‘She-Hulk’ Writer Reveals Her Original Marvel Pitch For ‘Black Widow’

Jessica Gao, head writer of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, has revealed she previously pitched Marvel a Black Widow movie, which still would have featured Jennifer Walters.

Jessica Gao has helmed Marvel’s courtroom comedy She-Hulk for Disney Plus. The series introduces Tatiana Maslany to the MCU as Jennifer Walters, the cousin of Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner, who refuses to let being turned into a hulk distract her from her legal career.

Now Gao has revealed she originally planned to introduce She-Hulk to the MCU in a very different way, having the character appear alongside Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow on the big screen.

In a recent interview with Slash Film, Jessica Gao revealed She-Hulk wasn’t the first project she had pitched to Marvel, but it seems like her previous pitches led to her telling Jennifer Walters’ story.

“I was elated ’cause it was a dream job, But also, I’d been rejected by Marvel three times on previous projects. So, I was like, ‘I guess fourth time is the charm,’” Gao said of her previous interactions with Marvel Studios.

The Rick & Morty writer went on to reveal that one of her previous Marvel pitches was for a version of Black Widow that would have featured She-Hulk as a central character:

“The very first project that I pitched at Marvel was for the Black Widow movie. And I had She-Hulk in my pitch, but so much of She-Hulk in my pitch that somebody actually commented, ‘It kind of feels like you’re pitching a She-Hulk movie with Black Widow in it.’

“Clearly, there was a reason why I didn’t get that job. I really do believe that all of that was for a reason, because ultimately, at the end of the day, the thing that I really wanted was She-Hulk and those other projects weren’t She-Hulk.”

Despite not being chosen to write Black Widow, Jessica Gao and her enthusiasm for She-Hulk obviously made an impression at Marvel, securing her the role as head writer on the character’s current Disney Plus series.

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.

The series stars Tatiana Maslany, Mark Ruffalo, Tim Roth, Benedict Wong, Ginger Gonzaga, Josh Segarra, Jameela Jamil, Jon Bass, and Renée Elise Goldsberry.

She-Hulk: Attorney at Law is now streaming on Disney Plus, with new episodes releasing every Thursday. Stay tuned for all the latest news on the Marvel series, and be sure to subscribe to Leak Herald’s YouTube channel for more original video content.

Source: Slash Film