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“I was looking to what Taika Waititi did with Ragnarok”: She-Hulk Director Reveals She Took Inspiration From Thor: Ragnarok to Balance Comedy and Emotions Amidst Lukewarm Reception

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For the most part, She-Hulk: Attorney At Law has been a surprise, and not necessarily a delightful one. The Disney+ series has been receptive to critical reviews due to its lackluster performance and weird comedic bits that are neither exhilarating nor fresh. Although Tatiana Maslany brings her A-game, this is certainly not her best. After setting a standard with Orphan Black, the actress has certainly disappointed in her Marvel debut.

Tatiana Maslany stars as Jennifer Walters She-Hulk
Tatiana Maslany stars as Jennifer Walters aka She-Hulk

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She-Hulk Celebrates the Comedy of Thor: Ragnarok

Not all of the blame for She-Hulk‘s less than warm reception can be put on the shoulders of its lead actress, Tatiana Maslany. The Phase 4 projects have all displayed a massive digression from the usual tenor of what the Marvel fandom has otherwise been accustomed to, with the exception of Thor: Ragnarok and Guardians of the Galaxy. Those two films had invented the perfect recipe for blending comedy in movies depicting the end of worlds and yet making them a box-office success.

She-Hulk takes the drama to the courtroom in a satiric showdown
She-Hulk brings the courtroom drama to a satiric showdown

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Such major milestones had been worthy of the directorial genius of Taika Waititi and James Gunn. Now, however, Phase 4’s closing series has been a medley of those two projects after She-Hulk director, Anu Valia recently opened up about what the creators had been trying to project in the series with their confusing mix of serious socially relevant themes and satire with blunt comedy.

Anu Valia Relates What Went Into the Making of She-Hulk

Director Anu Valia recently spoke in the Friends From Work podcast about her stint at the MCU show, talking mostly about where the director tried to draw inspiration from while constructing the foundational tone of the series.

“It’s funny because you wanna do service to the fans, but you also wanna create something new and not come from a place of fear… Just from a place of story… in a truthful and funny way. I feel like I was reallybalancing the comedic tone and the emotional crux of the show. Jessica and Kat laid such a groundwork that I just built off of that.

But I know personally, I was looking to what Taika Waititi did with Thor: Ragnarok… Like, he balanced that so well. I think that was maybe, out of the Marvel films, at the forefront of my mind. But I can’t say that I created the tone or anything, but it was sorta like building off.”

Thor: Ragnarok
Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

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Despite delivering a few good projects after the Phase 3 grand finale, the entirety of Phase 4 as a whole has been quite unremarkable. The downright nonchalance toward She-Hulk proves the already established fact that the series has been a jumbled mix of emotions heavily relying on the socially acceptable mockery of what the MCU has been building up to for well over a decade.

She-Hulk is currently streaming on Disney+

Source: Friends From Work

Written by Diya Majumdar

At 25, Diya Majumdar is inching closer to getting to the bottom of every film and television's history in existence. Having graduated with honors in literature from Miranda House, DU, her passion and profession both include dissecting the world of cinema, with almost 500 published articles on Fandomwire. She is a liberally opinionated person with an overbearing love for Monet, Edvard Munch, and Van Gogh and boasts of being an avid painter of all their troubled works. If she’s not writing or painting, Diya can often be found in tattoo parlors across Delhi or on rooftops at 3 am listening to music.