The upcoming She-Hulk: Attorney At Law Disney+ streaming series pits Jennifer Walters against one of her most powerful villains, Titania, to be played by actress Jameela Jamil from The Good Place. Titania counts among the heavy hitters She-Hulk has faced in Marvel Comics and she may not be the only one to appear in the series. Others, like Abomination, have already appeared in the MCU.
She-Hulk faced many powerful villains in Marvel Comics, including several that she shares in common with her cousin, the Incredible Hulk, like The Leader. Some of her strongest villains are particular to her and could have potential MCU relevance in her series or down the line, thanks to her early 2000s encounter with the Time Variance Authority.
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Updated on July 21st, 2022 by Darby Harn: The She-Hulk: Attorney At Law trailer reveals even more connections to Marvel Comics and hints at even more possibilities for villains. The series appears to offer at least a chance for She-Hulk to intersect with her most powerful comic book villains, including possibly her cousin, the Hulk. She fought against the Hulk on a few key occasions in the Marvel Universe that could inform where the series is headed. She also fights against the Red Hulk, a major figure in Thunderbolts lore, and the trailer hints at big connections to that comic team in the MCU.
Behemoth ranks high among She-Hulk’s strongest villains, and certainly one of her weirdest. Manfred Haller possesses superhuman strength and stamina while in his unique exoskeleton armor that appears like a cross between a person and an elephant (he looks somewhat like Snout Spout from Masters of the Universe lore).
The former engineer also emits an ear-piercing sonic scream that was debilitating for even Jennifer Walters. She overcomes it and defeats him in their first encounter in The Savage She-Hulk #17.
Ruby Thursday replaced her head with a red ball of malleable organic circuitry which could morph into virtually any shape, and also fire projectiles of matter and energy. She fought against She-Hulk in the early issues of the late 1980s The Sensational She-Hulk run by writer and artist John Byrne as a member of the Headmen.
Marvel Comics fans may also remember her fighting some of the most powerful members of the Defenders in that title as well. She first appeared in The Defenders #32 where she fought the Hulk.
Ultima first appeared in The Savage She-Hulk #9 and instantly revealed herself to be incredibly strong. Unlike many She-Hulk villains, Ultima lacks any superhuman powers. Her exceptional strength, reflexes, and fighting skills all derive from mental conditioning imposed on her by her father.
Despite her name, Ultima ranks low both in her power potential and her importance in She-Hulk’s larger rogues gallery. She vanished from the comics after only a few appearances in the early 1980s.
Unum presents a unique challenge for She-Hulk in Marvel Comics. Though Unum possesses superhuman strength, her primary asset lies in her mission. She seeks to destroy all superheroes in the Marvel Universe, beginning with the female ones. Her zealous will and determination make her a dangerous and powerful foe.
Enmity created Unum from the defeated hordes of numerous Marvel villains like Dormammu, creating a singular entity with unimaginable anger and focus that could make for a complex villain in the MCU.
Genetic experiments made Thundra superhumanly strong and durable. Incredibly fast and agile, the comics depict her as roughly the equal of She-Hulk’s baseline version in Earth-616 in terms of strength and speed. The two fought many times, specifically Thundra and Lyra. Lyra ranks among the most powerful She-Hulk versions in the comics and is actually Thundra’s daughter.
Thundra also allied with She-Hulk in the past, including in some of the best She-Hulk comics of the 2010s, where they teamed up against the Red Hulk as they may eventually in the MCU.
Comic book fans know The Leader numbers among Hulk’s coolest villains from the comics, but he’s had his run-ins with She-Hulk too. Among the smartest characters in the Marvel Universe, The Leader possesses superhuman mental capacity greatly enhanced by exposure to gamma radiation.
His power extends to mind control and erasing memories and he is also both telepathic and telekinetic. This particular power played a role in his encounters with Jennifer, but she was able to recognize memories that had been erased by others.
Absorbing Man originated as a powerful Thor villain in Marvel Comics, but he has fought She-Hulk on a number of occasions. Crusher Creel possesses the ability to absorb the power of any person or object near him. He often takes on the properties of these objects, like concrete or metal.
