Who Is The New Marvel Group Introduced In She-Hulk? The Wrecking Crew Explained

This post contains spoilers for episode 3 of "She-Hulk: Attorney at law."

"She-Hulk: Attorney At Law" isn't a show that lacks in self-awareness, that's for sure. After the premiere episode charted Jennifer Walters' (Tatiana Maslany) origin story alongside a healthy dose of Mark Ruffalo's Bruce Banner/Hulk, the second episode (re)introduced Tim Roth's Emil Blonsky/Abomination, a holdover from 2008's "The Incredible Hulk" who many fans wouldn't have expected to see again before his appearance in "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings." Now, today's episode gifted us with yet another cameo by Wong (Benedict Wong), the Sorcerer Supreme who has now made a habit of popping up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe when you'd least expect him to. All this was wryly acknowledged early in the third episode, with She-Hulk once again breaking the fourth wall to remind viewers of exactly whose show this is.

But this series isn't solely about bringing back fan-favorites — Jen still has her own distinct journey to follow and her own unique antagonists to face. We met one of them in the form of Jameela Jamil's Titania and now, in the waning moments of episode three, we've now got a whole new group of villains to contend with.

While Jen is walking home after a long day at the office, having successfully helped out both Blonsky and her profoundly irritating former co-worker Dennis Bukowski (Drew Matthews), she suddenly comes under attack by what seems like a band of anonymous creeps. Although She-Hulk dispatches them with ease, the fact that they brandish mystical construction tools apparently stolen from New Asgard and then subsequently talk about a mysterious "boss" who recruited them to try and inject She-Hulk (or extract from her?) with some sort of device indicates something more nefarious at work.

Meet the Wrecking Crew, a group of no-gooders from the comics making their MCU debut.

Who are the Wrecking Crew?

Like many other characters in the Marvel Comics source material, the history of the formidable Wrecking Crew is full of twists and turns and unexpected connections. For one thing, the Wrecking Crew are actually typically considered to be villains of Thor, which neatly explains their New Asgard connection in "She-Hulk." Created by Len Wein and Sal Buscema, the criminal team-up consists of Dr. Eliot Franklin/Thunderball, Henry Camp/Bulldozer, Brian Calusky/Piledriver, and their ringleader Dirk Garthwaite/Wrecker. In issue #17 of the 1974 "Defenders" comic book run, the team was imbued with their mystical powers when Garthwaite and the other three took up an enchanted crowbar (comics, baby!) in the middle of a thunderstorm, were struck by lightning, and immediately formed their fancy new supervillain group. As one does.

Their first appearance saw Bruce Banner himself eventually called in to help clean up the Wrecking Crew's mess, further strengthening the Hulk connections in their live-action debut in the Disney+ series. Although dead-set on vanquishing Thor, the crew have also had run-ins with various other superheroes such as Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Captain America, and the Runaways. Far from just a mere inconvenience to the good guys, however, the Wrecking Crew have had a penchant for joining forces with the likes of Helmut Zemo's Masters of Evil organization and Mr. Sinister, and they even a memorable run-in with the god of mischief Loki. Armed with Wrecker's powerful crowbar and Thunderball's ball and chain, the group has posed a significant threat that sees them repeatedly fighting heroes, ending up in prison, and breaking out all over again to begin the cycle anew.

Thus far, the "She-Hulk" end credits only identify that Wrecker is portrayed by actor Nick Gomez and Thunderball by Justin Eaton. Expect to see much more of them in the future.

How will they factor into She-Hulk?

After their failed assault on Jen Walters in "She-Hulk," the Wrecking Crew regroup in their getaway van to lick their wounds. At this point, the apparent leader of the team asks Thunderball, "Did you get it?" Without elaborating further, the henchman begrudgingly admits that his attempt to stab Jen with some sort of needle-like device failed because, "Once she turned into She-Hulk, I couldn't pierce that nasty green skin." Alluding to a "boss" who's not going to respond well to this defeat, the gang takes off and the episode ends with one last lingering shot of She-Hulk.

Naturally, fans immediately began to speculate about the nature of that person behind the curtain who may be pulling the strings. As if the predominantly negative media attention and aggravating clients at work weren't enough, it certainly appears that Jen will soon find herself dealing with an extremely motivated and undoubtedly troublesome new foe — one who might be after the gamma-radiation secrets locked within her blood.

So who might that "boss" be? Well, one obvious and immediate answer could bring back yet another "The Incredible Hulk" character. Although Kevin Feige has made greater strides over the years to mesh the once-estranged film back into the MCU proper, even the biggest fans likely gave up hope on ever seeing Tim Blake Nelson's Samuel Sterns ever again — even after his attempts to help Bruce and especially his concluding moments in the film, which saw him transforming into the villainous Leader. But could "She-Hulk" finally bring the family back together again, paying off one of the great unresolved plot threads in the MCU and bringing yet another thoroughly entertaining actor into the fold?

New episodes of "She-Hulk" air on Disney+ every Thursday.