Jennifer Walters (Tatiana Maslany) has a lot to adjust to in the series premiere of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, but that doesn't stop her from obsessing over whether Captain America (Chris Evans, who does not appear in the episode) is a virgin.
Better known as Jen, the high-powered attorney is on the road with her cousin Bruce Banner aka The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) when they hit a spaceship and flip their vehicle. Both are able to pull themselves out of the wreckage, but he bleeds on her, which gives her his abilities, hence how she becomes She-Hulk. As they spend time together in a training facility Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr., who also does not appear in the episode) gave him, one thing that keeps coming up is whether his friend Steve Rogers, aka Cap, had a chance to have sex before he died.
"We put it in the script just because it's just a topic that we naturally were talking about and that we all wondered about and everybody speculated on," head writer and executive producer Jessica Gao tells Metacritic. "It was supposed to be a long-running gag in the entire series where, in every episode, you would see a little hint of Jen's Googling it — you see it in her search history, or you'll see that everyone in her life is so sick of hearing her talk about this obsession of hers. And part of it is just because she just felt like he was so hot — he had such a hot ass — it's quite a waste."
However, Marvel fans know to stick around through the end credits for special surprises and additional information, and those who did this time were treated to the answer of Jen's obsession.
In a mid-credits scene during which the cousins are drinking together, Jen harps on the fact that America's hero died a virgin, saying, "It's just so sad: Steve Rogers did so much for his country and he never got to experience sex."
Fed up with hearing her going on about this, Bruce replies, "Steve Rogers is not a virgin. He lost his virginity to a girl in 1943 on the USO tour."
That's right, as Jen replies, "Captain America f---s."
Gao says she didn't expect to be able to answer this question at all in the show and instead planned for this tag to come at the end of the first season: "That was going to be the very last thing you saw in the entire show," she reveals.
"It was [executive producer] Kevin Feige who said, 'Why don't we answer it?'" she continues. "And I was like, 'Well, I don't have the answer,' and he's like, 'I do.' And so, he gave us the answer. So, this is absolute canon, straight from Kevin Feige."
After shifting some story pieces around for a variety of reasons, the original Captain America runner was cut down so much, "it just made more sense to just really get it done with right at the beginning," Gao says.
Though she admits that was a change she resisted in the beginning, now she's thrilled the premiere ends with "such a punch."
And perhaps having that long mystery solved will also help Jen focus on her own journey, which is only just getting started.
"We see her physical origin story in the pilot, but the season in its entirety is really an emotional origin story for her: It's really a journey of her starting from a place of resistance and really coming to terms with and accepting She-Hulk and figuring out how to balance it and how to create space in her life for this new thing that isn't gonna go away," Gao says.
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law streams new episodes weekly on Thursdays