She-Hulk, one of the most eagerly awaited Disney+ series to debut this year from a packed Marvel slate, has been difficult to come by. Since it was initially confirmed in 2019, we’ve had a trickle of casting news, with Jameela Jamil eventually confirming her long-rumored villain part in June last year, Tim Roth referencing his return as Abomination a number of times, and Kat Coiro signed to direct in September 2020.
Collider’s Christina Radish talked with Coiro ahead of her fourth film, the J-Lo-led Marry Me, and couldn’t pass up the chance to search for She-Hulk news. First and foremost, how did Coiro get the job, and what is the key to getting such a high-profile position as one in the MCU?
“It was a huge and involved process,” the director explained, saying that she was already a major fan of the She-Hulk comic book series and went all-out to get the job when she found out the show was being developed. She shared:
“I’m a huge fan of the MCU, and I was actually a giant fan of the She-Hulk comics, so when I heard they were making it, I went full court press and really sold myself as the person to bring this story to life. It was a huge and involved process. Marvel is one of the most collaborative environments in the world. Even though he’s producing so many things, Kevin [Feige], and Lou [D’Esposito] and Victoria [Alonso] and Brad [Winderbaum], have such a hand in everything. The process was really about getting on the same page and making sure that we were like-minded. It’s never about anybody’s ego. It’s about bringing these stories to life. It was a long process, but those processes to get a job become very easy when you’re really passionate about the material, which I was in the case of that one.”
So, if you want to direct a major Marvel production, you must be passionate. That, and presumably, a rather broad directorial résumé, which Coiro undoubtedly has in cinema and television. (She has previously directed episodes of popular sitcoms such as Modern Family and Brooklyn 99.) How about the ultimate result? She remained silent, as one might anticipate, but she looked satisfied with what the She-Hulk team had to provide. She stated:
“I can’t say very much about the show, but I’m really happy with it. Part of what I appreciate about the MCU is that it’s an ever-expanding universe. It’s almost like an organic being that really responds to what’s going on in the culture and really listens to its fans. I will say that I think there’s a real connectedness to the people who love the MCU and listening to what they want, and I hope we satisfy the fans.” The premiere date for She-Hulk is unknown, although it is scheduled to be sometime in 2022 on Disney+. Keep a watch out for our complete interview with Coiro coming soon, and stay tuned to Collider for any and all She-Hulk news.