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Marvel Gives Fans Their First Look at She-Hulk in New Trailer

Disney has finally given fans an extended look at Tatiana Maslany's Jennifer Walters, also known as She-Hulk. Here's everything we've learned from the trailer and what we can expect when the show premieres in August.
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Marvel has been cranking out new shows at a rapid pace, and fans are eating it up. Moon Knight introduced fans to Steven Grant and Marc Spector, while Loki gave everyone’s favorite trickster god his own stand-alone story (finally). Now, the studio is set to introduce audiences to a fan-favorite character from the comics: Jennifer Walters, also known as She-Hulk.

Tatiana Maslany will portray the attorney-turned-superhero in the upcoming nine-episode series. Jennifer Walters is an attorney who happens to be Bruce Banner’s cousin. In the comics, she becomes She-Hulk after receiving a blood transfusion from her cousin. Banner fears that his irradiated blood could pass his Hulk condition to his cousin, but she’ll die without a transfusion from her blood relative. 

Jennifer is a fun character to follow in the comics due to her interesting background as a lawyer and her reluctance to become a superhero. She’s only superpowered by happenstance, and she doesn’t exactly love the idea of fighting bad guys and saving the world. Instead, she’s much more focused on her personal life and her law career. From the looks of the new trailer for She-Hulk, that’s the direction the MCU character is going, too. 

Note: Mild spoilers for Spider-Man: No Way Home, Shang-Chi, Avengers Endgame, and The Incredible Hulk follow. 

Attorney by Day…

Jennifer Walters is a no-nonsense attorney who just wants to stick to her day job and fight for justice within the bounds of the law. That makes her an interesting counterpart to Daredevil, a Marvel character who consistently breaks the law in his superhero disguise while acting as a defense attorney in his “public” persona. Now that Charlie Cox is in the MCU, we’d love to see him reprise his role as the Man Without Fear in She-Hulk. Please give us that crossover!

From the trailer, it looks like Jennifer practices law at the fictional offices of Goodman, Lieber, Kurtzberg, and Holliway, in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, Daredevil practices law in New York, so the two are nearly as far apart as two lawyers can be in the continental United States. Still, they’re the only two lawyer superheroes in the MCU.

The trailer reveals that GLK&H wants to start a superhero law division and that one of Jennifer’s bosses wants her to act as the face of the new initiative. It’s unclear how she’ll get her Hulk powers in the show, though we do see a brief shot of her turning green after a car accident. The trailer indicates that Jennifer (at least initially) resents the fame her new powers bring her, as she hides from camera crews and fields gawkers at work.

…Superhero by Night?

Jennifer also doesn’t seem terribly attached to the idea of being a superhero. At one point in the trailer, a friend tells her she could be an Avenger. Jennifer is quick to point out that the superhero job is really more for “narcissists, billionaires, and adult orphans,” seemingly singling out Tony Stark as the model Avenger. 

However, comic book logic dictates that anyone with superpowers will attract a rogues’ gallery. She-Hulk is no different in that regard. In fact, we get a brief glimpse of two of her biggest antagonists in the trailer. First, we see Tim Roth reprising his role as Emil Blonsky, also known as the Abomination, a gamma-irradiated supervillain who first appeared in the 2008 Incredible Hulk. Blonsky seems to still be in the same containment cell Sorcerer Supreme Wong left him in after the events of Shang-Chi, and Marvel has confirmed that everyone’s favorite spellcaster will be making an appearance in the show alongside his big green sparring partner. 

The trailer also briefly shows Titania, a super-powered villain who regularly clashes with She-Hulk in the comics. Titania, portrayed on this show by the always-captivating Jameela Jamil, is a Hulk-level villain who receives her superstrength from alien technology in the comics. Between Abomination and Titania, Jennifer will probably have her hands full with superhero duties she never signed up for. 

Bruce Banner Is Back

She-Hulk will also mark the return of fan-favorite Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, also known as the Hulk. In the trailer, he seems to give Jennifer advice on becoming a superhero and the kinds of responsibilities she faces now that she possesses superhuman strength. At one point, Bruce and Jennifer appear to practice meditation, harkening back to a similar scene in the 2008 Incredible Hulk film.

