She-Hulk: 6 behind-the-scenes secrets of Marvel's newest superhero

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Tatiana Maslany as Jennifer Walters/She-Hulk in Marvel Studios She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, exclusively on Disney+.
Tatiana Maslany as Jennifer Walters/She-Hulk in Marvel Studios She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, exclusively on Disney+.
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In a roundtable interview with first-time MCU director Kate Coiro, News24's Bronwyn McKay gets the inside scoop on everything from how She-Hulk materialised, the most challenging part of filming the show and what to expect from Daredevil's cameo.


Marvel fans are in for a treat when they tune into the studio's latest superhero series, She-Hulk: Attorney at Law on Disney+.

Jennifer Walters (played by award-winning actor Tatiana Maslany) leads the complicated life of a single, 30-something attorney specialising in superhuman-oriented legal cases, who also happens to be a green 6-foot-7-inch superpowered hulk.

Here are 6 behind the scenes secrets of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law:

'A lot of the series is about the exploration of what it means to be yourself if people see you in a different way'

Hulk has become one of the most beloved characters in the MCU, partly because the ever-charming Mark Ruffalo has played the character for the last ten years, but also because of how the character has grown over the years.

It's no secret that Bruce Banner is known for becoming Hulk out of feelings of fear and anger – something that Coiro says is explored in She-Hulk as these emotions take on a different meaning when centred around a woman.

"While Jennifer Walters' consciousness remains intact when she transforms into She-Hulk, she is viewed differently because of her size, her strength, and her colour," Coiro says.

"And so, a lot of the series is about the exploration of what it means to be yourself if people see you differently."

Coiro adds that "the way that rage is perceived in women versus in men" is also a theme broadly explored in the show.

She then teases: "How are so many of our male superheroes allowed to reach this level ten rage? And what happens when our female superhero reaches a level five? Watch and find out…."

Mark Ruffalo as Smart Hulk/Bruce Banner and Tatian
Mark Ruffalo as Smart Hulk/Bruce Banner and Tatiana Maslany as Jennifer Walters/She-Hulk in Marvel Studios She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, exclusively on Disney+.

'The show is a reinvention and a reimagining that draws on the essence of the character'

Coiro, best known for helming rom-com projects, including JLo's Marry Me, joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe, having directed six of the nine episodes of the Disney+ series.

When asked if she was a fan of the comics before signing on, she revealed, "She-Hulk and I are of a similar vintage. I remember being a young kid and seeing her on the cover of a comic book and feeling so excited by her presence, power, and strength."

Coiro adds that something she loves about what they created is that the show is a "reimagining that draws on the essence" of the comics.

The show is definitely a reinvention and a reimagining that draws on the essence of the character, which is somebody who is not afraid to take up a lot of space and not afraid to be noticed.

'Who in the hell is going to be able to portray these dichotomies?!'

Having never directed sci-fi/superhero genres before, Coiro says the most challenging thing about filming She-Hulk has nothing to do with directing and everything to do with casting the lead character.

Honestly, the most challenging thing was before we had Tatiana, and I thought, 'Who in the hell is going to be able to portray these dichotomies and capture the subtlety of what self means based on the way that you walk through the world?

Coiro further explains that given Maslany's experience of being able to "embody so many different versions of herself and tap into so many different emotions," having her sign on relieved any stress they had.

"Once she was cast, it was pretty smooth sailing. She's such a skilled actor and is able to balance the humour, the humanity, the pathos while juggling a whole lot of technical mechanics related to playing a CGI character," Coiro adds.

'We wanted to make our own She-Hulk'

At first glance, She-Hulk looks very different to her cousin – while she is green and giant, she appears more humanlike, and there's a reason for that.

"We wanted to make our own She-Hulk, and so we looked to real-life, strong women," Coiro says, adding that Misty Copeland's body was one they referenced when designing She-Hulk's.

"We wanted someone who was very, very, very strong, but also could walk through the world and operate in the normal world at a scale that is very large but is still very human, because she has to go on dates, she has to work in a regular office."

Tatiana Maslany as Jennifer Walters/She-Hulk in Ma
Tatiana Maslany as Jennifer Walters/She-Hulk in Marvel Studios She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, exclusively on Disney+.

'It's, as they say, the buzz, without the barf'

One of the biggest draws to the show is that Ruffalo reprises his role as Bruce/Hulk – something Coiro says was "delightful".

One of the most delightful moments of the whole show was watching Mark and Tatiana come together. You can't direct chemistry. And they have this beautiful, natural, playful chemistry that we ended up using to influence the first episode.

The director adds that while "just letting things play out and letting moments happen and allowing for improv" can be "very challenging on a CGI heavy show," the pair who star as cousins did it with ease.

Referring to a scene in the first episode, during which Hulk lets She-Hulk in on a fun secret that only they can take advantage of, Coiro says, "That was another scene that just exploded off the page once those two were playing together."

In the scene, Bruce and Jennifer drink copious amounts of alcohol without getting drunk.  

While filming, Coiro reveals the pair naturally "leaned into this idea of what all the fun parts of drinking without the bad parts are."

It's the looseness, without the sloppiness. It's, as they say, the buzz, without the barf.

'There's not much I can share, but I will say…'

She-Hulk is jam-packed with cameos with everyone from Dr Strange's Wong to Emil Blonsky, aka Abomination. But one cameo that is on everyone's lips is Daredevil.

The new trailer for the upcoming Marvel series, which debuted at Comic-Con in July, teased the potential arrival of Daredevil, which has since been confirmed via Entertainment Weekly.

"There's not much I can share," Coiro confesses before adding, "But I will say that one of the most fun parts of this show was watching characters like Emil Blonsky, like Wong, like Daredevil come into a new genre that is a lot more light-hearted and playful. 

The director adds that while "it was an adjustment for all of the actors because it is kind of a slightly new tone," it was fun "allowing these characters, some of whom have been predominantly dramatic, to stretch those playful light muscles."

Tim Roth as Abomination/Emil Blonsky in Marvel Stu
Tim Roth as Abomination/Emil Blonsky in Marvel Studios She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, exclusively on Disney+.

She-Hulk: Attourney at Law is now streaming on Disney+. 


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