During an interview with Marvel.com, Kat Coiro addressed why the fourth breaches in She-Hulk: Attorney at Law are so important. “One of the most important things was having Tatiana [Maslany] and the camera develop a relationship. She’s not just talking to a camera, she’s talking to a friend, and that camera becomes a familiar,” she explains, adding that these moments are a by-product of her gaining superpowers. Walters is said to continually develop a relationship with the camera during these moments, moments that effectively give viewers a presence in the narrative.
Sensational She-Hulk writer John Byrne pioneered the character’s fourth wall breaks, and She-Hulk: Attorney at Law writer Jessica Gao felt it was crucial to acknowledge Byrne’s work. However, this proved far more difficult than expected, leading to a lot of trial and error to get the storytelling device right. “It has gone through many evolutionary steps. How much should she talk to the camera? Does she speak directly to the audience? Is there another meta element? Is she talking to someone else who is more behind the scenes,” Gao told Gizmodo. This reveals that the on-screen editor’s notes as seen in comics almost played into this element before being scrapped.
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law is currently making its way through its debut season on Disney+, so stay tuned for more fourth wall breaks in the coming weeks.