She-Hulk: Attorney at Law star Jameela Jamil recently took to Twitter to ask a fan if he understood that the series was an intentional comedy after he claimed the show had turned her character “into a joke.” In She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, Jameela Jamil plays the role of supervillain Titania. In the show, she has been shown a narcissistic and jealous social media influencer. Jamil asserts that the humour in her character and the satirical nature of the show’s tone are actually its main points.
Jameela Jamil is well-known for her vocal social media presence and her campaigning against patriarchal cultural norms, beauty ideals, and body-shaming, so it’s a bit of a knowing gesture that she’s playing Titania in She-Hulk: Attorney at Law. Tatiana Maslany, who plays Jennifer Walters in the Disney+ series, routinely breaks the fourth wall to address viewers, demonstrating the show’s inherent self-awareness. This is a remnant from the comics, where She-Hulk has been shown to be conscious of the fact that she is a comic book character and has made various observations about it over time.
There is no doubt that neither Jameela Jamila’s explanation of She- Hulk’s tone nor the feedback from the audience regarding the portrayal of Titania will put an end to any culture warfare any time soon. It’s amazing to see a show that very clearly identifies as a comedy being viewed otherwise. This is a show that notably featured a man-bull hybrid engaged in a toxic rivalry with a man who vehemently denies being a matador despite wearing a costume, carrying a sword, and having engaged in some light matadoring in college.