She-Hulk: Attorney At Law Frogman Reveal Draws Criticism

Everything from Jennifer Walters’ (Tatiana Maslany) subtle swipe at Iron Man to the trailer’s arguably underwhelming CGI has become social media fodder right now.

These are also, of course, the kind of moments where the deep cuts come out: Marvel’s basement tapes, if you will.

With an estimated 7,000 heroes, villains, and sidekicks in comics — 50,000 if you count all the unique ones (via Quartz) — there’s always room to touch on one of the darker characters, introduce them to a larger audience, and watch them all. longtime fans flex their knowledge of trivia.

Enter Frog-Man, whose green-clad battle stance appears on the screen for half a second. He may be a pretty arcane figure in Marvel lore, far from a household name like Spider-Man or Captain America. But that hasn’t stopped his name from skyrocketing on the Internet with all the characteristic speed.

Hardcore fans are raving about Frog-Man

Hardcore fans are excited about Frog-Man Some fans are more excited about Frog-Man than She-Hulk

For some, the addition of Frog-Man into a show that’s already chock-full of cameos from other MCU heroes and villains is just gravy. “We have She-Hulk, Hulk, Abomination, Wong, Frog Man and possibly Daredevil on a show…” @DawsTakesNote tweeted. “This is about to get pissed off.”

Others, like @ComicsMeta, noted that there is something delightfully silly about Frog-Man’s inclusion. “I shouldn’t be as excited about Frog Man in She-Hulk as I am,” they wrote, “I love when superhero media embraces comic book silliness instead of being ashamed of it.”

It is a prophetic and increasingly common criticism. As Marvel movies and shows have become a mainstay of pop culture, fans have complained that the MCU just isn’t fun enough.

As Forever Geek’s Alex Fox suggested, one of the strengths of entries like “Ant-Man” is that they embrace the kind of zany plotlines and characters that make comics so much fun in the first place.

To be fair, the “She-Hulk” trailer has plenty of jokes, along with a heavy dose of over-the-top bombast. If that overall tone is any indication, then a guy in a frog suit will probably fit the bill.

Some fans are more excited about Frog-Man than She-Hulk

Some fans are more excited about Frog-Man than She-Hulk

Other fans seem to be much more excited for Frog-Man than She-Hulk. It’s not a great sign, but given the widespread Marvel fatigue the MCU is dealing with, it shouldn’t be entirely surprising that the news of a darker character is generating this kind of hype.

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Then, of course, there’s that annoying CGI. “She-Hulk looks fun,” @EJWilliams64 wrote. “But man, Marvel has to clean up that CGI if he wants someone to have any sort of emotional commitment to his lead character…the biggest W in the trailer is obviously Frog Man.”

Certainly it is. And it will be interesting to see if the cameo provides a starting point (ha ha…) for more appearances, and maybe even a larger role in the MCU and comics.

At this time, however, we have no idea what role she’ll play in She-Hulk’s on-screen origin story, or even the name of the actor who will don the googly-eyed green suit. All of that will likely come to light when “She-Hulk: Attorney At Law” premieres on Disney+ on August 17.

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