Marvel’s “She-Hulk” comics writer Dan Slott has taken to Twitter today to defend the recent Disney+ series adaptation of the comic.
Tatiana Maslany starred in the “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” series as lawyer Jennifer Walters, cousin of Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), who attempts to balance her legal career with her newfound superhero abilities.
Whilst much of the criticism has focused on depicting a more lighthearted Daredevil, the specific criticisms Slott took to the task were that the series was unfaithful to the source material. The show’s meta-comedy aspects and tonal shift from much of the rest of the MCU have also come under fire.
Slott, who has written more issues of the She-Hulk comics than anyone else, along with plenty of other Marvel and DC comics, tweeted:
“Anyone saying the @SheHulkOfficial TV show wasn’t ‘comic book accurate’… I’m the guy who has written more issues of SHE-HULK than anyone. I’ve read every single comic from every #SheHulk run. And I’m saying, for the record, it is the MOST comic book-accurate show in the MCU.
People arguing the twerking scene in #SheHulk wouldn’t have happened in the comics. Byrne had She-Hulk jumping rope in a bikini. I had her karaoke-ing, dancing, & partying so hard it was causing structural damage to Avengers Mansion. This is the hill they want to die on?”
In the series, Maslany’s Walters breaks the fourth wall to talk to the audience and calls out toxic MCU fans with jabs at predictable criticisms that would arise out of the show well before it aired. The show knew it had a distinct tone that would be divisive, and so it prepared for it.
How effective the series was as a work unto itself is a whole other debate. Still, criticism of it being a departure from the Marvel comics doesn’t appear to be a good argument, according to the person who writes said comics.
“She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” concluded its nine-episode season in October, with no word as yet on a potential renewal.