Marvel shows constantly suffer from criticism. She-Hulk: Defender of Heroes is especially hit with sexist and misogynistic comments. However, the sixth episode of the production was the subject of fair consideration. The story has used a recurring Disney+ formula and can suffer from disinterest from fans.
The sixth chapter of She-Hulk introduced yet another mysterious villain in the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe). After using this element of suspense in its first series, WandaVision (2021), the superhero studio replicated the formula in Hawkeye (2021).
So far, Jennifer Walters’ (Tatiana Maslany) main antagonist has been Titania (Jameela Jamil). But at no time in the Disney+ original series has Marvel treated the villain as someone with the credibility to beat the new heroine of the Avengers world.
In Defender of Heroes, the streaming even teased fans with the introduction of Todd (Jon Bass). During the plot, the character appeared on a date with She-Hulk. Instead of acting normal, the suitor was very interested in the powers and vulnerabilities of Bruce Banner’s (Mark Ruffalo) cousin.
And, in the fifth chapter, he has returned to increase the mystery of his true identity. Because he is interested in the heroine’s vulnerability, Todd may be the real antagonist of the series. In search of a blood sample from the heroine, Bass’ character may be part of the group of villains known as Intelligencia – the team of antagonists was even mentioned in the sixth episode.
If not Todd, She-Hulk’s main villain could be Leader (Tim Blake Nelson). Confirmed in Captain America: New World Order, the character from The Incredible Hulk (2008) should return to the MCU soon. And given his relationship with Bruce Banner, Samuel Sterns could very well appear in the Disney+ series to intensify the plot.
Tim Blake Nelson as Samuel Sterns in The Incredible Hulk
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The She-Hulk Problem
However, Marvel needs to stop repeating its formulas. Despite keeping the suspense, the studio damages the credibility of villains in the Avengers universe. The Kingpin’s (Vincent D’Onofrio) introduction suffered due to short screen time, as did Agatha Harkness (Kathryn Hahn).
By making this mistake, Iron Man’s company also affects the developments of his heroes. In Hawkeye, Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld) didn’t have much of a challenge during her journey, especially given the absence of a prominent figure as an antagonist.
Now, Defender of Heroes needs to run through the next three chapters to give credibility to the real villain of the plot. So, in case you want to catch up on the reveal, new episodes of She-Hulk arrive on Disney+ weekly at Thursdays. Watch the trailer below:
Defender of Heroes trailer
Tatiana Maslany and Drew Matthews in She-Hulk series