The director of the forthcoming She-Hulk, Kat Coiro, explains how she came up with the show’s lighthearted atmosphere, unlike previous MCU shows. Marvel has a tight Disney+ schedule for 2022, as it did in 2021. Following Moon Knight in March, many projects are in development. One of these is She-Hulk, a series that introduces Jennifer Walters to the MCU. According to the Comics, she became a female-hulk after a blood transfusion between her and her cousin, Bruce Banner.
Mark Ruffalo plays Bruce in the series, while Tatiana Maslany plays Jennifer. The series will also star Ginger Gonzaga, Renee Elise Goldsberry, and Jameela Jamil. After appearing in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Tim Roth returns as Emil Blonsky, aka Abomination. While the MCU has clarified the cast, the plot is still a mystery.
The Wrap spoke with director Kat Coiro about the tone and feeling She-Hulk will have on the big screen. Coiro explained how she approaches her projects by focusing on the characters rather than the genre. The director has put great emphasis on the humor element of the series.
“I never choose a project based on genre. And I actually don’t think very much about genre, I think about character. And I think about the emotional lives of the characters and, you know, can I bring something? Can I bring a mix of humor and heart to this? Because that is what I love to watch. And it’s what I love to work with. And so when I stepped into, you know, the Marvel playground — the cool thing about Marvel is that it is an ever-evolving universe and you have straight dramas, and you have very comedic films, and we are in that world where we’re definitely playing with a more comedic world, but it also is still part of Marvel land.”
She-Hulk reportedly intends to leave a lasting impression with the comedic dimension. Marvel is popular for its humor more than its dramatics, so it makes sense that She-Hulk will adopt a legal comedy format. This makes She-Hulk similar to Thor: Ragnarok and Ant-Man humor-wise. She-Hulk will likely display some heavier emotional moments, but viewers shouldn’t expect to be moved to tears.
In comparison with previous Marvel television shows, She-Hulk is perhaps the funniest, which could be a relief to fans who cried during WandaVision and Loki. The MCU can engage in more genre-bending with She-Hulk. The franchise thrives by mixing genres outside the comic book world, and She-Hulk has the opportunity to introduce some additional aspects because of the legal and comedic dimensions.
Upon its arrival on Disney+ later this year, Coiro will add something new to the MCU.