When Marvel initially announced Phase 4, the Disney+ TV series lineup included projects like The Falcon & The Winter Soldier and Loki — in short, TV shows about characters fans already knew, played by actors they already recognized in the roles. But that was only the tip of the iceberg. Marvel plans to put out three more shows beyond the initial five that are full of familiar characters. These shows will star new characters, all of whom have the potential to cross over into the films: Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk, and Moon Knight. Here are all the details we know about one of these shows so far, including details about She-Hulk Season 1’s release date cast, and more.
Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe know the Hulk’s origin story, in which he was exposed to gamma rays that make him "Hulk out" when angry. She-Hulk is Bruce Banner’s cousin, Jennifer Susan Walters. She’s a New York lawyer, a hard-nosed, deeply intelligent, take-no-crap kinda gal. But when she is hit by a car on the streets of the city, her life nearly ends.
Her cousin Bruce, hearing Walters needs a blood transfusion, rushes to the hospital, hoping the gamma-ray mutations won’t transfer as well. Unfortunately, he is wrong. But Walters, unlike Banner, does not go full Hulk, since her exposure is third-hand. Her transformations are less severe, more controlled. She keeps most of her personality from the beginning, while also imbued with the ability to help save the world.
‘She-Hulk’ & Phase 4
She-Hulk is still in the pre-production stages. The project is headed up by writer Jessica Gao, known for her work on Rick & Morty, including the famous "Pickle Rick" episode. She’ll be joined by Kat Coiro, who will executive produce the series and direct the premiere episode. Coiro is known for comedies like Brooklyn 99, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, and Modern Family. With credits like these, it’s clear She-Hulk is not going to be a dour drama.
On Dec. 10, Marvel confirmed Tatiana Maslany would play Jennifer Walters, aka She-Hulk. It is hard to understate how big a name Maslany is in the sci-fi world. Her breakout role(s) in Orphan Black was the stuff of legends. She played a full dozen clones, each character an entirely crafted unique personality from the next, winning her an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in 2016.
But she’s not the only Hulk that will appear on-screen. Mark Ruffalo will reprise his role as the Bruce Banner version of Hulk as well. Ruffalo hinted previously he was in talks for the possibility. Now Marvel has confirmed he will transfer his big green character to the small screen.
But if that weren’t enough, there’s another Hulk returnee heading for She-Hulk. No, this isn’t a case of multiple Hulks. But the show will bring back another actor from the 2008 film: Tim Roth. Roth played Emil Blonsky, a Russian-born officer in the UK’s Royal Marines. Blonsky attempts to Hulk himself out, only to turn into the Abomination, a near-skeletal humanoid monster. Marvel confirmed Roth would reprise that role in the new film, making this the ultimate union of the MCU’s Hulk stories.
‘She-Hulk’ Plot Details
With the inclusion of Bruce Banner, one assumes that the first season will function as something of an origin story. The problem, of course, is not knowing if or how the Marvel Cinematic Universe plans to alter the original comic or not. Captain Marvel’s origin story, for instance, was utterly rearranged or the screen adaptation. But what the MCU comes up with for Walters remains to be seen.
But the question remains how all these different facets of The Hulk will fit together in a She-Hulk series. Though no one would call 2008’s The Incredible Hulk a flop, the Norton led film is viewed as a lower point in the Infinity Saga. Banner’s recasting (the only time the MCU recast a leading titular character) and the lack of a sequel has made it feel like Disney would rather forget the film ever happened. (The Incredible Hulk also is the only MCU film not on Disney+ other than the Sony Spider-Man films, which doesn’t help that impression.)
This means that whatever She-Hulk aims to do, it had the franchise’s entire weight on its back. Good thing She-Hulk is a strong woman.
There’s little to go on for She-Hulk as a series so far, either in plot or theories. But Marvel did drop one hint during the casting announcement in December. As Kevin Feige noted, Jennifer Walters’ job is working as a lawyer, and even before her transformation, she takes a keen interest in superhero cases due to Bruce’s condition.
Though Feige did not say outright what special guest stars might find themselves in her office looking for legal help, the possibilities are vast. Perhaps she might even take on a few cases left behind by another, redder superhero lawyer from Netflix.
‘She-Hulk’ Premiere Date
She-Hulk is currently listed with a 2022 release date for Disney+.
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