Disney+ has announced that Canadian actress Tatiana Maslany, best known in the US for starring in Orphan Black, will star in their new She-Hulk series.
For the past four decades, the savage, spectacular She-Hulk has been a popular part of the Marvel Universe, ever since she was created by Stan Lee and artist John Buscema. Attorney Jennifer Walters was the first cousin of Dr. Bruce Banner, the alter ego of the incredible Hulk. When her cousin saved her life in an emergency blood transfusion, he passed on his super-strength and green skin to her.
Unlike her cousin, who has made it clear in the MCU that he neither likes nor trusts “the Other Guy,” Jennifer Walters prefers to remain in her She-Hulk form and has even appeared in court green-skinned and “hulked out.” Unlike her cousin, Jennifer keeps her intellect and self-control while she is the She-Hulk.
In an effort to increase diversity, She-Hulk will be a female-led show. Actress/director Kat Coiro(It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Brooklyn Nine-Nine) has directed the first six episodes. Writer/producer Jessica Gao (executive story editor of Rick and Morty) wrote the script for the pilot episode. It will be interesting to see if Marvel and Disney continue to emphasize a female cast and crew past the first six episodes,
Ironically, Tatiana Maslany who is now playing lawyer/superhero Jennifer Walters (aka She-Hulk) recently co-starred in the HBO reboot of Perry Mason.
Mark Ruffalo, who played Dr. Banner in the MCU, welcomed Ms. Maslany into the Banner family on Twitter. It is unknown at present if Mr. Ruffalo will reprise his role on the new She-Hulk show.
Over the years, She-Hulk has worked as a solo heroine, joined the Avengers, joined the Fantastic Four (as a temporary substitute for the Thing), joined the Defnders, and was drafted by SHIELD. She’s worked with Spider-Man and Heroes for Hire. Disney could use She-Hulk to tie the MCU with the larger Marvel Universe, especially now that Disney owns Fox.
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Susan Macdonald is the author of the children’s book “R is for Renaissance Faire”, as well as short stories in “Alternative Truths”, “Swords and Sorceress #30”, “Supernatural Colorado”, “Barbarian Crowns”, “Cat Tails””Under Western Stars”, and “Knee-High Drummond and the Durango Kid”. Her articles have appeared on SCIFI.radio’s web site, in The Inquisitr, and in The Millington Star. She enjoys Renaissance Faires (see book above), science fiction conventions, Highland Games, and Native American pow-wows.