– Releasing on Disney Plus on August 18
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law has a new release date. But, don’t worry, Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) fans, it hasn’t been delayed for long.
In fact, the next MCU Phase 4 project has only been pushed back by 24 hours. Now, it’ll launch on Disney Plus on Thursday, August 18 and, honestly, we think it’s a release date switcheroo that makes perfect sense . It’ll be a bit difficult to get used to watching a Marvel TV show on Thursdays instead of Wednesdays, but we’ll work with it.
New launch date aside, what else is new with She-Hulk: Attorney at Law? We’ve learned a lot more about the Disney Plus series before its arrival, including the runtime of its first episode and Daredevil’s role in the show. There’s plenty of other news surrounding the series, too, and we’ve compiled it all in this handy guide.
Below, you’ll find out more about She-Hulk’s TV series, such as its cast (and rumored cameos), plot synopsis, the character’s MCU future, and more. It’s a guide that’s sure to make other websites green with envy, if we don’t say so ourselves.
Potential spoilers for She-Hulk: Attorney at Law follow . If you’re looking to avoid spoilers ahead of time, you’ll want to skip parts of our cast section, but we’ll warn you when we’re about to dive into those.
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law release date
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law will launch exclusively on Disney Plus on Thursday, August 18 .
Like most Marvel TV shows, She-Hulk was supposed to launch midweek. However, Marvel has confirmed it’s pushed the show’s arrival back (opens in new tab) by a day, likely owing to the impending arrival of Andor , the next Star Wars TV show. That’ll launch on Wednesday, September 21, so Marvel, Lucasfilm, and Disney clearly don’t want their hugely popular franchises to overlap.
Meanwhile, She-Hulk will launch a single episode premiere (per Disney’s official press website (opens in new tab) ). According to Twitter user the_marmolade (opens in new tab) , it’ll run for 35 minutes and 22 seconds.
Finally, She-Hulk: Attorney at Law will apparently carry a TV-14 rating in the US (that’s 12+ in the UK). It shouldn’t be as violent as Moon Knight was, but it’ll still feature scenes with some vicious fight sequences, as well as those containing strong language and sexual references.
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law trailer
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law’s official trailer landed online on July 23. It gave us a better sense of how humor will be a key part of the series’ aesthetic – it’s billed as a legal comedy, after all – as well as showcasing that those niggling VFX issues have been remedied since the first teaser was released.
The trailer opens with Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk teaching Tatiana Maslany’s Jennifer Walters how to live as, well, a big, green, Hulk-ing machine. As Walters gets to grips with her newfound powers (with ease, we might add) she decides to head back into the real world and resume her life as a lawyer.
However, with the world knowing she’s also a superpowered being, Walters is asked to front a new law division tasked with defending those with superhuman abilities – including Tim Roth’s Abomination. As Walters attempts to marry her work, love, and superhero lives (not to mention her fourth wall breaking antics), it’s clear she’ll have a lot going on. And that’s before fellow lawyer and superhero Matt Murdock, aka Daredevil, arrives, which is teased right at the end of the trailer.
Missed She-Hulk’s first trailer back in May? Watch it below:
Following the first teaser’s release, fans and critics commented on its dodgy VFX. Director Kat Coiro (Brooklyn 99, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) and head writer Jessica Gao (Silicon Valley, Rick and Morty) responded to that criticism in chats with SFX Magazine (via Total Film (opens in new tab) ) and IGN (opens in new tab) respectively, which provide clear answers about the difficulties with making a show based around a CGI lead character.
Speaking at Disney’s Television Critics Association (TCA) panel, Gao and lead star Tatiana Maslany spoke out (opens in new tab) in defense of VFX artists (opens in new tab) , with many recently claiming (opens in new tab) that crunching on Marvel Studios productions is impacting their physical and mental wellbeing (opens in new tab) . Here’s hoping Marvel takes the necessary steps to stop this from happening. And, if not, that its creators and main cast members call them out until they do change how they operate as a studio.
Also, be sure to watch the Balance (opens in new tab) , Super Hero (opens in new tab) , and Date (opens in new tab) TV spots for more, including a better look at Daredevil’s costume in the second of that trio.
