‘She/ Hulk’ Writer Talks Importance Fourth-Wall Breaks
It has been an aspect of the character that traces back to her original arrival in the world of comic books, and it has been met with some controversy from various sects of the fanbase, but with the series arriving in one week, She/ Hulk writer, Jessica Gao, has spoken on the importance of her fourth-wall breaks.
There is undoubtedly a lot of excitement surrounding the arrival of the Marvel Cinematic Universes’ newest hero, and that excitement is so close to connecting with the character’s unique place amongst the pantheon of some of the biggest theories that the publication has ever seen.
Jennifer Walters- and her newly arriving She/ Hulk series coming to Disney+- is set to be a very interesting departure from the typical MCU series; constructed as a 30-minute legal drama that will explore the sentiments of a character of her age and place in the world.
It is not only her unique perspective, however, that makes her so interesting, as Walter’s original comic book appearances came with a very interesting caveat; she was able to break the fourth wall.
There have been a lot of fans who feel negatively toward this addition to the MCU incarnation of the character because of how synonymous breaking the fourth wall has become with a hero like Deadpool, but the reality is that this has truly been engrained with the very creation of Walter’s character.
It all started with some of the earliest covers of Sensational She-Hulk, that sported the character talking to prospective readers; urging them to buy her book, or she would rip up their X-Men comics, and following up in a subsequent issue telling readers to hand them over.
The quirky addition to Walters endeared her to readers, and it is something that was instrumental in the development of this series, as She/ Hulk writer, Jessica Gao, has recently spoken about the importance of Jennifer Walter’s fourth-wall breaks, in an interview reported by ComicBook.com.
Gao stated, “For me, foundational, 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 John Bryne’s run that made me fall in love with this character, you know?”
The writer added, “It was just so lighthearted and fun and refreshing. So that was always kind of a foundational element,” with Gao continuing to note the evolution of this narrative method in the creation of the show.
“How much should she talk to the camera? Is she talking directly to the audience? Is there another meta element? Is she talking to somebody else that more behind the scenes?” Goa noted.
“At one point, there was an iteration in the scrips where instead of talking directly to the camera,” Gao stated, “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 interesting with the editors notes that would be on screen.”
Gao concluded by stating that, “we went through a lot of different versions of how she would do it,” but the important part of the series is that it would be a part of her story; as She/ Hulk just isn’t the same without the fourth-wall breaks.