Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is set to introduce new heroes and villains into the ever-growing superhero franchise, and one of them is Jennifer Walters a.k.a. She-Hulk.
The MCU hero will debut in Marvel's She-Hulk Disney+ series, and the character will be portrayed by Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany. Mark Ruffalo was also confirmed to reprise his role as Bruce Banner a.k.a. Smart Hulk in the series, which makes narrative sense due to the fact that Walters is the Avenger's cousin in Marvel Comics.
Plot details of She-Hulk are still being kept under wraps, but previous reports revealed that the main villain of the series is Jameela Jamil's Titania. Alongside Jamil, Tim Roth's Abomination was also confirmed to spell trouble for the titular heroine.
Production of She-Hulk was rumored to be winding down, as evidenced by a social media post from one of its crew members. Now, it looks like filming has reportedly reached its end, and this update comes with a surprising tease about the show's narrative.
SHE-HULK PRODUCTION UPDATE
Instagram user @homemakeoverbycarlosoliveira shared a photo of himself wearing a She-Hulk shirt that was given to the crew of the Disney+ series.
Front and center on the shirt is a cartoon depicting She-Hulk and Hulk smiling and sharing a drink at a tiki-themed bar. Above them is a sign that reads "Bruce's Bar," which alludes to a potential business venture that Mark Ruffalo's MCU hero could partake in the show.
While this apparel is not a confirmation that this exact scene will be in the show, it seems likely that it's at least inspired by the series considering that "Bruce's Bar" has never appeared in a comic storyline.
Oliveira also shared that filming for She-Hulk has already wrapped. Oliveira works as a draper, and it seems that he was likely contracted for the production of the MCU series, thus explaining his involvement.
BRUCE BANNER HAS A BAR?!?
Mark Ruffalo has yet to return as Smart Hulk in the MCU's Phase 4, but this latest development could hint that actor's comeback as the Green Goliath will be much more fun than usual.
The last time fans saw Hulk during the Infinity Saga was when he helped Steve Rogers to return the Infinity Stones to their respective points in time. Now, the general audience will see Hulk in a different light since it appears that he will take time off from his superhero duties to take on a new business venture.
This reveal essentially fits the tone of She-Hulk, considering the fact that Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige described the series as a “half-hour legal comedy." Many would agree that the dynamic between Jennifer Walters and Bruce Banners will serve as one of the highlights of the show, and this will be further maximized by the inclusion of comedic elements alongside a bar setting.
Despite the belief that Hulk has a certain business to attend to, this doesn't change the fact that the Green Goliath will not be involved in action scenes in She-Hulk.
Given that Walters is a rookie in the superhero gig, there's a strong chance that Banner will show her the ropes throughout the show's first season. It's also possible that a Hulk-sized team-up will be on the cards since it's possible that Titania and Abomination will join forces in the series.
Meanwhile, the latest development about She-Hulk's production status should give fans a hint about when the series will premiere on Disney+. As of right now, the Tatiana Maslany-led series is slated for a 2022 release, but the fact that it already wrapped filming could hint that the show will likely debut in the first half of next year.