Audiences are excited for the upcoming Disney Plus series She-Hulk: Lawyer. Not only will it serve as a long-awaited introduction of a beloved hero into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but its status as a “legal comedy” is sure to shake up the formula a bit after years of pure action and fanservice as driving forces of the franchise.
Fans aren’t the only ones excited about the possible new direction for Marvel. It turns out that Tatiana Maslany plays the main role She Hulk as the titular character Jennifer Walters, wasn’t initially very interested in joining the MCU. In a franchise filled with fantastical set pieces and adrenaline-pumping action sequences, she worried her priorities as an actress might not align well with the overall mood of the now decades-spanning universe. But apparently all the persuasion she needed came from the script itself.
In a recent interview with SFX Magazine, Maslany opened up about her concerns about the project when she was first cast as She-Hulk. “I’ve always been kind of nervous about stepping into a world like this because I value character above all else, and I just didn’t realize how much that would give in bigger projects,” she revealed. “But when I read the pilot [of She-Hulk], this was such an unexpected take on a superhero story. It’s so human. There are really great explorations of everyday life in really great ways. Also, it speaks to something that really interests me, which is when you suddenly start being seen as something; then one is seen as a thing and as this thing becomes a commodity. What this show is doing, but in a fun and unexpected way, is exploring that idea.”
Those who have been following the previews for She-Hulk: Lawyer are probably already aware that the series will address the more human side of being a superhero. The first She Hulk The trailer even showed Maslany’s character swiping on a dating app and doing other less-than-heroic things while in full She-Hulk mode, and that’s exactly what the actress wants to see from a story like this. “How can you own the wholeness of your body when something has happened to you; or you are suddenly seen so differently or you are expected to behave a certain way because of your appearance?” she continued. “There’s all these undertones that I find really compelling in the subtext of this type of story,” adding, “What’s the expectation of a female superhero versus a male superhero? It’s incredibly different.”
She Hulk has the potential to add real variety to a franchise that has plagued many with the ailment known as Marvel fatigue. After 14 years of battle after battle, the idea of seeing a heroine actually using her newfound powers on a human level certainly sounds enticing. Sure, the concept has been touched upon before in the MCU, but it looks like it She Hulk will make it to a large part of the series itself rather than a montage or 2.
One could argue that the Spiderman Movies have already done that. However, Peter Parker’s problems almost always seem to stem from his Spider-Man alter ego. In this case, Maslany’s Jennifer Walters looks like she’s more concerned with combining her normal life with her She-Hulk life than trying to balance them like Peter. It’s certainly an intriguing prospect, and it could be just what the MCU needs to keep things fresh.
She-Hulk: Lawyer will premiere on Disney Plus on August 17, 2022.
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Source: SFX Magazine (via Collider)
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