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‘They Forced Us To Pull Back’: She-Hulk Jokes Were So Extreme Marvel Studios Was Forced To Intervene and Tone Them Down

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Jessica Gao’s She-Hulk: Attorney at Law successfully aired its first episode earlier this month on August 18, 2022, and it couldn’t have had a better opening. The final series in Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe was met with critical acclaim, as websites like Rotten Tomatoes reported an 87%  approval rating, certified fresh and tasty!

The premiere episode of the series was a lighthearted & comedic one, and fans loved it at first sight. However, it’s been reported that Marvel Studios decided to tone down the comedy and jokes for She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, a frequent request that comes from veteran Marvel fans who want the studio to explore much more serious themes and topics as compared to goofy plots.

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Marvel Decided That to Tone Down the Funny

Movies and comedy, especially superhero movies and comedy, can go hand in hand pretty well. But it seems like Marvel disagrees with this agenda, or at least their fans do.

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The fact that Marvel asked to tone down the jokes for She-Hulk: Attorney at Law isn’t just baseless rumors, the source comes from the series producer and creator Jessica Gao herself!

During an interview with IGN, Gao spoke about Marvel putting a full stop to jokes that were going into the show, but only the ones which were deemed to be harmful to its brand-

“Yeah, I mean, most of the time, the only jokes that they really forced us to pull back on were when we were being a little too mean when we were poking fun at Marvel things.”

However, creative freedom was not off the books from Marvel Studios according to Gao-

“Well, I think what this shows and should be reassuring to fans is that Marvel now has gotten to a point where they’re willing to expand into areas that they’ve never gone to before. And they’re open to doing that, and trying new things, and getting into areas that were outside of their comfort zone previously.”

Can’t wait for episode two!

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Mark Ruffalo’s portrayal of The Hulk

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In the pilot episode of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, Tatiana Maslany’s character, Jen speaks to Blonsky, who as you might remember became Abomination by the end of The Incredible Hulk. Jen is Blonsky’s parole lawyer and initially refuses to speak to him because of him having attempted murder on her cousin Bruce Banner. But Banner reassures her that it’s alright to go forward with it because they’ve put it in the past.

Mark Ruffalo took note of this little detail, and spoke to Entertainment Weekly about how much he appreciates the show’s efforts to acknowledge the involvement of Norton as Bruce Banner in the earlier version of The Hulk-

“I think it’s really funny. It’s just the reality that we all are often dancing around, but it’s true.”

“I actually joked with Ed about this. I was like, ‘It’s like our generation’s Hamlet. Everyone’s going to get a shot at it.’ And there’ll probably be another couple before it’s all over. People will be like, ‘Remember when the Hulk used to look like Mark Ruffalo? Now it looks like Timothée Chalamet.’ “

Maybe we’ll get a crossover movie for the Hulk where they both come from *ahem* different universes. She-Hulk: Attorney is now streaming on Disney+.

Source: The Direct

Written by Sang Tonsing

Sang is a content writer for Fandomwire with over 300 published articles. He now has 3 years of experience and counting in content writing. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Political Science at Delhi University.