‘She-Hulk: Attorney at Law’ divides fans with questionable CGI


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She-Hulk’s CGI design sparks criticism over how the new superhero looks in Disney’s latest show.

Genesis Bolton, Staff Writer

Marvel’s latest series, “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” premiered on Disney+ on Aug. 18, and it has been all the rage for these past few weeks. MCU shows have a history of having high Rotten Tomato audience scores and one would assume that “She-Hulk” would become a hit. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case with the latest series as “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” has become one of the lowest rated MCU show on Rotten Tomatoes based on CGI that has spurred debate among fans. 


“She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” follows Jennifer Walters (Tatiana Maslany), a determined, passionate attorney who wants nothing more than to level up in her career. Those plans disappear completely on a road trip with her cousin Bruce Banner, aka Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) when they get into a car accident. Jennifer ends up being exposed to Bruce’s blood, and her rare combination of genetic factors allows her to synthesize gamma radiation which leads Jen being able to turn into a Hulk. Banner tries to share his years of wisdom of how to navigate being a Hulk. Unlike Banner, who has spent more than 15 years trying to separate man from Hulk and then coming to terms with being the Hulk, Jen has immediate control over her Hulk body, and she believes that she has mastered the concept of being a Hulk. Jen returns to her life in Los Angeles as a prosecutor thinking everything will go as planned, but one Hulk incident makes her instantly famous and ruins her career by leaving her jobless. It’s not too long until Jen gets an offer at a prestigious law firm to run the superhuman law division which she gladly accepts, leading her to defend her first client who is a returning Marvel character, Emil Blonsky, who reprises his role as Abomination (Tim Roth). 


The series was met with controversy over the quality of CGI, with it being so unflattering that many fans have started to compare “She-Hulk” with Shrek. Many believe that Jen doesn’t look natural and looks like she came straight out of a video game. The Visual Effects team (VFX) decided to put an end to all of the fans’ comments by explaining why the CGI is so bad. Artist Wren Weichman explained that the issue originated from fans “looking at the trailer from a YouTube upload which resulted in a lower quality video, causing ‘She-Hulk’ to have a rubbery smooth green look.” Some fans have argued that it is difficult to animate CGI and create a full CGI character and that people should not be too hard on the VFX team. Many fans, however, have high expectations when it comes to Marvel Studios and when those expectations aren’t met, many of them get upset.  


Fans are so focused on the CGI of this latest series that they overlook the actual plot of “She-Hulk.” Although the CGI isn’t what fans were hoping for, this new series shows a different perspective of Marvel. This show provides a sense of comedy while also maintaining a sense of realism. It shows that although Jen is a superhero, she is also having difficulty navigating being head of the superhero division while trying to maintain a social life at the same time. Jen is a great attorney and hopefully in future episodes fans will get to see her taking action in her cases and hulk-smashing it out. 


Despite the fans’ criticism, “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” is an entertaining, funny show and although every shot isn’t perfect, fans shouldn’t disown the show so quickly.  There are still upcoming episodes which gives time for Marvel Studios to polish the CGI, making it a more natural “human-like” Jen.