‘She-Hulk’ Star Tatiana Maslany Responds To Criticism Of Hero’s Physique

Tatiana Maslany talks about a more muscular She-Hulk.

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She-Hulk: Attorney at Law star Tatiana Maslany has responded to criticisms of Marvel’s decision not to make She-Hulk a more muscular hero like her cousin and fellow hulk, Bruce Banner.

Tatiana Maslany makes her MCU debut in She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, starring as Jennifer Walters, the cousin of Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner. After a car crash results in Jen taking in some of Bruce’s blood, she is transformed into She-Hulk.

The character’s design in the series remains close to her comic book counterpart’s original appearance. However, some fans feel that Marvel should have shown a more muscly She-Hulk, instead of opting for a more conventionally attractive look.

Tatiana Maslany’s Take On She-Hulk’s Physique

Star Tatiana Maslany has responded to criticisms of She-Hulk’s CGI design, expressing her understanding of fans’ desire to see a different female physique represented, one defined by the character’s strength rather than being tailored towards conventional beauty standards.

While Jennifer Walters grows in height when she transforms into She-Hulk and does become noticeably more muscular than in her human form, her physique remains fairly lean and nowhere near as overtly muscular as Bruce Banner’s Hulk, suggesting a bit of a double standard in character design.

Talking about the critiques that have emerged, Tatiana Maslany told AP Entertainment:

“There has been critique that her body’s not muscular, and to me, I kind of find that to be an interesting conversation to have, too. There is an opportunity here for a very muscular woman, which is something that we don’t often see on screen, and I feel people in that desire, I feel that. So much of her is about the perception from the outside, and so much of her is about the way people look at her differently depending on which body she’s presenting at that time. Jen Walters is received very differently than She-Hulk is, and that outward response and feedback tells her something about herself.”

In the comics, She-Hulk has become more bulky and more Hulk-like in recent years. Perhaps the MCU will follow this path and see Tatiana Maslany’s She-Hulk evolving over the course of her future appearances. It would be encouraging to see the character used to challenge traditionally reductive portrayals of female body types.

Here is the synopsis for She-Hulk: Attorney at Law:

She-Hulk: Attorney at Law follows Jennifer Walters as she navigates the complicated life of a single, 30-something attorney who also happens to be a green 6-foot-7-inch superpowered hulk.

The series stars Tatiana Maslany, Mark Ruffalo, Tim Roth, Benedict Wong, Ginger Gonzaga, Josh Segarra, Jameela Jamil, Jon Bass, and Renée Elise Goldsberry.

She-Hulk: Attorney at Law is now streaming on Disney Plus, with new episodes releasing every Thursday. Stay tuned for all the latest news on the Marvel series, and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.

Source: AP Entertainment