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The eternally expansive Marvel Cinematic Universe has explored a new edge with the series “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” (“She-Hulk: Defender of Heroes”), a show starring Tatiana Maslany and created by Jessica Gao that mixes comedy with legal dramas and the superhero genre like no other Marvel Studios production.

“She-Hulk: Defender of Heroes” revolves around Jennifer Walters (Maslany), a lawyer who, after a car accident, receives the powers of her cousin Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), better known as the Hulk. Turned into a muscular and gigantic version of herself, Jen will have to navigate her new status not only as a superhero, but also learn to deal within the court with the most absurd cases caused by supernatural forces.

With the first season of the show already in its second half, El Comercio had the opportunity to speak with two of its actors: Josh Segarra, who plays Augustus ‘Pug’ Pugliese and Renée Elise Goldsberry, who plays Jen’s colleague and rival, Mallory Book.

This last character recently had his place to highlight in the fifth episode of the series, helping Jennifer to recover the name of She-Hulk after it was registered by the villain and ‘influencer’ Titania, creating what seems to be the beginning of a friendship. This is a very different relationship from the one both characters had in the comics, where Mallory came to lead an alliance of villains whose main purpose was to ruin the heroine’s life.

Mallory Book (Renée Elise Goldsberry) with Jennifer Walters (Tatiana Maslany). / Marvel Studios

I think there is one thing that is not in our series that is in the history of these characters, and is that Jen Walters is the one to break Mallory’s long and all-important winning streak. And so, you know, a lot of her animosity between them is, it’s this kind of bitterness that Mallory feels about it.”, says the interpreter. “Without that, what you have is someone who doesn’t trust this girl and doesn’t necessarily give her ‘carte blanche’ because she’s a superhero. In fact, I think she doesn’t think that’s a strong enough reason for her to come in and take over the superhero division..”

Despite this, Goldsberry notes that while “there is some caution and maybe not a tremendous amount of respect yet,” the relationship between Mallory and Jen has room to grow.

Josh Segarra’s character Pug’s role was also augmented in this episode, with his search with Nikki (Ginger Gonzaga) for limited-edition Iron Man sneakers culminating in a run-in with a superhero fashion designer.

for the actor, the fact that Pug was a collector allowed him to get even closer to his characterby sharing the same ‘hobbies’.

It’s one of my favorite things about Pug, because he’s a collector and I’m a collector.“, he pointed. “When you can put part of yourself in your characters and you go to work shooting a scene where you have to convince Nikki/Ginger to come wait in line with me for these shoes, something that could also happen in my real life, it’s a very cool thing. cool.”

Pug and his collection of superhero slippers.
Pug and his collection of superhero slippers. / Marvel Studios

To date, this mix between comedy and legal dramas has been effective for “She-Hulk”, although outside the MCU they are far from the first to discover this formula. Renée Elise Goldsberry herself knows this very well, who began her television career in the series “Ally McBeal”, which serves as a precursor to the Disney + program.

Asked why this type of series has been so successful, the actress pointed out that they work because the moments in court are full of drama that allow people to show themselves openly.

We see each other so clearly when we’re on the stand, when we’re on the defensive, or when we’re vulnerable. And there is simply drama in a court. Whenever there is drama, whenever there are people together, comedy is there.”, noted Goldsberry. “I think the combination works brilliantly and when you add to the legal drama and the comedy the superhero element is, in my opinion, a formula for great success.”.

“She-Hulk: Defender of Heroes” is available on the Disney+ streaming platform, with new episodes released every Thursday.

“She-Hulk: Defender of Heroes”: Why combining comedy and legal drama works? Actress of the show responds