‘She-Hulk: Attorney At Law’ Episode 1: Recap, And Easter Eggs, Explained – How Did Jennifer Get Her Powers?

“She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” Episode 1 introduces us to law attorney Jennifer Walters, Bruce Banner’s cousin who made her first appearance in “The Savage She-Hulk # 1” in the 1980s. In the comics, she has been a member of the “Avengers” as well as the “Fantastic Four,” “SHIELD,” and other groups. As for Disney’s live-action version, we have to wait to find out in which direction the character is headed.

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‘She-Hulk: Attorney At Law’ Episode 1: Recap And Ending

Law attorney Jennifer Walters is about to enter the court and give her closing argument. However, she breaks the fourth wall to tell us, the audience, that she is also a hulk. And then she goes on to say how.

A few months earlier, Jennifer went on a road trip with Bruce. While on the road, a Sakaaran aircraft shows up out of nowhere in front of the vehicle, which makes her lose control of it. It then turns and tumbles down the side of the road before coming to a halt. Both Jennifer and Bruce are conscious but badly hurt. After Jennifer manages to come out of the upside-down car, she brings Bruce out as well. However, Bruce is bleeding, and some of his blood finds its way inside Jennifer through a wound in her arm. The very next second, she loses control and “turns green.” Disoriented, she runs for a few moments in the jungle before passing out.

Jennifer opens her eyes and finds herself in the middle of the jungle. It is nighttime. She walks a distance and reaches a road alongside which there is a bar. There, some girls give her new clothes. As she waits outside the bar, some guys begin eve-teasing her. Her anger gets the better of her, and she turns green again. But before she can attack the guys, Bruce intervenes.

Jennifer then opens her eyes and finds herself in a hi-tech den in Mexico. The place was built by Tony Stark, and it is where Bruce spent the years of the Blip working on integrating the Hulk-Banner identities. He brought Jennifer to this place because now that she too has a Hulk inside her, she has to learn all the ways to control herself and her mind, which will take around 10 to 15 years. This, however, includes not going back to the life she has been living all this while. In other words, she will have to give up her profession. This is not at all acceptable for Jennifer.

However, Bruce soon finds out that Jennifer doesn’t lose her conscience after turning green. She can also change whenever she wants. While the former took Bruce almost ages to conquer, the latter is something that he still can’t do. Be that as it may, Jennifer has a lot to learn, and so for the next few days, Bruce gives her different kinds of lessons on how to control her powers as well as her anger, including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, exploring her strength, and more.  When Jennifer ultimately tells Bruce that she will have to leave as she has a life and she doesn’t want to be a superhero, Bruce isn’t convinced. Jennifer tries to leave in Bruce’s car, but he holds it and doesn’t let her leave. What follows is a hand-to-hand fight between the two. While neither of them gets hurt, Bruce’s bar is destroyed. After repairing it, Bruce finally gives in and tells Jennifer that she has the right to go and live her life the way she wants to. They bid each other goodbye, and Jennifer returns to work.

Jennifer brings us back to the present when she is about to walk into her “lawyer show.” Her family knows, Nikki, her best friend, knows, and we know about her secret powers. But before Jennifer could present her closing argument, the place was attacked by Titania. Nikki rushes to tell Jennifer that she has to ‘do her thing.’ Naturally, Jennifer turns into the Hulk and brings Titania down. “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” Episode 1 ends with Jennifer returning to her human form, all set to give her closing argument.

The mid-credits scene shows Bruce and Jennifer drinking in Bruce’s homemade bar, where Bruce reveals that Captain Steve Rogers lost his virginity to a girl on his USO tour in 1943. The scene ends with Jennifer screaming with satisfaction, “Captain America f—!”

‘She-Hulk: Attorney At Law” Episode 1: Easter Eggs

4th Wall Break: Right at the very beginning of the episode, Jennifer Walters speaks to us, the audience. She is the one who tells us how she became the Hulk. Even in Marvel comics, it is not Deadpool but She-Hulk who first breaks the fourth wall.

Shang-Chi Post-Credits Scene Explained: The post-credits scene of “Shang-Chi” showed Bruce in his human form. This was questioned by many who wondered how he became Bruce again since he had apparently turned permanently into Hulk with Banner’s mind in “Avengers: Endgame.” “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” Episode 1 shows that Bruce built a gadget that allowed him to revert to his human self. In fact, he’s wearing it in the post-credits scene too.

Bruce’s Gamma Lab: When Steve, Natasha, and Scott meet Bruce in Avengers: Endgame, he tells them how he spent 18 months in a gamma lab putting the “brains and the brawn together” to get the “best of both worlds.” This lab is the very lab he experimented on himself in. It was built by Tony Stark, who assured him that one day he would have it back. But it didn’t happen. We lost Tony.

Iron Legion Helmet: While Jennifer explores her new Mexico home, she comes across a severed Iron-Man helmet. It looks more like an Iron-Legion helmet, from Avengers: Age of Ultron, due to its colors. It could be that Tony turned it into a showpiece to remind himself of his past mistakes. Or it can be that Bruce kept it as a possession and a reminder of his dear friend Tony.

Sakaaran Class-Eight Courier Aircraft: The aircraft that Bruce and Jennifer come across is Sakaaran, i.e., from the trash planet Sakaar. This is the planet we came across in “Thor: Ragnarok.” It is here that Hulk unknowingly arrived after the battle of Sokovia in “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” There he was taken in by the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum) and fought as his champion until Thor found him.

Hulk Thunderclap: The last time we saw the thunderclap was in 2008’s “The Incredible Hulk.” This is one of Hulk’s trademark moves and is really useful too. While training Jennifer, Bruce hits her with this move, and she picks it up very quickly, retaliating with a variation.

Titania Is Here: Titania (Jameela Jamil) makes her live-action debut in “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” Episode 1. In the comics, she is She-Hulk’s most formidable villain, who was created by Doctor Doom. However, there is a lot of time for Doctor Doom to arrive in the MCU, so Titania will certainly have a new backstory. The problem, however, is that now the world knows that Jennifer Walters is a Hulk too. This will definitely put a target on her back, just like Bruce told her.

The American A** That Ain’t a Virgin: The mid-credits scene of “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” Episode 1 shows Bruce correcting Jennifer’s notion that Captain America died a virgin, something that “America’s a–” (last heard in Avengers: Endgame) didn’t deserve it at all. According to Banner, Steve Rogers lost his virginity while he was on his USO tour in 1943 before he went into war. This leads Jennifer to finally declare to herself more than the world that “Captain America f—!” We do not know if it’s true or not, but we can all rejoice with Jennifer, no doubt.

See More: ‘She-Hulk: Attorney At Law’ Episode 2: Recap, And Easter Eggs, Explained – Who is Jennifer Walters’ New Client?

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Shubhabrata Dutta
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Shubhabrata’s greatest regret is the fact that he won’t be able to watch every movie and show ever made. And when he isn’t watching a movie or a show, he is busy thinking about them and how they are made; all while taking care of his hobbies. These include the usual suspects i.e. songs, long walks, books and PC games.

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