Spider-Man and other characters related to his stories were not allowed to be included in Marvel Studios’ new series, She-Hulk: Attorney at Law.
Marvel Studios’ upcoming original series She-Hulk: Attorney at Law will not only introduce Jennifer Walters (Tatiana Maslany), but will also include a slew of numerous MCU characters that include the likes of her cousin Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), Wong (Benedict Wong), Abomination (Tim Roth), and Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox). Although the series was allowed to include some exciting characters from much of the comics, there’s one particular character (along with others related to his stories) that was barred from being used: Spider-Man.
Spider-Man, whose standalone film rights are still owned by Sony, was not permitted for use in She-Hulk: Attorney at Law. While speaking with TheDirect.com, Jessica Gao, the series creator and head writer shared why the beloved webhead won’t be meeting up with Jennifer Walters in this new series:
“There were a lot of characters from the comics– we wanted a lot of the comics for characters for fun situations where we could bring in like a character and think of like funny reasons why they would be in legal trouble. But there were a lot of characters that were 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… all they would say is that they had other plans. And that’s all they would tell us. And then, we tried very, very hard to poke, and prod, and get a little bit more information. Of course, they wouldn’t tell us.
But I will say, the one MCU character that really bummed out a lot of the writers in our room that we couldn’t use was Spider-Man and anyone involved around– like in the Spider-Man universe. Because we had so many Spider-Man fans in the room.”
Tom Holland’s MCU Return Will Have To Wait
Given that Spider-Man: No Way Home ends with Peter Parker completely forgotten about by the rest of the world, making him a blank slate in the MCU, it is likely that if he were to make an appearance in the near future, it will be in his fourth standalone film first. While fans have to be patient for his next appearance, the introduction of new characters in She-Hulk: Attorney at Law will hopefully keep fans excited.
Here is the synopsis for She-Hulk:
“She-Hulk: Attorney at Law follows Jennifer Walters as she navigates the complicated life of a single, 30-something attorney who also appens 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.
She-Hulk premieres on Disney Plus on August 18th. Stay tuned for all the latest news on the future of Spider-Man in the MCU, and subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.