She-Hulk finale: The 7 things we need to see

It’s almost time for the She-Hulk finale, and we’ve been counting down the days. Yes, we’ve circled the She-Hulk episode 9 release date in our digital calendars, not because we need another dose of Tatiana Maslany’s excellent performance as Jen “She-Hulk” Walters, but because of all that the finale portends.

No, I’m not talking about how it almost feels like the She-Hulk episode 2 Easter eggs teased Hugh Jackman’s return as Wolverine in Deadpool 3. Instead, I’m more focused on how the She-Hulk series has us rooting hard for Ms. Walters, and how it has loose ends to tie up and and thematic stories to conclude (or at least hit pause on).

So, before you even think about the upcoming Marvel movies and shows after She-Hulk, let’s look closely at what the show’s finale should deliver. And, yes, this story contains spoilers for She-Hulk episodes 1-8.

1. A gratifying Hulk King reveal

She-Hulk, much like WandaVision and many Marvel shows that followed, is taking its time to reveal its big bad villain. For a few episodes now, it’s teased The Intelligencia, a group of weirdos who are trying to steal Jen’s Hulk-blood and making threats to her existence on the dark-web. For the premise of the series — meet Jennifer Walters, the MCU’s first career woman in ages, whose life is plagued by mediocre and evil men — it all makes a bit of sense. 

Tatiana Maslany as Jennifer "Jen" Walters/She-Hulk in Marvel Studios' She-Hulk: Attorney at Law

(Image credit: Disney Plus/Marvel Studios via YouTube)

So, flash-forward to the end of last week’s episode, where it looked like bad date Todd Phelps (Jon Bass) — the curly-haired guy who literally called Jen “a specimen” on their date — appeared to possibly be a part of that group. They didn’t suggest Todd could be the season villain Hulk King, but they didn’t give us any reason to rule it out either. While I believe many would be let down if Todd was Hulk King, I could see the show pulling it off. If the character was a formidable opponent for Jen, and didn’t feel like the personification of [insert sad trombone sound effect], it could work. 

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