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She-Hulk's Jessica Gao Featured The Wrecking Crew In Episode 3 For A Very Important Reason

"She-Hulk: Attorney at Law" is absolutely stuffed to the brim with cameos and appearances from other Marvel Cinematic Universe mainstays and even real-world celebrities. Mark Ruffalo's Hulk, Benedict Wong's Wong, and Charlie Cox's Daredevil are just a few of the notable faces that cross paths with Tatiana Maslany's Jen Walters throughout the series. Hell, Episode 3 of "She-Hulk: Attorney at Law" features a polarizing scene where the green-tinged attorney twerks alongside famous musician Megan Thee Stallion, so pretty much everything is on the table here.

As it happens, Episode 3 of the series also pulled out another interesting cameo from a group of Marvel characters that only veteran comics fans will likely recognize. The Wrecking Crew, a gang of small-time criminals wielding stolen Asgardian weapons, go toe-to-toe with She-Hulk in one part of the episode. According to series creator Jessica Gao and director Kat Coiro, the show had this gaggle of foes show up for a very important reason.

It's all about She-Hulk's empowerment

While seeing The Wrecking Crew's MCU debut is fun, they're not there to set up anything more substantial. Jessica Gao said that their scene, in which they threaten Jen as she's walking home and she's initially fearful before she remembers her superpowers, is more about the lead than the villains. "With everything in the show, we really want to make sure that it really comes from a Jen-centric place," she told Nerdist. "Everything is about staying with Jen and her reaction."

Kat Coiro said in the interview that the scene represents empowerment both for Jen and for female audiences. "That scene is one of the foundational scenes for me because what woman hasn't walked home in the dark and feared for their life," the director said. "And Jen has this wish fulfillment element of like, 'Oh, if someone bothers me, I can kick their butts.'"

This scene isn't the only one that comments on the lived experiences of women. For instance, the series pilot sees Jen getting catcalled and finding support from female strangers in a bathroom. These elements are a major part of the show's DNA, as Gao noted in an exclusive interview with Looper. "We wanted to focus on a very real, grounded, authentic, and true-to-life portrait of everything that would happen to this woman if she really did become a Hulk in our world," Gao said. "It's this endless cycle of art imitating life, then life imitating art."