Note: This article contains some spoilers for the first four episodes of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law.
Recent episodes of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law have established what looks to be the ongoing formula for this new MCU series. Even as Jen Walters struggles to take control of her personal life, she has to use her incredible strength and keen mind to iron out some of the most difficult legal problems in the MCU. When you have rogue magicians opening up portals to other dimensions, there’s only one lawyer qualified to take the case.
There’s a lot of potential in that formula, and we can only hope it’s one Marvel will explore over the course of multiple seasons. What other cases should She-Hulk take on? We have a few ideas. Read on to see our suggestions for future She-Hulk courtroom drama, and find out why Wong and Doctor Strange might just be a lawyer’s worst nightmare as clients.
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law – 8 Wacky MCU Legal Cases That Need to Be Addressed
The Avengers and Collateral Damage
The Avengers have saved the world at large several times over, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re in everyone’s good graces. If you had the misfortune of watching as Hulk hurls your car at a group of invading Chitauri or running for your life as Hawkeye crashes through your living room window, you might hold a little resentment toward Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. We can only imagine there are at least a few cutthroat law firms willing to sue the Avengers for property damage, emotional distress and the whole nine yards.
This issue has been loosely addressed in past MCU projects. Spider-Man: Homecoming revealed that Tony Stark personally bankrolled the clean-up crew at Damage Control. There’s also the fact that the US government is probably footing the bill for any collateral damage caused by sanctioned, Sokovia Accords-abiding superheroes.
Still, there’s a lot of legal gray area here, and it would be interesting to see She-Hulk tackle the question of accountability when it comes to superhero-related disaster events. Especially given that most of the original Avengers are either dead or off the grid in Phase 4.
The Legal Ramifications of The Blip
The Blip has been a major plot point influencing the course of the MCU’s Phase 4 in ways big and small. And why shouldn’t it? Having half of humanity suddenly snuffed out of existence, only to spring back into being just as quickly five years later is bound to cause a lot of chaos and social upheaval. She-Hulk seems like the perfect series to explore that turmoil in more depth.
We saw some of the lasting ramifications of The Blip in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, which revealed the world is suddenly struggling to house millions of new refugees displaced by The Blip. But what other legal conundrums might be caused by having billions of people declared legally dead and then suddenly resurrected? What if someone decides to sue Bruce Banner or the estate of Tony Stark for mishandling the Infinity Gauntlet? There’s an almost endless amount of potential here.
Trapped in the Mirror Dimension
Wong’s return appearance in She-Hulk’s fourth episode gave us a taste of how the world of sorcery and interdimensional travel can collide with courtroom drama, but that just scratches the surface. Wong even has a throwaway line hinting at how he could one day find himself in even more dire need of Jen Walters’ services.
Based on that episode and previous Wong/Doctor Strange appearances, we get the distinct impression that these wizards have a bad habit of using the Mirror Dimension as their personal dumping ground. Anyone who annoys or inconveniences them is at risk of being banished to this otherwordly plane. What happens if Wong banishes another Donny Blaze and winds up being sued for the magical equivalent of excessive force? It might be fun to see Wong as the defendant, rather than the plaintiff, next time around.
The Involuntary Memory Wipe
Thanks to the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home, everyone in the world has forgotten Spider-Man’s secret identity. Though the big question right now is whether that really includes everyone. There’s already some evidence to believe Wong still remembers, as he specifically told Strange “Leave me out of it,” before making his dramatic exit.
Whatever the case, Episode 3 seems to confirm Wong at least remembers the identity-wiping spell was cast. And it could be inferred that Peter Parker wasn’t the first person the sorcerers of Kamar-Taj have helped in that way. Which leads to a thorny legal question – what are the ethics of casting memory-altering spells without the express consent of those affected?
If word gets out that Stephen Strange tinkered with the brains of everyone on Earth, that’s sure to invite all sorts of lawsuits, mass protests and congressional hearings. Strange is probably lucky he’s off in another universe with Clea, because that’s a legal mess Wong may have to clean up.
