She-Hulk Producers Respond to CGI Criticism and Defend Marvel VFX Artists

Team behind She-Hulk Attorney at Law speaks after receiving criticism for the way the CGI was handled on the show.

In the TV series Television Critics Association Wednesday (August 3) press tour panel, director Kat Coiro responded to those who reproached the series for what it does not do Tatiana MaslanyHulk character is bigger.

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“As far as criticism of CGI, I think it has to do with our culture’s belief that it owns women’s bodies,” she said. “I think a lot of the criticism comes from the feeling that they are capable of tearing the CGI woman apart. There’s a lot of talk about her body type, and we’re leaning on Olympic athletes, not bodybuilders. But I think that if we had gone the other way, we would have faced the same criticism. I think it’s very hard to win when you do female bodies.”

The team also answered questions about how VFX artists claimed that Marvel was overburdening their companies with demands, forcing them to work longer hours and resulting in second-rate visuals as well as poor treatment of staff.

“It’s a daunting task to create a show where the main character is a CGI,” said the head writer. Jessica Gao said. “It’s terrible that many artists are in a hurry and feel that the workload is too great. I think everyone in this panel is in solidarity with all the workers.”

“We stand in solidarity with the fact that they speak for the truth”, Kat added. “We work with them, but we don’t stay behind the scenes during these long nights and days. If they feel pressured, we support them and listen to them.”

“I feel incredible respect for how talented these artists are and how fast they have to work,” Tatiana said. “Obviously, a lot [less time] than should probably be given to them in terms of stamping these things. We have to be very careful about working conditions, which are not always optimal.”

The 36-year-old actress expressed her excitement about being able to play the character as “she leads the complicated life of a lonely 30-year-old lawyer who is also a 6ft 7in green superpowered hulk.”

“Jen planned her life for her and worked really hard to get where she is as a lawyer and having this happen to her is derailing everything,” she said. “It’s kind of an identity crisis. And what I find really compelling about this story is that when she’s She-Hulk, she’s treated very differently than when she’s Jen. When she’s Jen, she has to validate her intelligence, stand up for her role, and try to gain respect, whereas when she’s She-Hulk, she’s instilled with this innate kind of awe that goes against how she wants to be perceived. … Her anger, her size, the fact that she takes up space in the room – all this is fertile ground with which we can play, turn the standard upside down so that you can laugh at it. … We’re so fixated on women’s bodies, whether it’s aesthetically or politically, in terms of rights or in terms of autonomy, I think what we’re doing on this show is about all of those concepts.”

She-Hulk debuts on Disney+ on August 17. Check out the latest trailer here.

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