How Marvel Is Changing She-Hulk’s Comic Origin Story For The MCU Adaptation On Disney+

If you’re one of the skeptical comic book fans wondering how Marvel will pull it off She-Hulk: LawyerThe big transition from page to screen, the studio’s new behind-the-scenes trailer featuring the fourth daringly funny action in the Disney+ series, might just provide the answer.

Of course, bringing in a handful of smashing MCU star power doesn’t hurt either. Hulk actor Mark Ruffalo and strange doctor Benedict Wong is on board with star Tatiana Maslany’s attorney Jennifer Walters (aka She-Hulk), alongside an old-school Marvel movie villain from the very beginnings of the MCU: Returning Tim Roth after a 14-year hiatus since the 2008 event The Incredible Hulk to reprise his role as Emil Blonsky (aka Abomination).

The mix of old and new characters really does sound like bananas, and Marvel’s new preview makes it clear that the studio knows there’s tons of fun and deep MCU material the series can tap into for comedic effect.

Check it out:

In the comics, Bruce Banner (Jennifer’s cousin) bequeaths his rage powers to her with a voluntary blood transfusion intended to save her life. But our new green-skinned hero’s origin story seems to stray from his comic book roots on the show, with Ruffalo’s Hulk accidentally giving Jennifer some of his blood following a car accident. All she wants is a normal life without all the superhero side effects – but as Ruffalo’s Hulk reminds her, “There’s no going back to who you were before. Who will protect the world if not people like you?

It’s about as bad as She-Hulk gets, with Maslany setting the tone in a direct-to-viewer speech that breaks the fourth wall behind the wheel (presumably while she was on her way to making the next big case): “I just want to make sure you don’t think that it’s one of those cameo-type shows every week!” she is joking. “Well, except Bruce. And Blonsky… and Wong.

Along the way, of course, there’s plenty of courtroom drama of the not-so-serious genre, with She-Hulk towering over plaintiffs, defendants, lawyers, and judges in green, mean fashion while dressed in business suits that are fully suited for the workplace. “There’s something so surreal and funny about a giant 6’7″ Hulk in the courtroom,” says Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige.

Thanks to the fish out of water courtroom scenes teased in the clip, we have a completely decent understanding of what he’s up to. Running the show as an MCU-connected comedy “was about putting a real human being in these absurd situations,” says Wendy Jacobson, the show’s co-executive producer, with Ruffalo adding that “everything has this irony, self- a referential thing that happens.

Alongside Maslany, Ruffalo, Roth and Wong, the cast of the series includes Renée Elise Goldsberry (Girls5eva) as Amelia, Ginger Gonzaga (To joke) as Jennifer’s best friend, Jameela Jamil (The right place) as the villainous Titania, with Josh Segarra (Arrow) and Jon Bass (super pumped) in a pair of unnamed roles that will only have to be revealed when the series launches.

Luckily, the premiere will be here faster than it takes Bruce to rip another pair of pants. She-Hulk: Lawyer smashes the place to Disney+ starting August 17.

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