Spoiler Warning: She-Hulk: Attorney at Law Season 1, Episodes 1-2
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law is the latest installment in the MCU now airing on Disney+. The show takes regular attorney Jennifer Walters (Tatiana Maslany) and turns her into a Hulk and a superhuman legal expert. But in episode 2, Bruce Banner (He-Hulk?) was shown escaping Earth’s orbit in a Sakaarian spaceship, one that looked similar to the Grandmaster’s (Jeff Goldblum) own spaceship that we saw in Thor: Ragnarok. Though seeing Smart Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) in the She-Hulk series was a delight, it’s a wonder that he’s now left Earth. And the question on everyone’s lips is, “Where did he go?”
A lot is happening in the MCU right now. With an endpoint set for the franchise at Kang Dynasty and Secret Wars, there are many dots to connect. For a long time, Secret Invasion was the only thing happening in space with an Earth hero. But now it looks like we’ve got Hulk…in…Spaaaace.
As comic book experts will tell you, there are only a few options for when Hulk leaves the planet. The most substantial rumors include a setup for Planet Hulk, which leads to World War Hulk, and most exciting, Hulk’s son Skaar.
Here is how each of these things unfolds and speculation on where Hulk went.
Hulk Willingly Boards a Ship
An important thing to recognize when looking for an answer about where Hulk was off to is how nice his ride is. The craft from Sakaar is quite a beautiful ship. As we see Bruce leaving, notice how relaxed he is. His transport seems geared towards being very comfortable. He isn’t being kidnapped or taken by force, they must have just asked him to come with them, and Bruce agreed based on some crucial information they gave him.
As he travels, feet up on the desk, relaxing with his books and research, he’s very calm and confident that he will be safe. It’s not quite like the last time he was on Sakaar when he was trapped inside the Hulk for two years, bashing skulls and beating up baddies in the arena.
But there are a couple of Easter-egg references to notice that we can draw some interesting conclusions from. The first one was on Bruce Banner’s little beach paradise, where, if you notice in the background, he had a few trophies from his past Hulk ventures. One looked like Ultron’s head, but the other was the helmet Hulk wore in the arena. Most movie buffs will note that he didn’t take it with him, so the conclusion is that someone on Sakaar must have sent it to him. The other items are on his desk in the spaceship.
One is the airhorn he used to rudely awaken Jen, and the second is the How-to-Hulk binder he created as a guideline for himself and used for Jen’s training. So one might think that not only does he have a connection with Sakaar, but he also is going there to instruct someone is the ways of the Hulk.
Planet Hulk Leads to World War Hulk
These conclusions are slightly different from the comics but can easily synch up with similar plot lines. The Planet Hulk storyline isn’t the only fan theory out there. Others involve the Marvel universe’s Kree/Skrull war, but for now, we will concentrate on Planet Hulk.
In the original comic storyline, Bruce Banner was tricked into going into space by the Illuminati to fix a rogue satellite after Hulk destroyed a large portion of Las Vegas. The ship was meant to exile him to a desolate planet where the Hulk could no longer hurt anyone. But on its way, the ship passed through a strange wormhole, landing him on Sakaar. Once there, the Hulk became a gladiator, much like we saw him in Thor: Ragnarok.
While on Sakaar, in the comics, the Hulk fell in love with an assassin, Caiera the Oldstrong, and they conquered the planet. But when his beloved, who was carrying their child, dies, Hulk blames the Illuminati and returns to Earth to get revenge. But before Caiera dies, she releases a cocoon that contains Hulk’s son Skaar. That’s how we get the World War Hulk series.
While what we saw in She-Hulk doesn’t directly align with what happened in the comics, it is close enough to make some assumptions. When we see Hulk leaving in the ship, he’s calm about it. He’s on the phone with his cousin, not desperately pleading for help or getting the last chance to tell her where he’s going. He seems happy to leave. This is a little different from the comics but might tie into the later story of Hulk’s son Skaar.
If he’s taking his Hulk training manual with him, it could be a sign that he’s going to help someone become a new Hulk. And who else could that be but his son? Of course, Bruce Banner doesn’t know who Skaar is yet. It’s likely the only information he has is that Skaar was born and is related to the Hulk. So some unexpected surprises could be waiting for him when he returns to Sakaar.