Rick And Morty’s Jessica Gao To Develop She-Hulk For Disney+

by Erik Amaya

If there was any doubt She-Hulk would be a funny series, a Rick and Morty veteran will put it to rest.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jessica Gao — and Emmy-winning veteran of the Cartoon Network series — will develop Disney+’s upcoming She-Hulk and lead the writing team. Based on the character created by John Buscema and Stan Lee, attorney Jennifer Walters is the cousin of Bruce Banner who receives a blood transfusion from the Hulk and inherits some of his powers. Initially played as a straight-laced Marvel hero, the character took on a comedic element in the late 1980s. Since then, quips have been as common with Jennifer as fisticuffs.

Gao will presumably keep that sensibility part of Jennifer’s arrival in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is definitely a good thing as the prevailing sense of humor sets She-Hulk apart from the other Hulk characters and the other Disney+ series like WandaVision and Moon Knight.

Speaking of Moon Knight, THR also reports Umbrella Academy developer Jeremy Slater will be developing that series for Disney+, bringing Marc Spector and his various personalities — including an Egyptian moon god — to the upcoming streaming service. Considering the quality of Umbrella Academy and the short-lived Exorcist series, Slater seems like a fine choice. Other Marvel Studios programs for the platform include The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki, Hawkeye, and Ms. Marvel.

Disney+ launches on November 12th, but the Marvel programs will begin to roll out next year.

Erik Amaya

Host of Tread Perilously and a Film/TV Writer at Comicon.com and Rotten Tomatoes. A former staff writer at CBR and Bleeding Cool, and a contributing writer at Fanbase Press and Monkeys Fighting Robots. Voice of Puppet Tommy on The Room Responds. A seeker of the Seastone Chair and the owner of a Legion Flight Ring. Sorted into Gryffindor, which came as some surprise.

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