She-Hulk stormed Hollywood Boulevard Monday night for the premiere of Disney+’s latest Marvel series, where star Tatiana Maslany was joined by the Hulk herself, Mark Ruffalo.
Maslany plays Jennifer Walters in the series, a lawyer and cousin to Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner who continues the family tradition of green giants – along with some friendly competition as she learns to use her newfound powers.
Who really is the superior Hulk, Ruffalo teased, “It’s a bit of a toss-up — maybe a bit more.” Maslany was quick to say, “And maybe she’s a little bit more — sometimes it’s more her, most of the time,” noting that She-Hulk is indeed the focus of this project.
“There is a bias, there is a slight bias. ‘Remember whose show this is’ – she says [that] on the show,” Maslany continued, as her character often breaks the fourth wall and acknowledges being on TV. “I added that line because people were too interested in Mark and I said, ‘No, we have to send it back.'”
Joking with Ruffalo to “give me a year” to be the central Hulk after playing the character for ten years, Ruffalo agreed: “Okay, you can get a year. No, she’s in now, there’s coming no other avengers without her.” That seemed like a surprise to Maslany, who inquired, “What?” as Ruffalo confirmed, “That’s what I hear.”
But for her first superhero outing, Maslany . told The Hollywood Reporter that when she first saw herself in CGI She-Hulk form, “I couldn’t believe it. I saw an early rendering of She-Hulk about a month after we started filming, and I couldn’t believe I could see her breathing and thinking. I just believed it and was so grateful that the artists were so incredibly nuanced in their work. I felt like everything I did was there, which was exciting.”
Jameela Jamil appears opposite Maslany as superpowered influencer Titania, “playing the absolute worst of what Instagram has created,” the star joked. She says she took inspiration from every real influencer imaginable and leaned against the stereotypes: “I’m extremely toxic on this show, and it was really weird playing the antithesis of everything I stand for in my life.” and in my work. ”
She-Hulk: Lawyer is entering uncharted Marvel territory, not only because of the introduction of new characters, but also because of its use of breaking the fourth wall and focus on dating and sex positivity.
“I understand why that hasn’t really been covered in the movies because in the movies they’re always saving the universe so they don’t stop and check their Tinder to see if they’ve gotten notifications,” said lead writer and executive producer Jessica Gao. “The great thing about our show is that the universe is not at risk, it’s just an ordinary work day, so I think it was really important for us to really show that this is every aspect of a superhero’s life.”
Director and EP Kat Coiro added: “Usually when you’re in the movie format you have a ticking clock, plot-driven energy, and here we have some mundane moments – some of those moments include dating, which is the most mundane experience of all.”
And since the Hulk famously changes shape when angry, the… She-Hulk team wanted to address the difference in anger and fear in women versus men, and how that affects the transformation of the female superhero.
“Socially and culturally, we’ve conditioned girls to have a very different relationship with their feelings,” explains Gao. “They need to temper their emotions much more, and there is a double standard in what we allow in terms of women’s and men’s anger. That was really important for us to be honest in the show.”
Continued Coiro, “There is something of wish fulfillment in it She-Hulk where every woman who’s ever walked down a dark alley at night, every woman who’s ever been polite to some jerk in a bar because she’s afraid if she’s not her life is in danger they’ll see something in She-Hulk I don’t think they’ve ever seen before, that’s the ability to kick. ”
She-Hulk: Lawyer premieres Thursday on Disney+.