‘She-Hulk’ destroys the Marvel Universe with a devastating last episode that will raise blisters

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The viewer’s feeling with the last episode of ‘She-Hulk’ is a bit the same as the character’s John Byrne comics, which they decidedly broke the fourth wall to start conversations with the reader and with the creators of the comic. ‘She-Hulk’ has been, throughout this remarkable first season, dropping a few tributes to that printed stage of the eighties, in the form of comments from Jennifer Walters on camera, as if she were talking to the viewer.

The best of all of them have not been those in which the protagonist has commented on the action as she would comment on it to a more or less unbelieving friend, that is to say, those in which she turns the spectator into another character, but in which she is aware that it is a fictional character. In them he has been dropping occasional darts on the serial narrative, on Marvel’s strategies or on the scheme of the MCU itself.

They have been very refreshing breaks throughout the first season, but nothing that had not been done on television countless times, where the protagonists of sitcoms break the fourth wall continually. Speaking of sitcoms, Marvel had already played something on it in ‘Scarlet Witch and Vision’, but in the second half of its first season, much lower than the first, it disrupted the metatextual game of putting the protagonists in different television styles and He even justified it argumentatively.

'Scarlet Witch and Vision': a nice narrative experiment whose great value is the possibilities it opens for Marvel and Disney +

That blessed chaos that could be guessed in those first steps of the Marvel television series (which, naively, led us to think that they were advancing an oasis of narrative freedom and experimentation outside the movies, something that has only been fulfilled at times and in a very domesticated way) is the one that has finally been given to us in the last episode of ‘She-Hulk’. A season finale that not only demonstrates the real possibilities of Marvel on television, but also does so with the accelerator fully pressed and the wrecking ball spinning at full speed.

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Spoilers for the ending of ‘She-Hulk’ below.

The most remembered of all those episodes written and drawn by John Byrne was the one in which She-Hulk ripped through the pages of the comic and literally went through the issue from side to side, going through her own pages already read, those that were to come and the Mail and flea market sections. Something like this (although less disruptive in the format) makes this last episode of the series: when the climax gets out of hand with a ridiculous argument, She-Hulk goes out to the Disney+ menu and enters through another series in the Disney studios to sing to her the forty to the writers, as he had already done in the comic with Byrne himself.

But while there the thing served to make Byrne appear for the umpteenth time in his own comics (he loved doing it: in his mythical Fantastic Four, from the same period, he accompanied the group to a space battle called by the Vigilante), here it serves to put in solfa to the own plot structures of the MCU. Another plot about blood plasma stolen from heroes, recycled for the umpteenth time since ‘Captain America’? Again ridiculous cameos just to justify MCU movies several years from now (Daredevil’s doesn’t count, as a She-Hulk with unleashed libido underlines)?

All this is said expressly, with those same words, in the episode. By the way a praise is made of Marvel stories where the characters are more important than the special effects (exemplified here in Abomination) and a couple of darts are thrown at the ‘She-Hulk’ series itself, which laments not being able to show Jennifer Walters’ transformation into She-Hulk more times due to budgetary issues.

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Because in the end the message is as devastating as “the MCU is so brutally robotic and remote controlled that only an AI could make sense of this mess.” Silly (and paying homage to a classic Marvel comic, by the way!), this ‘She-Hulk’ contains more truths about the Marvel cosmogony than any recent movie or series from the house. Oh, and with a few right hands to the toxic fandom, so that we can bathe comfortably in her tears. So yes, Marvel, so yes.

The viewer’s feeling with the last episode of ‘She-Hulk’ is a bit the same as the character’s John Byrne comics,…

The viewer’s feeling with the last episode of ‘She-Hulk’ is a bit the same as the character’s John Byrne comics,…

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