The Law Offices of GL&K is on the verge of something groundbreaking for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
almost 15 years later Iron Man started a universe of superheroes, She-Hulk: Lawyer he is finally cracking the legal jargon of powers, magic, and mysticism. While the series is primarily a character-oriented sitcom about a lawyer, Jennifer Walters (Tatiana Maslany), who learns to balance her life as a superhero with her professional career (only to have these dueling identities intersect in weird ways). ), its location in the MCU means she-hulk could actually be much more important to the fictional universe than we thought.
Soon, She-Hulk: Lawyer could make legal sense of unknown amounts of the MCU. Among moon knight Y mrs wonder the introduction of supernatural elements to the MCU and the multiverse were set to play a much bigger role in the near future (see both Avengers: The Kang Dynasty Y Avengers: Secret Wars), she-hulk may be one of the most critical and unmissable shows in the MCU, even if it’s not a “serious” show at all.
no spoilers for she-hulk Episode 4, but you probably already know that Benedict Wong will return as fan-favorite Wong, now the Sorcerer Supreme. As shown in the trailers, Wong turns to Jennifer for legal advice. He wants to ensure that the Kamar-Taj sorcerers own their own powers, so that their potentially dangerous methods cannot be stolen and abused by others for personal gain. Of course, Jennifer points out that the Masters of the Mystic Arts don’t own any real copyright to their sorcery, which raises some issues for Wong to resolve.
Wong’s dilemma is just one example of the kinds of legal, and actually ethical, questions that exist in the MCU. Jennifer and her employers don’t simply have to resolve the property rights of superpowers. There are also questions about public trust, accountability and responsibility. If superhero stories are, in their most fundamental form, a way for our pop culture to impose or challenge the status quo of how power is distributed in our real world, then she-hulk you have the opportunity to engage with those issues in a much more precise and explicit way. His discussion of these issues could reverberate throughout the MCU in shocking ways.
For example: Are superheroes responsible for the damage they cause in battle? If a superhero profits from her own image, how much should she pay taxes at the federal and state level? (And can they be paid without exposing secret identities?)
If Professor X reads someone’s mind without their permission to stop a robbery, is he violating an individual’s right to privacy? Vigilantism is clearly illegal. So if Daredevil and Spider-Man are criminals, is it appropriate that local funds be allocated for monuments in their honor? Should injuries caused by villains be covered by health insurance? (What about injuries caused by heroes?) What reparations do the Avengers owe? to the whole universe for the Blip?
The last time the MCU dealt with the “legality” of superheroism was when it introduced the Sokovia Accords in 2016. Captain America continuation. In contrast to the Superhuman Registration Act in the 2006 Marvel Comics version (a very post-9/11 superhero story that was more emblematic of the Bush era than most other comics), the Sokovia Accords were less concerned with registering superheroes and their secret identities and more concerned with creating an accountability structure for the Avengers.
The Sokovia Accords came about in the wake of the Avengers’ collateral damage in Lagos, which ended with 26 civilian casualties. Meanwhile, in the comics, a town in Connecticut blew up when the D-string superheroes filming their MTV reality show went berserk. (Like I said, the Bush era.) Regardless of the details, in both cases, superheroes were deemed necessary and dangerous, necessitating the need for oversight in the form of legal jargon.
Exactly what was in the Sokovia Accords was not known apart from what we heard directly from Thaddeus Ross (William Hurt):
“For the last four years, it has operated with unlimited power and no supervision. That is not an arrangement that the governments of the world can no longer tolerate. I think we have a solution. The Sokovia Accords. Approved by 117 countries, it establishes that the Avengers will no longer be a private organization. Instead, it will operate under the supervision of a United Nations panel only when and if that panel deems it necessary.”
This brings us back to she-hulk. While the show is made for laughs first and foremost, it’s entirely possible that Jennifer Walters will one day end up at the epicenter of how superheroes legally operate in the MCU. We never saw the wording of the Sokovia Accords, but she-hulk it could be the front row seat to his next political evolution, whatever form it may take.
The multiverse is upon us in Phase Four, and as if the Blip wasn’t weird enough, the collision of universes and realities is sure to cause legal headaches as people disappear (again) or wake up with new identities. When that happens, well, we have GL&K’s number.
She-Hulk: Lawyer stream new episodes Thursdays on Disney+.