Marvel Studios has been putting a lot of effort into getting their streaming series off the ground on Disney+. Fan reactions have been mixed on most series, but at the very least, you have to acknowledge that they have been giving fans a wide variety in the types of stories we’re getting. Falcon And The Winter Soldier is a government espionage story, Wandavision is a magical take on the perfect family TV sitcom, and Loki ended up being a fun time-traveling sci-fi story.
With She-Hulk: Attorney At Law, we are offered a legal comedy with a lot in common with such shows as Ally McBeal but with a superhero twist. Throughout this show, we delve deeper into a side of the MCU we haven’t seen before, and Marvel made sure to cram it full of references a lot of viewers might have missed. Let’s go over some of the Easter Eggs we found in She-Hulk: Attorney At Law.
WARNING!!!! There will be spoilers for the entire season of She-Hulk: Attorney At Law!!!!
When Jen gets assigned her first case at GLK&H, she finds out that she’ll be representing Emil Blonsky. Feeling this is a conflict of interest since Emil tried to kill her cousin Bruce back in The Incredible Hulk, she tries to get out of it. They won’t let her, so she calls Bruce to get his opinion. He tells her he doesn’t mind and that he and Blonsky have changed since then. To make his point, he says he’s literally a different person than he was then. Jen looks at the screen and gives a ‘Ha Ha’ laugh. This is a nod to the fact that Edward Norton played Bruce Banner in that film and was recast with Mark Ruffalo when it came time to put together The Avengers. This She-Hulk Easter Egg covers the entire MCU almost from the beginning.
First Wolvervine Reference
Fans are beyond excited about the announcement that Hugh Jackman is coming back to play Logan once again in Deadpool 3. They must have been working on that deal when they put this episode out, as there is a Wolverine reference for eagle-eyed viewers. When Jen is looking at her computer, we see a couple of news headlines on the site she is visiting. One asks, “Why is there a giant statue of a man sticking out of the ocean?” A question fans have been wondering when it would be addressed in the MCU after The Eternals left part of a Celestial sticking out of the planet after being turned to marble.
The other notable headline reads, “Man fights with metal claws in bar brawl.” This is an obvious reference to Wolverine and even harkens back to his very first cinematic appearance in the first X-Men movie. He is seen fighting in illegal fighting matches in a bar. Things get out of hand, and he unleashes his claws on one opponent. He’s ready for his official MCU debut in 2024.
During the second episode of the show, Jen and her friend Nikki head to the bar Legal Ease. During their time there, we can see over the bar on the TV they are playing an episode of Ally McBeal. This show takes a lot of inspiration from that 90s comedy. It followed a female attorney trying to navigate the legal world while finding time to have a love life. Tony Stark himself, Robert Downey Jr. even joined the series as a regular for a time. The show also had no problem breaking into crazy fantasy scenarios. The most famous showing Ally dancing with a CGI baby as her biological clock begins to influence her. The dancing baby became a popular screensaver after this episode.
Wong gets Jen to help him stop a magician who flunked out of his tutelage from using dangerous magic during his stage show. The guy goes by the name Donny Blaze. In the comics, the popular character Johnny Blaze is better known as the hellcycle-riding Ghostrider. He hasn’t been introduced yet in the MCU but could be known as a popular stuntman. Johnny used to perform stunts on his motorcycle for the circus. Donny could be trying to get by on the coattails of Johnny before he becomes the spirit of vengeance.
Jen is constantly confronted about how she got her Hulk powers. Once, she is asked if it was from an attempted mob hit. We, of course, know that it was from some of Bruce’s blood accidentally getting into her bloodstream. In the comics, though, it indeed was from an attempted mob hit. She was attacked because of a case she was working on and was near death. Bruce donated his blood for a transfusion, not knowing it would give Jen superpowers.
Titania sues She-Hulk after she is able to trademark her superhero name. While not exactly the same thing, it could be a nod to a real-life attempt by Marvel to keep the producers of the 70s Incredible Hulk TV series from creating a female version of the hero. The series’ creators wanted to introduce a female version of the Hulk, which they would have owned for future use. Marvel quickly introduced the character of She-Hulk to prevent this from happening.
When Jen’s car becomes undrivable at Blonsky’s retreat from some of his residents fighting on top of it, the tow truck that comes to tow it back to the city is Slott’s Towing. Writer Dan Slott wrote the iconic She-Hulk run from the early 2000s that this show is primarily based on. He came up with the idea of showing what superhero law is like in the Marvel Universe. Before this, She-Hulk had been dealing mostly with real-world law cases. He promoted her to the Superhero Law Division and explored what that meant for this world of superheroes.
Jen takes on the case of the new superhero Leapfrog. He tries to stop a robbery at an electronics store when his jet boots burst into flame and burn him. She can see that this guy is not worth the trouble, but his dad is a high-profile client of the law firm, which means he is also a high-profile client. When we see his jet boots fail, we hear a very familiar sound. The sound effect is the same one used as the Millennium Falcon’s failing hyperdrive from The Empire Strikes Back. I’m guessing Leapfrog can’t make the Kessel run in 12 parsecs. A She-Hulk Easter Egg that covers two different fandoms. Nice.
During the fourth wall break in the 8th episode, Jen wonders why the audience hasn’t left yet. She predicts that a big reveal is coming as far as who has been after her. Then she wonders if she is about to get fridged. This has become a common phrase among comic book fans when it’s noticed that female characters are sometimes injured, de-powered, or straight-up murdered to further the male hero’s story. The storyline this phrase came from was back in 1994 in Green Lantern #54. The villain, Major Force, decides to kill Kyle Rayner’s girlfriend in that story. He would stuff her in the fridge for him to find later. Comics writer Gail Simone noticed this trend in comics had been happening more often. She coined the term ‘Women In Refrigerators’ when discussing it and became known as ‘getting fridged.’
The Savage She-Hulk 70s Style
The opening for the season finale of She-Hulk is an amazing recreation of the intro for the 70s Incredible Hulk TV series. The team at Marvel Studios hit it out of the park on this one. In side-by-side comparisons, they matched up moments from the intro perfectly. And even made the decision not to do the She-Hulk part of it in CGI and instead had someone else play the character, just as Lou Ferrigno played the Hulk and Bill Bixby played David ‘Bruce’ Banner. It’s a perfect parody for this show and works so well. Hats off. This is probably the best She-Hulk Easter Egg of the entire season.
When we see Jen moving back in with her parents, she moves back into her old bedroom. Her mom has moved some workout equipment in there, but other than that, it doesn’t look like her room has been touched. On the walls, we still see movie posters of what may have inspired her to become a lawyer. On the back of the door is a poster for Legally Blonde. Reese Witherspoon decides to follow her ex-boyfriend to law school to try and impress him. It turns out she’s actually a good lawyer.
Then, on her wall, we see an Erin Brockovich poster. The movie is based on a real-life woman that helped take down a power company that had polluted the local water supply. No one takes her seriously based on how she dresses and acts, but in the end, she is able to lead a court case against them successfully. Both seem like great influences on her decision to become a lawyer.
What She-Hulk Easter Eggs did you notice? Let us know in the comments below.