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After watching Disney Plus’s She-Hulk trailer, there have been a few different kinds of responses. Many were looking forward to seeing She-Hulk get her own series due to love of the comic character. Others were decidedly more interested in being stepped on and carried by She-Hulk. But there was one common refrain: “Is it just me, or is that CG kind of bad?”
It’s not just you.
Something is decidedly…off in many of the scenes featuring the green form of She-Hulk, played by Tatiana Maslany doing some sort of mo-cap enhanced by computer effects, similar to how Mark Ruffalo has played Bruce/Hulk, who also appears in the trailer.
There are a couple of shots where She-Hulk looks okay:
But there are even more where she looks like she’s been pulled out of a bad video game cutscene:
She-Hulk poses a unique challenge of computer effects, given that it’s a tricky balance to use computer effects to create a larger-than-life, attractive, muscular human that is not a hulking beast like Bruce’s Hulk. They weren’t just going to paint Tatiana Maslany green and put prosthetics on her like they did with Zoe Saldana as Gamora. She has to physically transform in a way that just isn’t possible for the actress, or really any woman who isn’t a seven foot tall bodybuilder.
But so far, that has created an effect which in many of these scenes, feels planted in the Uncanny Valley. You can kind of see Maslany’s performance come through, but it just doesn’t look quite right, nor as good as Bruce’s Hulk.
Is this is a problem for She-Hulk as a show? That depends. We do have three months until the show will be released on Disney Plus, so that leaves plenty of time for polishing. We have also fielded complaints about CG characters before in the MCU that have turned out to be fine, as I remember when there was a brief pushback against early versions of Thanos, before they figured out how to make Josh Brolin work there. But again, She-Hulk is different than Hulk or Thanos or Gamora or really any of them that have come before her, and poses a unique set of challenges.
Will Disney figure it out? Yeah, probably. I doubt they would go to market with an unpolished She-Hulk. I definitely think they can clean up scenes like the ones we’re seeing here before release, but if not, maybe the show gets a delay to ensure it doesn’t debut as a meme.
I am very much looking forward to She-Hulk, but there’s no disputing that some of these moments looked rough in the trailer and need some work. We’ll see what Disney comes up with by its August 17 release date.
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