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law story
Here’s an official plot synopsis, courtesy of Marvel Studios (opens in new tab) : “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law follows Jennifer Walters (Maslany) 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.”
For the uninitiated, Jennifer Walters – aka She-Hulk – was created by Stan Lee and John Buscema, and made her first appearance in 1980's The Savage She-Hulk #1.
In the comics, she's a lawyer who – after being critically injured in a shooting – receives a blood transfusion from her cousin Bruce Banner. While they have the same blood type and the transfusion saves her life, there are consequences of the big, green angry kind.
Like Banner, she becomes prone to turning a bright shade of emerald; gaining superhuman strength, speed, endurance and regeneration when she loses her temper. Although, she does retain significantly more of her personality while she's, well, Hulking out. Additionally, while Walters shifted between her human and Hulk forms in earlier comic stories, later iterations have kept her green 24/7, with the character enjoying the added confidence and strength that comes from her gamma-irradiated DNA.
The trailers suggest She-Hulk’s TV incarnation will shift back-and-forth between her two selves – at least to start off with – and we're guessing her origin story will look pretty similar on-screen. It's clear that Banner will try to help his cousin come to terms with her rage-induced transformations, too.
The most intriguing thing about She-Hulk: Attorney at Law is its format. In December 2020, Kevin Feige told Emmy Magazine (via SlashFilm (opens in new tab) ) that it’ll be a "half-hour legal comedy", suggesting it’ll have as much in common with Ally McBeal as The Incredible Hulk. Jessica Gao has also confirmed the award-winning, fourth wall breaking comedy Fleabag was a major influence (per Total Film (opens in new tab) ).
If She-Hulk goes down the "case of the week" route – with Walters defending a different superhero or villain in court – the show has the potential to take the MCU in fun, new directions. The decision to hire Gao as head writer – writer of the legendary 'Pickle Rick' Rick and Morty episode – certainly suggests that comedy is going to be just as high as the series’ action sequences.
There's another thing about She-Hulk that could distinguish her from the rest of the MCU.
Years before breaking the fourth wall became a key component of the Deadpool brand, Walters was having conversations with writer-artist John Byrne via the comic-book panels he created. The trailers show this element has been retained for the series, so we can expect plenty of snarky and snappy comments from Walters/She-Hulk throughout. Elaborating on Walters’ ability to speak directly to her audience, lead star Tatiana Maslany told IGN (opens in new tab) : “It’s a great way to bring the audience in. They already jump into the universe of the MCU but to be like ‘hey, I know, I see you coming in so let’s go together’ is kind of a fun thing.”
Director Kat Coiro has also suggested we’ll see plenty of heart and character exploration in the show. “I never choose a project based on genre,” Coiro said (per The Wrap (opens in new tab) ). And I actually don't think very much about genre, I think about character. 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.”
Additionally, Maslany has teased how the character’s live-action version will break new ground in the MCU.
“She really is the antithesis of most superhero narratives," Maslany told Empire Magazine (opens in new tab) . “There's this great element of denial in her that's relatable. For me, it was about rejecting what's happened for as long as I could, as that's what causes the fun tension between Jennifer and She-Hulk.
“She's in a career that's male-dominated and incredibly vicious and hierarchal. When she's heading this superhuman firm, that's where we get some really fun characters that she's either defending or in opposition of. It's like this really absurd take on a legal show.”
Elaborating further at Disney’s TCA panel, Maslany says Walters feels like her life has been “derailed” by She-Hulk, and must grapple with the two live she’s trying (and being forced, in She-Hulk’s case) to lead (via Eric Goldman (opens in new tab) ).
As for whether She-Hulk can have a claim to being the MCU’s strongest superhero (you know, over Thor and the Hulk), Maslany told Empire (via The Direct (opens in new tab) ): “She's not a trained fighter at all; she could just flick someone, and they'd go flying… this is one lawyer you don't want to find you guilty.” Sounds like she could hold her own against the MCU’s other gifted individuals, then.
