While a lot of the Marvel Studios shows on Disney+ will be expanding upon existing characters with WandaVision, What-If, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, Loki, and Hawkeye. The three new series announced at D23 Expo by Marvel’s Kevin Feige will allow them to tackle the introduction of three unique characters the MCU via a television series format rather than a feature film.
This gives Marvel an opportunity to try different angles that might just not work with a single feature installment.
For example, the She-Hulk series will likely end up being a courtroom procedural series.
Jennifer Walters in Marvel Comics, is the cousin of Bruce Banner and works as a defense lawyer and could give fans a weird look into what happens to heroes and villains once they enter the legal system. Hopefully, this series would be a little less like Ally McBeal and more like AMC’s Better Call Saul.
Taking more of a character-driven focus having Jennifer Walters dealing with the legal system in a post-Avengers world defending both heroes and villains.
Another interesting angle that might set the series apart from the other shows is that She-Hulk, depending on if she keeps her hulk-out form all the time could end up being a motion capture/CGI. Considering the budgets involved with these shows and if it ends up 6-episodes like others could be feasible given that ILM has launched a television division of the effects house thanks to the Star Wars series The Mandalorian.
Marvel Television and ABC Studios attempted a Hulk series with the help of Guillermo del Toro but those plans fell apart leading to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. becoming a last-minute replacement. The technology might have caught-up where they might be able to pull something off for a limited series.
ADDING NEW THINGS TO THE MCU
She-Hulk might be a way to give us a glimpse into who might be held at The Raft, the super-prison that is overseen by Thaddeus Ross. Perhaps, Jennifer could represent the inhabitance of the facility or is the go-between the villains there and the outside world.
It’s possible that heroes mistaken for villains could be caught up in the show as well. The character would have made an excellent lawyer for Peter Parker in Spider-Man 3, but that could certainly be replaced with any number of characters established or yet to be established in the universe.
As a member of the Fantastic Four, Jennifer’s series could be a platform to introduce characters like Victor von Doom, Reed Richards, Sue Storm, Ben Grimm, and Johnny Storm. Either doing legal work for them or having a run-in with them during her adventures. How they could be introduced is more the job of showrunners and writers, but that window is there given Jennifer’s connection to that team, it’s just as plausible as Black Panther 2.
THE SERIES COULD HAVE BIG TIES TO THE EXISTING MCU
Jennifer could be an advocate for New Asgard and its inhabitants.
We know that there are a bunch of god-like aliens chilling in Norway with the New Asgard settlement, while post-snap they have seemingly been left alone for five years but that could change with people returning that might not take kindly to aliens on Earth after a massive invasion by aliens.
Valkryie is also seeking her Queen in Thor: Love and Thunder, She-Hulk seemingly might be an option now. Potentially, making Jennifer a leading LGBTQ hero.
While Walters was the cousin of Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner they could try something different and sever that family connection between the characters allowing for open casting.
Then again, stuff like Agents of S.M.A.S.H. could see a team-based series as well as during the day she’s a lawyer but then runs off with characters like Red Hulk (Thaddeus Ross) and A-Bomb for adventures. That would likely be just too expensive to tackle but planting the seeds for those characters wouldn’t be terribly shocking. At one time, there had been plans to include Red Hulk in Captain America: Civil War by the Russo Brothers.
Mark Ruffalo welcomed She-Hulk to the MCU family on Twitter recently, which has led many to believe there is a shot he could show up on the series as Professor Hulk.
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) August 27, 2019
There are multiple Hulks in the comics which could make their way into the series.
The She-Hulk series could help establish what happened to the super-villains after they were captured by authorities. We have plenty of baddies in prison such as Sam Rockwell’s Justin Hammer, Tim Roth’s aka Abomination, and we could have added the Spider-Man baddies such as Vulture/Scorpion but that looks unlikely with the Sony/Marvel deal breaking down.
There have been rumblings for a while now that we could be seeing a version of the Thunderbolts, there is a good chance that they’ll show-up or be assembled in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, but given the fact that Thunderbolt Ross/Red Hulk is a more recent member of the team in the comics might be a reason to tie them to She-Hulk in some sort of way as well.
I think we’ll start learning a little bit more about the series in the coming months, but there are some neat angles Marvel Studios could go with the series.