Marvel’s Disney+ streak is currently on hiatus after a successful run with Hawkeye to finish 2021, but fans shouldn’t fret—that train will start back up soon. The next outing under its belt will be Oscar Isaac’s Moon Knight, whose trailer knocked the socks off of audiences. After that’s in the bag, Ms. Marvel and She-Hulk will add to the MCU's Disney+ collection.
The release order isn’t known yet, but both will continue the streak of introducing brand-new heroes.
The difference with She-Hulk, however, is how strong the ties are between the newly established Jennifer Walters and the wider MCU. For one, her origin story is directly tied to her cousin: Bruce Banner, that famous green Avenger.
The universe-saving hero won’t be the only connection the series leans on. It was previously announced that Tim Roth’s Abomination, who was last seen properly in The Incredible Hulk (brief Shang-Chi cameo not included), would be making his grand return at some point during the show’s first season.
Details behind his role in the show aren’t known, but the actor has once again commented on how “insane” the show will be and how excited he is to be back in the fold.
Abomination's Role In She-Hulk
In an interview with Uproxx, The Incredible Hulk actor Tim Roth talked about his return to the MCU in the upcoming Disney+ series She-Hulk.
According to the actor, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige’s phone call “totally surprised [him]:"
“Well, honestly, it totally surprised me. I went in to chat with Kevin Feige, and he said, ‘I’ve got an idea. Come in.’ Really? Really? Because the original thing that I did, when I did that first Incredible Hulk movie, was I just did it for my kids. And back then, no one knew what the MCU was going to be. And that was the second movie. In a way, it was pre-Iron Man. It hadn’t come out.”
Roth continued, mentioning how they really “figured it out” and went on to praise films like Wolverine and Deadpool (both of which, ironically, are not MCU films):
“And that was when they figured it out. Figured out, ‘Oh, that’s how you do it.’ And then they worked it out. Some of them better than others, whatever, but they worked it out. For me, Wolverine and very much Deadpool. So. it was just for my kids when they were little.”
As for his time on the show, he said that it was “awesome” to “work with Mark Ruffalo” and that the project of She-Hulk as a whole “was insane:"
“So I was amazed when they came back around and said, ‘How would you feel about…’ And I went, ‘Yeah. All right!’ And we just shot it, I guess in the summer last year or whatever. I think that they’re in post now doing it, so whenever. Bonus, I got to work with Mark Ruffalo. Awesome. Who I love. And I don’t know if I’m allowed to say. Oh, I can say that. But this extraordinary woman, Tatiana… who is She-Hulk… incredible, that woman. So that was a blast. It was insane.”
The Insanity of She-Hulk
One of the biggest dangling threads left in the MCU after Avengers: Endgame was Tim Roth's Abomination, who's basically gone without a single mention by name for nearly 15 years. Given how much the conclusion of The Infinity Saga wrapped up, it’s nice that Marvel was able to bring back elements of one of its most forgotten films.
But how will Roth’s villain factor into the show? Having briefly appeared in Shang-Chi, many hope his cage fight with Wong will be addressed in some banner. It’s also probably a safe bet that he will end up fighting She-Hulk at some point, as well as the Hulk, seeing as he mentions having worked with Mark Ruffalo.
Roth wasn’t the only hanging thread from the 2008 film. There was also actor Tom Blake Nelson’s transformation into The Leader which has never been addressed. Could that change by the end of She-Hulk’s run?
Fans will have to wait until the series all airs to find out, whenever that might be.