‘She-Hulk’ star Tatiana Maslany reveals alternate finale ending that was ‘more serious’
Head writer Jessica Gao told Maslany “there were like 20 versions” of the ending, the actress says. “I never saw 18 of those versions, but I did see two: the one that we went with and then one that we shot prior. “
Warning: This article contains spoilers for the season 1 finale of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law.
As a superhero meta-comedy, She-Hulk: Attorney at Law ended its first season in appropriately humorous and self-referential fashion. Jen Walters, also known as. She-Hulk (played by Tatiana Maslany), not only broke the fourth wall but literally smashed through the Disney welcome screen and entered a different show altogether.
Once inside the making-of series Marvel: Assembled, she confronted the She-Hulk writers’ room and went searching for Marvel boss Kevin Feige — only to learn that he was actually an artificial intelligence known by the full name Knowledge Enhanced Visual Interconnectivity Nexus (K.E.V.I.N. For short. Jen successfully argued for a better finale to her show’s season, putting her legal skills against the “most advanced entertainment algorithm” in the world. Instead of resorting to a formulaic, “messy” fight scene she found a way to balance her work, romance, and being She Hulk.
But that wasn’t always the way She-Hulk was going to end its first season.
“[Head writer] Jessica [Gao] and I talked about the ending a lot, because tonally it could have gone in all kinds of different ways,” Maslany tells EW. “Jess said that there were like 20 versions of it. I never saw 18 of those versions, but I did see two: the one that we went with and then one that we shot prior.”
Tatiana Maslany in the ‘She-Hulk’ season 1 finale
Tatiana Maslany in the ‘She-Hulk’ season 1 finale
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The alternate ending that was filmed but ultimately scrapped “was very different, a little more serious and less like Jen’s version of it,” Maslany adds. It was [more] She-Hulk, so it cost way too much, first. It had a different strategy. This one is my favorite because Jen feels like K.E.V.I.N. Jen feels like she is her collaborator, and an equal, and her ideas are worthy of respect. Even if you sit down on the ground and ask about the X-Men, it’s like, “We’re friends now,” you know what I mean. This makes it feel very Jen and very funny. “
Maslany said she was “thrilled” by the way the ending turned out. She says, “I couldn’t believe we got it.” “Because it is the type of writing, it is the kind of dismantling I get so excited about both as an actor, as an audience member, as well as as a creative person. It’s the stuff I am most interested in. It’s a huge moment that requires clarity of thought. Jen is speaking her truth about herself. This is the moment she expresses that things aren’t good enough, or that she doesn’t deserve it. To name this, you need to really know yourself. It took some time to find it but Jess had always had this idea and it was always going destroy things and build them back up again. “
Filming the scenes where Jen breaks through Disney and walks into the actual She-Hulk writers’ room was Maslany’s favorite part of the season. She says, “It was so much fun.” “We shot it at different times during the series, so it was with various levels of feeling connected and finding the tone of the show. It was so revealing to be walking through Burbank Disney Lot in my mo-cap costume and feeling like, “This is a character for that show.” It was extremely meta and fun. “
Every line Jen said to the writers’ room or to K.E.V.I.N. The scripted information about the show and Marvel Cinematic Universe was written. Maslany recalls that the only improv element to the show was that Zeb [Wells], Jessica, and Zeb [Wells], were both launching [alternate line] at me on the day.” “They would throw an Alt at me, or they would try this alt, or we would ask K.E.V.I.N. this question.” She also reveals that Jen asked her, “When are the X Men?” With a wink and a thumbs up to the camera, she also revealed that one of the alternate lines was written during filming. Maslany explains that the X-Men question was just one of a number of alternate lines where that was the one that made in. It was not something I improvised. The only thing I think that I improvised was sitting down on the ground. Other than that, it was all Zeb, Jessica, and Zeb. ”
The first season of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law is streaming now on Disney .
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law
Marvel’s first half-hour comedy stars Tatiana Maslany as Jennifer Walters, a lawyer navigating life as single, thirtysomething attorney — who also happens to be a 6-foot-7 green woman with superpowers.
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