Why ‘She-Hulk’ Might Be the Most Cameo-Heavy MCU Project

The first teaser trailer for the long-awaited Disney+ She-Hulk: Attorney at Law series has finally been released, giving fans their first glimpses at Tatiana Maslany’s Jennifer Walter and titular She-Hulk. But that certainly was not all—several other major MCU characters are confirmed to make appearances in the series, including Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner, Tim Roth’s Abomination, and Benedict Wong’s Wong. Charlie Cox’s Matt Murdock/Daredevil will also return to the MCU in the show. Beyond that, several new characters from across Marvel comics are set to join the series and we compiled a list of other rumors in the series.

Considering Marvel Studios has so far only released a teaser for She-Hulk, the list of character appearances is already off the charts. Fans have always clamored for connections between projects in the MCU and for the return of certain characters in new projects. Opinions on whether cameos add to or detract from any given project will never be unanimous, but the question has become increasingly tense among fans in the wake of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

Regardless of your experience with the rampant cameo rumors that came before Multiverse of Madness, it is fair to say that many fans were expecting far more exciting characters to show up in Doctor Strange’s solo sequel. While the multiverse aspect gave the film an arguably easy way to include countless cameos, She-Hulk may very likely be the MCU’s strongest magnet for cameo madness in a very different way.

‘She-Hulk’ (2014)

The series’ subtitle says it all: “Attorney at Law.” While there may not be a multiverse in the Disney+ outing, there certainly is a black hole for an unpredictable amount and type of characters in the superhero-ridden MCU—lawsuits and courtrooms. The only laws that Marvel Studios has really discussed so far are the Sokovia Accords, which were first introduced in Captain America: Civil War and confirmed to still apply in WandaVision. But there is absolutely no chance that that one set of international laws is the only thing superpeople have to deal with. Property damage, wrongful death of civilians inadvertently killed during a major battle, theft, zoning law violations, assault, creating murderbots—you name it, an Avenger has done it. The thing is, we just have not seen anyone come after our heroes for regular laws. That’s where She-Hulk comes in.

The teaser trailer confirmed that Jennifer Walters has the same type of law practice that she does in the comics and will focus on superhuman law. She-Hulk comics runs that inspired the live-action series, like those by Dan Slott and Charles Soule, make it clear that superhumans of all varieties get sued a lot. But it can be a bit trickier to handle legally when a superperson runs afoul of laws designed for normal people. For example, Hercules was sued for damages after injuring a supervillain, Howard the Duck argued his film contract promised him a film trilogy, and Valkyrie learned she needed a license to operate a flying horse. And those were all on the same two pages in She-Hulk #9 (2004).

‘She-Hulk’ (2004)

The point is there is a neverending revolving door when it comes to who or what gets sued or summoned to court. And there is certainly a neverending invitation for these cases to be quite weird. Jen Walter’s legal practice is the perfect avenue for bringing in wild cameos from across the Marvel universe in each episode for elements of surprise, humor, mysteries, tricky legal storylines, fan service, or whatever the She-Hulk creators decide. While its role as a series rather than a feature film almost certainly means that it may not have the budget or capacity to bring in the type of A-List cameos some expected in Multiverse of Madness, it has all the room in the world to be incredibly creative and bring plenty of “madness” to the MCU. Plus, we already know of several major characters that will show up, so who’s to say the series cannot pull off even more?

Get excited for She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, which premieres exclusively on Disney+ on August 17, 2022.

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