The upcoming year is quite hectic for Marvel Studios. With a slate full of new films and Disney+ shows, the franchise will introduce a bunch of really cool superheroes into the MCU. One of these heroes is Tatiana Maslany’s She-Hulk. While there is no official release date announced yet, the show is believed to air on Disney+ early next year. After over a decade of the legacy created by The Incredible Hulk in 2008, the story will see a continuation. The initial narrative was already pretty entertaining. With She-Hulk, we expect a new level of humor and fascination to unfold.
She-Hulk received its first-ever footage distributed at the Disney Plus Day, 2021. The Marvel Studios presentation included teaser clips for plenty of shows. But this one managed to deliver a lot of excitement and thrill. That, too, is within merely the 20 seconds of material displayed to the audience. The teaser did not exactly reveal Maslany’s transformation into She-Hulk. However, Mark Ruffalo showed up in some scenes as his version of Hulk and Bruce Banner. The teaser also pulled in a lot of engagement because of its garden-variety sense of humor.
The show will use the concept of fourth-wall breaks. This will make it stand out more because this is the first time a superhero property will use this idea. That is, other than Deadpool. Thus, supposedly making the show a legal comedy. Fans have started speculating about the endless ways She-Hulk could use instances from the MCU as references. We also hope the show will put up some Easter Eggs as clues like Marvel always does. However, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige just made an official announcement regarding one of the upcoming references. And it has us all eagerly looking forward to the show.
In an appearance on the Straight Outta Gotham podcast, Geeks Worldwide’s Casey Walsh recently made an appearance on the Straight Outta Gotham podcast. And in conversation, Walsh revealed that Marvel Studios’ She-Hulk would directly reference Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige.
Walsh elaborated to add that the show owns a good entertainment factor. And that its humor is direct and anything but delicate. He also specifically teased that the show would be “extremely funny.”
Tatiana Maslany’s Jennifer Walters, aka She-Hulk, will light-heartedly address Kevin Feige while looking at the camera directly at some point in the show. As seen in the comics, this will align with the character’s fourth-wall-breaking antics. In the comics, Walters talks to the readers and addresses real-life comic writers and editors:
“What I’ve heard about that show, it’s like hard comedy, straight comedy, like, meant to be extremely funny. She looks at the camera and talks directly to Kevin Feige in the show, that’s part of her schtick.”
The GWW writer also made a distinct comparison between She-Hulk and Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool movies. He said that the show would adopt a similar style of humor. Although not as R-Rated:
“It’s not going to be R-Rated, but yeah [like Deadpool], it’s supposed to be like a super-fast comedy.”
Breaking the fourth wall is a concept not many can deliver with perfection. However, Marvel has earned excellence in the art through multiple characters adapting it over the years in the comics. Ryan Reynolds’ Wade Wilson has performed the art form with certain decency. Thus setting the bar for humor high with his two solo movies for Fox Entertainment. And now, She-Hulk is planning to practice its form of fourth-wall-breaking towards Marvel Studios. And it will be addressed to the franchise’s top executive.
Kevin Feige is immensely popular for his strategic approaches and genius tactics. Through his intellect, Feige has turned the franchise into perhaps the most prominent movie in its history. However, Marvel’s boss has never made a cameo appearance in any of the projects he’s worked on so far. Be it in the MCU or otherwise. There is no news stating his appearance on screen in the actual series. But even a subtle acknowledgment by Jennifer Walters towards him will initiate a bit of enthusiasm when the moment arrives.
As confirmed by reports, Kevin Feige is officially on She-Hulk’s potential smashes. But now, the question that arises is what other characters in the MCU will be picked on in the show’s fourth-wall references.
Will Maslany’s She-Hulk call out Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans for retiring or dying too soon? Or perhaps the superhero will address Edward Norton for looking awfully like Bruce Banner? If things are supposed to get real roast-y, maybe the show could give a shout-out to Deadpool himself for pulling a She-Hulk and breaking the fourth wall?
Whatever references decide to blow up in the show’s act, one thing is certain. Kevin Feige will officially stand to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s on-screen story. And that too, finally after supervising all the working from backstage for more than a decade.
She-Hulk will premiere exclusively on Disney+ in 2022.