The Marvel world has still been incessantly buzzing with news even after the much touted culmination of its cinematic universe’s first three phases, ‘Avengers: Endgame’, now the highest grossing movie in the world. Recently, at the San Diego Comic Con, Kevin Feige proudly exclaimed that after 23 films under their belt, and more than 10 years of combined storytelling, they were just getting started, and that there was definitely more to come. There certainly is the risk of an overkill here, especially given the massive new announcements for Phase IV that entailed the SDCC, but Marvel seems to know what they are doing here.
While DC is still struggling with establishing firm cinematic timelines and universes for its a-list properties, some of them being instantly recognisable icons across the world, Marvel is already pushing its yellow ticket properties to increased public recognition and commercial success. To prove my point, the time is 2019, apparently the golden age of comic book movies, and the ‘Guardians of The Galaxy’ films based on characters virtually unknown to the uninitiated before the films released have grossed more than ‘Justice League’. The tables sure seem to have turned, but this is something that directly brings me to the point, lest we stray too much from it.
At the recently held Disney D23 expo, a wave of expositions followed that told Marvel still wasn’t done putting out new shows and movies as part of its Phase IV. While we will be putting out new stuff on all the new shows announced, including Ms. Marvel and Moon Knight, ‘She-Hulk’ will be the show closing on the fourth phase. So here is everything we know on the second angry green monster that will soon be joining the MCU. Read on.
She-Hulk Plot: What Is It About?
Since the character hasn’t been hinted on in any of the previous MCU properties and that this is going to be her first live-action appearance, despite talks of one going on for decades altogether, it would be good if we just start off with a brief history of the character. The She-Hulk, as the name would tell, is in essence a female Hulk with all of the green rage monster’s powers, including enhanced strength, imperviousness to bullets, disease and other kinds of physical attacks, unless you know, it’s a mad titan, and the ability to traverse long distances in a single jump along with an outwardly muscular body upon transformation.
She-Hulk’s alter ego is Jennifer Walters, a smart, composed lawyer operating in the same universe as the other Avengers, and is a cousin of Bruce Banner’s. Following an attack by a mob boss, Walters received an emergency blood transfusion from Bruce Banner himself, which is what is directly responsible for her “hulking-out” and acquiring the powers of the green rage monster. Although, there is one marked difference between the two gamma radiated cousins. The She-Hulk, even when transformed, appears to retain most of the control over her emotions and intelligence, as opposed to the Hulk who finds solace in savagely smashing anything that comes in his way, despite showing only bare signs of understanding and intelligence.
However, the current twist in the MCU with respect to the Hulk now adorning the persona of “Professor Hulk” (or Smart Hulk as he is dubbed in the official ‘Endgame’ DVD commentary) is already at the stage where Bruce Banner seems to have merged his two personalities, with the brains of the Doctor and the brawn of the monster. To add to that, since the series has only been barely announced right now, we can simply assume that there is quite literally a world of possibilities on how Kevin Feige and team pull this off, no holds barred. During the show’s announcement at the D23 expo, Feige did take centre stage while affirming to the fans that what they were going to pull off with this show, was going to be something “completely different, nothing like what we have ever done before”. That’s also what he said for ‘WandaVision’ and ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’, so I tend not to get my hopes up.