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law cast
Here’s the official cast for She-Hulk: Attorney at Law so far:
- Tatiana Maslany as Jennifer Walters/She-Hulk
- Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk
- Tim Roth as Emil Blonsky/Abomination
- Jameela Jamil as Titania
- Ginger Gonzaga as Nikki Ramos, Jennifer’s best friend
- Benedict Wong as Wong
- Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock/Daredevil
- Renée Elise Goldsberry as Amelia
- Josh Segarra as Augustus “Pug” Pugliese
- Drew Matthews as Dennis Bukowski
- Jon Bass as TBC
Having played multiple clones in Orphan Black, taking on two versions of a single character should be a doddle for Tatiana Maslany. The star confirmed to the Scott Hasn't Seen podcast (via the Direct (opens in new tab) ) that the bigger, greener version of herself is "all CG… I'm in mo-cap the whole time. I'm on platforms with mo-cap where I have a little head on the top of my head." Maslany also said that she used her mo-cap suit to help her portray Walters/She-Hulk’s awkwardness on screen as “you don’t feel cool wearing them” (per Eric Goldman (opens in new tab) ).
Mark Ruffalo continues to vie with Samuel L Jackson in a game of "who can appear in the most MCU projects without getting title billing" by returning as Bruce Banner/Hulk for the ninth time (not including animated anthology series What If…? ). It seems he’ll be able to shift between his human and Smart Hulk forms now, but it’s unclear how big of a role he’ll have in proceedings. According to official images on the Disney/Marvel database, though, we know he’ll appear in episodes 1 and 8 at least. Per Eric Goldman (opens in new tab) , Coiro said Maslany’s and Ruffalo’s off-screen friendship helped to elevate their family dynamic during the show.
Benedict Wong is pushing Ruffalo and Jackson close for that ‘most MCU appearances’ title. Once She-Hulk: Attorney at Law rolls around, he’ll have featured in five Phase 4 projects – Shang-Chi , What If…?, Spider-Man: No Way Home , and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness – and eight overall. No wonder he’s previously joked (per SlashFilm (opens in new tab) ) that Marvel’s Phase 4 slate should be renamed as Phase Wong.
MCU newcomers include Jameela Jamil (The Good Place) as Walters' long-term comic-book foe Titania, who will also “Hulk out” in the show. The actor has had to deal with her own share of criticism over Titania’s look, but seems to have more than held her own against online trolls (opens in new tab) . Streamr (opens in new tab) also claims Titania will appear in episodes 1 and 5, at the very least.
Having made an unexpected comeback in Shang-Chi, Tim Roth will reprise his performance-capture role as the Hulk's mutated gamma rival, aka Emil Blonsky/the Abomination – a character he first played in the otherwise forgotten 2008 film The Incredible Hulk. Speaking to Looper (via Den of Geek (opens in new tab) ), Roth revealed that he initially found it “difficult” to slip back into the role of Blonsky, adding that it was watching Maslany and Ruffalo at work that helped to re-immerse himself in the world of the MCU. Based on a poster seen in She-Hulk’s main trailer (thanks to Reddit (opens in new tab) for the spot), Blonsky may be trying to turn over a new leaf.
Ginger Gonzaga (Kidding) will appear as Nikki Ramos, Walters' best friend, while Hamilton star Renée Elise Goldsberry (via Deadline (opens in new tab) ) plays someone "referred to as" Amelia. Drew Matthews (Respect) will play Dennis Bukowski, according to one of the show’s official images.
Josh Segarra and Jon Bass have been cast in undisclosed roles, and we had suspected they would form part of the Wrecking Crew, a Marvel comics supervillain group who might appear (per The Cosmic Circus (opens in new tab) ). SFX Magazine (per the She-Hulk Daily Twitter fan account (opens in new tab) ) has since confirmed Segarra will play Augustus “Pug” Pugliese, Walters’ fellow lawyer.
There may also be a screen debut for Marvel’s head honcho. Speaking to the Straight Outta Gotham podcast (via The Direct (opens in new tab) ), Geeks Worldwide's Casey Walsh suggested Walters may address Kevin Feige directly as part of her fourth wall-obliterating antics.
Former WWE star-turned-actor David Otunga will also appear. Confirming this via his Twitter account (opens in new tab) , Otunga will turn up as one of Walters’ dates – he’s the one she carries to her bedroom at the end of the trailer.
