She-Hulk's going to deliver more Hulks than you can count!
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Starting with Bruce Banner and his monstrous alter-ego’s premiere back in 1962’s Incredible Hulk #1, for almost two decades in Marvel Comics the name “Hulk” referred to only to the beast that emerged from Banner. That changed in 1980 when She-Hulk first showed up in Savage She-Hulk #1, and now there are so many gamma-irradiated spin-off characters that it’s not uncommon for heroes and villains in the comics to refer to “Hulks” like a separate species. While that isn’t quite the case in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, according to a new report that confirms our own scoop, it might get that way pretty soon. Apparently there are a whole bunch of Hulks who are going to premiere in Disney+’s She-Hulk.
We exclusively reported back in August that — beyond Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk, Tatiana Maslany’s Jennifer Walter/She-Hulk, and Tim Roth’s Emil Blonsky/Abomination — multiple Hulks would be showing up in She-Hulk. Now the Change My Mind podcast is corroborating our scoop . This isn’t the first time we’ve exclusive had the skinny on She-Hulk, either. In May, we scooped that The Good Place‘s Jameela Jamil would be the show’s villain, and that scoop was confirmed the following month.
According to the new report, it will be in part Jameela Jamil’s Titania who is responsible for the world’s population of Hulks exploding. Using a sample of She-Hulk’s blood, together Titania and Blonsky develop a cure-all concoction which transforms its users into Hulks. If true, it’s a good bet both She-Hulk and her famous cousin will have their hands full dealing with their new brethren.
So which Hulks will show up in She-Hulk? Well, there’s a long list of possibilities. Perhaps one of the more likely and tantalizing possibilities is the original Red Hulk. The crimson version of the character first appeared in 2008’s Hulk #1 and was eventually revealed to be Thaddeus Ross, the character William Hurt continues to play in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). He and Blonsky already know each other and from both 2016’s Captain America: Civil War and this year’s Black Widow we know he’s suffered a number of heart attacks since he first appeared in 2008’s Incredible Hulk. He may very well be looking for the kind of cure Blonsky and Titania are offering.
Then there remains a long list of possibilities. Rick Jones — who is mentioned in an Incredible Hulk Easter egg but has never appeared in the MCU — has had a number of gamma-irradiated alter egos including as a skinnier, long-haired Hulk and the blue-scaled A-Bomb. Betty Ross — who Liv Tyler played in Incredible Hulk — was the Red She-Hulk for a time, and later the Red Harpy. There’s Bruce Banner’s part-alien son Skaar, Amadeus Cho the “Totally Awesome” Hulk, and there’s psychiatrist Leonard Samson — played by Ty Burrell in Incredible Hulk — who becomes first Doc Samson and later Doc Sasquatch. Plus more than we can list here.
And then there’s always the possibility we could finally see villain teased over a decade ago — Tim Blake Nelson’s The Leader. The last we saw of Samuel Sterns, he was smiling as gamma-irradiated blood spilled into a cut on his head and his skin bubbled in response. There’s nothing but rumors yet as far as Nelson is concerned, but with so many Hulks popping up in She-Hulk, it seems like the perfect time for the Leader’s emergence.