Now that we’ve all seen She-Hulk Episode 2, did you watch it? because this is your spoiler warning — it is time to come back to what we have just seen. Specifically, the fact that She-Hulk just planted a flag in the MCU for where he fits in the timeline of existing Marvel movies and series.
And, interestingly, She-Hulk apparently isn’t the newest piece of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In fact, She-Hulk takes you back to a 2021 Marvel movie.
That said, it’s just a point in She-Hulk and one in the second of nine episodes. So we could see it extending beyond this moment. Who knows, it might even tie into upcoming Marvel movies and shows in ways we can’t predict.
Oh and once you’re done here, check out our She-Hulk review to see why we love the new Disney Plus show so much.
End of episode 2 of She-Hulk: An abominable surprise
The ending of episode 2 of She-Hulk concerns Jen Walters’ first case for GLK&H, the parole of Emil Blonsky (Tim Roth), aka The Abomination. You know, the guy who tried to kill Jen’s cousin, The Hulk. Well, that little detail didn’t matter to GLK&H associate Holden Holliway (Steve Coulter), who brought Jen into the firm on the promise that She-Hulk is the face of the superhuman legal division of the firm.
So when Jen goes to meet Blonsky at the Department of Damage Control’s supermax prison, she discovers that he is a changed man. He went through a kind of spiritual rebirth, with his yoga, his namastes and his seven soulmates. And after Jen has enough reason to think Blonsky is a reformed person, she leaves. She even calls her cousin, who plays a cute little joke that I’ll explain below.
But, after Jen tells Holliway that she will take on Blonsky’s case, he tells her she needs to check the news. And here’s where we learn where She-Hulk currently stands in the MCU. It looks like Blonsky has escaped from prison, as footage of Abomination as a caged fighter is making headlines.
Ask anyone who’s seen Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and they’ll tell you that this scene takes place at the beginning of this film, as the cage Abomination is in is inside the Golden Daggers Club. You know, the fight club owned and operated by Xu Xialing (Meng’er Zhang), Shang-Chi’s sister. Interestingly enough, She-Hulk writer Jessica Gao said ComicBook.com (opens in a new tab) this Abomination “was put in Shang-Chi because he was on our show”.
With the help of our guide to watching the Marvel movies in order (which is confirmed by the “Marvel Cinematic Universe in Timeline Order” section on Disney Plus), this places She-Hulk as occurring after Shang-Chi ( or in the middle of it, because Abomination’s time in the cage fight doesn’t take up much time in the movie); therefore, it also takes place after The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.
What the She-Hulk MCU Timeline Spot Means
Placing She-Hulk near Shang-Chi and after The Falcon and The Winter Soldier opens up a big possibility for the series. This means that She-Hulk characters could interact with new Captain America and old Falcon, Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie). We don’t see him needing legal help, though.
That said, that means U.S. Agent John Walker (Wyatt Russell) is also in play, as is former Winter Soldier Bucky Barnes, who seemed to have found peace. And they’re both too chaotic not to need help. We doubt Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp) needs legal help, not when she’s a Power Broker.
She-Hulk Episode 2 Easter Eggs and References
- When Jen pokes fun at the kind of people who become superheroes, she talks about “billionaires” (Tony Stark), “narcissists” (also Tony Stark), and “adult orphans” (also, sadly, Tony Stark).
- Jen’s questions as she wonders if the Avengers provide health care, maternity leave, pension, and salary aren’t just a natural set of considerations. It’s also a reminder of the money troubles we learned about when Sam Wilson and his family were going through hard times in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.
- Surfing the web when she’s supposed to be looking for a job, Jen browses a page full of Easter eggs. Not only do the categories on this page include “Find Ant-Man”, “Avengers”, and “Norse Mythology”, but the sidebar includes an advertisement for Iron Man Threes sneakers and the title “Man Fights With Metal Claws In Bar Brawl”. . The latter sounds like a Wolverine reference and the final nod to the imminent arrival of the X-Men (last hint in the Ms. Marvel post-credits scene).
- Also on this page, we see a sidebar title that reads “Why is there a giant statue of a man sticking out of the ocean?” This is most likely a reference to the Eternals, as that film ended with a – literally – giant form of the Celestial known as Tiamut the Communicator emerging from the ocean. This is one of two MCU timeline markers, we’ll move on to the next one below.
- As She-Hulk enters the offices of GLK&H, we see a wall of framed Marvel comics in one of the lawyers’ office, further proving that there are comics of the MCU characters inside the MCU. Hulk, Captain America and Thanos are among the covers.
- When Jen calls Bruce to talk about Blonsky, Smart Hulk answers and ultimately reminds us of the Incredible Hulk movie that no one ever talks about – where Tim Roth debuted as the Abomination. Specifically, he says “that fight was so many years ago that I’m a completely different person now, literally,” referring to the fact that Edward Norton was playing Bruce Banner at the time.
- The footage of Wong and Abomination fighting, shown to prove that Blonsky “escaped” from DODC SuperMax prison, is from when we last saw Abomination, in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
She-Hulk episode 2 post-credits scene
Back at the Walters house, my dear old dad (Mark Linn Baker) needs help moving things around the house. Jen complies while Ched explains that he doesn’t understand 4K.