This makes him incredibly strong, especially when he mixes and matches elements as he often does. Absorbing Man also alters his size, shape, and density, merely by touching much larger objects like trucks or buildings, making him the equal of She-Hulk very quickly.
Clockwise potentially appears in the She-Hulk streaming series thanks to his connection to the Time Variance Authority. Comic book fans know the Time Variance Authority plays a key role in Loki and could in her series. Though an ordinary human, Clockwise possesses the ability to travel back and forth through time, making him very powerful.
He also wears a specialized suit of armor that guides him through time. He infiltrated the TVA while She-Hulk was on trial there for violating the rules of the organization, a plotline that could potentially pop up in the MCU.
Doctor Doom performed experiments on Volcana in Secret Wars #3, transforming her into a powerful She-Hulk villain. She converts her entire body into essentially magma with all its attendant heat and also can harden her body into volcanic rock, making her extremely dense and powerful.
Volcana likely appears in the upcoming live-action series, even if only as a cameo, as she’s often associated with Titania in the comics, and Titania will feature prominently in the series.
Titania figures to play a key role in the MCU series as she does in the comics. She matches She-Hulk in strength and endurance and is able to lift over 100 tons. As a result, Titania ranks among the few characters able to hang in a fight with She-Hulk for sustained periods of time without suffering significant energy.
Titiana proved her power in her first encounter with She-Hulk during the 1985 Secret Wars mini-series, among the most important Marvel Comics events ever. In a later encounter between the two, Titania acquired the Power Gem, one of the Infinity Gems, and used it to fight She-Hulk. Jennifer was no match for the amplified strength of Titania.
The She-Hulk: Attorney At Law trailer reveals Abomination appears in the series as a prisoner in the superhuman prison Jennifer visits. He wields superhuman strength, speed, and durability, all a product of the same gamma radiation exposure that created the Hulk. In more recent comics, he got even more powerful.
Emil Blonsky also possesses a healing factor, making injuring him difficult even for someone like She-Hulk. In more recent comics, he also generates highly toxic gamma radiation from his own body, which is lethal to anyone without protection.
Xemnu, a giant alien creature, contains superhuman strength, stamina, and speed on par with She-Hulk. He proved this in The Sensational She-Hulk #7 when he captured her along with others. Beyond that, Xemnu also counts among the most powerful telepaths in the Marvel Universe, able to hypnotize and control others against their will.
Xemnu controls countless minds at once and deposits them in fantasies based on their deepest desires. He does this with She-Hulk, placing her in a fantasy where she falls in love with Hercules.
The Red Hulk likely serves as the villain of the MCU series if rumors turn out to be true. He certainly counts among the most powerful She-Hulk villains in the comics, able to supplement his already incredible superhuman strength, stamina, and speed by absorbing latent energy.
Red Hulk jumps so high he can reach the upper layers of the atmosphere. He also emits gamma radiation like Abomination, manifesting most often in the fire he breathes. This can work against him since he can overheat. But with his healing factor, he’s not out of the fight for long. He fought She-Hulk in several major battles that the MCU likely adapts in some form.
Red She-Hulk possesses many of the same powers as her father, Red Hulk, including superhuman strength that makes her able to fight the Hulk and She-Hulk both. She also wields razor-sharp claws and talons that cut through even the thickest and toughest skin.
She generates energy blasts, unlike her father, which she could use to devastating effect. In her form as the Harpy, she could fly and had potentially unlimited strength, though this was only for a brief time in the comics. If Betsy Ross returns to the MCU, the Red She-Hulk likely follows at some point.
She-Hulk potentially fights the Hulk in the upcoming series or perhaps down the line in live-action. Hulk holds within him nearly limitless destructive power. His strength hinges solely on his capacity for anger, which has proven extraordinary, especially in the World War Hulk storyline where he destroys New York City.
She-Hulk tries to stop Hulk during this battle, but he proves once and for all that his strength and anger exceed hers. He dispatches her relatively easily as he rampages through New York.
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