She-Hulk doesn’t have an exact release date yet, but Disney confirmed on Disney+ Day last Friday that the highly anticipated television series will premiere on the streaming service sometime in 2022.
She-Hulk will star Tatiana Maslany (Orphan) as She-Hulk/Jennifer Walters, a lawyer who specializes in superhuman-oriented legal cases. In the comics, an emergency blood transfusion from her cousin Bruce Banner/The Hulk gives Jennifer her powers. But unlike Bruce, Jennifer is able to keep her intelligence and personality when she hulked out, allowing her to balance her life as a superhero and a lawyer.
Though it’s not clear yet whether Maslany’s She-Hulk will have a similar origin story to her comic book counterpart, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige had previously described the show as “a half-hour legal comedy” that would be faithful to John Byrne’s She-Hulk comics run, which first launched in 1989. “[She-Hulk is about] a woman trying to navigate the world and be taken seriously as a working professional despite the fact that she is well over 6’7 and green,” said Feige of the series.
Mark Ruffalo, who made his first Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) appearance as Bruce Banner/The Hulk in 2012’s Avengers, will reprise his role in She-Hulk. Tim Roth is also reprising his role as Emil Blonsky, aka Abomination, in She-Hulk. Roth previously played the villainous character in 2008’s The Incredible Hulk, which is part of Phase One of the MCU.
Also starring in She-Hulk are MCU newcomers Ginger Gonzaga (Kidding, The Morning After), Renée Elise Goldsberry (Girls5Eva, Hamilton), and Jameela Jamil (The Good Place). Gonzaga will portray Jennifer’s best friend, while Goldsberry will appear as a character named Amelia. Jamil, on the other hand, will play Titania, am arch-rival of She-Hulk with incredible strength. In addition to the trio, Anais Almonte and Josh Segarra were also cast in undisclosed roles.
Part of MCU’s Phase Four, She-Hulk will consist of 10 episodes. Six episodes of the show, including the first and the final one, were directed by Kat Coiro (Dead to Me). The remaining four installments were directed by Anu Valia (Never Have I Ever).
She-Hulk was penned by head writer Jessica Gao, along with staff writers Dana Schwartz, Melissa Hunter, Cody Ziglar, and Kara Brown. Gao also executive produces the series, along with Feige, Coiro, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, and Brad Winderbaum
Though Disney has yet to release a teaser video exclusively for She-Hulk, clips from the series appear in a recently released 14-minute sizzle reel for some of the upcoming Marvel shows on Disney+.
“I’m Jennifer Walters. I’m a normal lawyer. Well, not that normal,” Maslany’s Jennifer says in the promo video that was dropped on Disney+ Day.
“These transformations are triggered by anger and fear,” says Ruffalo’s Hulk, seemingly referring to the changes Jennifer goes through when she becomes She-Hulk.
Maslany then recites the signature Hulk catchphrase from the late 1970s TV series, “Don’t make me angry…you wouldn’t like me when I’m angry.”
While Jennifer appears with Bruce in the preview, the teaser only provides quick glimpses of She-Hulk herself, without revealing her face yet.
The sizzle reel is not available online and can only be seen here on Disney+.