Spectacular She-Hulk Speculation: Skrull Kill Krew?
It’s the perfect time for some seriously spectacular She-Hulk speculation, Marvel Blog True Believers! Today, we’re examining an exciting report of The Illuminerdi that suggests the upcoming Disney+ She-Hulk half-hour legal sit-com added a new shape-shifting character to the cast (spoiler: we think it could be Tara Tam).
According to The Illuminerdi, She-Hulk is adding a character codenamed “A’Dood,” who is a female in her 20s or 30s who has embraced the Pop Culture of Earth (hey, same hat, A’Dood). While The Illuminerdi has their own theories about who this might be (which you can read through the link above), here at Marvel Blog, we have our own favorite candidate: Tara Tam!
Case File: Tara Tam
Tara Tam is a character who is first introduced in Howard the Duck #1 (2015) by Chip Zdarsky, Joe Quinones, Rico Renzi, and Travis Lanham.
Over the course of that issue, Tara Tam begins working with Howard, who is currently a private investigator (and if you don’t realize this, attorneys frequently rely on private investigators to deliver key evidence for their legal cases – see all three seasons of Marvel’s Jessica Jones on Netflix if you want to know more).
What makes this connection especially exciting is that in the panels of Marvel Comics, Howard’s private investigator office is located in the same building as the law office of one Jennifer Walters – A.K.A. She-Hulk herself!
In fact, Shulkie even appears on the fourth page of Howard the Duck #1!
Howard Already Arrived in a World He Never Made (the MCU)!
And don’t forget: Howard has already appeared in three (that’s right, 3) Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, where he is voiced by Seth Green!
He first appeared in a cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 1 (2014), and returned for another cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 (2017).
Then, he had a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it appearance in 2019’s Avengers: Endgame, in which he passed through one of the portals that arrives in upstate New York at a key moment in the battle against Thanos during the movie’s climactic third act.
In other words: Howard the Duck may already be a resident of Earth in the MCU! Hmmm… Could this mean that the MCU’s Shulkie will be using Tara Tam’s PI’s skills?
But Wait, Tara Tam’s a Shapeshifter?
Yes, that’s right, Tara Tam is a shapeshifter (even if she mostly uses the power to readjust her tattoo sleeves)! And while you might be forgiven for thinking this means that she’s a Skrull, her powers are actually a little more complicated.
As we discover in Howard the Duck #5 by Zdarsky, Quinones, Joe Rivera, Paolo Rivera, Renzi, and Lanham, Tara Tam gained her shapeshifting powers because she ate a duck… but it wasn’t really a duck, it was a Skrull disguised as a duck.
As a result, Tara Tam gained the power to shift shapes.
And as mentioned in the issue, Tara Tam wasn’t the only human to gain powers from similar circumstances – see the comic Skull Kill Krew #1 (1995) by Grant Morrison, Mark Millar, Steve Yeowell, Chris Ivy, Chia-Chi Wang, Digital Chameleon, and Richard Starkings for more!
Who’s the Shapeshifter in She-Hulk?
Is the shapeshifter who’s been added to She-Hulk’s lineup Tara Tam, or another character? Marvel Blog wants to hear your speculation! Let us know what you think in the comment section.