Disney Plus has a very exciting lineup of Marvel TV shows slated for 2022, including the current broadcast moon knight and Ms. Marvel, premiering in June. One of the most unique sights on the way is She-Hulkwhich generated a lot of excitement and interest despite the lack of an announced release date.
She-Hulk stars black orphan direct Tatiana Maslany as Jennifer Walters, a lawyer in Los Angeles who becomes the titular She-Hulk. It will also feature Ginger Gonzaga as Jennifer’s best friend, Jameela Jamil as Titania and Renee Elise Goldsberry as Amelia, Tim Roth returning as Emil Blonsky/Abomination and Mark Ruffalo as Hulk/Bruce Banner. It’s also been confirmed that other MCU characters will make surprise appearances throughout the season.
Described as a half-hour legal comedy, She-Hulk is set to be very different from other MCU series so far. Jessica Gao, award-winning writer of rick and morty and Silicon Valley, is the show’s head writer, so he’ll likely lean more into comedy than the other shows. First season of She-Hulk will be ten episodes of thirty minutes each, similar to a sitcom set-up. There are great She-Hulk scenarios from Marvel Comics that could be adapted in some of these episodes.
Given that She-Hulk is a new addition to the MCU, it would make sense for her origin story to be adapted for the TV series. In the comics, Jennifer Walters is a successful defense attorney in Los Angeles, who just happens to be the Hulk’s cousin, Bruce Banner. While Bruce visits her, she is shot by a crime boss’ henchman, Nicholas Trask, because she was defending a mobster in court who had been double-crossed by him. In a desperate attempt to save her, Bruce donates some of his own blood to Jennifer for a blood transfusion. When Trask attempts to kill her a second time, the gamma radiation in the transfused blood is activated and Jennifer transforms into “She-Hulk”. Like the original Hulk, she’s tall, green, and has superhuman strength, but Jennifer is able to maintain her full intelligence and much of her emotional control.
In one storyline, Jennifer tries to warn the Avenger Hawkeye of his impending death. Due to this, she is arrested by the Time Variance Authority for attempting to alter the time stream. They threaten to erase her from history if she loses her case. The trial ends up being full of various people from Jennifer’s life, including those who died, who were brought in at different times in her story. Since VAT was introduced in the MCU until 2021 Lokithis scenario would seem to be a natural fit for adaptation. She-Hulk might even bring in Owen Wilson’s Mobius Mr. Mobius, who plays a part in the storyline of the comics.
A memorable She-Hulk story involves the Eternal, Eros, who has the power to stimulate pleasure centers in the brain. Jennifer is called upon to defend him when he is accused of sexual assault using his powers to seduce a married woman. As Eros begins to use his powers to influence the Witnesses, Jennifer begins to wonder if he used his powers on her, especially to influence her when they slept together in the past. As the trial proceeds quickly, Eros’ father teleports him to his home planet, Titan, to try to clear his name, but again brings in Jennifer as the prosecutor. Eros, played by Harry Styles, was recently introduced to the MCU at the end of Eternals. A She-Hulk the episode could be a fun way to help fans get to know the character.
Jameela Jamil will play Titania, who is She-Hulk’s nemesis in the comics. Born Mary MacPherron, she was short and skinny, bullied to the point that she became resentful and sought revenge. A series of events lead to her undergoing radiation cell augmentation at the hands of Doctor Doom, causing her to grow taller and more muscular, with super strength, stamina, and resistance to injury. She eventually gets the better of She-Hulk in a fight while he was working for Doom, sparking a long-running rivalry between the two of them. Although she is probably a recurring character in She-Hulk, one storyline featuring Titania that would particularly suit the show’s format is that of Jennifer in the Supreme Court. In this storyline, Jennifer argues against the Mutant Registration Act in the US Supreme Court. However, she is distracted by Titania, who keeps showing up outside the courtroom demanding to fight She-Hulk.
In a storyline called “Web of Lies”, She-Hulk finds herself defending Spider-Man in court. Spider-Man is suing J. Jonah Jameson for defamation due to the story of Jameson spreading lies about him in the Daily Bugle. Complications arise when Spider-Man has to appear in court, as he must be able to prove he is the real Spider-Man without compromising his identity as Peter Parker. Spider-Man is a much-loved character in the MCU, and it would be amazing to cast him in one of the TV series. However, the events of Spider-Man: No Coming Home could make this scenario difficult.
She-Hulk will premiere on Disney Plus in 2022.
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