Emmy-winning actress Tatiana Maslany has been cast as She-Hulk in the upcoming Disney + TV series, breathing new life into Stan Lee’s’ 80s comic book character.
Maslany’s acting skills are well documented – she won her 2016 Emmy for starring in five seasons of BBC America’s Orphan Black TV show, as more than a dozen clones of a woman trying to escape to his past.
This is his first major foray into superhero territory, introducing fans to a character not everyone will know.
Who is She-Hulk?
She-Hulk’s human alter-ego is lawyer Jennifer Walters, who also happens to be the cousin of Bruce Banner, better known as the Hulk.
Created by Lee and artist John Buscema, she first appeared in The Savage She-Hulk comic book in 1980.
Marvel’s YouTube channel calls Jennifer “an evil lawyer smashing glass ceilings and more.” But after being shot, a vital blood transfusion from Bruce turns her into a “giant green rage monster.”
The diluted dose of gamma-filled blood gives her a milder version of Hulkiness, so Jennifer learns to “keep her cool and wit in the form of the Hulk,” unlike her cousin.
She-Hulk is arguably a more entertaining character than Hulk – Marvel.com says she “backs up her sensational strength with her wild wit and confidence,” while Hulk looks like a toddler, characterized by phrases like “Hulk smash! “.
After calming down her inner green monster, Jennifer moves to New York City to work with the Avengers and her friends the Fantastic Four, preying on villains and fighting crime in court – rarely returning to her human form.
She also finds time for the odd romance, especially with Thor, who probably wasn’t intimidated by his physical prowess.
The news was well received by Mark Ruffalo, who plays the Hulk in the Avengers movies.
Who is Tatiana Maslany?
The 34-year-old Canadian actress discovered an early love for theater, appearing in local productions as a young child and working on professional TV shows while in high school, including the Canadian children’s TV series 2030 CE ( 2002-03).
She went on to appear in the Canadian television series Heartland (2008-10) and Being Erica (2009-11) and also notably played Mary in the BBC miniseries The Nativity (2010).
Maslany also stood out at the Sundance Film Festival that year, winning the performance award for the Grown Up Movie Star, playing 13-year-old Ruby, who has to survive with her rural father after her mother is ran away to become an actress.
In 2013, Maslany wrote a blog for the BBC on Orphan Black, where she said acting out scenes with clones of herself was “one of the biggest challenges I’ve faced as a actor ”.
“I look crazy when we shoot these scenes because ultimately I’m on an empty set talking and reacting to nothing. It’s really a question of the imagination, ”she writes.
“At the same time, it’s a highly technical process because I have to hit certain targets and my eyes have to be focused in the right place for the special effects to overlap seamlessly. “
Such work on the set should come in handy for him to work on a superhero series, which will no doubt involve a lot of green screen and CGI work.
The actress’ other work includes a key role as sister Alice McKeegan in HBO / Sky Atlantic’s Perry Mason series, as well as the 2015 BoJack Horseman TV series and a few 2013 episodes of Parks and Recreation.
Why haven’t we seen a lot of She-Hulk before now?
Until now, She-Hulk has never taken off in the same way as the Hulk, who enjoyed their own cartoon series, TV series, and of course various films, successfully played on the big screen by Ruffalo in the universe. of the Avengers.
She made a cameo appearance in the cartoon, in 1983 in an episode titled Enter: She Hulk, but the character didn’t really take off, leaving the main scene at the time to DC’s Wonder Woman TV series.
Efforts to include She-Hulk in a Hulk movie starring original TV star Lou Ferringo never materialized, and neither did a She Hulk TV show.
Although a 1991 movie was going to play Brigitte Nielsen in the lead role, it never went beyond promotional plans.
There’s not a lot of documentation on why She-Hulk didn’t air properly on the small or big screen. It could have been due to a lack of funding or just not enough popularity for the character.
But things have changed.
The huge success of Marvel’s Avengers and female characters like Captain Marvel, Black Widow, and DC’s Wonder Woman has had an impact.
There was also the recent hit of Netflix’s Marvel series Jessica Jones, first released in 2015. It was canceled last year after five years, making way for new characters such as She-Hulk.
A second Wonder Woman movie starring Gal Gadot is slated for release, along with an upcoming Black Widow movie starring Scarlett Johanssen. There is also the possibility of a female Thor movie in 2020 called Thor: Love and Thunder.
So the path is most definitely being prepared for what Disney + is certainly hoping to be a big hit for She-Hulk, provided she manages to keep her cool.