Actress Jameela Jamil broke out in the NBC series The Good Place and now is about to step foot in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The tall, gorgeous, dark hair beauty will be suiting up as the villainous powerhouse, Titania in the upcoming Disney+ series, She-Hulk.
￼Marvel declined to comment on the casting, first reported by The Illuminerdi.
She-Hulk stars Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany as Jennifer Walters, a lawyer and cousin of Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo). In the comics, Walters gained Hulk powers after an emergency blood transfusion from her cousin. Kat Corio is helming the She-Hulkpilot, and Rick & Morty scribe Jessica Gao serving as head writer. Ruffalo will appear on the show, and Tim Roth, who played the villain in 2008’s The Incredible Hulk movie, is also returning.
Created by then-Editor-in-Chief Jim Shooter and introduced in the 1984 crossover limited series Secret Wars, Titania has since then become a rival of She-Hulk, and has also been a member of several incarnations of the Masters of Evil and the Frightful Four.
￼Her origin story is a bit wonky. Born prematurely in a suburb of Denver, Colorado, Mary MacPherran (Titania) grew up scrawny and short-statured, inspiring a popular girl at school, Vanessa Ashwood, to nickname her “Skeeter” (a slang word for mosquito). As a high school senior, to help support her struggling family, Mary works as a salesclerk alongside her only other friend, Marsha Rosenberg. Consistently bullied since childhood by the wealthy and cruel Vanessa and her friends, Mary grows resentful and bitter, and fantasizes about gaining superpowers to become admired, and exact retribution on her tormentors.
After the second Spider-Woman (Julia Carpenter) makes one of her early appearances in their town, Marsha remarks that the new superheroine’s reddish-blonde hair color matches Mary’s. Mary then falsely confides to her friend that she is secretly Spider-Woman. Shortly afterward, Mary is invited to a fancy party at Vanessa’s house, where she is surprised to find that her newfound popularity is due to Marsha spreading around the false Spider-Woman rumor.
However, in the middle of the party, their section of Denver is torn from Earth and becomes part of the composite planet Battleworld, created by the Beyonder as a stage for a selected group of superheroes and supervillains to battle each other. When the real Spider-Woman arrives on the scene to save the guests from a collapsing structure, the now-enraged Vanessa and her guests turn on Mary and Marsha, chasing them into the forests of Battleworld.
Scared and exhausted, the two girls are found by Doctor Doom, who was in need of further metahuman operatives to further his ambitions. Mary and Marsha both agree to Doom’s offer of power in exchange for serving in his army of supervillains.
Expect Titania’s origin story to be drastically different on She-Hulk. The upcoming Disney+ Marvel Studios series is expected to drop some time in 2022.