Marvel Studios Phase 4 is ready to go with its quota of blockbuster movies and TV shows. But this Phase is a little different from the rest. This is because Marvel is introducing lesser-known characters for the first time into its cinematic universe and the studio is using MCU’s established good reputation and popularity to do it.
Also, Marvel Studios has been really experimental in their Phase 4. Till now they have given fans a crime thriller with a time-travelling twist, a reality-bending sitcom, and even a legal comedy for half an hour. That last part will be courtesy of the She-Hulk Disney+ tv show that will introduce Bruce Banner’s cousin Jennifer Walters to the MCU.
For those who don’t know, She-Hulk or Jennifer gets superpowers after she gets a blood transfusion. The character will be portrayed by Orphan Black‘s Tatiana Maslany and she will be joined by Tim Roth’s Abomination as well as Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk in the series.
The good news is that filming already begun in April and so production is well underway as the show readies for a 2022 Disney+ premiere. However, not much is known about the plot of the show till now. But there’s been a rumour stating that it might feature more villains than what was previously expected.
So let us find out what that rumour says:
Lizzie Hill of The Cosmic Circus says that The Wrecking Crew, a supervillain team from the Marvel comics is all set to debut in this MCU Disney+ show. As per Marvel Comics, The Wrecker aka Dirk Garthwaite was given a powerful enchanted crowbar by Karnilla the Norn Queen after she mistook him for Loki.
During a prison stay, Garthwaite managed to get his magical weapon back and then asked 3 other prison inmates to hold on to it. Immediately after this, they got struck by lightning and that turned them into The Wrecking Crew. This team made its debut in the year 1974, but the line-up of the team has varied quite a bit since then.
However, the core members tend to generally be Wrecker, Bulldozer, Piledriver, and Thunderball. Right now, there’s no way to know which version we will be seeing in the She-Hulk series as of yet.
Now, we know that you might not have heard of The Wrecking Crew. After all, they surely aren’t the most famous of Marvel’s villain teams in the comics. However, the team has faced off against individual heroes and numerous teams like the Defenders, the X-Men, Spider-Man, the Runaways, the Avengers, and of course She-Hulk as well.
The crew is best known for their appearance in The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, a 2010 animated show.
With Tatiana Maslany as She-Hulk/Jennifer Walters, the show and Marvel Studios will dip their toes into the legal world for the first time. The first season of the show is all set to have ten half-hour episodes. In the series, we will get to see Walters juggle her superhuman lifestyle with a legal career.
Right now we don’t know whether the rumours of The Wrecking Crew being a villain in the show are accurate or not. But we are not too worried about it because the show has already cast actors for an expansive villain lineup. So She-Hulk will have plenty of villains to battle in the courtroom as well as on the streets.
In fact, the only character announced who is a non-villain in the show right now is Mark Ruffalo’s, Bruce Banner. He is her cousin and plays an important role in her origin story. As for the villains, during Disney’s Investor Day in December, Marvel’s head honcho Kevin Feige confirmed that Tim Roth’s Abomination, who was last seen in the 2008 movie The Incredible Hulk, was going to return in She-Hulk.
Later on, after the release of the latest Shang-Chi trailer, it was revealed that Abomination was going to be in that movie as well. But right now we are not sure what kind of role he is playing in the Shang-Chi movie let alone in the She-Hulk show. But we are ready to get surprised since Abomination will be coming back after 13 years of absence.
Along with this, it was recently revealed that The Good Place star Jameela Jamil got cast to play Titania, a She-Hulk villain. Titania is a former wrestler who possesses the fighting ability and superstrength to even rival Walters’ powers. It seems like she is the main villain of the show.
If we had to guess, then it definitely does feel like She-Hulk might follow a villain of the week format. So as the season goes on, Jennifer would fight minor comic villains each week, and all of it would inevitably lead to the final fight with Titania.
This way, the MCU could introduce lesser-known villains like The Wrecking Crew for example and give them a chance to shine. Obviously, we are hoping that more will come to light as we inch closer to the 2022 Disney+ premiere of the show.