After the pandemic shut the world down and kept audiences from any new MCU material for nearly two full years, Marvel has roared back with a vengeance as they’ve pumped out more material in the last 15 months – 9 different projects – than they did from the years 2017-2019 combined (and prior to 2021, those were the MCU’s three busiest years). Even better news – the MCU is nowhere near stopping as they have just as many future projects planned as they do past projects completed.
Superhero fans can rejoice knowing that the MCU will be providing them with content for many more years to come, highlighting the characters that audiences have already grown to know and love and introducing new heroes that fans have been eagerly waiting for. One such hero that fans will get to see sooner rather than later is Jennifer Walters, a.k.a. She-Hulk, played by Tatiana Maslany.
With the first official trailer for Ms. Marvel announcing that the Disney+ series would begin airing in June, it’s safe to say that She-Hulk will more than likely be premiering later on towards the end of the year (probably August-September). Despite audiences having to be patient for just a few more months, there’s already been wide speculation about which established MCU characters will be making cameo appearances alongside the green, 7-foot tall super-lawyer, and some theories are much more promising than others.
This might seem like a given, especially since there have already been multiple reports that both of these MCU characters will be making appearances in She-Hulk, but that’s all the more reason to mention it. In the comics, Jennifer Walters receives her super-abilities when she is deathly injured, and her cousin, Bruce Banner, gives her a blood transfusion to save her. The procedure works but results in Jennifer obtaining the Hulk’s powers. So, if the MCU show decides to follow that storyline even remotely, then it pretty much guarantees that Bruce Banner will be making some sort of appearance.
As for Abomination, the character has been tied to the Hulk ever since the 2008 movie The Incredible Hulk (just the second MCU movie ever) and then had a very brief cameo in the recent Shang-Chi film released last year. Details have been kept under tight wraps, so it’s unknown what role he’ll play in the series, whether it be a villain (like he previously was) or if he’s gone the hero route and has gotten his powers under control. Or maybe all the reports are fake, and Abomination won’t make an appearance at all. Fans will just have to wait and see.
The blind protector of Hell’s Kitchen has already made his first MCU appearance thanks to his quick two-minute cameo in Spider-Man: No Way Home, but all that brief piece of screen time did was leave fans itching for more. In the comics, Jennifer Walters is a lawyer who specializes in cases involving superheroes. As fans know, Matt Murdock is also a lawyer, so it wouldn’t be too outlandish to think that Jennifer could go to Matt for some legal advice or vice versa. However, if that were the case, his role would probably be another quick lawyer cameo, and fans might not take kindly to still seeing just Matt Murdock and no trace of Daredevil.
This might seem out of left field, but here are the facts. She-Hulk has been confirmed to be a ten-episode comedy show, and there are few characters in the MCU funnier than Happy Hogan. Not only that, but during Matt Murdock’s cameo in Spider-Man: No Way Home, Murdock informs Happy that he’s being investigated due to his involvement with Tony and tells him that he’s going to need a really good lawyer.
Despite Doctor Strange wiping Peter Parker from Happy’s memory, that doesn’t change anything about the investigation. Happy will still need a really good lawyer who specializes in superhero cases – i.e., Jennifer. One last bit — Happy Hogan is played by coveted director Jon Favreau, a man who has been killing it on Disney+ as of late, which is the same streaming platform that She-Hulk will be airing on. Don’t be surprised if this happens. Just saying.
A couple of other characters could realistically make appearances in She-Hulk if the MCU really wanted to toss in a couple of quick cameos. Valentina Allegra De Fontaine could show up and recruit her (just like she did with US Agent and Yelena), while Luke Cage is known to have a history with the character in the comics. It could be a perfect way to bring the Marvel Netflix character into the fold of the MCU. Lastly, General Ross could be a strong contender as filming for the series has already concluded. However, with the passing of beloved actor William Hurt, it’s uncertain what role Thunderbolt will have in the future of the MCU. These all might be the most predictable contenders for established MCU characters to appear in She-Hulk, but audiences know that the MCU is anything but predictable.