Full spoilers for She-Hulk episode 6 follow.
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law Episode 6 has arrived on Disney Plus – and the Marvel TV show may have finally introduced us to its main villain, a mysterious group known as the Intelligencia.
That’s not all, however. Based on the Marvel comics, Intelligencia’s arrival in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) could tie She-Hulk’s Disney Plus program to some upcoming Marvel Phase 5 movies like Ant-Man 3 and Captain America 4. No. we know who’s leading this villainous group, but that’s not going to stop us from speculating about who it could be, what their motives are, and why they want She-Hulk’s blood.
Below, we’ll explain what Intelligencia is in the comics, how it was adapted for the MCU, and how they can play a more active role in the Marvel franchise in the future. Full spoilers for the sixth episode of She-Hulk followso come back now if you don’t get caught.
Who is Intelligence in She-Hulk Episode 6?
In the context of the MCU, Intelligencia appears to be a Reddit-style site where the world’s worst criminals – and She-Hulk’s greatest enemies – post images and death threats, aimed at She-Hulk, with seemingly no repercussions.
As the end of Episode 6 reveals, though, it appears that this website is a front for a shadowy, science-led organization. We see a message from someone known as the HulkKing appear on the computer screen – one that asks “Is the next phase of the plan ready to be executed?” – which shows data on the DNA of Jennifer Walters/She-Hulk. We also see a scientist carrying a broken needle – the same one the Wrecking Crew tried to use to extract She-Hulk’s blood in Episode 4 – to a table. The unknown individual quickly puts it aside in favor of a more sinister, drill-looking device, which is sure to be used on She-Hulk in next week’s episode.
So who (or what) is the Intelligence exactly? In the comics, Intelligencia is the name of a group made up of the greatest and most sinister minds on Earth. It was created so the world’s greatest villain could exchange information about superheroes, such as their weaknesses, or devise plots to take down the world’s best defenders.
The organization, which was created by Jeff Parker and Paul Pelletier, debuted in December 2009 in the first issue of the Fall of the Hulks: Alpha storyline. Its most recent appearance came in 2017’s Infamous Iron Man #6, but has not been used since. Expect that to change, with their popularity likely to soar following the group’s MCU debut.
How can Intelligencia set up future Marvel movies?
This is due to the evil geniuses who are members of the Intelligencia in the comics.
The first is The Leader, also known as Samuel Sterns. In the comics, the Leader is a villain of the Hulk. Rather than possessing superhuman strength, accelerated healing, and other traditional Hulk-based powers, the Leader has genius intellect and, in some cases, telekinesis and telepathy. It is his superhuman intelligence that makes him such a formidable enemy; one who is uniquely positioned as a villain of the Hulk.
Interestingly, The Leader is set to be the main villain in an upcoming Marvel Phase 5 movie. He will appear in Captain America: New World Order, with Tim Blake Nelson set to reprise the role of Sterns/The Leader from 2008’s The Incredible Hulk. .
However, it is increasingly likely that he will reappear in the MCU in the She-Hulk TV series first. The Leader is the individual who founded the Intelligencia in the comics, so it makes sense that he would be revealed as the big bad in She-Hulk: Attorney at Law. He could obtain a sample of She-Hulk’s blood and, thanks to his supreme intelligence, might even be able to break the Hulk’s gamma radiation formula and create a new race or race of Hulk-like creatures.
If he does, it could form the basis for Captain America 4’s storyline. The New World Order element of his title could be a hint to the Leader’s desire for humanity to evolve into Hulks using his new serum. Don’t forget that the original Hulk serum was based on the super soldier serum given to Captain America. If the Leader invents a new serum that turns people into Hulks, it would bring the MCU full circle and make for a fascinating story in which Sam Wilson’s Cap has to stop the Leader from carrying out an evil master plan decades in the making.
If the effects of the serum are also permanent, She-Hulk and Captain America 4 could create a World War Hulk movie. How cool would it be to see Mark Ruffalo’s Smart Hulk face off against other villainous versions of himself like Kluh, Rick Jones’ Abomination, or a revised iteration of the Red Hulk? We’ll split the profits from this idea with you, Marvel, by a 50-50 share.
She-Hulk can also configure elements from Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. In the comics, MODOK is another member of the supervillain group. He’s also set to make his MCU debut in the upcoming Ant-Man superhero movie, so perhaps we have a tease about his potential involvement of the Intelligencia during or after Quantumania. That’s as long as he survives the events of that movie, anyway.
In the comics, the lesser-known members of the Intelligencia also have ties to the Fantastic Four, with this group of superheroes getting their first MCU movie in Phase 6 of Marvel. The Mad Thinker and the Red Ghost were part of the Intelligencia lineup, with the villain duo battling Mister Fantastic and company at times in the comics. We don’t expect to see any antagonists appear in She-Hulk or future MCU projects, but their ties to Intelligencia and the Fantastic Four can’t be forgotten.
Speaking of the Fantastic Four, their most famous villain – Doctor Doom – has also joined the Intelligencia. Would we be surprised if he isn’t the main antagonist of Marvel Studios’ Fantastic Four movie when it arrives in November 2024, so could he be teased as a live-action member of the Intelligencia in the She-Hulk TV series? It’s unlikely, but an easter egg or passing reference wouldn’t hurt.
Ultimately, the Intelligencia was the group responsible for causing the arrival of the Beyonder – a cosmic entity that ushered in the first of Marvel’s two Secret Wars stories in 1984. Secret Wars, that’s another link to the Intelligencia and the potentially integral role it plays. they will play in the MCU.
Despite its positioning as a cool comedy, She-Hulk could be a very important Marvel TV show in the grand scheme of things. That’s if any of the above is true, of course – we have no inside knowledge about future Marvel movies, so take that with a pinch of salt.
Still, Intelligencia’s arrival in the MCU opens up many narrative avenues to explore. And, in our opinion, all of the above would be a compelling sight if Marvel decides to go any or all of these plot-based routes in Phase 5 and beyond.
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