Captain America Violates the Flag Code
Captain America is an inherently ironic character in the sense that he’s the ultimate patriot, yet he’s also a walking violation of the United States Flag Code. One of the articles of the Flag Code states, “The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery.” Yet Cap seems perfectly happy to wrap himself in the flag and let it soak up bullets, explosions and all the grime that comes with Avenging.
In the old days, the US government would never have risked starting a legal battle with Captain America. He was created to be the ultimate propaganda weapon. But in this post-Civil War climate, some enterprising Judge Advocate General might see an opening to go after Cap using the Flag Code as a loophole. And while they might have a hard time tracking down Steve Rogers these days, Sam Wilson presents a more vulnerable target.
Star-Lord Discovers the DMCA
The Guardians of the Galaxy may be three-time galaxy-savers now, but we’d like to see them win a war against the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The DMCA is designed to aggressively battle copyright infringement, whether said infringement takes the form of pirates distributing movies on torrent sites or YouTubers who make the mistake of playing a Metallica song during their livestream.
We’d love to see She-Hulk tackle an episode where Star-Lord returns to Earth and runs afoul of the DMCA. After all, he’s rarely seen without his trusty
Walkman Zune at his side. Maybe he accidentally breaks the law by playing a few ’70s rock hits during a mission, completely unaware of how much the legal landscape has shifted during his decades away. This would even be a chance for the MCU to poke fun at parent company Disney, notorious for being extremely litigious in matters of copyright.
Personal Injury at New Asgard
Thanks to the events of Thor: Ragnarok, Asgard has been destroyed and its people have immigrated to Earth. Thor: Love and Thunder shows us that King Valkyrie has turned New Asgard into a lucrative enterprise, with tourists from all over the globe flocking to see gods from another realm up close and personal. New Asgard has basically become a theme park, which means it’s also subject to the same sorts of controversies and legal problems as Disney World and Six Flags.
Judging from Gorr’s attack on New Asgard (where he successfully absconded with dozens of captive children), there’s not a lot of security in place. What’s to stop careless dolts from wandering away from the tour group and running afoul of some ancient Asgardian weapon or escaped Frost Giant? New Asgard is one massive personal injury lawsuit waiting to happen. Fingers crossed for Tessa Thompson to put in a guest appearance in Season 2.
Spider-Man v. J. Jonah Jameson
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law draws as much from Dan Slott’s She-Hulk comics as anything else in the Marvel Comics library, and we can only hope the series eventually gets around to adapting one of the most memorable courtroom battles from that run. We’re referring, of course, to the issue where Spider-Man sues J. Jonah Jameson and the Daily Bugle for libel.
That issue delivers a legal showdown decades in the making, as Spidey finally takes Jameson to task for all the countless headlines and fearmongering stories painting him as a menace to the citizens of New York City. The best part is, Spidey nearly wins the case – and the sizable monetary damages that come with it – until realizing he’ll have to make his secret identity public. That nasty Parker Luck strikes again.
That comic could easily translate to the MCU, as the most recent two Spider-Man movies have established the bitter rivalry between Tom Holland’s Spidey and J.K. Simmons’ J. Jonah Jameson. If anything, this version of Peter Parker has even more reason to despise JJJ and his truth-averse approach to news. JJJ basically destroyed Peter’s life by revealing his secret identity to the world. Peter probably cares less about the money than he does de-platforming Jameson.
Of course, the main hurdle here is actually wrangling Holland for a guest appearance. Marvel and Sony would have to hash out a new deal first. But given the premise of this particular legal case, there’s no reason the series couldn’t rely on a stunt double in the Spidey costume and dub in Holland’s dialogue. It works well enough for The Mandalorian.
For more on She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, find out why the series seems to be teasing the return of a major villain and learn how Megan Thee Stallion was recruited for Episode 3.
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