She-Hulk: Lawyer star Tatiana Maslany said the show will cover the implications of the character’s nickname “She-Hulk”.
While appearing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Maslany was asked by host Stephen Colbert why Bruce Banner doesn’t go by “He-Hulk” the way her character got the name “She-Hulk”. “Well, she has the same problem with this name on the show as I do, just like you, we all struggle with this name,” Maslany said. “She thinks it’s reductive. She’s like how can I, why don’t I exist without just being a derivative of the Hulk. So it’s quite a thing.”
In the same interview, Maslany was asked why her character didn’t “Hulk out” the same way Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk did before becoming “Smart Hulk” in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In comparison, Maslany’s character, Jen Walters, has a much easier time controlling her emotions and actions than the Hulk. “Because women have been socially taught to suppress and control their emotions in order to survive,” explains Maslany. “So she says, ‘I’m so good at handling my anger, I’m constantly dealing with it. I’m constantly dealing with fear.’ So she can navigate through it effortlessly.”
Jen Walters is not your typical Hulk
Jennifer Walters/She-Hulk, created by Stan Lee and John Buscema, debuted in Marvel Comics’ The Savage She-Hulk #1 in 1980. In later versions of the character, after gaining the Hulk’s powers after a blood transfusion, Jennifer remained in her Hulk form without a transformation, able to continue her daily life as a lawyer while simultaneously protect the world like a superhero. Like the comics, Jen will break through the fourth wall in the Disney+ series and address audiences directly with self-referential quips
“This show is very different. It has irreverent humor and She-Hulk isn’t trying to be a superhero herself,” Maslany said of her character at San Diego Comic-Con 2022. Maslany previously spoke about how Jen Walters will fit into the rest of the series. heroes in the MCU, who describe: She-Hulk: Lawyer as the “antithesis of most superhero stories.” She said: “There’s a big element of denial in her that’s recognizable. For me, it’s been about rejecting what happened for as long as I could, because that’s what creates the fun tension between Jennifer and She-Hulk.”
She-Hulk follows Jen as she “navigates the complicated life of a single, 30-year-old lawyer who also happens to be a green 6-foot-7-inch superpowered hulk”, and will consist of nine half-hour episodes. She-Hulk was announced as a Marvel Studios/Disney+ series in 2019 and was later confirmed as a legal half-hour comedy. Tim Roth will reprise his role as Emil Blonsky/Abomination from 2008 with Ruffalo. The Incredible Hulk. The cast also includes Benedict Wong as Wong, as well as Ginger Gonzaga, Josh Segarra, Jameela Jamil, Jon Bass and Renée Elise Goldsberry.
Written by Jessica Gao and directed by Kat Coiro and Anu Valia, She-Hulk: Lawyer premieres on Disney+ on August 17.