She-Hulk Head Writer Reveals Series Couldn’t Use Spider-Man Characters


She-Hulk: Lawyer is officially less than a week away from its debut, and its unique place within the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to grab headlines. The series is set to be a legal comedy revolving around Jennifer Walters/She-Hulk (Tatiana Maslany) as she lends her legal advice to a wide array of Marvel Comics characters. While some pretty specific deep cuts are set to make their live-action debut on the show, a new interview with head writer Jessica Gao reveals some characters who couldn’t be included. As Gao said The Directthe series’ writing staff were “really disappointed” that they couldn’t use Spider-Man or any other Spider-Man-adjacent characters, as those rights remain with Sony.

“There were a lot of comic characters – we wanted a lot of comics for characters in funny situations where we could bring like a character and think of funny reasons why they would get in legal trouble,” Gao explained. “But there were a lot of characters from the comics that we couldn’t use either because of a rights issue or there were a few times where it was because Marvel… whatever they were saying, is that they had other plans. And that’s all they were telling us. And then, we tried very, very hard to push, to push, and to get a little more information Of course, they wouldn’t tell us.

“But I will say the one MCU character that really pissed off a lot of the writers in our play that we couldn’t use was Spider-Man and everyone involved, like in the Spider-Man universe,” said added Gao. “Because we had so many Spider-Man fans in the room.”

She-Hulk: Lawyer follows Jennifer Walters as she navigates the complicated life of a single 30-something lawyer who also happens to be a 6-foot-7 green superpowered hulk. The nine-episode series features a host of MCU veterans, including Mark Ruffalo as Hulk, Tim Roth as Abomination, Charlie Cox as Daredevil, and Benedict Wong as Wong. The cast also includes Ginger Gonzaga, Josh Segarra, Jon Bass and Renée Elise Goldsberry. Executive producers are Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Brad Winderbaum, Kat Coiro and Jessica Gao. Co-executive producers are Wendy Jacobson and Jennifer Booth.

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