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Warning: The following episode contains mild spoilers She Hulk episode 3
If there’s one thing that’s consistent across the MCU, it’s that never relies on a comic-accurate storyline. It tends to switch and twist in ways that allow it to fit into the overall theme, and the same thing happened with She-Hulk’s MCU debut. The superhero’s origin story has been significantly altered in the Disney Plus series. But that doesn’t mean the story will choose to change how the main antagonist, i.e. Titania, got her powers. And if She Hulk chooses to be comic book authentic while fitting in how As part of her powers, there’s much more in store for us than just a finale pitting Jennifer Walters against the self-possessed Titania.
So far we hardly know anything about the MCU version of Titania. She debuted as a social influencer, Mary MacPherran, with superhuman abilities on par with She-Hulk, who is now her number one enemy. In the first episode of the series, she is seen escaping her trial and in her attempts to escape, she punches a huge hole in the wall and throws a desk at the jury. But thankfully, Jennifer transforms into her superhuman personality and saves the day by delivering a powerful punch to the clearly selfish and reckless Titania, who is knocked out and arrested.
Although we’re already into three episodes, the series hasn’t revealed how Titania got her superhuman abilities. Did she get her hands on a fresh batch of super soldier serum, maybe she’s become a superhuman after being exposed to the Infinity Stones (when they existed in the current timeline), or maybe… the MCU will stick with it as they do theirs Gained powers in Comics — via Doctor doom.
Who is Doctor Doom and how did he turn Mary into Titania?
In the Marvel Comics, Mary is a short and skinny girl from Denver, Colorado who is often bullied by her school’s popular students. Her only escape is through her fantasies, one of which is to get back at everyone who ever humiliated her by becoming a superhero.
Her dream is finally fulfilled when her suburb is attacked by the alien afterlife. Here she meets the villainous Dr. Victor von Doom aka Doctor Doom. He is the supreme leader of the kingdom of Latveria (a fictional country in Europe), but more importantly, he is both a brilliant scientist and a powerful sorcerer.
When he meets Mary, he attempts to bolster his army of super villains, and after she agrees to him experimenting, he uses advanced alien technology to transform her into her current persona. As she becomes Hulk-like and achieves extraordinary strength and agility, her ego and confidence – which were just bubbling beneath the surface – are blown to unimaginable levels.
How certain is Doctor Doom’s arrival in the MCU?
While Doctor Doom’s arrival in the MCU initially seemed like a pipe dream, the recent trajectory of Phase 4 and beyond gives strong indications that one of Marvel’s most extraordinary and memorable villains is about to make his debut.
It all started with doctor strange in the multiverse of madness, who have spoken at length about incursions – where two or more universes collide, resulting in the total annihilation of one or all universes involved. At the 2015 crossover event secret wars, Multiple incursions lead to the collapse of the multiverse and what remains is Battleworld, the makeshift universe created by Doom, made up of the stitched together remnants of many broken realities ruled by this villain.
mummy The ending with the mysterious Clea proclaiming how Strange set off a heist wasn’t just a foreshadowing of the cataclysmic events that took place Secret Warsbut also hinted at the arrival of Doctor Doom himself.
The possibility was teased further than Black Panther: Wakanda Forever‘s synopsis was revealed, which teased that the Wakandan forces must unite “to protect their nation from encroaching world powers following the death of King T’Challa”. In the Marvel Comics, Doom is one of the Black Panthers’ biggest admirers, but he also hates his guts. In fact, he’s the one who instigated Namor to attack Wakanda, and not entirely coincidentally, the submarine man is one of the threats Wakanda will face in the upcoming film, and fans can’t help but hope Doom does will also appear, no matter how fleeting, as the ultimate mastermind.
His forthcoming appearance received further support from the announcement of films such as Fantastic Four and Avengers: Secret Wars this will begin and culminate Phase Six. But that’s years away if he doesn’t show up Black Panther 2! Thankfully, there’s already another possibility for his perfect arrival, and that glimmer of hope is Titania. Though the MCU has dropped its comic book storyline, it can still cling to the origin of her superpowers, revealing that she got her superpowers thanks to Doom — or maybe he’s the mysterious “boss” mentioned in the latest episode of She Hulk by the Wrecking Crew?
It’s entirely possible She Hulk could be the platform through which the wily villain makes his MCU debut. Who knows, maybe the final episode’s post-credits scene will give us the long-awaited glimpse into Doom? After all, the last villain, i.e. Thanos, to turn the MCU on its head showed up way back in the 2012 mid-credits scene The Avengers before making his presence properly known in 2018 Avengers: Infinity War.
The arrival of Doctor Doom means one thing – Fantastic Four!
If he arrives in the MCU so soon, it will give fans the stoking hopes they need that they won’t have to wait for the end of Phase Four and Phase Five to finally meet the Fantastic Four. Doom’s animosity with the Fantastic Four is one of the classic superhero versus villain stories in the Marvel Universe, and the moment it debuts, we can expect Reed Richards and the team to be right around the corner.
Needless to say, the arrival, or even naming, of the evil Doctor Doom will bring solace to die-hard MCU fans who still cherish the sore taste Reed left when he was reduced to sloppy tapes by Wanda.
She Hulk airs weekly on Thursdays on Disney Plus.