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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 are already public. Here’s a quick run-down of what we know so far.
When will She-Hulk air on Disney+?
The series will join the ranks of Moon Knight, Ms. Marvel, and Secret Invasion as one of Marvel Studios’s 2022 television titles on Disney+. The streaming service has yet to announce an official release date, but we do know how much content we’ll have to sift through: Marvel’s confirmed the show will include 10 half-hour episodes.
Who’s in the cast?
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 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). Finally, Anais Almonte and Josh Segarra, and Tim Roth (reprising his role as The Abomination) will round out the cast 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).
What will the show be about?
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 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 woman 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 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.
Is there a trailer?
Not just yet, though it wouldn’t be a shocker if Disney+ releases news, imagery or even a preview clip on Disney+ Day, November 12.
This post will be updated.
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