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Spider-Man Wasn’t Allowed to Appear In Disney+’s She-Hulk

She-Hulk: Attorney at Law centers on Jennifer Walters, a lawyer turned superhero, and will explore the humorous highs and lows of such a complicated lifestyle.

The Disney+ series has more to offer than just its clever premise and unique hero, however. Beyond Jennifer Walters’ adventures, the show is also set to include a slew of characters from the MCU. On one hand, this means finally introducing some C-tier villains to the franchise, like those just confirmed in a recent TV spot.

Perhaps more notably, the series will also feature the return of some beloved MCU actors, including Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk, Tim Roth’s Abomination, and, for the first time since 2018, Charlie Cox as a fully suited-up Daredevil, albeit in a new costume.

Even as She-Hulk: Attorney at Law looks set to play with the building blocks of the MCU in new, fun ways, it seems there are still some toys that are off limits.

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Speaking with The Direct’s own Pamela Gores, She-Hulk series creator and head writer Jessica Gao talked about the wide range of characters the writers hoped to bring into the world of the show, acknowledging that “there were a lot of characters that were from the comics that we couldn’t use” because of either a “rights issue, or there were a few times where it was because Marvel.

While the film rights for the character are still over at Sony, explaining the difficulty in approving the character for a minor role in a Disney+ show, it is interesting that it seems Marvel is not even considering exploring the possibility. Even as Spider-Man has popped up frequently enough in the She-Hulk comics to justify a cameo, the idea wasn’t even given serious consideration, likely because of existing contractual clauses which still allow Disney+ to tell animated Web-Slinger stories.

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