9 Marvel Movies And Shows To Watch Before ‘She-Hulk’

As the eighth Marvel series released on Disney+ and the 46th Marvel Cinematic Universe title released globally since 2008, She-Hulk arrives with a lot of history behind it. But while one can wallow in the final 45 installments of the ongoing MCU soap opera, life is short and cutting-edge television is vast. More importantly, since She-Hulk is a new character from one of Marvel’s least explored franchises, the amount of Marvel movies and TV shows needed to catch up before he arrives is surprisingly manageable.

She-Hulk is the superhero name of Jennifer Walters, a New York lawyer and cousin of one Bruce Banner, better known as The Hulk. The series has already revealed that it will change the way Walters acquires his Hulk powers. (In the comics, she is in a serious car accident, and Bruce’s blood transfusion comes with powers.) However, the Hulk will remain an important force in Walter’s life.

He’s not the only one either. She-HulkCourtroom cases (because yes, she’s a lawyer) will bring in several familiar faces from Marvel’s previous adventures. Here’s a rundown of who to expect and which shows and movies to watch ahead of time to get to know them better.

Until today, there was one movie in the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe pantheon that was guaranteed to be skippable: 2008 The Incredible Hulk. Despite being a box office success, Edward Norton’s inability to work within the Marvel system and poor to mediocre reviews put the whole idea to pasture. Add to that the convoluted rights deal with Universal, which made stand-alone films more difficult, and one can see why Hulk was half-reconnected with iron man 2.

But Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk turned the big green guy into Mr. Popularity, and the return of Tim Roth’s The Abomination resurrected the film from obscurity. Of all the movies on this list, The Incredible Hulk is *the* film to see before She-Hulk’the arrival.

The departure of Edward Norton from the Pontoon franchise left the MCU to recast it with Mark Ruffalo, introduced in The Avengers. Since it’s the introduction of the Ruffalo version of the character and exposes his relationship to the original Avengers team, it’s high on the list of movies to catch before. She-Hulk’s first.

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daredevil & The defenders

Of all the Netflix Marvel shows in the Defenders franchise, daredevil is the only one who has been resurrected so far. His role as Matt Murdock, the superhero defense attorney with a heart of gold, is going to be a vital counterpoint to She-Hulk’s Jennifer Walters, who is also an attorney representing superheroes. Viewers should at least start daredevilthe three seasons (and the adventures in The defenders) to learn all about the man Walters will face in the courtroom.

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Avengers: Age of Ultron

Age of Ultron is perhaps less necessary than the other titles on this list. But without any standalone Pontoon movies since 2008, avengers the crossover movies also serve as places where viewers can check in on the Hulk’s journey. Age of Ultron marks the nadir of its history and ends with its disappearance for several films. It’s a must-have watch for those who want to see him progress towards self-acceptance.

Ragnarok marked the Hulk’s return to the Avengers team following his exit at the end of Ultron. It’s also the first place in the Hulk movies where he begins to go from being a wordless monster to forming sentences. (Although he’s still a far cry from Smart Hulk in this film.)

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Avengers: Infinity War/Endgame

Ragnarok reintroduces the Hulk to the Avengers, but it’s the next two A’sthe Avengers crossover movies, Infinity War and End of Game, that closes his story, bringing him to where he is emotionally when She-Hulk begin.

These films are also necessary because they introduce another significant character from She-HulkWong, without fans having to watch the 2016 Dr Strange film. Both films also depict how Dr. Strange loses his position as Sorcerer Supreme and how it is passed on to Wong.

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Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

The first new superhero introduced in Marvel’s Phase 4 is also where several plot points are brewing for She-Hulk be sown. This film marks the return of Roth’s Abomination (even if it is a short scene). It also ties into how Roth will return, as it’s the same movie confirming that the current Sorcerer Supreme, Wong, knows where the Abomination is.

This film is also essential in the perspective of She-Hulk because it’s the first movie where Wong goes from being Dr. Strange’s sidekick to being his own man. This is also Bruce Banner’s first appearance in Phase 4 of the post-credit scene. In short, it is the most critical recent film to catch up with before She-Hulk.

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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Chances are the Multiverse and Zombie Strange won’t offer much information about She-Hulkfuture adventures. However, he belongs on this list because the events of this film help bring Wong to where he is mentally and emotionally when he first visits Walters in the new series.

And finally, the show that will lead directly to daredevils return to the MCU and set the stage for where the Marvel Verse is when Walters arrives: Hawk Eye. This Christmas story featuring the Hulk’s former sidekick passing the torch to a new generation and the reintroduction of daredevilThe main villain is a perfect setup for She-Hulkit’s the pleasure of summer.

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