Actor Jon Bass confirms that his character, Todd Phelps, no longer has his powers after the events of the season finale of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law.
Warning! SPOILERS for She-Hulk Season 1 Finale.After the season finale of She-Hulk: LawyerActor Jon Bass confirms that his character, Todd Phelps, no longer has the powers of the Hulk. She-Hulk follows Tatiana Maslany’s Jennifer Walters as she gradually learns to balance life and work with the fact that she’s also a Hulk. Among the many obstacles she faces during the show is Intelligencia, an online hate group introduced in the second half of the season that aims to tarnish She-Hulk’s image and reputation.
In She-Hulk In the final episode of Season 1, the audience learns that the person behind Intelligencia who goes by the name HulkKing is none other than Todd Phelps, the narcissistic billionaire who tried to make several romantic claims on She-Hulk during the show. Believing that Jen doesn’t deserve her powers, Todd injects herself with her blood, turning into a form of the Hulk himself. Breaking the fourth wall, Walters travels to Marvel Studios and meets the artificial intelligence, KEVIN, who is responsible for the story decisions made for the show. Jen persuades KEVIN to rewrite the end of the season and returns to She-Hulk with various events that have taken place, including a now impotent Todd.
In a recent interview with THR, Jon Bass states that after the events of the She-Hulk finale, Todd’s Hulk powers are indeed gone for now. However, this may not be the end for the villain. About the potential of what could happen with HulkKing, Bass shares the following:
“That’s very true. Yes [Todd’s powers are taken away]. From now [no more powers for Todd], but crazier things have happened in the MCU. People have come back from the dead. So I think Todd can get another vial of blood. As a billionaire – as we know they don’t spend too long in jail in real life – so I think there’s room for Todd to grow into more evil ways. Oh, Todd has very few things on his mind. But one of them is revenge. And we know he’s good at that.”
HulkKing’s potential MCU future explained
While it appears that Jen’s journey through the fourth wall in the… She-Hulk finale undone most of Todd’s evil plans, Bass’ comments hint that there could still be a place for HulkKing in the MCU in the future. After all, a character with the money and resources like Todd who was able to carry out his plan for Jen’s blood someday is certainly capable of doing it again, or trying something far worse. As Bass describes, Todd can grow as a character in more evil ways, which could strengthen HulkKing as an ongoing adversary to She-Hulk in the future, perhaps in a potentially She-Hulk season 2. Regardless of what Todd’s sinister plans are after the events of She-Hulk,,Bas seems to be pretty sure that fans haven’t seen the last of him.
Meanwhile, Bass’s tease about his character’s fate has bigger implications for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Breaking the fourth wall and the meta-ending of convincing KEVIN to rewrite the episode gives She-Hulk a skill the public has yet to see in the MCU at this point. If HulkKing does indeed return with his powers in a future movie or show, it raises the question of whether Jen would revisit KEVIN, and how prominent a role KEVIN would have in the future. That said, it remains to be seen how much effect She-Hulk‘s meta twist will have on future MCU projects, as well as what’s in store for characters like HulkKing and She-Hulk herself.
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