One of the best parts of the meta-humor in She-Hulk: Attorney at Law was how the internet trolls in the universe reacted to Jennifer Walters as She-Hulk becoming a public figure very much like the real-life trolls. reactions. Head writer Jessica Gao sat down with ScreenRant to discuss the show’s decision to fight internet trolls by making them the main antagonists. When asked about toxic fandoms, Gao revealed that the team predicted her reactions when writing She-Hulk three years ago.
“We started writing the show three years ago; it’s been so long,” Gao said. “The fact that we were able to predict very accurately what the toxic reaction would be every time is sad, but also shows how tired and unoriginal these guys are. Three years ago I could tell you what you were about to say because you’re just so predictable and boring. But the little troll that lives inside me was absolutely thrilled that we could troll the trolls.”
Apparently, Gao is fed up with the nonsensical comments internet trolls are throwing at “She-Hulk.” Luckily, she and the rest of the “She-Hulk” cast and crew didn’t let online toxicity get the better of them. Instead, they used their platform to poke fun at her directly.
She-Hulk star Tatiana Maslany also commented on battling toxic fandom, telling Variety that she expected that reaction after first reading the script. Recalling how the cast would send each other troll replies they found online and laughing, she called it an exciting experience to see them become the show’s villains. Maslany said the role was a significant step forward for women in the superhero genre and loved how angry the character’s very existence made certain people.