‘She-Hulk: Attorney At Law’: Fighting Gender Stereotypes In The Superhero Era

Premiered on August 15 in Los Angeles, the world has welcomed a new superheroine, She-Hulk. A complex and interesting character who enters the Marvel family, creating a lot of expectation and enthusiasm around the TV series set to air on Disney+ on August 18.

The TV series, based on the Marvel Comics story and created by Jessica Gao, is set in the Marvel Cinematic World as a continuation of the popular franchise created by Martin Goodman and populated by (among others) Stan Lee’s characters.

However, the title She-Hulk: Attorney At Law highlights how different this story is compared to previous ones.

The plot follows the life of attorney Jennifer Walters, played by Tatiana Maslany, while she tries to balance her professional career with the unexpected superpowers received from her cousin, Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), commonly known as Hulk.

Surprisingly, even if the necessity to get a blood transfusion from Bruce transforms Jennifer into a superheroine, she is determined to keep her job, becoming an attorney specializing in cases involving superhumans.

This embedded character, as claimed by Maslany in an interview with Variety, was inspired by Grammy-nominated producer and musician Sophie, who died due to a climbing accident in January 2021, when she was 34.

“Musically, Sophie just lives in this place that I always want to live in, but there’s a poppiness and femininity combined with these clashing industrial sounds. Her music video ‘Faceshopping’ was all about skin, commodification of body and being separated into different parts, and that all felt thematically and spiritually connected”.

Sophie inspired a protagonist with many parallel lives and shades that perfectly represent modern women. The single, stubborn, and ambitious character of She-Hulk challenges genre conventions, re-constructing the meaning of femininity and all the stereotypes that follow.

Her refusal to change life due to its twisting reflects the revolution women have started. They don’t compromise between private and professional life anymore, preferring to enhance their careers instead of giving them up to focus on creating a family.

Have a look at She-Hulk: Attorney At Law red carpet over on E! Online here.


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