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‘Remember when She-Hulk was actually cool?’: Marvel Fans Claim Tatiana Maslany Has Killed She-Hulk, She-Hulk from 1996 Hulk Animated Show Was Far Sassier, Better

'Remember when She-Hulk was actually cool?': Marvel Fans Claim Tatiana Maslany Has Killed She-Hulk, She-Hulk from 1996 Hulk Animated Show Was Far Sassier, Better

When it comes to the Tatiana Maslany-led Disney+ endeavor, She-Hulk: Attorney at Law has been receiving quite a mixed reception. Fans throughout the corners of the Internet have been either voicing their disapproval or singing the song of praise. Whether you love it or you hate it, one thing to be certain of is how the series has managed to quip the attention of the masses.

She-Hulk: Attorney at Law
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law

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That being said, following the recent episode of the latest series, fans have increasingly grown wary of MCU’s rendition of Jennifer Walters, depicted by Tatiana Maslany. Drawing comparisons from 1996’s animated series, The Incredible Hulk, some fans took to Twitter and expressed how the recent Marvel writers have produced nothing, but disappointment.

Fans Point Out Flaws In Tatiana Maslany’s She-Hulk

She-Hulk stars Tatiana Maslany as the lead character, Jennifer Walters
Tatiana Maslany as Jennifer Walters

There’s no doubt amongst most fans that Tatiana Maslany‘s acting skills are brilliant. She has done justice to the material she had to work with. However, when it comes to the overall narrative of the Disney+ series and the depiction of the main character, people believe that not even a great actor can save a show from bad writing. So, according to the audience, what exactly is the problem with Maslany’s She-Hulk?

The series penned by head-writer Jessica Gao has been subject to various criticisms, but the most scalding one has been how the show relies upon a commercial identity of what a “strong woman” is supposed to be. Many believe that the kind of comedy the show is aiming for has butchered the essence of what Jennifer Walters stands for.

Besides the unreasonable string of comments, which tiptoe the lines of casual sexism; hating on the show for the sake of hating it, some of the fans definitely have valid reasons to not like the premise — whether it’s expressing displeasure on the reliance on cameos to build its core distinctiveness or the constant 4th-wall break which strays away from subtlety.

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Tatiana Maslany

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People also affirmed that the Disney+ series is trying to base its humor around what comes off as rather cringe. A forced, down-the-throat, 2017-esque style of comedy may not be what salvages subpar writing. To express their disconnect from the current series, fans on Twitter stated how they miss the 1996 version of She-Hulk from The Incredible Hulk. 

Why The Fans Loved The 1996 Version Of She-Hulk

The Incredible Hulk (1996)
The Incredible Hulk (1996)

A user on Twitter posted a video compilation of She-Hulk from her appearances in The Incredible Hulk, which first aired on 8th September 1996. To this, fans had a stupendous reaction; reminiscing how it used to be and comparing it to what things are like now.

Voiced by Lisa Zane in the first season and Cree Summer in the second, many believe that this version of the superheroine is a far better depiction than what the fans were rewarded with this year. In praise of it, many affirmed to how this iteration of Jennifer Walters feels natural, sassier, and much better.

Following is what the fans had to say:

While the audience is entitled to their opinion, there’s no denying the charm of the 1996 animated series. Whether it’s the nostalgia or the fans’ appreciation for the old in face of the new, it can be ascertained that the majority of the fandom is split when it comes to their reception of Tatiana Maslany’s She-Hulk. 

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It may be a little too early to completely base a concrete, unfavorable judgment on the premise, considering how the world has witnessed only the first three episodes. Will the latest, contentious iteration of the funny, legendary superheroine win back the hearts of disappointed fans in future episodes? Only time can tell.

She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, featuring Tatiana Maslany, is currently available for streaming on Disney+.

Source: Twitter

Written by Debdipta Bhattacharya

Always having had a deep fascination for content creation and pop-culture, Debdipta joined as a writer at FandomWire in 2022. Currently pursuing an undergraduate Mass Communication degree, Debdipta enjoys the intricacies of cinema and film-making, with a year of screenwriting experience to account for. Besides her knack for writing, she's also an avid reader, a connoisseur of music across all genres, and a die-hard fan of Charlie Kaufman.