She-Hulk and the future of Hulk/Bruce Banner in the MCU
There has been a slew of rumors circulating around MCU's She-Hulk which is set to release next year in 2022. This series will reportedly be different from other MCU projects as this show will be 10 episodes of a half hour each and She-Hulk AKA Jennifer Walters will be portrayed by Orphan in Black Star Tatiana Maslany. Maslany hasn't had a huge slew of projects just yet but her rising stardom can also be contributed to her 10 year of comedic improvisation will surely add to the Series especially considering it's being described as a Legal Comedy. It's also been rumored that it will be taking a page from Deadpool's book and will be incorporating comedic elements of breaking the Fourth Wall.
So who Is She-Hulk?
Jennifer Walters becomes She-Hulk as a result of a blood transfusion with her cousin Bruce Banner and gains super human strength, speed, durability, regenerative healing, and green skin. Unlike her cousin, she does not have a Hulk form she can transform into rather Walters' transformation is more like the current Banner's Smart Hulk where the two are identities are merged into one. This was a long time in the comics until she eventually trains herself enough to revert back to her Human form after discovering she subconsciously preferred to stay in her Hulk form. Before becoming She-Hulk, Walters' was a Attorney at Law defending her clients in Court. It would be interesting if the series begin with her in a new position as a appointed Public Defendant for the villainous group known as the Wrecking Crew, she wins the case and gets them set free just so they can turn up later to be one of her obstacles after becoming She-Hulk. Although we currently don't have a lot of confirmations of the cast yet we do know that Mark Ruffalo is set to reprise his role as Bruce Banner/Smart Hulk. Also returning to the MCU will be Tim Roth's Abomination from the Incredible Hulk and who also can be seen recently appearing in the Shang-Chi trailer.
Krystin Ritter is also rumored to be appearing as her Netflix character Jessica Jones in the series, which would fit given Jones role as Private Detective even if its just a team-up episode or two. There are also rumors that Charlie Cox will be reprising his role as not only Matthew Murdock but he will also supposedly be appearing in costume as Daredevil. Considering Murdock is also a Lawyer (who is also rumored to appear as Spider-Man's Lawyer in No Way Home) he would fit perfectly in this series especially if he is opposing Jennifer Walters in Court as well as fighting her as Daredevil just to later team up against whoever is the Main Villain of the series.
Who is Titania?
Jameela Jamil (best known for her role as Tahani on the Good Place) will be starring in the series as the Villain Titania. Initial rumors suggest that she will be an influencer of Social Media with a Dark Side. Mary MacPherran AKA Titania, grew up as scrawny poor child who worked to help support her family. Growing up she was cruelly bullied by the wealthy girls and as a result she become resentful and dreamt of obtaining Super powers so that she would be admired and adored. Interestingly enough she gains her powers during the Secret Wars events in the comics, as she gets teleported to Battleworld, Dr. Doom makes her an offer to give her powers in exchange for working for him and she can't refuse. Using advanced Alien technology Doom recreates her body by inducing high-level metahuman abilities. Mary who was once small, scrawny, and weak stature has now become tall, muscular and curvaceous. Although we have yet to see Secret War in the MCU, we do know that Dr. Doom is bound to appear sooner or later so maybe this is his first appearance at least mentioned by name.
The Future of Hulk?
There have also rumors that Marvel is considering a new Hulk movie, although technically Marvel Studios can make a Solo Hulk movie but Universal Studios has a right of first refusal and considering that Hulk movie's are never huge money makers it begs to question how likely they would make a solo movie. These rumors are likely smoke for Hulk's involvement in another project and it could be something like Captain Marvel 2: The Marvels and name the film The Hulks based on various different Hulks from the MCU.
Perhaps this movie would star Mark Ruffalo as much as put him into a mentoring role by adding Amadeus Cho, the son of Helen Cho who we last saw in Age of Ultron, to the MCU. Not to say he is Cho's father but maybe Helen and Banner used to have a thing for each other and now he's playing Step-Dad to a teenage Amadeus, who is also one of the top 10 smartest people in the MCU along with Banner. Amadeus becomes fascinated with the idea of Hulk's strength and builds a machine (which would later be stolen) that can transmit some gamma radiation from Smart Hulk reverting him back to Bruce Banner temporarily but giving Amadeus the powers of Hulk and then goes by the hero name of Brawn.
Skarr has also recently been rumored to make an appearance in the MCU and this could be that appearance, Skarr is Hulk's son from Sakarr. During Hulk's time on Sakarr he had a Oldstrong wife named Caiera, she would eventually give birth to two children but she ultimately would end up dieing protecting her children. The Grandmaster did state that time works differently and given his mothers alien biology they would likely appear as teenage humans that can transform into a Hulk like form. Skarr and his twin Hiro-Kala could show up on Earth seeking the Father that doesn't know they exists and the shock he discovers when he only finds Banner's Smart Hulk. Furious one of them attempts to destroy their father thus causing major chaos which subsequently leads to another personality temporarily coming out of the Hulk and that is Devil Hulk who only aids in the cities destruction as he fights Skarr and Hiro-Kala. Amadeus is able to siphon enough power from Devil Hulk so that he reverts back into Bruce Banner (or back to Smart Hulk). Skarr is locked away while the Hiro-Kala presumed dead is actually swooned by The Leader into joining him to destroy the Hulk for good.
Considering we are now getting some Phase 1 villains returning to the MCU, it seems the MCU could easily utilize Tim Blake's The Leader as a Main Villain for She-Hulk or potentially set up leading to this potential film. Thunderbolt Ross could also appear in the film as a smaller antagonist that Court Marshall's Banner's power to be extracted as the Government raids his lab and finds Ammadeus' Gamma Wave Siphoner. She-Hulk could also appear in the film not only fighting but defending her Cousin in court, despite their best efforts the government sides with Ross who then uses it to steal the Hulks powers to become Red Hulk himself. Leading to Banner having to mentor Skarr and Amadeus Cho to become the new Hulk heroes in the MCU. The Leader manipulates Red Hulk into going on a rampage so that he can steal the Gamma Wave Siphoner and begins to use it on the people of NYC transforming them into rampaging Hulks.
This is of course all just speculation based on the rumors we have heard, the characters we have seen in the MCU and the potential development of the combined but it will be a while before we see a new Hulk project. We at least have She-Hulk in 2022 to look forward to for our Hulk appetites. This is the first show that Marvel has announced specifically as a comedy so we can expect some great moments that are hilarious but also some action packed and riveting ones that we have come to expect in the MCU. Let us know what you think!