She-Hulk episodes 1 and 2 have many references where Jennifer Walters criticizes men and male superheroes. The empowerment of women is important and every self-respecting individual should support this. But there should be no hatred towards any sex, no matter what circumstances one has gone through.
Instances in She-Hulk Episode 1
When Jennifer Walters was in the trial chamber and Bruce said fear and anger are the triggers that will turn her into the Hulk. Jennifer responds in a tone that these two things are common to all girls or women, which is false!
No, most women are independent and can take care of themselves. Why show women as vulnerable in a show about a superheroine? It was a bad decision by Marvel and the writers. It’s true that Marvel is trying to say what most women think about men in the real world. But they use a critically unsanctioned way of doing it.
In another scene, when Jennifer returned to human form after her first transformation into She-Hulk, she went to a bar to clean herself up. A group of ladies came in and without any discussion, one of them judged and said: “Whoever did this, he doesn’t deserve you.”
Well, that was a direct pointer to another big, controversial cause of violence against women. It would have been better if Marvel visualized a solution rather than poking fun at these sensitive storylines.
Later in the first episode, while Bruce and Jennifer were training, they both landed somewhere with a Hulk jump. Do you remember Jennifer mocking male superheroes with one of the taunting moves saying“Men…Men…Men…”
Making fun of the male superheroes who saved the world, not once but many times, is yet again a bad move. Holding grudges against some men for past traumas can be a good way to show the character’s state of mind. But, directing them to a completely sexist argument reflects the bad side of this character for a specific audience.
Instances in She-Hulk Episode 2
In the second episode of She-hulk, when Jennifer went to the bar to attend her fans and their cheers for her, her friend told her that she could be an Avenger. Jennifer responded to this by saying, “It’s just for billionaires and orphans.”
Along with that, she also asked if the Avengers even got paid for their service. Jennifer again attempted to humiliate some of the male superheroes. Billionaire was our Tony Stark (Iron Man), while Clint Barton (Hawkeye) and Steve Rogers (Captain America) were orphans.
Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow) and Carol Danvers (Captain Marvel) are also orphans. So, regardless of gender, it’s a collective disrespect for people who didn’t care about their lives to save the entire universe. Tony Stark even sacrificed his life to save the entire universe, and the least he deserves is such disrespect.
I guess Marvel has to distinguish between supporting a cause and violating all other ethics in pursuit of that. It’s good to blend in all the relevant factors before making a statement in a series that is watched by fans all over the world.
Women must be respected at all times, regardless of the conditions. But, no genre should be criticized, for the errors of a few individuals. There are comments and reviews from fans who are upset by such references in She-Hulk episodes.