SHE-HULK: ATTORNEY AT LAW Among Projects Being Reevaluated By Disney And Marvel; Season 2 Could Still Happen

SHE-HULK: ATTORNEY AT LAW Among Projects Being Reevaluated By Disney And Marvel; Season 2 Could Still Happen

New details have emerged about Marvel Studios' plans for She-Hulk: Attorney at Law and it sounds like Bob Iger's return as Disney CEO is what's led to a reevaluation regarding a possible second season.

By JoshWilding - Jan 17, 2024 06:01 AM EST
Filed Under: She-Hulk
Source: io9

While She-Hulk: Attorney at Law received a mostly positive response when it debuted, the show suffered the same fate as many Multiverse Saga titles. It came, it went, and was largely forgotten due to a massive increase in MCU content which has largely robbed these projects of their former "event" status. 

The Disney+ series also suffered from review bombing and backlash aimed at both the hit-and-miss VFX and a decision to make the show's antagonists a group of incels (which worked in the context of the story being told but felt like a misstep when The Leader and Abomination were on the table). 

Yesterday, we shared comments from Jennifer Walters actress Tatiana Maslany about the chances of She-Hulk getting a second season. Her take was, "I don't think so. I think we blew our budget, and Disney was like, 'No thanks.'"

Now, io9 has shared an update. According to the site's source, "Maslany's comments are basically accurate, just lacking some context. That context is when CEO Bob Iger returned to Disney and changed much of Marvel’s direction, everything was reevaluated."

"So while Marvel works everything out, it’s not that a second season of She-Hulk has been completely abandoned. It just seems less likely than not at the moment."

They confirm She-Hulk's sizeable budget was an issue and share a belief that, should a second season become a reality, the series will need to be made far more cost-effective. 

Last year, it was revealed that Disney CEO Bob Iger was "apoplectic" about Marvel Studios' widespread VFX troubles upon his return to the company. 

That was at least part of the reason Victoria Alonso ended up being fired, with Disney "incensed that quality control on its Marvel productions was plummeting, particularly on the ever-expanding TV front." The pandemic also didn't help matters, of course, and neither did the fact Marvel Studios had essentially doubled or tripled its output of content post-Infinity Saga.

Final effects for both She-Hulk and WandaVision were added after their respective streaming debuts, and while much of the blame continues to be laid at Alonso's feet, it seems the issues run deeper than that. 

A lack of oversight on script development caused a long list of problems, including a last-minute decision to shift She-Hulk's origin story from the eighth episode to the premiere. That left VFX artists scrambling to finish the scenes in time. 

We've heard that She-Hulk's story will continue in Marvel Studios' long-rumoured World War Hulk project, though that could serve as a launching platform for the hero to return in a solo outing either in theaters or on streaming.

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lazlodaytona - 1/17/2024, 6:24 AM
I liked She-Hulk ... except for the finale. What a pile of crap.
If they don't do that again I'd be open to checking out a 2nd season.
Origame - 1/17/2024, 6:27 AM
...I really don't get this.

So it's still possible but they need to make it more cost effective?

They already had to cut she hulk scenes to save on cgi costs. And beyond that it's a pretty cheap series compared.

At this point it's just denial. There's no way a season 2 can work. Nobody wants it.
HashTagSwagg - 1/17/2024, 6:35 AM
@Origame - After the Rey movie announcement it wouldn't surprise me if we do get a season 2, their ideology always gets them to double down.
Origame - 1/17/2024, 6:53 AM
@HashTagSwagg - I wonder what the excuse will be when season 2 fails as well.

Probably sexist men of course 🙄
Reginator - 1/17/2024, 8:08 AM
@Origame - once they lose enough money there will be a takeover at disney.
dragon316 - 1/17/2024, 8:22 AM
@Origame - wasn’t that excuse for season one ? For one of other episodes
Origame - 1/17/2024, 8:23 AM
@Reginator - perlmutter is already planning on getting iger out and a new ceo in.

Only problem is black rock, who's still the company's biggest investor and the one specifically pushing DEI.
Variant - 1/17/2024, 12:41 PM
@Origame - The CGI being so expensive is why the CGI was unfinished looking. If they figure out how to make the show without such a costly element to it, it would make sense. That's what they're saying.

That could mean less CGI, that could mean a more cost effective way to produce better CGI. Or I suppose it could mean juicing Tatiana to the gills and painting her green.

Successful companies try new things to figure out how to scale and broaden their audience. We're in a stage where Marvel Studios is doing that and learning what works and what doesn't. WandaVision was their first at bat with a new medium and knocked it out of the park. Loki was another great success. Then shows like She-Hulk that get more divisive reception tells them, "okay so mixing the need for heavy and expensive amounts of CGI in a sitcom level setting isn't feasible." It was ambitious, and they fell short landing the aesthetics. They're a smart company and this isn't their first time having to make adjustments.

As for Perlmutter vs Iger. Iger wins every single time. It's why he's back right now. His accolades are truly insane. Have you read his book? I encourage you to if not. He's a very brilliant guy.
Origame - 1/17/2024, 12:55 PM
@Variant - 1) even with the cgi it costs significantly less than any other mcu show. Ffs, otherwise it's just a typical office comedy. And the only thing they can do is either not include she hulk like at all or not use cgi at all and make her practical (which ain't happening).

There was already a significantly lower usage of cgi in the show, the show even poking fun at how they need her to stop being she hulk to save money. And there's no way they're gonna find a more cost effective way of using cgi after all the backlash they got from mistreating and underpaying the cgi artists.

