Is She-Hulk’s Secret Villain a Controversial Marvel Group?
We’re almost halfway through She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, and the Disney+ series has been shaking up the Marvel Cinematic Universe at each and every turn. The universe of Jennifer Walters/She-Hulk (Tatiana Maslany) has been loaded up for certain surprising allies and antagonists, both created exclusively for the show, and tore from the pages of Marvel Comics. Considering all of the unexpected developments that have happened in She-Hulk thus far, fans have wondered how they will ultimately culminate, and whether or not it very well may be attached to an existing Marvel villain. Based on the context clues of She-Hulk thus far, one possibility that’s surfaced has been a bizarre yet masterful group of Marvel villains — the Intelligencia.
She-Hulk’s debut episode, which told the history that gave Jen She-Hulk powers, conveniently indicated the potential consequences of her gamma-radiated blood getting into the wrong hands. After Bruce Banner/Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) discovers that Jen’s blood can heal her damaged arm, he proceeds to destroy any additional samples of it, expressing stress that it could create any other Hulks.
Slice to Episode 3, where Jen is attacked outside of her apartment by the Destroying Group — who fall flat to stab her with a syringe, seemingly to gather her blood for their “boss”, who won’t be happy that they failed. Episode 4 then presented another eyebrow-raising component as Todd (Jon Bass), one of Jen’s dating app dates who reveals that he’s a massive fan of hers. Todd then awkwardly begins to test Jen about the degree of her powers, whether or not her skin can be penetrated by something like Vibranium, and even creepily calls her a “specimen.” While there are a ton of ways that these threads could shake out, one possibility is that they could be working to the Intelligencia — which, thusly, would have significant ramifications towards the larger MCU.
Who are the Intelligencia in Marvel Comics?
Created by Jeff Parker and Paul Pelletier in 2009’s Fall of the Hulks: Alpha #1, the Intelligencia are an assembling of some of the smartest supervillains in Marvel legend, who cooperate to cause underhanded that can help all of them. After they initially framed and disbanded, they reunited after the events of Universal War Hulk, and were driven by MODOK and The Leader. Their goal in the battle against Hulk was to create their own strong being through gamma and cosmic radiation, and their work prompted the creation of Red She-Hulk, A-Bomb, and Amadeus Cho.
This straightforwardly connected with She-Hulk in the 2010 miniseries She-Hulks, which saw Jen and Lyra/She-Hulk, the future daughter of Bruce and Thundra from another war-torn Earth in the multiverse, chase down the members of the Intelligencia and deal with them.
Will the Intelligencia appear in She-Hulk?
Given the circumstances of the first four episodes of She-Hulk, it doesn’t seem impossible to imagine a version of the Intelligencia playing a job in later episodes. Obviously the Destroying Group are working for another figure, and the fixation that they and Todd have with penetrating Jen’s skin doesn’t feel coincidental. The idea of the two of them hoping to get Jen’s blood — and potentially create their own gamma-radiated being with it — would streamline the group’s origins in the comics. It would also create a bind to other comic-accurate Intelligencia members without expecting to have them show up — including Samuel Sterns/The Leader (Tim Blake Nelson), who was conveniently just confirmed to be the enormous bad of the forthcoming Captain America: New World Request film.
Additionally, having She-Hulk adapt the Intelligencia would stay aware of the series’ special perspective on the MCU, as the group targeting Jen in particular could further tackle sexism and misogyny. Both the Destroying Team and Todd scenes featured the awkward and uncomfortable moments of Jen existing as a female superhero, between the comments Todd made and the Destroying Group accusing her of “flaunting her powers” simply by existing in the public eye. On the off chance that the Intelligencia wound up sneaking in the shadows of She-Hulk, it could use their fixation with attempting to take ownership of Jen’s DNA to make a remark on the universe of “men’s rights activists” and other anti-feminist groups in the process.
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