She-Hulk: Attorney at Law used Better Call Saul as an important point of reference, revealed showrunner Jessica Gao.
Speaking exclusively to ahead of the launch of the Disney Plus show, Gao spoke about how the hit Netflix series was a big influence on the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) series, which premieres on August 18.
We asked Gao what inspired the threads, themes, and overall vibe of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law’s story, and she told us how Better Call Saul, as well as Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s multi-award-winning comedy Fleabag, helped her initial pitch. . the hearts and minds of the Marvel Studios executive team.
“When I launched the show, the two touchpoints I used were Fleabag and Better Call Saul,” Gao revealed. “With Fleabag, it was just how it is about a woman [navigating life]how heavy and real it felt with its girly themes, as well as its fourth wall breaking elements.
“Better Call Saul was also a huge inspiration, because it deftly combines humor and legal drama. But it also has really exciting, action-oriented stories that take place outside the courtroom. more interesting, or equal to what’s happening in there.”
It’s fitting that Gao used Better Call Saul as a major inspiration for Marvel Studios’ first legal dramedy project. The six-season Netflix series has ended, with its final episode airing on AMC (in the US) on August 15. With She-Hulk: Attorney at Law set to air three days later on Disney Plus, this feels like a passing of the torch from the Lawyer TV show between a hit series and a potentially popular one.
Fleabag and Better Call Saul weren’t the only series that Gao and his writing team used as reference points for the MCU’s Phase 4 project. Elaborating further on what inspired She-Hulk’s live-action debut, Gao also listed a popular HBO Max show and a surprising FX TV drama as guides to telling a story revolving around its main character being a attorney.
“Another series we talked about was Insecure,” Gao continued. “Not just because the character Molly [played by Yvonne Orji] is a lawyer, but because of how [the show features] wonderful representations of complex female friendships.
“And finally, The People vs OJ Simpson: American Crime Story. judgment. That was really wonderful to reference too.”
With so many similarly positioned TV shows to draw inspiration from, the legal aspects of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law must be grounded in reality, even if it’s a series centered around a superhuman lawyer. And, without giving away too much, this is definitely something that features in Marvel Studios’ latest TV offering. We’ve seen the first four episodes of She-Hulk, and the show does a good job of capturing the intricacies and morality at the heart of legal cases, albeit draped in superhero clothing.
You’ll be able to read more about our thoughts on She-Hulk’s MCU debut later this week in our review of those opening episodes, as well as find out more about the show’s development in our exclusive chat with Gao and director Kat Coiro. .
In the meantime, find out when She-Hulk: Attorney at Law debuts on Disney Plus, or read why Coiro can’t say where the series fits into the MCU timeline. Alternatively, learn how to watch Marvel movies in order, or check out the movies and TV shows that will be a part of Marvel Phase 5.