With any Marvel project, it seems that the writers and directors want to use as many characters as they possibly could. Of course, Marvel Studios has some restrictions due to already set-in-stone ideas. A series that seemingly will include quite a few memorable appearances from the comics, She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, also tried to get as many characters in it s they could as revealed by head writer Jessica Gao in an interview with The Direct.
While she doesn’t give away any details on what characters they wanted to include (one exception we’ll get to later), it does seem like Marvel still gave them quite a lot of playing field. Yet, there are always some things that got in the way, may it be rights issues or just plans that were already set in motion of some kind, as pointed out by Gao.
There were a lot of characters from the comics– we wanted a lot of the comics for characters for fun situations where we could bring in like a character and think of like funny reasons why they would be in legal trouble. But there were a lot of characters that were from the comics that we couldn’t use either because of a rights issue, or there were a few times where it was because Marvel… all they would say is that they had other plans. And that’s all they would tell us. And then, we tried very, very hard to poke, and prod, and get a little bit more information. Of course, they wouldn’t tell us.Jessica Gao
She does go on to highlight that they had one definite restriction in the form of Spider-Man. It’s no wonder they couldn’t use the character due to the rights still being with Sony for live-action, which sadly seemingly limited how they handle the character moving forward but was a shame given how many fans of the webhead worked on the show.
But I will say, the one MCU character that really bummed out a lot of the writers in our room that we couldn’t use was Spider-Man and anyone involved around– like in the Spider-Man universe. Because we had so many Spider-Man fans in the room.Jessica Gao
It’s definitely a shame that Sony isn’t playing along with Marvel Studios, as including the character in other projects contractually would give their next entry a little boost. They still have to produce Spider-Man films in a specific time frame and we’ll likely hear about the fourth entry in the near future but it’s still a shame Tom Holland doesn’t get to play in the sandbox like everyone else does.
Source: The Direct