Jessica Gao, the head writer of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, is proud that her show is the MCU’s horniest to date. With some distance from She-Hulk, it’s easier to evaluate the Disney+ tv show as a continuation of other Marvel shows on the platform: it had flaws, several of which were directly addressed in the meta finale, but it always had elements that set it apart. One of the most memorable was the romance between Jennifer Walters (Tatiana Maslany) & Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox), which left fans wanting more.
The pairing was particularly striking because, for most part, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has managed to avoid showing much about its characters’ sex lives. In the January 2023 issue of Empire Magazine, Gao expresses her pride in the She-Hulk meta finale and also how the show raised the bar for horniness in the MCU. Gao’s quote is included below, but it isn’t the only one, even as adaptation’s sex-positive concept was praised by fans on social media.
“[She-Hulk’s finale hopefully] allows more Marvel projects to get a little weird. One of my proudest accomplishments is how this was the horniest Marvel show so far.”
I think what I enjoy most about She-Hulk is just how horny it is.— Hanna Ines Flint (@HannaFlint) October 13, 2022
SHE-HULK GOING THE HORNY ROUTE LETS GOOOOOOOO— Hernandy – El Niño Sin Amor (@Pollos_Hernandy) May 17, 2022
daredevil in she-hulk finally a win for horny people— ari (@arianeanindita) October 6, 2022
How She-Hulk Became MCU’s Horniest Show Ever
In reality, She-horniness Hulk’s was aided by how tame the rest of the MCU has become. Though that is understandable given the franchise’s global audience, many of whom are youngsters, earlier Marvel films were better about showcasing the full lives & flaws of its characters. Tony Stark in the first Iron Man film is a jerk who sleeps with women. And, in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the chemistry between Steve and Natasha sizzled despite not being a central plot point. That’s partly due to the genuine chemistry between Chris Evans & Scarlett Johansson, but it’s also because the writers and directors cared enough to nurture that relationship.
When Marvel tries to be more mature, as with Thor: Love and Thunder, there’s an unmistakable self-awareness that’s more winking than enticing. She-Hulk could be accused of the same thing, but the series stuck with it. It depicted Jen’s romantic life, complete with potential ugliness, and it also had some fun by allowing Daredevil to do the “morning-after” walk. It also introduced a new potential couple in Jen & Matt that fans are eager to see, and it ultimately demonstrated how the MCU can handle more mature themes without alienating some of its younger audience.
Not each Marvel project has to be suitable for the entire family. That will always be the overarching goal, especially for films, but tv series can be more experimental & specific. In some ways, this harkens back to the source material — as Marvel Comics has grown, different readers have become attracted to different heroes and villains. There’s no reason why the MCU can’t be the same, focusing on She-sex Hulk’s life while also delivering big blockbusters such as Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
Source: Empire Magazine