Finally, as confirmed by the latest trailer, Charlie Cox’s Matt Murdock/Daredevil will have a major supporting role in proceedings. Maslany (opens in new tab) and Coiro (opens in new tab) claim that his verbal showdowns with Walters/She-Hulk will be extremely fun to watch; Coiro going on to add (via Entertainment Weekly (opens in new tab) ) that Cox’s Murdock will be a “fan favorite”. Given how popular Cox’s version of Murdock/Daredevil has been, we’d expect nothing less.
As for rumored appearances, there are a few that some MCU fans may not want to know about ahead of schedule. Jessica Gao has already teased (via Deadline (opens in new tab) ) that the show will contain countless cameos, while MCU insider MyTimetoShineHello (opens in new tab) claims that She-Hulk: Attorney at Law will have more cameos than Doctor Strange 2 .
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Outside of Cox’s Murdock, potential cameos include Howard the Duck (per Picsou magazine, thanks to Twitter user Tuttiquantinoob (opens in new tab) for the find), while the Everything Always YouTube channel (opens in new tab) (via The Cosmic Circus (opens in new tab) ) suggests rapper Megan Thee Stallion will make multiple cameo appearances.
Jimmy Woo, who appeared in Ant-Man and the Wasp, as well as WandaVision, may show up (via Greatphase (opens in new tab) ). Additionally, How I Met Your Mother alumnus Jason Segel will make a surprise cameo as none other than Fantastic Four member The Thing (per Reddit (opens in new tab) and The DisInsider Show (opens in new tab) ), though Murphy’s Multiverse (opens in new tab) says he won’t.
Per Entertainment Tonight Online (opens in new tab) , The Flight Attendant’s Griffin Matthews will star in a recurring role. No word yet on who he’ll portray, but could it be none other than Johnny Blaze, aka Ghost Rider? Fans were whipped into a frenzy when a poster of Blaze was spotted (opens in new tab) in the most recent trailer, but Murphy’s Multiverse claims it says Donny Blaze (opens in new tab) . Maybe Matthews is playing a knock-off version of the supernatural superhero, then.
As for the show’s chief creative team, Feige is executively producing the series alongside other key executives, including Brad Winderbaum and Victoria Alonso. As mentioned earlier, Jessica Gao is lead writer, while Kat Coiro and Anu Valia (Never Have I Ever) share directing duties. Amie Doherty (Spirit Untamed, Jurassic World: Battle for Big Rock) is on board as composer, according to Film Music Reporter (opens in new tab) .
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law: MCU future
We don’t expect She-Hulk to be part of any interdimensional hopping between different universes but, we wouldn’t be surprised to see her cameo in other projects. Ruffalo’s Banner/Hulk may start to take less of a starring role from now on, so any new Avengers (or, whisper it quietly, Heroes for Hire) line-up will need a new green, super-strong individual to add to their ranks.
Providing She-Hulk’s TV series is another Marvel-ous hit, we imagine Walters’ alter-ego will crossover into other live-action productions. She’d lend some serious weight and humor to proceedings, and both of those are never a bad thing where Marvel projects are concerned. And, given the show’s new title, i.e. She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, Redditor SmellslikePetrichors (opens in new tab) claims that Marvel is holding the briefer ‘She-Hulk’ title for a future movie. It’s an intriguing suggestion, but one Marvel didn’t confirm as part of its Phase 5 or Phase 6 plans during its Comic-Con 2022 panel .
Curiously, She-Hulk: Attorney at Law is unlikely to be a WandaVision-style one-season deal. "Some of the shows that I mentioned [which included She-Hulk], we are keeping in mind a structure that would lead into a season two and a season three in a more direct way than, say, a show like WandaVision," Feige told assembled journalists at an August 2021 TCA panel (per IGN ).
According to prominent Marvel leaker MyTimetoShineHello , She-Hulk is in line for more seasons. For her part, Coiro was remaining tight-lipped when asked about that possibility, telling The Wrap (opens in new tab) : “I will let Kevin Feige answer that question! For now, we have done a season and it's coming out sometime this year, and we'll go from there.”
Answers like that are always code for “yes, a second season is on the way”, so we suspect that a follow-up season is already in the works.
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