‘Hulk’ Rages Against Disney CEO Bob Iger, Won’t Be Back to MCU

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe is losing more and more stars as the once-dominant film franchise is restructured by Disney CEO Bob Iger.

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The release of Iron Man in 2008 marked the kickoff of history’s most commercially successful media franchise, which now includes 33 feature films, 10 television shows (plus another dozen or so languishing in semi-canonicity), and more merchandise, comic book tie-ins, books, and assorted spinoffs than anyone could ever keep track of.

But the bloom is off the rose when it comes to the MCU, as evidenced by the rapidly dwindling box office performance of movies like Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023) and The Marvels (2023) and the increasingly lackluster reception of Disney+ series from fans and critics alike. Marvel chief Kevin Feige and Disney CEO Bob Iger have an uphill battle to get the public back on their side in time for The Fantastic Four and Secret Wars, even if Iger doesn’t believe in superhero fatigue.

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It doesn’t help the MCU that the actors who actually perform in Marvel movies and shows seem to be increasingly indifferent, if not downright hostile, to returning to the franchise.

Franchise favorite Tom Hiddleston seems to have no idea if he will ever show back up as Loki, while his recent co-star, Jonathan Majors, is definitively out of the series (and, likely, Hollywood) after his conviction for assault. Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, and Scarlett Johansson, all original Avengers, are apparently finished with the MCU, and legendary actors like Michael Douglas are calling it quits when it comes to suiting back up.

Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) in the first Ant-Man movie
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Tatiana Maslany, AKA She-Hulk, can be added to that list. The Emmy-winning actress has been candid that she will almost certainly not return as Jennifer Walters in She-Hulk: Attorney at Law season 2 and that Disney is not interested in reviving the show.

When asked about She-Hulk season 2, Tatiana Maslany previously blamed budgets and Disney, saying, “I think we blew our budget, and Disney was like, ‘No thanks.’” Much of that is on the head of Disney CEO Bob Iger, who has revealed that he is canceling Marvel projects left and right behind the scenes in an effort to try to get the company back on financial track.

Tatiana Maslany in She-Hulk: Attorney at Law
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But Tatiana Maslany also has some more personal beef with Bob Iger that has de facto ejected her from the MCU. During the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes of 2023, Iger was heavily criticized for dismissing actors and writers, saying they had “a level of expectation that they have, that is just not realistic. And they are adding to the set of the challenges that this business is already facing that is, quite frankly, very disruptive.”

Tatiana Maslany was particularly outraged by the CEO’s comments, blasting him on the picket lines:

“I think [Iger is] completely out of touch. He’s completely out of touch with the workers who make his shows happen, who make people watch these shows, who bring viewers to him and him money.

Having worked on a Disney show, I know where people fall through the cracks and where people are taken advantage of, and it’s outrageous the amount of wealth that is not shared with the people who actually make the show. That’s crew, cast, writers.”

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Now, the former She-Hulk actress has followed up her comments. Tatiana Maslany has refused to walk back her words about Iger, telling The Independent, “In those moments, you’re so heated up. It’s hard to articulate yourself in a way that you want when you’re on the picket line with everybody.”

Notably, Maslany did not apologize for her criticisms of Iger and the other studio heads, only saying that she (fittingly for a Hulk actor) had gotten heated by their refusal to negotiate with the people who actually write, act in, and create the movies and films that they get rich off of.

Tatiana Maslany in She-Hulk: Attorney at Law
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Marvel Studios has not formally announced that there will be no She-Hulk season 2, but it seems pretty clear that its star doesn’t see herself back in the MCU.

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