The comics industry has a long history of launching female characters in the image of male fan-favorites: Batgirl, Supergirl, and She-Hulk’s origins all began in the shadow of their namesakes. But, over time, each have wrestled to find an audience and a story all their own, some even eclipsing the popularity of their predecessors. Which explains how and why She-Hulk—not Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk—is the next Marvel hero to earn her own Disney+ series.
Like most upcoming Marvel projects, details around the legal comedy are kept under a laughably strict embargo, but a few important details have been revealed about the new series. Here's a quick run-down of what we know so far.
The nine-episode comedy will premiere on Disney+ on Wednesday, August 17.
The series will join the ranks of Moon Knight and Ms. Marvel as one of Marvel Studios’s 2022 television titles on Disney+.
Orphan Black’s talented lead Tatiana Maslany will go green for her role as She-Hulk herself, otherwise known as the attorney Jennifer Walters. Beside her will be Ruffalo, making his Disney+ series debut while reprising his role as Bruce Banner/Hulk, Jennifer's cousin and superhero ally. Together, they’ll be joined by The Good Place's Jameela Jamil as arch-rival Titania, as well as Ginger Gonzaga (Kidding, The Morning After) and Renee Elise Goldsberry (Girls5Eva, Hamilton). In addition, Tim Roth (reprising his role as Emil Blonsky/The Abomination) and Benedict Wong (reprising his role as Wong) are also in the cast, along with Anais Almonte and Josh Segarra in as-yet-undisclosed roles.
Directors Kat Coiro (Girls5Eva, Dead To Me) and Anu Valia (Never Have I Ever, Generation) will co-helm the series with head writer Jessica Gao (Rick and Morty).
In a surprise reveal during San Diego Comic-Con in 2022, the character Daredevil made a last-minute appearance in the new She-Hulk trailer, all but confirming that Charlie Cox will return to his old Netflix role in She-Hulk before embarking on his own Disney+ reboot.
In the comics, Walters receives her dose of gamma radiation via a blood transfusion from her cousin, thus allowing her to Hulk out by night and stalk the courtroom by day. It’s not yet clear whether She-Hulk will stick entirely to this origin story, but we do know She-Hulk will take a page from WandaVision’s success and follow a sitcom-like formula. The legal comedy will focus on a 30-something single woman named Jennifer, “trying to navigate the world and be taken seriously as a working professional despite the fact that she is well over 6'7 and green,” or so says Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, adding that Jennifer will focus on superhero-related legal cases (of which, post-blip, we can imagine there will be many).
Feige has also revealed that the series will be based at least in part on John Byrne's She-Hulk comics run, first launched in 1989. The series was fond of fourth-wall breaking, which could lend the Disney+ series an even more unusual dynamic.
During an interview with Empire in May 2022, Maslany revealed that the series is a “really absurd take on a legal show.”
Disney+ released the first official trailer on May 17.
A second, more detailed trailer arrived during Comic-Con. The longer video features clips of Maslany’s Jen training with Ruffalo’s Bruce, Jen representing superhero clients at her law firm, and an appearance from Roth’s Abomination—as well as Daredevil. Take a look below.
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