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She-Hulk: The Reality Of Being A Superhero

By Chandraboli Majumdar
August 25,2022

Being a superhero seems like a pretty glamorous job. Being celebrated and hailed as heroes sounds fun. However, the second episode of She-Hulk questioned this utopian dream. It gave us a small sneak peek into the reality of being a superhero and how it impacts normal life. She also talked about this when she was telling Bruce how she didn’t want to be a superhero. She rightly pointed out that Bruce was ostracized from society and ended up alone in a remote lab somewhere in Mexico.

1. Jen gets fired

Jen looking for a new job

Jen looking for a new job

Jennifer saves the jury at her trial from Titania’s attacks by transforming into She-Hulk and exposing her powers to the world. However, the consequences turned out to be devastating. She loses the case as it gets declared as a mistrial due to her positive influence on the jury. This leads to her getting fired. Not only that, she can’t find a job anywhere else as no firm wants to hire her due to her superhuman abilities. Despite doing the right thing and saving lives, Jen gets punished for her actions.

2. Family dinner is a disaster

She-Hulk family dinner

She-Hulk family dinner

Apparently when you’re a superhero, you pretty much become invisible in comparison to you alter ego. We see this during Jen’s family dinner. Her mother gave her number to some random guy because he too wanted to be a superhero. The rest bombard her with questions regarding superheroes. Although, her dad asks quite a funny question about Hawkeye and his arrows. Jen feels quite dazed and overwhelmed by all of it.

3. She-Hulk lands a job…not Jen

She-Hulk at GLK and H

She-Hulk at GLK and H

Jen seems quite excited to finally have a new job at GLK and H. She goes to the firm, all dressed up for her first day. This is when she finds out that Mr. Holliway wants She-Hulk to head the division and not Jen Walters. This greatly diminishes her capabilities. Her frustration is clear as she talks to the camera about how unfair the entire situation is. Her colleagues in the firm will most likely doubt her abilities and think that she’s only been hired due to her super-powers. This makes Jen feel even more invisible and overlooked.

4. Questions regarding health care

Jen’s paralegal, Nicki tries to get her excited about being She-Hulk. She points out that Jen could be a part of the Avengers and that it can be a really cool opportunity. However, Jen raises some very relevant and appropriate questions. She talks about how being a part of the Avengers has barely any perks or remunerations. This is a very unfortunate reality. Superheroes aren’t exactly offered health care or paid maternity leave. Infact they don’t get paid at all. They also don’t have pension. She tells the hard truth about superhero being only a job for billionaires and narcissists. Keeping in mind the constraints of real life and finances, being a superhero definitely does not sound like a viable or sustainable option. This is a fact often overlooked by fans.

5. Jen needs a new wardrobe

When Jen finds out that she needs to be in her She-Hulk form during work as well as in court, she realizes that she needs a new wardrobe. This doesn’t seem as big of a problem compared to the others that Jen’s facing. But she rightly points out the financial strain of buying an entirely new wardrobe for going to work every day. Fortunately, GLK and H are providing her a hefty salary and she can thus afford a new wardrobe.

6. The post credits scene 

She-Hulk Episode 2 post-credits scene

She-Hulk Episode 2 post-credits scene

The post credits scene while being funny also shows how annoying people can get once you become a Hulk. After family dinner, Jen goes around the house and helps her relatives perform tasks that could use the help of She-Hulk. She lifts up a TV and places it. She carries a bunch of large water jugs into the house for her father. Her uncle and annoying cousin also make her lift a car as they bicker about fixing a tire. Although this scene was funny, it shows a different, less glamorous side to the lives of such super powered humans.

That’s it for the second episode. The upcoming episodes will also be exploring how tough it is to be the She-Hulk and date, especially using dating apps. This way, the show will continue to explore the difficulties of being a superhero in daily life.

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