Even the most powerful superheroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe arent immune from copyright infringement, according to this week's episode of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law.
The main plot is an obvious one: Jennifer Walters (Tatiana Maslany) fights super-powered influencer Titania (Jameela Jamil) over the use of the name She-Hulk. The B-plot does provide a funny and also probably more true-to-life example.
Jen (Ginger Gonzaga) and co-worker Augustus (Josh Segarra) set out on a quest to beautify Jen with a more stylish wardrobe. Augustus knows a guy who knows a guy, so he and Nikki find themselves at a boba shop that is supposed to be a barista for a superhero fashion designer. At first, the barista seems unwilling to talk...but eventually, he leads them to the back room...
...and reveals a collection of bootleg Avengers merchandise!
Like real-life off-brand goods, the colors are all wrong (just look at that Captain Americas shield), the names are messed up (peep that Thur mug), and the overall branding is a non-existent (mankini Borat-Hulk, for instance).
And the best part? The Avengers T-shirts, which are actually Avongers t-shirts. Don't worry, though: they have Avingers as well.
Although it is unlikely that IRL two superpowered individuals will be locked in a court dispute over the use of a superhero alias, there are many, many bootleg, off-brand shirts out there. Walk down any touristy street in New York City or any other major vacation destination and youll likely find Avongers, Avingers, and Avugners galore.
Jens' superhero apologies and everyday life have been balanced by Attorney at Law in a way that's thankfully becoming more common in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Grounding the magical world in more mundane real-life situations, be it dating as a superpowered individual or finding bootleg merch of the world's most powerful superhero team, fleshes it out and makes it relatable.
Is this the most relatable thing? I really want an Avongers shirt. Please, Disney merchandise team, release the Avongers and Avingers shirts.
On Disney Plus, new episodes of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law air on Thursdays.