It is fairly common for superheroes to acquire either a permanent adversary or a single Super Villain. To provide just a few cases, each hero’s nemesis has its own archetype: Spider-Man faces the Green Goblin, Batman faces the Crime Prince of Gotham, and the Man of Steel faces Lex Luther. In addition, Mary MacPherran, also known as the super-strong Titania, competes with Jennifer Walters, also known as She-Hulk.
It’s no secret that She-Hulk, as well as Titania, went toe-to-toe with each other several times spanning four decades of marvel comic storylines. Even though the latter has lost most of their confrontations, she continues making a return for more.
Titania’s preoccupation with defeating She-Hulk stems from her deep-seated animosity against Jennifer, although she frequently lacks the self-awareness to comprehend this. Luckily, the comics available on Marvel Unlimited provide fans more background on the events that led She-Hulk and Titania to each other, and why they might be willing to attempt something new.
Mary McPherran is Titania’s pseudonym in the publications, and she spent the majority of her early adulthood being noticeably smaller than her considerably bigger siblings. She was sick of everyone thinking she was weak, so she leaped at the opportunity to acquire superpowers and boost her reputation and self-esteem. Doctor Doom’s promise of an opportunity to shine throughout the Secret Wars was the catalyst for this. Mary was transformed into Titania, who was bigger, tougher, and more confident than she’d ever been owing to untested extraterrestrial technology.
Her need for validation brought her into conflict with She-Hulk, a foe who proved to be roughly her equal in terms of power and strength. However, Titania was frequently defeated in combat, which further fuelled her fierce hatred. Titania has often attempted to stop attacking She-Hulk in an effort to bring a stop to their feud, but she has always been defeated. With the additional energy of the Power Stone, though, she was able to defeat She-Hulk for the first time—that is, until Jennifer also obtained the Power Stone and knocked her for good in a single blow.
The ongoing miniseries has yet to explain what started their rivalry, but given that it is based in Los Angeles, it’s plausible that Titania was actively striving for stardom before She-Hulk came up. After having her moment in the spotlight snatched, the natural response would be to train hard to become as powerful as She-Hulk in order to get her place back.
However, after suffering her initial setback, this storyline may lay the stage for the upcoming major conflict in the Universe. A budding relationship, though, may emerge despite the blows.
The history of She-Hulk and Titania’s rivalry must be traced back to its earliest days in order to make sense of their current feud. This necessitates a return to the events of SECRET WARS (1984). Titania and her comrade Marsha Rosenberg/Volcana first appeared in publications in edition #3 as consenting soldiers of Doctor Doom, the scientist who bestowed their abilities on them. It wasn’t until edition #7 that Titania and She-Hulk had their first confrontation.
But SHE-HULK (2004) #10 provided the crucial background for that conflict. For the first time, we see the extent to which Mary MacPherran was harassed and dissatisfied with her physique as a teenager before she underwent plastic surgery. Mary felt unstoppable after receiving Titania’s strength. Readers learned that Jennifer defeated Mary in their first encounter. Titania’s ongoing animosity with She-Hulk was driven by her constant sense of powerlessness.
Together, Titania as well as Absorbing Man became members of the Masters of Evil under Baron Zemo, when they were originally put to work recruiting new members. They were subsequently tasked with eliminating Avenger Hercules, who had been rendered unconscious during an encounter with the supervillain group. Tragically, the good guys managed to overpower the two, and they were eventually brought to the Vault, a prison for superhumans.
Nevertheless, Titania did not stay in the prison for long since Tony Stark came up there just to fight the officers and accidentally freed her by causing a power breakdown. Titania traveled to the nation’s capital and created havoc in an attempt to draw She-Hulk out for a showdown. However, after suffering defeat after defeat at SheHulk’s hands, Titania vowed never to confront She-Hulk anymore and was eventually sent to prison.
After being liberated by Graviton, she attempted to avenge herself on Spider-Man but was ultimately destroyed when she was struck by a high-speed bus. At last, she managed to break free and enlisted in Superia’s Femizons, a female-only army that valiantly fought Captain America as well as Paladin.
Titania sought out Creel as a result of their ongoing setbacks and the two eventually confessed their affection for each other. Creel tried to lead a functional life, however, Titania really can not escape her desire for revenge against She-Hulk, so she started stealing jewelry from shops to lure her in. Eventually, Creel frightened Titania clean, and she returned to her daily chores
After asking the former to wed her, Titania invited several big- bads to their ceremony, but the Avengers decided to leave them alone. The pair sought to leave crime behind, but eventually adopted the identities of Thunder Girl as well as Lightning Bolt to track down Spider-Man and claim GreenGoblin’s prize.
Even though She-Hulk has lately been trying to put her life on track, Titania has never ceased wanting to defeat her in a fight. Instead of one party getting pummelling into surrender, She-Hulk and Titania reach an agreement to train together as allies.
A relationship nurtured in years of conflict was reaped when the two finally understood each other’s perspectives. Although it seems implausible at the moment, a Disney+ show might easily establish such a connection, transforming a rivalry into a friendship.
She-Hulk will feature several of the most formidable and outlandish foes yet seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, these individuals could also have fantastic and amusing backstories. Titania might be one tenacious antagonist to ever oppose any of the characters, yet with each blow, each win and loss, a deeper and more permanent relationship grows between them.