Actress Tatiana Maslany may have given away that a second season of the Marvel superhero series “She-Hulk: Attorney At Law” may not be happening. In a recent interview, Maslany expressed doubt that Disney would greenlight another season, citing budget concerns. It seems even the powerful She-Hulk is no match for the financial juggernaut that is Disney.
“I don’t think so. I think we blew our budget, and Disney was like, ‘No thanks,’” the actress said while appearing on “Codenames LIVE! — The New Class” per Deadline.
Maslany’s comments come on the heels of head writer Jessica Gao’s admission that a second season is unlikely, as the team wrote the final episode with the intention of serving as a series finale if necessary. It’s refreshing to see a showrunner who understands the concept of telling a complete story in a single season.
“I’ve been writing for TV for a very long time, and you can never, ever guarantee that you’re gonna get another season, especially for a Season 1 show,” Gao told Deadline in October 2022.
“So, the prudent thing for a writer working on a season one show is to tell a satisfying and complete story so that if it did end that way, you felt like you at least told one full story but still left the door open for, you know, six seasons and a movie.”
While “She-Hulk” had big names attached, such as Mark Ruffalo, the show failed to make a lasting impact on audiences. Perhaps it was due to the mix of one-star and ten-star reviews, or the accusations of “review bombing” from both sides of the political spectrum. However, it’s hard to deny that the show’s over-the-top feminist messaging and contrived storylines didn’t play a role in turning off viewers.
In one cringeworthy moment, the show’s titular character, Jennifer Walters, complained to Hulk about getting cat-called and having to control her anger. It’s a prime example of weak narrative choices and lazy writing, using a powerful character to push a tired narrative. Sorry, but watching someone control their temper is nothing compared to watching a raging green giant try to save the world.
The mixed critical and audience reception for “She-Hulk” is reflected in its Rotten Tomatoes scores, with a 77% score from critics and a dismal 32% average audience score. This is yet another example of a show putting too much stock in pleasing critics and pushing a particular agenda, while alienating the very audience it’s trying to reach. Maybe if they focused more on storytelling and less on social commentary, the scores would be more balanced.
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Unfortunately, “She-Hulk” joins a long list of other Marvel properties that have fallen short, such as “Iron Fist” and “The Inhumans.” It’s a pattern that’s become all too familiar in Hollywood, where studios prioritize pushing political agendas over-delivering quality entertainment. With Disney’s recent foray into woke storytelling, it’s no wonder audiences aren’t biting.