My thoughts: Jameela Jamil as Titania in the She-Hulk series
On June 10, it was reported (through my outlet Bam!Smack!Pow!) that The Good Place star and former Channel 4 presenter, Jameela Jamil, was cast in the role of the supervillainess - Titania for the She-Hulk Disney+ series - led by Tatiana Maslany in the titular role.
After covering the casting and development for Marvel's She-Hulk which has already begun filming April 10 in Los Angeles, CA and Atlanta, GA and is expected to wrap filming on August 2021. Initially, I deduced that Renée Elise Goldsberry would be the Big Bad of the season when I spotted terminology harkening for it to suggest she is playing a character "opposite" Maslany called Amelia. That was the running theory, but I decided to wait for any confirmed details.
Not too long ago, I saw a piece from The Illuminerdi that suggested Jameela Jamil is in the running to portray Mary MacPherran aka Titania in the Disney+ series opposite Maslany's Jennifer Walters/She-Hulk. For more details on the character, check out my brief description of the character on my list-based feature where I guessed - and was ultimately right on who would be the main antagonist for She-Hulk. Jamil does fit the casting floating around for months of a character with the codename "Lucy" that was a "glamorous social-media influencer."
My Take on what could be Going On?
It is quite clear by the time we get to meet Jamil's Titania, she may have colluded with some unsavoury people, perhaps Tim Roth's Emil Blonsky aka Abomination or maybe this Amelia person to gain vast amounts of augmented superhuman strength and invulnerability as a way of getting square with She-Hulk. Something may have been done that could have tarnished Mary's profile that forced her to take drastic measures.
Amelia could be a character that may serve as more of a strategic foe for Jennifer in the courtroom and maybe an original character that may share traits resembling She-Hulk's first nemesis in the comics, Nick Trask but gender-swapped. I will make a companion piece explaining why Jamil is right for the role of Titania.
She-Hulk stars Tatiana Maslany, Mark Ruffalo, Tim Roth, Ginger Gonzaga, Renée Elise Goldsberry and Jameela Jamil.
Jessica Gao is serving as showrunner, while Dana Schwartz is writing the series with Kat Coiro and Anu Valia directing. Gao, Coiro and Kevin Feige are all credited as executive producers on She-Hulk.
Marvel Studios is producing the series under Disney and is expected to be released on Disney+ sometime in 2022.
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Summary: Marvel, Peter Parker/Jennifer Walters, Spidey agrees to compete in a charity wrestling match against she-hulk, but they’re both crushing on each other.
”So listen, there’s uhm this big charity drive that's happening and I signed up to wrestle…”
“Wrestle?” Jennifer looks at Spidey who nods waiting for her to continue.
“Yeah I saw you were signed up so I guess we’re uh fighting each other..” He offers, already one step ahead of her asking for him to sign up, he wonders if that’s why her face flushes, if that’s why she looks suddenly surprised and seems to be a little more nervous.
“Well I won’t be going easy on you just cause you’re so well loved.” Jennifer spits out after a moment of being frozen by Spiderman’s laughter.
“Oh it’s on now” Jennifer can’t help but join in on the laughter.
“Do I spy a rivalry?” Bruce laughs a little and Jennifer scowls at him.
“Oh come on I’m teasing, you could do way worse than Spidey, he’s spent most of his life buried in MIT’s library, he’s probably done enough research to be a doctor twice over.”
“And he’s wearing a spider suit going to wrestle me?”
“He likes his neighborhood too much to do anything different.”
“He lives in New York?”
“I guess, I mean we’ve never really seen him anywhere else, although there were a couple of times he was in Europe, but never enough to count for him living there.”
“So if there’s not a rivalry then why are you getting so bothered?”
“I’m not bothered.”
“Seems like you are.”
“I’m not. This is childish, I should be training.”
“You’re She-hulk, you don’t need training.”
“Spidey can lift like fifty times his weight, and he’s not a stick either, I’m not taking any chances.”
“I bet he throws the match…”
“Why, how can you think that?” Jennifer pauses lacing up her running shoes.
“Well it’s for charity and the number of assholes who probably think since you’re a girl you’re going to lose…” Bruce shrugs but Jennifer can tell that he’s trying to hint at something.
”It’ll be fine. Seriously, the number of times I’ve taken direct head trauma that should have killed me like five times over, one match of wrestling isn’t going to kill me.”
“Mhmm but it being your crushhh… which is the entire reason you’ve done this…” Ned grins at him and Peter scowls.
“Shut it.” Peter hisses and just gets a sharp laugh in response.
“You really think she doesn’t know, you were practically as red as your suit when you came back to the lab.” Bruce chuckles a little wondering if Peter will connect the dots that Jennifer is his cousin. Bruce doesn’t mention her more than he has to, but of course Peter seems to know a little more than Bruce has let on and he wonders if Peter knows who She-Hulk is but reasons if Jennifer doesn’t know who Spiderman is then they’re both unaware of the others secret identity.
”Alright everyone! We all know what you’re here for!” Tony grins laughing a little and Peter slips his mask on trying not to let his nerves get him.
Jennifer’s stretching when the spotlight hits her and she grins, before waving at the crowd that’s formed as well as in the direction of the camera’s.
“And in this corner we have the incredible She-Hulk!!!!!! Being undefeated, her opponent for this charity challenge is the one and only Spiderman!!!!” The cheering is almost deafening when Peter steps out into the ring, he waves to She-Hulk and she grins back nodding as the announcer explains the rules to them.
”That was amazing!” Peter cheers and Jennifer laughs a little nodding.
“It was fun, we should do this again, see if we can raise more money.”
“Oh so is that a challenge then?” She grins and he shrugs.
“Maybe but we could change it so we’d get something out of it?”
“Dinner, or lunch if you’d prefer?”
“Only if you’re prepared to have me out eat you and get banned from an all you can eat buffet.”
“Challenge accepted, it’s a date.” Peter winks and he can see Jennifer blushing as he swings away.
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