So far, Marvel hasn’t really been able to do justice with the Hulk because before Disney took over Marvel Studios, Marvel signed a deal with Universal, giving them the distribution rights for a Hulk movie. Since Disney & Universal don’t see eye to eye, a solo Hulk movie never happened. Instead, we got to see Hulk shoved in other films in small doses. Endgame only used him to snap and nothing more. But now, the She-Hulk series might finally do justice to the Hulk. In fact, it could be the sequel to The Incredible Hulk that we never got in the MCU.
The only one who came back from The Incredible Hulk is General Thunderbolt Ross. There have been campaigns to bring Betty back, but since Banner got involved with Natasha, Betty was never looked upon. Since She-Hulk will most definitely involve Banner & Secretary Ross, we could totally get to see other characters from the first Hulk movie make their way back to the MCU.
Just like The Falcon And The Winter Soldier is a sequel to the Captain America trilogy, involving characters like Batroc the Leaper, Baron Zemo and Sharon Carter among others, She-Hulk also has to be part sequel to The Incredible Hulk. It should finally solve the mysteries left by the Hulk movie. We have to find out what happened with Emil Blonsky after the Hulk took down Abomination. We want to know where Samuel Sterns has been all this time. And, we suspect that the She-Hulk series could also have room to bring Liv Tyler back as Betty Ross.
There’s a clear set up for Marvel’s Thunderbolts going on in Phase 4 & Phase 5. Secretary Ross will appear in Black Widow and rumors suggest that he will recruit Taskmaster. Then, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will further the plot of the Thunderbolts as Ross is said to appear there as well. And when we arrive in She-Hulk, Ross will finally turn into the Red Hulk. Rumors also suggest that Abomination will be a part of the Thunderbolts, and Samuel Sterns aka the Leader will be the villain of the Thunderbolts project. So in a way, She-Hulk is a sequel to The Incredible Hulk and Thunderbolts will be a sequel to She-Hulk.
We’ve also heard chatter that Marvel has secretly regained the rights of the Hulk back and we can actually get a solo Hulk movie. If that is true, then we’d love to see all those things which haven’t happened with the Hulk in the MCU. A solo movie of the Hulk could be about World War Hulk, World Breaker Hulk, or even Hulk vs. Wolverine. But as of now, all of this is just assumption. We don’t even know for sure that who is playing She-Hulk. Alison Brie is the internet’s latest choice. Her comments upon this topic have also hinted that she is in fact playing She-Hulk. But there hasn’t been any legit announcement. So, let’s be patient and see who will be Marvel’s Jennifer Walters/She-Hulk. The series will begin production in a few months.
Black Widow is going to kick off the future slate on May 1. Here’s how the rest of the Phase 4 slate looks like – The Falcon and The Winter Soldier in August 2020, The Eternals on November 6, 2020, WandaVision in December 2020, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings on February 12, 2021, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on May 7, 2021, Loki in Spring 2021, Spider-Man 3 on July 16, 2021, Ms. Marvel in 2021, What If? In Summer 2021, Hawkeye in Fall 2021, and Thor: Love and Thunder on November 5, 2021. Following these are Moon Knight and She-Hulk. Black Panther 2 has been scheduled for May 6, 2022. And 7 other unannounced films have release dates for 2022 & 2023.