Following its release in the middle of May, the first trailer for “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” was met with a reaction that was quite contentious. The green CGI used for the major character Jennifer Walters, also known as She-Hulk (Tatiana Maslany), was singled out as a source of contention by a significant number of Marvel Cinematic Universe fans who expressed disapproval. Jennifer, a woman in her 30s who is juggling her job as an attorney with both her new powers and a surge in public interest when she transforms into She-Hulk, is the protagonist of the Disney+ Marvel Cinematic Universe series. Jennifer’s story focuses on how she deals with all of these things simultaneously. Fans made fun of the computer-generated image of She-Hulk that appeared in the trailer because it was brighter and kept Walters looking more human while she was in her Hulk form. This was the main aspect in which it differed from Mark Ruffalo’s portrayal of the Hulk.
Reddit user u/Otherwise-Table1935 posted in a topic addressing the potential problem, “I wish it’s better than what I witnessed,” and the post has since been deleted. “She-Hulk’s CGI looks like Fiona’s from ‘Shrek,'” u/orangexteal commented further on the internet. “This is an accurate representation of how I felt. u/Gergdawg19 commented, “I predict this to be a hugely popular meme when the show comes out. It’s terrible because the form of Tatianna’s face when it’s digitized resembles Fiona from “Shrek.” “citation or citations. To be fair, the video was just a first peek, and it’s possible that it included CGI effects that hadn’t been finished at the time, but that hasn’t stopped fans from talking about (and worrying about) the upcoming Disney+ show.
This week, the show’s director, Kat Coiro, responded to the mini-controversy and clarified any lingering questions on the appearance of She-Hulk in advance of the show’s premiere on Disney’s streaming service on August 17. According to IMDb, Coiro directed six of of the first season’s nine episodes, so it’s safe to say that she’s an expert when it comes to behind-the-scenes information regarding the development of She-Hulk’s look.
Kat Coiro explained that the look of She-Hulk was thought out months before production, and she believes that the response can be attributed to the fact that the character looks so different from what has come before in the MCU. This information was provided by SFX magazine, and GamesRadar was the source for this information. “I believe that a significant portion of the responses can be attributed to the fact that she is so dissimilar to anything that we have before seen. When you think of Thanos or Hulk, they both have a grisliness, a harshness, and a bulkiness about them that are completely apart from one another. And when you do catch a glimpse of her, it’s almost startling since we haven’t seen anything like that of her before, “It was explained by her. The director also mentioned that they were working to give She-appearance Hulk’s more nuance in order to better represent Tatiana Maslany, and that they had continued to improve the CGI while the film was in post-production.
The fact of the matter is that the decision to go all-CGI with Hulk divided people as well. In fact, the star of “The Incredible Hulk,” Lou Ferrigno, even voiced his frustrations with the move from a make-up-wearing actor to modern CGI modifications, claiming that it detracted from the performance of the character (via The Washington Times). When the actor who played the original Hulk has his own thoughts on where the character should go, it’s safe to say that the look of any Hulk will always be a point of contention. Nevertheless, the Hulk portrayed by Mark Ruffalo has emerged as a central figure in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), so it is probable that She-Hulk will also find her place in the universe and win over fans.