Spoilers for episode 2 of She-Hulk and Shang-Chi follow.
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law Episode 2 has arrived on Disney Plus – and may have secretly created Marvel Studios’ next Thunderbolts movie.
The second entry in the She-Hulk live-action series – Superhuman Law – is short from a runtime standpoint. However, it’s an installment filled with references to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), including the delayed return of Tim Roth’s Emil Blonsky, aka Abomination.
The last time we saw Abomination was in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, with the supervillain taking on Doctor Strange’s Wong in a cage fight. Prior to that, Roth hadn’t been seen on an MCU project since 2009’s The Incredible Hulk. Now, though, he’s back in the MCU, making his long-awaited return on She-Hulk’s Disney Plus show.
As we see in Episode 2, Jennifer Walters is hired by rival law firm GLHK – to lead their new superhuman law division, no less – after she is fired by her former employer. You know, because she lost the lawsuit in Episode 1. Oh, and the fact that she’s a Hulk-sized liability. Who knows.
Anyway, after she’s caught by GLKH, Walters’ first assignment is to represent Blonsky/Abomination during her parole hearing. Blonsky was arrested at the Department of Damage Control – remember them from Spider-Man: No Way Home and Ms Marvel? — ever since he was beaten by the Hulk in the latter’s MCU solo movie. Now, apparently, he’s a reformed citizen, and it’s up to Walters to convince the parole board that he should be released back into society.
It is during Walters’ first meeting with Blonsky that his likely involvement in Marvel Studios’ Thunderbolts movie is teased. We previously reported that Abomination could be part of the Thunderbolts lineup when Marvel’s Phase 5 movie hits theaters in July 2024. And it looks like Blonsky/Abomination could be part of that anti-hero team, based on what he says Walters during your exchange.
After Blonsky tells Walters that he’s chosen not to transform into an Abomination anymore, he lists a number of other descriptions for himself – he’s born in Russia, raised in Britain, was a Royal Navy Commando, and most interestingly of all, it is “on loan to the US government”.
What does that mean? Reading between the lines, Blonsky/Abomination may be called upon by the US government to carry out secret missions for them. There is currently no team of Avengers to defend the world against superhuman threats, so why wouldn’t the US government assemble an anti-hero task force to protect Earth from interdimensional invaders? After all, a similar scenario plays out in Marvel comics, so it stands to reason that a comparable situation could happen in the MCU.
So will Blonsky/Abomination be part of the Thunderbolts lineup when the movie hits theaters? recently asked that exact question to lead writer Jessica Gao. And while Gao didn’t fully confirm that she would, her response hinted at that possibility.
“I don’t think I’m allowed to say,” Gao revealed. “I don’t want to end up in an unmarked grave at Disneyland! But there’s more Blonsky in She-Hulk – I believe I can say that. where you watched it.”
Of course, we know that Roth’s Blonsky will appear in future episodes of She-Hulk. As the story of Episode 2 reveals, Walters has to convince his parole board that he should be released from prison in the show’s next entry. Meanwhile, a recent TV ad (opens in new tab) confirmed that Blonsky will appear after episode 3.
It is possible, however, that Gao’s mention that “it doesn’t end there from where you watched it” could imply his appearance in Thunderbolts. Of course, it’s more likely that she’s referring to Blonsky appearing throughout the MCU’s Phase 4 TV show, but it could also be a little tease regarding his possible role in the upcoming Marvel movie. That’s what we’re reading in it, anyway.
For more MCU-based content, check out our She-Hulk episode 2 post-credits scene explainer article. Alternatively, read our Marvel movies guide to see where the series fits into the MCU’s confusing timeline.