Disney+ Day gifted us with a sneak peek at a few of Marvel Studios’ upcoming series. One of the most anticipated in its line-up is She-Hulk, starring Tatiana Maslany in the titular role. The Marvel Studios’ 2021 Disney+ Day Special, which you can watch on the streaming service under the Marvel section, gives us a first glimpse at Jennifer Walters.
Marvel fans are pretty great at reading into minor details. So though this She-Hulk teaser is short and sweet, there is plenty to take from it. We get a look at Jennifer living her life as a successful lawyer. This series could be Marvel Studios’ first procedural project.
According to Marvel, the comedy series “follows Jennifer, a lawyer who specializes in superhuman-oriented legal cases.” Hopefully, some of her clients are as memorable as the ones from the comics.
The new and very cool logo strikes that tone for plenty of fans who have already drawn comparisons to Nip/Tuck and Dick Wolf’s well-known procedurals. That idea is as up in the air as Jennifer’s origin story, which could differ from the source material.
In the comics, Bruce Banner gives his cousin a blood transfusion, giving her a Hulk-like appearance and capabilities.
It looks like the show will follow the comics’ track in Jennifer not hiding her identity from the world. The brief glimpse of Jen in a more practical, comics-accurate purple and white costume could be in a lab, but there is one tease of She-Hulk in public.
Moreover, Jennifer appears to be stepping out for a night on the town in a beautiful gown, her green skin unhidden.
That’s exciting because considering the footage we do get of Jen in human form. It could mean that she will live a more balanced life, unlike Bruce, who spent a lot of his time battling Hulk for the dominant physical form. As for Bruce, Mark Ruffalo will reprise his role as Professor Hulk on She-Hulk.
His appearance in the Professor Hulk form in the trailer does raise questions about where this show falls in the MCU’s timeline. Ruffalo appears in the Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings mid-credits scene, but he doesn’t look like Professor Hulk. He is very much Bruce Banner in that scene, but he does have his arm in a sling.
That sling signals that Bruce’s arm is still healing after snapping everyone back into existence in Avengers: Endgame, but Professor Hulk does not have a sling on in the She-Hulk teaser. Assuming this series takes place after Shang-Chi, this change in appearance could mean that Bruce figured out an easier way to balance Bruce and Hulk.
That theory would line up with the science scene in which Professor Hulk says, “These transformations are triggered by anger and fear.” He may be extending his newly discovered science to his cousin to live a more balanced life that doesn’t deny a part of herself.
Fangirlish’s Ashley Thomas is thrilled about She-Hulk‘s debut:
“I have been a She-Hulk fan since I picked up a copy of Marvel Superheroes Secret Wars #2 in a 3-for-a-dollar comic book bag when I was 7 years old. Over the years, I’ve gradually collected almost every book in every She-Hulk run released, with only a few missing in each series. I’ve even cosplayed Shulkie in the past. To say I’m excited about finally getting a little taste of the upcoming She-Hulk series is a VAST understatement.
Even with just this tiny teaser trailer, we’ve got lots of great details. We’ve got a tiny glimpse of both lawyer and Hulked-Out Jen Walters, and even a nod to the whole reason we have a She-Hulk character at all–the 1977 The Incredible Hulk TV series. (Do a web search for that origin story and thank me later on trivia night).
I’m also hyped to see Tatiana Maslany bring my favorite green gal to life. After watching her play 14 unique characters on Orphan Black, playing Jen Walters and She-Hulk ought to be a breeze. Adding in some Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner and Jameela Jamil as our big bad, Titania, and we’re set for a wild ride. I’ll be rereading all my She-Hulk comics until it releases, speculating on which stories the show might draw on for inspiration.”
Tatiana Maslany is an award-winning actress who will surely amaze us as Jennifer Walters/She-Hulk.
We can already tell the series will lean into Jen’s iconic fourth-wall breaks. The narration could be just that, but that’s less likely considering the ’70s-themed cutaway. Deadpool fans can find another hero to love with She-Hulk because she broke the fourth wall long before him.
Maybe, one day, we’ll get to see them team up or at least share the big screen now that Deadpool is a part of the MCU. We do know that alongside Ruffalo, Tim Roth will return as the Abomination. Plus, Jameela Jamil joins the show in an undisclosed role. Jamil shared a behind-the-scenes look at the show in celebration of the teaser and logo.
She-Hulk is written by Executive Producer Jessica Gao and directed by Executive Producer Kat Coiro and Anu Valia.
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