Orphan Black and Perry Mason’s Tatiana Maslany has been cast as She-Hulk in Marvel’s Disney+ series. And that’s great! Maslany is immensely talented and I’m sure she’ll do a fantastic job in the role. However, while many people celebrated her casting on Twitter, others also wondered whether Marvel will ever cast a non-skinny woman in a leading role. Considering that the She-Hulk in the comics is muscular and rather buff, this role may have been the opportune time to finally have some body diversity in the MCU.
In the comics, She-Hulk is Jennifer Walters, a lawyer and cousin to Bruce Banner/Hulk. However, what’s so amazing about this character is that she chooses to remain in her tall, buff green form because it makes her feel more empowered that way. And who doesn’t want to walk around feeling empowered with the way they look? As a woman, Jennifer retaining her She-Hulk image despite how others may perceive her because SHE was more comfortable that way is pretty amazing. An icon, really.
To be clear, there’s nothing wrong with Maslany’s look (nor is this article meant to hate on her). That said, we talk about diversity and inclusion in TV and movies a lot and that should also include diversity in body size. Hollywood very rarely casts actresses with different body types and most female superheroes are also drawn with very slender physiques.
She-Hulk breaks the mold as being a thick, muscular-bodied woman, who is proud of the way she looks. Many were hoping Disney and Marvel would take that cue and cast someone whose body type was more appropriate to the role (especially considering that She-Hulk is always in her Hulk form). With Maslany’s casting, some even worried that it meant that She-Hulk would rarely transform into her Hulk form, and that would be disingenuous to her character. At the end of it all, the only “body diversity” the MCU has had was with Fat Thor, and he was mocked relentlessly for his weight in Avengers: Endgame. Marvel should make amends and do better in the future, that’s for sure.
Dont tell me Marvel couldnt have found a talented, tall, muscular actress to play She-Hulk. No one is debating Tatiana’s talent because at this point she’s one of the most talented actors in that universe. But she is the exact same body type as every other MCU actress.— The Dragon of the South (@BlckBolex) September 18, 2020
And with the casting of She-Hulk we continue the fine tradition of casting a very tiny woman and training her to be well muscled rather than ever opening up casting for traditionally strong, curvy, thick characters to women who are already curvy and thick.— 🐺Mira 🎃 (@LostWolfling) September 18, 2020
Hm Tatiana Maslany is a great actress, but I’m a little let down since She-Hulk was the perfect opportunity for more body diversity in casting—given that her “Hulk mode” is 1- always active, and 2- a very achievable look for a tall, bodybuilder type without CGI. https://t.co/So0OxiwFhQ— Louis Ghanem (@louisghanem) September 18, 2020
I guess it was too much to hope that they’d cast a more muscular body type for She-Hulk. 😞— Kimi (@GoldenLassoGirl) September 17, 2020
Still looking forward to it. pic.twitter.com/jlv1xYLYop
Man. I have such mixed feelings about this She-Hulk casting. One the one hand Tatiana Maslany is fantastic, but also it would just be so nice to see a woman in this franchise with a different body type you know?— Megs is going to finish this draft damnit 💀 (@megswrites) September 17, 2020
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