Published On: Mon, May 23rd, 2022

Marvel Reportedly Wanted ‘She-Hulk’ Made Smaller and the Internet Has Thoughts

Tatiana Maslany wears a sparkly dress as Jennifer Walters/She-Hulk

The trailer for the Marvel Studios/Disney+ series She-Hulk: Attorney at Law recently dropped, giving audiences their first look at award-winning actress Tatiana Maslany as Jennifer Walters, a lawyer who comes to have similar hulk-like transformative powers as her cousin Bruce Banner. The trailer showed that She-Hulk appears to be comedic in tone, and frankly, I would watch Maslany read the phonebook, she’s that compelling. But the trailer also drew derision online for what looks like some very underbaked CGI, as well as the fact that Maslany’s She-Hulk didn’t feature the rippling musculature her comics counterpart sometimes sports.

Over the weekend, the She-Hulk size discourse grew when Sean Ruecroft, a VFX artist at Industrial Light & Magic, tweeted the claim that Marvel kept coming back to the special effects team with demands that She-Hulk should be made to look smaller. The Tweets are now deleted—as is Ruecroft’s entire account—so while claims like this cannot be fully verified, the fact that an experienced artist shut down his account after the Tweets were widely covered leads me to believe the account is truthful. Ruecroft had nothing to gain by sharing this information, and indeed, nothing to be gained by making up such a story. I hope it was Ruecroft’s own choice to do damage control and delete his tweets and not because he heard from Disney lawyers or angry higher-ups, but I’m not holding my breath.

The Mary Sue

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