Actor Jon Bass confirms that his character, Todd Phelps, no longer has his powers after the events of the She-Hulk: Attorney at Law season finale.
Warning! SPOILERS for She-Hulk season 1 finale.Following the season finale of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, actor 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 is also a Hulk. One of the many obstacles she faces throughout the show is Intelligencia, an online hate group introduced in the back half of the season that sets out to tarnish the image and reputation of She-Hulk.
In She-Hulk season 1’s final episode, audiences learn that the person behind Intelligencia who goes by the name HulkKing, is none other than Todd Phelps, the narcissistic billionaire who attempted to make several romantic advances on She-Hulk throughout the show. Believing that Jen is undeserving of her powers, Todd injects himself with her blood, transforming into a form of the Hulk himself. However, by breaking the fourth wall, Walters travels to Marvel Studios and meets the artificial intelligence, K.E.V.I.N., who is in charge of the story decisions made for the show. Persuading K.E.V.I.N. to rewrite the season’s ending, Jen returns to She-Hulk with different events having taken place, including a now powerless 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 the time being. However, this might not be the end for the villain. Discussing the potential of what can happen with HulkKing, Bass shares the following:
“That is very true. Yes [Todd’s powers are taken away]. As of right now [no more powers for Todd], but crazier things have happened in the MCU. People have come back from death. So I think Todd can grab another vial of blood. As a billionaire — as we know, in real life, they don’t spend too long in jail — so I think there’s room for Todd to grow into more evil ways. Oh, Todd’s got 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
Although it appears that Jen’s journey through the fourth wall in the She-Hulk finale undid 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 pull off his plan for Jen’s blood once is certainly capable of either doing so again, or attempting something far worse. As Bass describes, Todd can grow as a character in more evil ways, which could cement HulkKing as an ongoing antagonist to She-Hulk going forward, perhaps in a potential She-Hulk season 2. Regardless of what Todd’s sinister plans are after the events of She-Hulk, Bass seems fairly confident that fans have not seen the last of him.
Meanwhile, Bass’ tease about his character’s fate carries greater implications for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Jen breaking the fourth wall and the meta ending of convincing K.E.V.I.N. to rewrite the episode gives She-Hulk an ability that audiences have yet to see at this point in the MCU. If HulkKing does return with his powers in a future film or show, this begs the question of whether Jen would seek out K.E.V.I.N. again, as well as how prominent of a role K.E.V.I.N. would have going forward. That being said, it remains to be seen how much of an effect She-Hulk‘s meta twist will have on future MCU projects, as well as what is in store for characters like HulkKing and She-Hulk herself.
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