The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) expands next year with the launch of “She-Hulk,” its 20th television series. Based on the Marvel comics superhero of the same name, the show introduces TV viewers to Jennifer Walters and her alter ego, She-Hulk.
Read on for everything you need to know about the cast and storyline for the new series.
About Marvel’s New “She-Hulk” TV Series
The newest addition to the MCU joins a franchise of Marvel movies, TV shows, and comic books. Characters may appear in their own movies, join with the Avengers, or pop up in new movies or television series.
Marvel Studios has not shared the storyline, except for a few details. The show will follow some of the comic book story arcs from the 1980s, according to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. “She-Hulk” is a comedy series about a lawyer who specializes in superhuman-oriented legal cases. The first season will have 10 episodes that are each 30 minutes long.
Fans of Marvel comics know the backstory of She-Hulk. Jennifer Walters, a New York City lawyer, is shot and gets a life-saving blood transfusion from her cousin. This would be no big deal except that her cousin is Bruce Banner, also known as the Hulk.
Soon, Walters, played by Tatiana Maslany, begins turning green and gains superhuman strength and size. But her transformation into an aggressive green giant is not the same as her cousin’s. The Hulk has serious anger management issues, but Jennifer retains her personality and emotional control when she transforms into the She-Hulk. Over time, she has to adjust to practicing law in her She-Hulk form, which becomes permanent.
Mark Ruffalo will reprise his role from the Avengers movies as Bruce Banner/the Hulk. Also joining the cast is Jameela Jamil as Titania, a Marvel comics supervillain. Tim Roth will appear as Emil Blonsky/Abomination.
Who Are the Main Characters of Marvel’s “She-Hulk”?
Based on the details revealed so far, most of the characters originated in Marvel comics. There are also a few new roles. Here’s what we know about the “She-Hulk” cast and characters:
- Tatiana Maslany as Jennifer Walters/She-Hulk: Maslany is an Emmy-winning actress who appeared in the Sci-Fi series “Orphan Black.” She also starred as Sister Alice in the HBO miniseries “Perry Mason.” But Jennifer Walters is not just any lawyer. In the comedy series, she specializes in cases related to superheroes. She’s also learning to cope with her own emerging superpowers.
- Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk: Bruce Banner is Walters’ cousin and a brilliant scientist whose exposure to gamma rays causes him to transform into a huge, powerful warrior under stress. The Hulk is expected to appear in each episode of “She-Hulk” during its first season.
- Ginger Gonzaga as Walters’ best friend: Gonzaga’s other credits include hosting the Hulu pop culture show, “The Morning After,” and playing Maggie in the Showtime comedy-drama series “I’m Dying Up Here.”
- Renee Elise Goldsberry as Amelia: No background has been shared about the character so far, but Goldsberry is known for her Tony Award-winning role as Angelica in the musical “Hamilton.”
Two other actors, Anais Almonte and Josh Segarra, have joined the cast in roles that haven’t yet been announced.
Who Are the Villains in “She-Hulk”?
The villains in “She-Hulk” are straight from the Marvel comic books.
- Tim Roth as Emil Blonsky/Abomination: Blonsky is a British soldier who was injected with super-soldier serum, the formula that gave Captain America his superpowers. But Blonsky has also been exposed to gamma radiation, which transforms him into a huge humanoid creature with a deformed appearance. MCU fans will remember Blonsky’s Abomination in the Hulk cast of the 2008 movie, “The Incredible Hulk.” Sharp-eyed viewers will also notice a cameo appearance in the 2021 movie, “Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.”
- Jameela Jamil (“The Good Place”) as Mary MacPherran/Titania: She’s a red-haired supervillain and opponent of She-Hulk. MacPherran is a popular social media influencer with a dark side. In the comic book storyline, she was genetically enhanced by supervillain Doctor Doom into a being with the strength of a Titan — hence the name, Titania. She is a long-time rival of She-Hulk.
When and Where Can You Watch Episodes of Marvel’s New “She-Hulk” Series?
She-Hulk will air on the Disney Plus streaming service. Filming took place from April to August 2021 in Los Angeles and Atlanta. The show will debut in 2022, although Disney Plus hasn’t shared an exact release date just yet.
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