She-Hulk: Attorney at Law head writer Jessica Gao, director Kate Coiro, and Tatiana Maslany recently talked about the series breaking the fourth wall.
Each Marvel Studios project introduces something new to the MCU, and She-Hulk won’t be any different. One element, in particular, will be She-Hulk breaking the fourth wall throughout the series, which was revealed in the trailer that debuted at San Diego Comic-Con last month.
Deadpool Isn’t the Only One…
Deadpool might be the best known for breaking the fourth wall, but She-Hulk is another Marvel character who pulls away from the story to speak to the audience. WandaVision played with breaking the fourth wall, but She-Hulk will take that one step further. During the show’s global press conference, showrunner Jessica Gao explained why Jessica Walters needed to break the fourth wall in the series:
“For me, foundationally, I felt like first and foremost the fourth-wall breaking and the kind of meta-humor and the self-awareness [was the most important element of the comics to keep]. Because it was the John Byrne run that made me fall in love with this character, you know? It was just so lighthearted and fun and refreshing. So that was always kind of a foundational element.”
Gao went on to reveal a fun idea directly from comic books that was eventually scrapped:
“At one point, there was an iteration in the scripts where instead of talking directly to camera, there were text boxes that were editor’s notes — like the comic books, how there were editor’s notes in comics — and she was actually interacting with the editor’s notes that would be on screen. I mean, we did eventually scrap that idea, but we went through a lot of different versions of how she would do it.”
Director and executive producer Kate Coiro explained her perspective on why breaking the fourth wall was important to include in She-Hulk:
“Breaking the fourth wall does connect to the audience and draws us in, but not so much so that we’re not connecting to her story in the world that we’ve built.”
She-Hulk herself, Tatiana Maslany, added that the ability to talk to the camera is like another superpower for Jessica Walters:
“It’s like an extension of her superpower. She’s like, ‘I know I’m talking to camera. I know you guys are watching this.’ And there’s something about that super-hyper-awareness that is who she is.”
Here is the synopsis for She-Hulk: Attorney at Law:
“She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” follows Jennifer Walters as she navigates the complicated life of a single, 30-something attorney who also happens to be a green 6-foot-7-inch superpowered hulk.”
Marvel Studios’ She-Hulk: Attorney at Law stars Tatiana Maslany, Mark Ruffalo, Tim Roth, Benedict Wong, Ginger Gonzaga, Josh Segarra, Jameela Jamil, Jon Bass, and Renée Elise Goldsberry.
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