The She-Hulk: Attorney at Law finale featured a ton of fourth-wall-breaking humor, as well as jokes about the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole. According to the series’ director, leaning into the reality of the world was a huge goal.
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, director Kat Coiro spoke about how important it was to film on Disney’s lot and keep the fourth wall breaking of She-Hulk included in the finale in some way.
“Actually shooting at the Disney lot was very important to me because we have a character who lives in a world where she knows she’s on a television show,” said Coiro. “So when she breaks through the fourth wall, she’s essentially stepping into reality. So we shot in a different aspect ratio, and we slightly altered our shooting style to be a little more handheld. And because I really wanted us to be on the real Disney lot, the receptionist [Matt Wilkie] is the real receptionist who works at Marvel. We made him audition with a bunch of actors, and he got the role. So really leaning into reality was essential for making that whole crazy concept work. As crazy and weird as it is, it is realistic.”
Coiro was also asked if she was surprised that Kevin Feige and those at Marvel Studios were so willing to entertain the show making jokes about the world of the MCU. While Coiro admitted she was “squeamish” about the idea, it was Feige and others that were the most into it.
“I was ironically the most squeamish about the whole finale,” Coiro said. “And the idea that we were throwing Marvel projects under the bus, it was really Kevin, Victoria [Alonso], Lou [D’Esposito] and Brad [Winderbaum] who were like, ‘No, it’s fine. Don’t worry about it.’ So I think it speaks to their genius and their ability to be self-deprecating and not be precious. But the most interesting thing to me is that it speaks to their connection to the audience. They know what people are saying; they pay attention. And I think it’s why Marvel has been as successful as it is. They listen.”