The following story contains spoilers for Episode 7 of She-Hulk: Lawyer, titled “The Retreat”.
episode 7 of She-Hulk: Lawyer, Titled “The Retreat,” it’s one of the best episodes of any Marvel Cinematic Universe show in the Disney+ era. No, we haven’t seen Daredevil yet, and no, Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner hasn’t returned from the orbit of outer space. No, “The Retreat” works the way all the best half-hour TV sitcom episodes work: It tells a self-contained, highly relatable story that makes us laugh and also helps us see a character for what they are. it’s a little. more, and see something of ourselves in them too.
But “The Retreat” also has some treats for Marvel fans. us do see more of the radically evolved Emil Blonsky (Tim Roth), now leading his own wellness retreat, basically unconnected to the outside world via cell service or WiFi. And that turns out to be just what Jennifer Walters (Tatiana Maslany), who, after some seemingly great dates with Josh, the guy she met in last week’s wedding episode, has a sneaking suspicion that she’s being cheated on. , needs to.
By the time he reaches the end of the episode, he’s gotten exactly what he needed from Blonsky and the surprising group of D-list supervillains hanging out at his retreat. What she really needed from her was some relaxation and perspective: if this guy didn’t want to talk to her anymore, that was her problem. She sucks for him.
But there turned out to be more to the episode’s journey than the satisfaction of self-improvement.
The end of the episode revealed that Josh What playing the long game with Jen, but with terrible intentions. He wasn’t just trying to take things slow with her, but more like trying to take things slow enough to eventually get close to her and steal her blood for whatever Intelligence/whoever hired the Wrecking Crew is trying to do. And, in the final moments of the episode, she told someone labeled “HulkKing” on her phone that the job was done. Surely, we will see more in the near future.
There is no character in Marvel Comics that uses the “Hulk King” alias, so this is a completely new invention for the MCU. So who the hell is he? We have some ideas.
Who is Hulk King in She-Hulk: Lawyer?
Option 1: Todd Phelps
Todd, who has been described by actor Jon Bass as “the idiotic billionaire playboy philanthropist who wants more than anything to feel like Tony Stark, but seems to be Jon Bass,” has already appeared a couple of times on she-hulk and it’s been super sketchy every one of those times. He remembers in his date with She-Hulk that he was asking how impenetrable his skin was, even asking if Vibranium could pierce it. Also remember that he is a client of GLK&H and generally seems like someone up to no good.
It wouldn’t be the big villain reveal that people might be hoping for, but it would be one that’s been teased and innuendoed, and it would make sense within the context of the story. What does she want with She-Hulk’s blood? We’ll see, but maybe to become some kind of superhero.
Option 2: Titanium
With the whole misogynist angle on the Intelligencia website, they clearly want us to think that the person behind the plot to steal Jen’s blood is a man. But we’ve heard Titania say over and over again that Jen hasn’t heard from her, and stealing her blood as a means of raising her own powers seems like something she would do do.
Option 3: The Leaders
We haven’t heard from Dr. Samuel Sterns (Tim Blake Nelson) in 14 years, which is literally an eternity in the MCU. But it was recently announced that Nelson would be returning to the MCU, with Sterns now in the form of him The Leader, as the main villain facing off against Anthony Mackie’s Captain America in Captain America: New World Order. So it would be a clever He Who Remains-esque tease to somehow bring The Leader back before the end of She Hulk.
With the leader’s intelligence as a scientist, it’s also possible that he could be involved and working with someone else on the roster, perhaps not wanting the blood for himself but being the man of science who helps execute someone else’s master plan.
Option 4: MODOK
Last seen as a comedic lead in the non-canon Hulu series MOD OK Voiced by Patton Oswalt, MODOK (which stands for Mental Organism Designed Only To Kill) is actually one of Marvel’s most sinister villains, and is rumored to be a part of next year. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. There hasn’t been any teasing for him yet, but he’s a key member of Intelligence in the comics, and it could be another He Who Remains-style tease.
Option 5: Someone who works for Thunderbolt Ross
This would be a stronger assumption if actor William Hurt sadly didn’t pass away earlier this year, but the show could still feature someone acting on his behalf. We are talking about a show based on helmet lore, and no one is more intertwined with the creation of the Hulk and super soldiers than General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross. He is actually responsible for both Bruce Banner and Blonsky becoming what they have become (and in Marvel Comics, he becomes the Red Hulk himself).
Obviously, with Hurt’s passing, the MCU will either have to bow out or change the character. But with Ray—a team named after his character— coming in 2024, something has to give soon. And I could start at She Hulk.
Evan is the culture editor for Men’s Health, with articles in The New York Times, MTV News, Brooklyn Magazine and VICE. He loves weird movies, watches too much TV and listens to music more often than not.