At this point, it feels like the Marvel Cinematic Universe is adding new heroes almost every day. The Marvel movies have always done an effective job of expanding the mythos, but the TV shows are now causing the cinematic universe to expand more rapidly. One such project that could have a major impact on the MCU is Marvel’s She-Hulk TV show. That’s right, Mark Ruffalo is no longer the only Hulk in town, as Tatiana Maslany is set to join him. And you can bet things are going to get pretty interesting as the new heroine begins to come into her own.
She-Hulk (or Jennifer Walters) is a character fans have long wanted to see in the MCU so, when Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige announced the Disney+ show in 2019, excitement was high. As most know, Marvel is pretty hush hush when it comes to sharing details on its upcoming productions. Thankfully though, we’ve been blessed with some key facts about the superhero series. So let’s take a look at what we already know ahead of the gamma-powered protector’s small-screen debut:
She-Hulk Is Expected To Arrive In 2022 But A Premiere Date Has Not Been Set
It’s a wonder Marvel Studios is able to schedule anything these days, what with so many different films and TV shows on its hands. But worry not, because She-Hulk will have a place within the MCU Phase Four slate. Reports currently point to the series being released in 2022, though a specific date has not been revealed, as of this writing. It’s honestly hard to pinpoint where She-Hulk might land exactly but, given when it started filming, there’s a real chance it could arrive during the first part of 2022. Let’s hope this is indeed the case.
Tatiana Maslany Leads The Cast Of She-Hulk And Will Be Joined By MCU Veterans Like Mark Ruffalo
There were doubts after initial reports but, during 2020’s Disney Investor Day presentation, Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany was confirmed to be playing Jennifer Walters/She-Hulk. We also learned Mark Ruffalo is returning as Bruce Banner or (Professor) Hulk. Joining them will be Ginger Gonzaga as Walters’ best friend, Hamilton alum Renée Elise Goldsberry as Ameila, with Anais Almonte in an unknown role and The Good Place’s Jameela Jamil as the villainous Titania. Jamil won’t be the only baddie, either, as the show will also mark the return of Tim Roth’s Emil Blonsky/Abomination from 2008’s The Incredible Hulk.
She-Hulk Will Show Jennifer Walters Tackling Superhuman-Related Cases As A Lawyer While She Fights Crime
With this being Jennifer Walters’ MCU debut, it appears that She-Hulk will be a classic origin story. The comics tell us that Walters gained her powers after receiving a life-saving blood transfusion from cousin Bruce, and the show will likely follow the same path. Kevin Feige has also revealed that the series will also tackle her career as a lawyer, which is bound to be interesting as she’s over 6’7” and green. But seeing as she dabbles in superhuman-related cases, Feige hinted that other heroes could pop in. Fingers crossed one of those faces is Charlie Cox’s Matt Murdock.
Rick And Morty Alum Jessica Gao Is The Head Writer Of Disney+’s She-Hulk
Rick and Morty is one of the most successful shows on TV right now, so it’s no surprise that Marvel has tapped alums like Loki’s Michael Waldron to join the MCU. Now, former series scribe Jessica Gao has been hired as head writer on She-Hulk. Gao has worked extensively on both animated and live-action shows, like Robot Chicken, Big Time Rush and Silicon Valley. She even picked up an Emmy for writing Rick and Morty’s acclaimed “Pickle Rick” episode. She-Hulk has been described as a legal comedy, and Gao’s credentials should make her a perfect fit for the project.
Two Directors Have Been Hired To Tackle She-Hulk
The Marvel TV shows change it up when it comes to directors, with some having only one and others having multiple. When it comes to She-Hulk, there will be two directors at the helm. Kevin Feige announced that the Jade Giantess will be ushered into the cinematic universe by Kat Coiro and Anu Valia. Coiro’s credits include episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Modern Family, Shameless and the recent Girls5eva. And Valia has worked on Never Have I Ever, Mixed-ish and A.P. Bio. Needless to say, these two have plenty of comedic experience to bring to the Marvel series.
Filming For She-Hulk Officially Began In April 2021
She-Hulk was one of the many high-profile productions to be delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While it was originally set to commence filming in the summer of 2020, principal photography ultimately kicked off in Los Angeles back in April. The show reportedly moved things to Atlanta only a few days later, which is where work is currently progressing. Reports suggest filming will continue through August. Marvel has managed to keep things under lock and key, but a few (non-revealing) set photos have made their way online.
She-Hulk Will Have A Total Of 10 Episodes
It was already looking like She-Hulk would have a greater number of episodes than most of Disney+’s Marvel shows. Now, it seems it won’t only have a solid amount of episodes, but it’ll also mark a rarity for an MCU series. She-Hulk will have a total of 10 half-hour episodes. So when you’re considering episode length, think less The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Loki and more WandaVision. It’s true that in many cases, shows work best when they’re tight, but the half-hour comedy vibe the creatives are going for should lend itself to a longer run.
With a great character, a fresh concept and talented creatives leading the way, She-Hulk should prove to be one of the more unique entries in the MCU canon. It’s probably going to be a while before we see any official stills or footage from the show, so fans will just have to play the waiting game. But in the long run, it should be well worth the wait. In the meantime, you can check out other MCU shows and revisit some of the Hulk’s biggest movie moments by streaming them on Disney+ now.