She-Hulk explained: Who are the Intelligencia, the newest MCU villain group

She-Hulk Episode 6 was far from just pointless filler as it teased Intelligencia’s upcoming appearance.

The latest She-Hulk: Lawyer episode focused on Jennifer Walters (Tatiana Maslany) dealing with her duties as a bridesmaid for an old school friend. While at the wedding, her trusted friends, Nikki Ramos (Ginger Gonzaga) and Mallory Book (RenĂ©e Elise Goldsberry), discover the existence of an ill-intentioned group called Intelligencia. Alas, the long-awaited Daredevil cameo didn’t go down this week. Let’s see who are the new characters that will soon debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Who is the Intelligencia?

She-Hulk Episode 6 teased the upcoming arrival of the Intelligencia, a group of supervillains. The story does not explain why and how Intelligencia, which appeared just as a site for “hateful man babies.” On the website, Nikki and Mallory discover an anti-She-Hulk forum filled with people who resent the superheroine. More than that, many plans to kill She-Hulk are on display. A user called “HulkKing” works with a lab of scientists to prepare what appear to be syringes to extract Jennifer’s blood.

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In the comics, Intelligencia plays a primary role in many stories after its debut in 2009’s Fall of the Hulks: Alpha #1. Initially, Samuel Sterns, also called the leader, gathered the group to collect all the writings from the Library of Alexandria, a well-known intellectual treasure. Many villains answered the leader’s call. Notorious, Egghead, the Red Ghost, as well as The Wizard and The Mad Thinker. MODOK also joined the band. The last member was Doctor Doom, who also accepted the group to set their base in Latveria.

The Intelligencia retrieved all the missing writings from the Library of Alexandria, but the group disagreed on how to use the acquired knowledge. Things turned ugly after Doctor Doom chose to keep power for himself and expelled the Intelligencia from Latveria. Leader himself went into hiding after Doom’s betrayal, and the group came close to disbanding. It took a few years, but MODOK continued Leader’s work and even added new members to the group.

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She-Hulk teasing Intelligencia implies that some of the aforementioned villains may play a significant role in the upcoming MCU phases. MODOK has already been confirmed to appear in Ant-Man & The Wasp: Quantumania. Who knows, maybe Doctor Doom’s time is near Avengers: Secret Wars also approaching.

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