As the two can be seen training side-by-side, it’s clear that Jennifer has a much more minor version of the Hulk condition than her cousin. While Bruce is a, well, hulk, Jennifer is significantly leaner and more svelte. She looks athletic and lean, but she’s got more visually in common with a Na’vi from Avatar than with her own blood relative. 

Fans are excited to learn more about what Bruce has been up to since we last saw his cameo in Shang Chi. In that film’s post-credits scene, Bruce can be seen wearing a sling on his right arm, the same arm he used to snap the Infinity Gauntlet. He also appears in his human form in that brief appearance, but he seems to be back to his big, green self in She-Hulk. She also doesn’t appear to have much difficulty controlling her emotions while she’s in her “hulked up” form, easily using a cell phone and walking through her law office while using the powers. 

Superhero Love Life

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Many MCU fans on social media have noted that the MCU is rather short on romance. Outside of a brief romance scene in Eternals and Tony Stark’s quippy relationship with Pepper Potts, there are few instances of anyone dating or having a love life outside of their superhero duties in the MCU. Jennifer Walters, being the MCU’s most reluctant hero, looks poised to change that when her show hits Disney+.

The trailer highlights a scene involving Jennifer, still in her Hulk form, swiping right on every guy she sees on a dating app. This is followed by a snappy montage of her dates, most of whom are hunky guys who apparently don’t move the needle for the mighty She-Hulk. Finally, the scene settles on a guy who offers to split a plate of fries with the Mean Green Lawyer, and Jen quickly suggests they take their food “to go.” 

The half-comedic, half-romantic image of Jennifer carrying a muscular man through her living room and accidentally knocking her floor lamp over in the process is a classic She-Hulk sequence, which has many fans excited about the direction of the new series.

Some Fun Cameos

The trailer also has a few fun cameos that eagle-eyed fans were able to spot. The first is that Marvel Comics D-lister Frog Man makes a brief appearance in the trailer. In his original comics appearances, Frog Man is Eugene Patilio, son of disgraced inventor Vincent Patilio. Vincent once moonlighted as Leap Frog, a villain who committed petty crimes and was regularly hilariously trounced by superheroes like Spider-Man and Daredevil.

Eugene sets out to repurpose his father’s old technology for good and becomes the laughably inept superhero Frog Man. He will likely be one of Jennifer’s clients in the series, and his appearance in the trailer suggests that the show’s tone might be more lighthearted than some other Disney+ outings.

The trailer also briefly shows audiences a glimpse of Bruce Banner’s new home in a tropical setting. This could be somewhere in Mexico, as evidenced by Jennifer’s “I Love Mexico” t-shirt in the following scene. The idyllic location could be the site of the gamma lab Bruce told the Avengers about in Endgame, where he managed to merge his consciousness with the Hulk’s to create his more stable Hulk form. 

Based on an Iconic Run

The upcoming show is based on the beloved Dan Slott run on She-Hulk, which began in 2004. His take was a lighthearted, comedic romp through the bizarre world of superhero law. It was equal parts Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law and Ally McBeal. According to Marvel Studios, this new show will follow a similar pattern.

Unlike the other MCU shows on Disney+, She-Hulk won’t follow a six-episode, hourlong format. Instead, it will feature nine half-hour episodes. Additionally, the show will reportedly be more comedic in tone than some recent MCU entries. Even Loki, the most arguably lighthearted Disney+ shot to date, featured a plotline that involved heavy discussions of predestination and fate.

Fans are excited to see Tatiana Maslany’s take on Jennifer Walters. Maslany was phenomenal on Orphan Black, so it’s exciting to see her at the center of a major Marvel production. While some fans have been critical of the show’s CGI in the trailer, the series won’t debut on Disney+ until August 17, 2022. That means the studio has months to polish the finer points of the visuals between now and the show’s premiere. In the meantime, we’ll all just keep talking about how much fun it would be to match with She-Hulk on a dating app!