As the Marvel Cinematic Universe enters Phase 4, the studios are spreading their reach beyond movies by producing a string of shows for Disney+. WandaVision, which is the first project expected to release in 2021 from Marvel Studios has a premiere date of January 15. The months following are even expecting the broadcast of much-awaited shows like The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Loki. Much like the rest of Hollywood, Marvel has been forced to adjust its release plans because of the coronavirus pandemic.
In the middle of September, we learned that Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany was cast in Disney+ Series She-Hulk. The pre-production on the show is starting to ramp up, and according to Illuminerdi, the Disney+ series is reportedly looking to cast its villain and several supporting roles. So far it was known that actress Tatiana Maslany will play She-Hulk (Hulka) alongside Mark Ruffalo who is expected to reprise his role as Bruce Banner / Hulk. The show will be directed by Dead To Me director Kat Coiro, while Rick and Morty writer Jessica Gao will run the writing room.
The makers have revealed the description of some secondary characters for the upcoming series which gives us an idea of the role of the main villain that Marvel wants to introduce in the She-Hulk (Hulka) series.
First up are Jennifer Walters’ parents who are in their 60’s and playing supporting roles. A strong supportive co-worker expected to be in his late 20’s-30’s and described as “sweet, serious and handsome in the John Krasinski style” is also expected to join. Walters’ best friend, codenamed Susie is also in the listing as a 30-ish, leaning Asian-American but definitely BIPOC, and comedy chops are listed as essential.
Most interestingly, the show is also casting a villain in her 30s under the codename Lucy, who is described as “a glamorous, Kardashian-style social media influencer with a dark side.”
She-Hulk (Hulka) has had several close friends in the comics over the years, including Blonde Phantom (both incarnations), Jill Stevens, and Patsy “Hellcat” Walker. She has also crossed paths with various female villains, with Titania and Ultima being the most notable. None of them fall into the category of social media influencers, but that doesn’t mean their characters can’t be modified to fit the above description since the series has to adapt to the current era.
Created by writer Stan Lee and artist John Buscema, She-Hulk first appeared in The Savage She-Hulk #1 in Feb. 1980. After she suffers an injury, Walters receives a blood transfusion from her cousin Bruce Banner, giving her a more mild version of the Hulk’s powers. This gives her superhuman strength but allows her to maintain her emotional and intellectual intelligence.
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