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She-Hulk Disney+ release date, cast and plot - What we know so far

She's big, green, just a little mean, and she's coming to your television screens. 

She-Hulk, the superhero alter ego of the world-class defense attorney Jennifer Walters, has officially scored her own TV series, set to air on the Disney+ streaming service. Marvel Studios, which handles all the Marvel superhero shows in production at the direct-to-consumer platform, confirmed the She-Hulk show during 2019's D23 Expo in Anaheim, California. The hallowed House of Heroes kept the announcement simple amid all the fanfare: She-Hulk is happening, it already has a pretty darn awesome logo, and that's that for now.

As exciting as it was to hear news of a She-Hulk show heading to Disney+, the surprise confirmation left fans curious to know more. If you're one of the many wondering what the show will be about, who will play She-Hulk, and when the verdant vigilante will grace the small screen, let us fill you in with everything we know about She-Hulk so far.

Who is in the She-Hulk cast?

Even before Marvel Studios confirmed that a She-Hulk series was underway at Disney+, She-Hulk enthusiasts were fan-casting her in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. One fan on Twitter suggested that The Good Place actress Jameela Jamil would make a great Jennifer Walters, another wrote that Blake Lively or Lily Collins would be stellar as She-Hulk, and yet another said that it would be amazing to see Alison Brie, known for her work on Community and Mad Men, transform from the defense lawyer Jennifer Walters to the towering, almost-seven-foot-tall She-Hulk.

Other popular choices for the role of She-Hulk have included Crazy Rich Asians actress Constance WuSuits star Gina TorresOrange Is the New Black breakout Laverne Cox, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine favorite Stephanie Beatriz. Many felt that Marvel might have tapped Eliza Dushku, who has voiced She-Hulk in the animated projects Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. and Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors, to star on the live-action series. 

However, all that speculation was swiped away when it was announced on September 17, 2020 that Tatiana Maslany will lead She-Hulk (via Variety). The Canadian actress is best known for her astounding, Emmy-winning work on the BBC America series Orphan Black. She currently portrays Sister Alice McKeegan on HBO's period drama series Perry Mason, starring Matthew Rhys in the title role.

What is She-Hulk's release date?

She-Hulk doesn't yet have a release date, but some outlets are claiming that the series will debut in 2022. At one point, the series was slated to begin filming in July 2020, but given that Maslany's casting wasn't even announced until September 2020, that certainly hasn't gone to plan. 

Let's say that She-Hulk begins filming in late 2020 or early 2021, barring any COVID-related complications. Television shows usually take the better part of a year to shoot, edit, and package for release on the small screen, so fans are looking at a considerable wait for She-Hulk — either late 2021 or early 2022 at the soonest.

Taking a peek at the schedule Marvel has in place for its Disney+ series gives an even better idea of what She-Hulk's release date will be. The House of Heroes has The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, starring Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan, lined up for release in late 2020; WandaVision, featuring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, due out in spring 2021; Loki, also coming in spring 2021; the animated series What If...? coming in the summer of 2021; and Hawkeye, top-lined by longtime Marvel mainstay Jeremy Renner, set for a fall 2021 launch.

As of right now, there's at least Marvel superhero show scheduled for release on Disney+ per season throughout 2020 and 2021. Chances are that Marvel wants its audience to have some variety in their Disney+ watch-lists, so while She-Hulk could theoretically debut at any time in the future, we're betting the show will premiere not long after one of the already-announced Marvel Disney+ shows.

What's the plot of She-Hulk?

Marvel is currently keeping quiet about the plot of She-Hulk, withholding all information about what the show will entail. But before anyone starts freaking out, let us remind you of something crucial: this is the first time She-Hulk will appear on screen in a live-action capacity. And what do new Marvel Cinematic Universe inductees usually get in their first appearance? That's right — an origin story.

It's likely that the plot of She-Hulk will open with Jennifer Walters as a fairly average human, working as a renowned attorney and trying to bring a sense of justice to the usually cruel world around her. Viewers may even see some scenes from Jennifer's younger years — namely the death of her parents William and Elaine Walters — which would help explain the inner shyness she hides in her adulthood. It won't be long before the start of the first episode of She-Hulk that the inciting incident will play out: a vengeful crime boss named Nicholas Trask shoots Jennifer, and her cousin Bruce Banner (the Hulk) provides blood for a transfusion that saves Jennifer's life. It's through the blood transfusion that Jennifer obtains her powers and becomes She-Hulk.

From there, She-Hulk might unravel in a baddie-of-the-week-style format — with our gamma-infused protagonist taking down new enemies each episode, all leading up to a final boss encounter in the finale. Along the way, she might team up with the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, the A-Force, or the Fearless Defenders — just like she has in the comics.

Fans can rest assured that whatever story She-Hulk tells, the series has a top talent heading up the writers' room: Emmy winner Jessica Gao, best known for her work on the much-loved Adult Swim series Rick and Morty. In November 2019, Gao was confirmed as the lead writer on She-Hulk and as the developer of the show's writing team. If you don't know her name, you certainly know Gao's work: the iconic Rick and Morty episode "Pickle Rick," for which she scooped up that shiny Emmy statuette. Based on her professional writing experience — which also includes work on The Mighty B!, Robot Chicken, Silicon Valley, and Star Wars: Detours — and her time spent crafting a story around a now-iconic green character (Pickle Riiick!), Gao is certain to do something special with She-Hulk

When does She-Hulk take place?

Since there's no insight on what the plot of She-Hulk is, there's also no information on when She-Hulk will take place. However, exploring her presence in the comics can give us a clue as to what Marvel Studios might have planned for the series.

She-Hulk made her print debut in February 1980's Savage She-Hulk #1, headlining her own solo series until 1982. Seven years later, She-Hulk gained another standalone comic run with 1989's The Sensational She-Hulk, which wrapped in 1994. Throughout the rest of the '90s, she popped up in Fantastic Four, Doc Samson, Heroes for Hire, and The Avengers. May 2002 saw She-Hulk score a one-shot entitled Thing and She-Hulk: The Long Night, and two years later, she was back leading her own comic run. In the 2010s, She-Hulk has appeared in FF; the 12-issue She-Hulk run; the A-Force comics; and Hulk, which ran from December 2016 to May 2018. 

Obviously, She-Hulk has remained a pretty major character in the Marvel Comics canon for nearly 40 years — which means that the She-Hulk series could feasibly be set at any time between 1980 and 2018. However, since She-Hulk will likely tell Jennifer Walter's origin story, we're betting that the show will take place in the 1980s. Marvel Studios is apparently doing the whole period piece thing with WandaVision, which star Elizabeth Olsen has said is set in the 1950s, and Loki, concept art for which shows Loki standing outside a movie theater screening Jaws, which premiered in 1975. She-Hulk could get the same treatment. 

Is there a trailer for She-Hulk yet?

Sadly, there's no She-Hulk trailer available yet, and it will probably be quite a long time before one is released. Casting news only just came in September 2020, over a year after the series was announced, and there's been nothing of the series shot as of the latest update to this article. 

Fans are still holding out for footage from The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision, Loki, What If...?, and Hawkeye (not to mention the other Marvel Disney+ series Ms. Marvel and Moon Knight), so they'll unfortunately have to practice extreme patience waiting for a She-Hulk trailer to drop.