She-Hulk: Attorney at Law’s third episode continues to demonstrate how the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s court system has changed to accommodate metahumans, with Jennifer Walters (Tatiana Maslany) working on Emil Blonsky, aka the Abomination’s early release (Tim Roth). A bunch of criminals is confronted by the episode’s title character with some extremely destructive Asgardian construction equipment, turning the courtroom drama into a classic superhero tale.
It turns out that this crew is the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s take on the Wrecking Crew, a criminal squad with a lengthy history in comic books. The group has previously revealed that their “master” is a mystery. Thus, their appearance may hint at the arrival of another major villain. But who are the Wrecking Crew exactly? And why may the Kingpin, played by Vincent D’Onofrio, hint at his return in their MCU debut?
The Wrecking Crew is a D-list squad of four villains that Len Wein and Sal Buscema created for The Defenders #17 in 1974. They mostly employ building materials as their weapons. In the comic books, the team’s commander, Wrecker, destroys his crime scenes with an enchanted crowbar.
One night he channels lightning with his magic crowbar, giving himself and three of his accomplice’s extraordinary strength and endurance. Each of Wrecker’s comrades employs certain building equipment and has chosen a nickname to reflect their destructive abilities. Wrecker, Bulldozer, Piledriver, and Thunderball made up the original Wrecking Crew, which already had several members.
Only Thunderball’s name is mentioned in She-Hulk: Attorney at Law Episode 3 of the squad. We may conclude from this information that the MCU squad is, in fact, the Wrecking Crew.
However, the series also provides a new backstory for the antagonists who double down on the allusion: they looted an Asgardian construction site to obtain their super-effective equipment.
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The Asgardian link is appropriate, given that Thor, the Wrecking Crew’s main foe (yeah, comic books are extremely odd), is an Asgardian. Thor from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Chris Hemsworth) would easily defeat such petty crooks, as we all know.