seeing what Marvel is doing and attempting to replicate success, they should stand firm and do their own thing. They were the first to introduce the whole “multiverse” thing, with both Grant Gustin and Ezra Miller being in the same scene in the “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover on the CW. They can have both movies that tie into a connected universe and standalone features. Their animated projects rarely miss, something that Marvel is lacking on. (What If ain’t enough, Marvel!!)
It's hard to be a DC fan, when you see so much progress from the other side. But I’m still here, hoping that one day, they’ll get their act together. Thank you for reading part two of this series. Post your comments bellow, and till next time fellow blerds
First, allow me to apologize for not doing a review on Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness, and Thor: Love and Thunder sooner. Had some computer issues that set me back, along with COVID. And although the most recent Phase 4 MCU movies are out, one must wonder; Where is the MCU headed? Who’s the next big bad? Kang, whom we’ve seen in the finale of Loki? The Celestials, from Eternals? Skrull Invasion? Multiversal War?! C’mon, Marvel, show all your cards! In the previous phases, we kinda knew what we were getting into. Thanos, Infinity Stones, etc. But now? Is Marvel Studios more interested in telling solo stories, rather than these epic tales that we’ve witnessed.? Not to mention, projects like Ms. Marvel, the aforementioned Thor film, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and Captain America sequels in production, and Marvel characters from non-MCU projects coming into the fold. Fans are hungry for the next storyline, but we just don’t know what that is yet. Worse still, some are even calling it “the end of the Marvel Cinematic Universe”. And while I don’t think it’ll go that far; it does warrant some criticism. This will be part one of a series of where the two major comic book franchises are going, starting with the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Let’s get the bad out of the way. Some of the Phase 4 films and shows have been hit or miss. For every No Way Home, Shang-Chi, and Wanda/Vision, we get a Hawkeye, Black Widow, and Eternals. And with reports of Love and Thunder leaving fans split, some are questioning the direction Marvel is going. But, with the recent release line-up at the San-Diego Comic-Con, with two Avengers films coming out in the same year, Blade, Daredevil: Born Again, Fantastic Four, and other projects, is quantity better than quality? Sometimes, it feels like when an MCU show ends, another one begins, and if they’re connected to a film, then we have to play “catch-up”. That concept may be overwhelming, for the average viewer to get behind. What if they saw Avengers: Kang Dynasty without watching Loki, or Ant-Man: Quantummania?
Over on the competition’s side, DC is coming through with a third season of Harley Quinn, Black Adam, Shazam 2, and greenlit more seasons of Superman and Lois, The Flash, The Batman 2, and more. Also, while this may be a bit controversial, DC has been KILLING it with releases this year. It’s August, and The Batman is still being talked about, gaining far more positive ratings than some Marvel movies. The animated shows and films are still fire. And with Ben Affleck coming back to the role of Batman in two DCEU films, DC may be playing the long game and hiding their cards.
But, back to Marvel. The MCU isn’t going anywhere, and if it generates money, it will be here for years to come. And they’re also improving in some ways. From adding the Marvel Netflix characters into their canon, bringing more beloved characters into the spotlight like the X-Men, She-Hulk, and Namor. Plus, we may be getting Kang as the new “big bad”, who may be even more dangerous than Thanos. Not to mention, Dr. Doom is coming, so we already know ish is getting real. Especially, when we’re getting a Thunderbolts film, possibly showcasing the villains of the MCU in a new light.
All in all, it may be popular for critics to say that the MCU has peaked since Endgame or that it’s getting more and more “woke”. But I say that for all the faults Marvel has, it’s still the king of Superhero films. With more representation being shown, and by taking more risks, the MCU isn’t going anywhere. Haters be damned. That’s it for me. What do you guys think? Post your comments below, and till next time fellow blerds.