She-Hulk has been criticized for its CGI in the teasers leading up to its release, but beyond that, it’s an MCU program that’s been directed, written, produced, and starred in all by women.
It’s getting a lot of one-star reviews on its release day, just like Ms. Marvel did, but not nearly as much as other MCU shows.
The road that “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” took to get to our screens was not smooth. The quality and potential of “She-Hulk” have certainly been questioned, with criticism ranging from outrage among Marvel fans over questionable FX and CGI to a disgusting flood of one-star reviews on IMDb.
Having debuted on Disney+ to ratings that rivaled those of recent Marvel smash “Ms. Marvel,” it would appear that the show has triumphed over its challenges, much like Jennifer Walters (Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black”) triumphs over the unforeseen challenges that arise in her work as a lawyer.
She-Director Hulk Addresses Critics of the Film’s CGI
Director Kat Coiro of Attorney at Law discussed the negative reception the show has received because of its computer-generated imagery (CGI) in an interview with SFX Magazine, which was obtained by Gamesradar.
Coiro began by elaborating on the lengthy pre-production process that resulted in the finalized design of the title character:
“It really boils down to taking the design and asking, ‘Are we getting those facial expressions and those nuances of reaction?'” So much of the time is spent “just really honing in.”
Despite the fact that she is aware of the criticism, Coiro emphasized that it was to be expected because of “the fact that she is so different than anything we’ve seen,” such as Thanos or the Hulk:
The fact that she is unlike anything we have ever seen, I believe, accounts for a lot of the responses. Thanos and Hulk are unlike any other Marvel characters in terms of their gruesomeness, hardness, and heft. Even a brief glimpse of her is startling because we haven’t seen her like this before.
During post-production, the Marry Me director collaborated closely with Victoria Alonso, president of Marvel Studios’ physical, post-production, visual effects, and animation departments, to refine the She-appearance. Hulk’s
She’s got a fantastic eye, and I think a lot of it stems from a strong emotional gut reaction that’s supported by years of training and experience in the technical side of things.
Coiro went on to explain what she picked up from working with Alonso, stating that the executive’s “genuine emotional reaction” to the VFX taught her a great deal about the process as a whole.
The Marvel CGI Crisis and the Unforgiving Response from Audiences
Despite the fact that there are a number of probable explanations for She-subpar Hulk’s CGI, Kat Coiro’s recent comments help clear things up. The director’s claim that they’ve been paying special attention to the main character’s expressions is consistent with what the VFX artists on Corridor Crew said before.
“In our opinion, he does not fall into the uncanny valley. The first is that he doesn’t really look human. His features aren’t round at all! Clearly, Chad is no match for his bulk.”
The improvements in CGI and mo-cap technology for Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame allowed Josh Brolin’s Thanos to have more expressive facial animations and more realistic details. However, because of the fact that She-Hulk is unique, Marvel Studios had to make changes to the way she would be portrayed on screen.
There is still no excuse for subpar CGI, but hopefully, it will be enhanced for its Disney+ debut. Coiro’s comments about her tight collaboration with Victoria Alonso, Marvel Studios president of physical production, post-production, visual effects, and animation, are encouraging in light of Alonso’s extensive background and skill in directing CG projects.
Another potential explanation for the show’s reduced CGI expenditures is the show’s budget. Since She-Hulk is the first series in the MCU to star a fully CGI character, the production team may have had a difficult time striking a good VFX-to-CG ratio.
The end outcome was visually underwhelming as a result. Only time will tell if Marvel will follow Sonic’s lead and rework the series in response to popular demand. At least the She-Hulk logo is cool, right?