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“Artists Gotta Follow Orders”: Marvel VFX Artist Reveals Disney Wanted She-Hulk Less Muscular

Three months before the release of She-Hulk on Disney+, Marvel released its first trailer. In the trailer, we get to see the look of Tatiana Maslany as She-Hulk. Mark Ruffalo is reprising his role as Smart Hulk in the series. Being the first Hulk project to come out after 14 years, it can be a turning point in phase 4 as a new version of Hulk comes in. Also, it is the first MCU project to use as much CGI to bring a leading character to life. But the fans are not that happy about the VFX that was seen in the trailer. The Marvel character is the same size as Ruffalo’s Hulk but a lot less muscular.

Marvel VFX artist shares the reason behind fewer muscles

Marvel VFX artist shares the reason why She-Hulk has fewer muscles
Marvel VFX artist shares the reason why She-Hulk has fewer muscles

Sean Ruecroft is a VFX artist for the studio. He took Twitter to share why the She-Hulk is not as muscular as her male counterpart. He shared the details of the development of the character till her final onscreen look was chosen. The one we saw in the trailer of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law. He responded to a tweet that criticized the series over the same point.

The Studio wanted She-Hulk to be smaller
The Studio wanted She-Hulk to be smaller

Ruecroft shared that the character who is 6-foot and 7-inch tall was more muscular in the early development phase. But the creative team of Marvel Studios kept asking to “make her smaller.” Not just once but quite a few times. He wrote, “I was at a company that did VFX for this. Apparently, she was bigger early on, but the notes kept saying to ‘make her smaller.’ We always roll our eyes (like we did on Sonic) but at the end of the day artists gotta follow orders.”

She-Hulk was originally more muscular

She-Hulk was originally more muscular
She-Hulk was originally more muscular

It is always a difficult task to get the sizing of characters right using CGI. A similar problem was faced with other bigger characters like Groot and Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk. Though Tatiana Maslany’s Hulk had a reference point, the VFX team had to face a different challenge. So the question is how big was She-Hulk originally. Kevin Feige had described her as an over 6’7″ character. But with Smart Hulk, the baseline of that changed.

The real reason behind the issue between the creative team and the VFX team may never be known. But let’s hope the size of the character never affects the entire premise of the show.

She-Hulk: Attorney at Law will premiere on August 17 on Disney+.

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Written by Gargi Mishra

I am Gargi Mishra, an aspiring filmmaker. I look at the world through the viewfinder and love to study films. Write them and write about them.