Director of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law Kat Coiro discusses why a season 1 episode from the MCU program is missing. She-Hulk: Attorney at Law is the most recent MCU series to be made available on Disney+, following in the footsteps of shows like Moon Knight and Ms. Marvel. She-Hulk: Attorney at Law is a half-hour legal comedy that represents a significant change from past Marvel programs. It tells the tale of attorney Jennifer Walters/She-Hulk (Tatiana Maslany), who tries to balance her work with her power to morph into a superhero. Due to its distinct sense of humor and upbeat tone, the program has so far been well-received by critics but has divided audiences more.
In an interview with The Direct, Kat Coiro expressed her gratitude to Marvel executives for allowing her the freedom to not be restricted to a specific number of episodes per season for the Disney+ TV show, explaining that the length of the season depended on the story arc and any necessary adjustments to it. She said:
“One of the most amazing experiences I’ve had as a creator and as an artist is Marvel is not bound by the same rules as, you know, other TV shows that have to be 22 minutes. And the story really dictated the length of the season. And so as the story came into focus and as we started putting the pieces together, it landed at nine. It could’ve been eight, it could’ve been eleven. And it’s the same with the length of the episodes. There isn’t a number you have to hit. It really is, ‘What’s best for this episode,’ which, in my opinion, is how it should be.”
There are rules that would have had to adhere to governing episode length and the number of episodes per season if She-Hulk: Attorney at Law had been broadcast on a regular network or cable television. As Coiro points out, the emergence of streaming and platforms like Disney+ has given producers the opportunity to experiment with different storytelling frameworks and only use as much time as necessary to complete a story. She-Hulk: Attorney at Law was always going to be better suited to a slightly longer episode count due to its premise and its tone being similar to that of a sitcom, and 9 eventually allows the program to take some amusing diversions while still pushing the story forward.
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law was a rather extensive first season, even with the lost episode. The WandaVision miniseries from 2021 and its nine episodes jointly hold the record for being the longest live-action Disney+ series in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The majority of the MCU shows that have aired on Disney+ over the past two years have each had six episodes, and many of the shows on its upcoming series slate will do the same.