The Good Place actress Jameela Jamil has signed on for She-Hulk. She will play Titania in the upcoming Marvel Studios series for the Disney+ service.
The character of Titania was created by then-Editor-in-Chief Jim Shooter and introduced in the 1984 Secret Wars series. It was since Secret Wars that she became a She-Hulk villain and has also been a member of the Masters of Evil and the Frightful Four.
Going by the name of Mary MacPherran, she is the second Marvel supervillainess to use the name. The first Titania (Davida DaVito) was a female wrestler and member of The Grapplers who was murdered by the Scourge of the Underworld.
Mary MacPherran is the name of a real-life Marvel production assistant who was asked by Jim Shooter if it was permissible to name a character after her. In 2011, Shooter posted a photo on his blog of a group of Marvel staffers, with a caption identifying the real MacPherran. In a comment, Shooter said of MacPherran:
“Wonderful, gentle, sweet Mary Mac was indeed a smidgen of the basis for Titania, who was a willowy young woman who became uber-robust and Hulk-level strong.
If MM minded that I had a tough bad-girl inspired by her, and made the nod in her direction, she never mentioned it. And wicked-smart Volcana had a bit of Mary Jo Duffy at her core. It was a thing we did back when. Now, I suppose the creators would be sued.”
Jamil joins the previously-announced Tatiana Maslany as Jennifer Walters/She-Hulk, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk, Tim Roth as Emil Blonsky/Abomination, the excellently named Ginger Gonzaga, Renee Elise Goldsberry, and Anais Almonte.
The series will consist of ten half-hour episodes. It is still described in the blurb as a “legal comedy”. The series is directed by Kat Coiro and Anu Valia. Release will be some time in 2022.