Allowing the MCU to diversify its characters, we have seen many interesting movies released in the last few years including Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Black Widow, Ms. Marvel, and She-Hulk: Attorney at Law is its latest release.
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She-Hulk, created by Jessica Gao and stars Tatiana Maslany as the titular character. It also sees two famous characters return to the MCU, including Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk and Tim Roth’s Abomination/Emil Blonsky, while also being the first MCU production to star Daredevil.
She-Hulk origin supposed to be in the 8th episode?
Jessica Gao revealed that the first few episodes would not explore her origin, starting off the fans with the lawyer as She-Hulk already. She said the origin was supposed to be in episode 4, and later moved the origin to episode 8 in production in an interview with Collider, she noted:
“Yeah, it actually moved around quite a bit because, when we first wrote it in the writers’ room, it was episode four…. And then, it was during production that we decided to push it to episode eight. I remember there was a lot of discussion. Honestly, I was probably was in a fugue state.”
A rather odd move for a Marvel production as they like to stick to origin stories or follow-ups. Considering the lack of familiarity of the audience with the character and the last Hulk production released 14 years ago, this seemed to be a far more risky decision.
Jessica Gao lost to Kevin Feige
After the first episode went into post-production, Kevin Feige and many of the higher-ups at Marvel Studios insisted on moving the origin to the first episode. Later even the test audience felt the same, not feeling familiar with the character and wanting to know more, she said:
“Kevin and everybody at Kevin’s level, wanted to move it[origin] to the first episode, and I fought them tooth and nail. But, I understand it… test audiences, really wanted to know more about her. They were having trouble. It was the elephant in the room, and they couldn’t get past it. So, I lost the argument.”
She realized her familiarity with the character wasn’t the same as for the rest of the people, being a fan of the character in the comics for a long time. Jessica Gao is still happy with the response but wished she could’ve done it her way.
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law is now streaming on Disney+.