By Stephen Ippolito | May 13th, 2022
In March, The Ankler’s Jeff Sneider revealed that he’d heard “not good things behind the scenes” about Marvel Studios’ upcoming She-Hulk series. While Sneider didn’t go into any specific details, he did indicate that it could be the studio’s first flop for Disney+. Well, now another respected reporter is saying the same thing.
Belloni, whose as connected as anyone in Hollywood, sort of implied that the issue with the show might be with its writing. In his newsletter, he says that Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige still pays his writing staff for shows in the range of what the Writers Guild minimum requires. While Belloni does note that the studio does give “one-time bonuses that aim to reward experienced talent”, he says that agents still direct their most converted clients elsewhere so they earn more money.
Jessica Gao is currently serving as She-Hulk‘s head writer. While she might not be one of the premiere writers out there, she does have a good resume. According to IMDb, her credits include Rick and Morty (won Primetime Emmy in 2018 for Outstanding Animated Program), Silicon Valley, and Robot Chicken.
Again, I must repeat that Belloni didn’t say directly that Goa or the writing was the problem. He just suggested that Disney/Marvel spend more money on getting more accomplished writers.
It’s not known when She-Hulk will hit the Disney streaming service. It was thought that it could premiere in late summer or early fall. But in April, a rumor emerged that suggested that it might not arrive until late 2022, possibly even early 2023.
If Belloni and Sneider are correct about She-Hulk currently being a “mess,” hopefully it gets sorted out by the time it’s released.