They were literally the most successful film franchise in history prior to phase 4 and 5. It makes no sense to focus on "broadening the audience". Especially since it's with a property like she hulk that lost them a huge chunk of that audience. If anything, the priority now should be a return to form for what came before in the hopes of bringing back the audience they lost.

And no, I've read his book. For someone who argued success doesn't equate to skill, you sure do side with the people who are successful a lot. And even insisting it's because they're successful 🤣
Variant - 1/21/2024, 10:31 AM
@Origame - "They were literally the most successful film franchise in history prior to phase 4 and 5. It makes no sense to focus on "broadening the audience"."

You have zero experience with being successful. It's evident with this kind of outlook. Just because a company becomes the best to do something does it mean their ambitions stagnate. Broadening their audience is exactly where they go after Endgame. And once again you expose your ignorance on the subject. Taking chances is PART of being successful. But I don't expect you to have any experience with this firsthand...

Origame - 1/21/2024, 11:11 AM
@Variant - ...and look where that got them.

Again, enjoy your sinking ship
Variant - 1/21/2024, 11:51 AM
@Origame - And look at where your negative bias has gotten you. Delusional, depressed, and insecure.

If you think Marvel Studios is a sinking ship, you can't see past your nose. ALL success includes missteps. Learn when to just admit you're wrong.
Origame - 1/21/2024, 11:56 AM
@Variant - hahahaha. What successes? After getting to the point of basically only making billion dollar block busters now can't get to a billion without putting spiderman or x men in the marketing. And even that didn't prevent all of phase 5 outside of guardians being utter failures. And your insistence of it being fine because of reviews is hilarious. Dude, reviews don't matter if no ones watching your movies.

Also, I'm doing great. How about you, Mr. Ihavethetimetocomplainabouta5dayoldcommentforbeingtoonegativewhileinsistingihavealifefamilyandkids 🤣
A2ron - 4/15/2024, 5:21 AM
@Origame - Some of us would like a second season
Origame - 4/15/2024, 5:42 AM
@A2ron - ?si=BwHnWgiVI-IuOCW4
A2ron - 4/18/2024, 10:41 PM
@Origame -😅 I still enjoyed it. Although it would be nice to see her in an ensemble cast
JustAWaffle - 1/17/2024, 6:29 AM
Wouldn’t mind her showing up in a WWHulk show or film so long as the tone and writing is nothing like the She Hulk serial.
TheUnworthyThor - 1/17/2024, 6:30 AM
I said it from the get go, I would concentrate on the street level and horror characters on Disney+. Those characters can work great on a television budget. Things like She-Hulk were always a tough ask, you can’t have huge Hulk fights on a TV budget even a larger Disney+ Marvel TV budget. So unless you have a perfect idea for a TV show like WandaVision or Loki I would just stick to the Daredevils and Punishers and Luke Cages and Werewolf by Nights of the world. And animation.
UniqNo - 1/17/2024, 6:40 AM
@TheUnworthyThor - Marvel needs to further explore the animation side of things. I like what if. But i want more hand drawn stuff. I know it takes longer to produce but if done well thats the more budget friendly way to arc all these bigger characters who may eventually show up in a movie.

Animation is one thing DC always excelled at. Still waiting to hear if we're getting a season 5 for Young Justice after Max cancelled them again.
TheUnworthyThor - 1/17/2024, 6:43 AM
@UniqNo - I’d love to see more. The only problem with animation though (besides it taking so long) is there is a certain subset of people who just won’t give it a chance.
UniqNo - 1/17/2024, 6:52 AM
@TheUnworthyThor - True, but if Marvel are expanding their character base but cant afford to give everyone their own series or movie before they eventually show up in a team up movie, then i think more people would be inclinded. especially if they release it similar to how they did season 2 of what if...If done well though, they could even get a bit of a cult following...similar to Batman the animates series, or HBO's Spawn, even the 1994's Spider-man. Times were different back in the 90's ok, and things were less " on Demand" but they can easily carve out their own space with D+.
bkmeijer1 - 1/17/2024, 8:28 AM
@TheUnworthyThor - agreed. Street level and horror stuff can be explored much better on tv budgets.

Even think it would be better to do that on tv rather than on the big screen. Having low- to mid-budget projects is gonna be harder to sell to a movie audience that just wants big action.
Arthorious - 1/17/2024, 10:44 AM
@UniqNo - have you checked out the latest DC animated movie: Justice League Crisis on Infinite Earths? It’s was pretty good
UniqNo - 1/17/2024, 11:00 AM
@Arthorious - No but yeah i also heard good things about it. It's a part 1 though so I'm going to wait for the rest to come out before i check it.
UniqNo - 1/17/2024, 6:31 AM
I think when you compare it to everything else from phase 4 onwards, it took the biggest swing.. i enjoyed it for what it was. Some of the Vfx was wonky, but didn't stop me from enjoying it.

I intially hated how they did Daredevil, but then i came around to iy...this is how it works in the comics aswell when other characters feature in other books.

Finale could have had some more room to breathe but yeah i say 7/10.
TheFinestSmack - 1/17/2024, 7:33 AM
Once again, Godzilla Minus One cost significantly less than just ONE episode of She-Hulk. That's insane.
Izaizaiza - 1/17/2024, 7:34 AM
@TheFinestSmack - agreed! They need to learn how to make movies cheaper. Granted it, it is always much harder to make a "human" CGI character look real than anything else, but still
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