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“I know there’s lots of eyes on the CG and critique.”
The star, creator, and producer of She-Hulk addressed the show’s CGI at a panel at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.
For context, the trailer for the upcoming Disney+ series was criticized by many for the visual effects surrounding the show’s protagonist, Jennifer Walters (aka She-Hulk).
Then, over the past few weeks, stories from people who have worked on Marvel’s VFX began to emerge — painting a picture of unreasonable deadlines, grueling work hours, and even “bullying.”
So, when talking about the look of She-Hulk, star Tatiana Maslany said, “I feel incredibly deferential to how talented these artists are and how quickly they have to work. Obviously, much quicker than should be given to them.”
“I know there’s lots of eyes on the CG and critique or whatever. I do think we have to be super conscious of how work conditions aren’t always optimal and that they’ve made these amazing strides in the industry and the tech,” she continued.
Producer Kat Coiro echoed Tatiana’s thoughts, saying, “We stand in solidarity with what they say. The truth is we work with them but we’re not behind the scenes on these long nights and days.”
“It’s just a massive undertaking to have a show of this scale where the main character is CG, it’s a very overwhelming and ginormous thing to take on and it’s terrible that a lot of artists feel rushed and feel the workload is too massive,” series creator Jessica Gao said.
“I think everybody on this panel stands in solidarity with all workers and is very pro good working conditions,” Jessica continued, to which Tatiana added, “Pro union.”
Producer Kat also acknowledged comments surrounding the protagonist’s body, saying, “There’s a lot of talk about her body type. We based her a lot on Olympian athletes, not bodybuilders, but I think if we’d gone the other way, we would be facing the same critique. I think it’s very hard to win when you make women’s bodies.”
She-Hulk has been delayed — but only by a day, as Marvel recently announced the series would be hitting Disney+ on Aug. 18, rather than Aug. 17.