From the moment the first footage of Tatiana Maslany as She-Hulk dropped, some fans were not happy with the appearance of the character in the new Disney+ series. However, as more footage has been revealed, most people have come around to the look of Jennifer Walter’s green alter-ego and director Kat Coiro has now explained exactly why She-Hulk was purposely not made into the same kind of “monster” as Bruce Banner’s Hulk.
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law is set to make its debut on Disney+ in a couple of weeks, and it is promising to be a unique entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe as it will be the first show to arrive in a 30-minute comedy format. Although WandaVision did incorporate something along those lines in its opening episodes, the sitcom vibe of that series was revealed to be a plot device rather than the series being an actual comedy. This time around, Marvel are taking another risk with another genre and many are waiting to see the gamble pays off once again.
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Kat Coiro appeared on USA Today to discuss the show, and she touched on the subject that has garnered the most controversy; the design of She-Hulk. The director explained:
“Yes, she has to be giant and green, but we also want her to still fit into the human world and be able to go to a restaurant on a date. She stands out, but she doesn’t look like a monster who shouldn’t be there. I think a lot of the reactions have to do with the fact that she is so different than anything we’ve seen. When you think of Thanos or Hulk, they have a grisliness and a harshness and a bulkiness to them that is just so different. And when you just see a little pop of her, it’s almost shocking because we haven’t seen it before.”
She-Hulk Has Had Many Iterations Over The Decades
She-Hulk first made her comic book debut in The Savage She-Hulk in February 1980, and it is the Jennifer Walters seen on the cover of this original issue that seems to have been the greatest inspiration for the TV series. However, as more artists and writers have created new stories for the character, some more recent versions of She-Hulk have seen her become much more brutish in appearance, and it is this that led to much of the online backlash against the character’s MCU physique, as well as some who just felt that Maslany’s Hulk was just too cartoonish.
Despite these initial gripes, there still seems to be a lot of interest in the She-Hulk: Attorney at Law series, mainly thanks to the release of the final trailer which gave a first brief look at Charlie Cox’s return to the MCU as Daredevil, as well as new looks at Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk, Tim Roth as the Abomination and Benedict Wong as Wong and host of potential new obscure heroes being introduced throughout the show. Now there is not much longer to wait, as the She-Hulk: Attorney at Law premiere arrives on August 17 on Disney+.