Warning: Spoilers for She-Hulk: Attorney At Law episode 7
She-Hulk: Attorney At Law has set up one of Thor’s biggest missing villains to finally show up in the MCU. She-Hulk’s confrontation with the Wrecker connects to a major story from Marvel Comics. Its implications create the possibility that Marvel could add a major addition to Thor’s rogues’ gallery to the MCU.
In his apology for attacking She-Hulk alongside the Wrecking Crew, the Wrecker said that he realized that he didn’t need a “magic crowbar to give him a false sense of power”, which only made him and his friends “act like idiots.” Wrecker explaining that the magic crowbar is responsible for the Wrecking Crew’s powers means that at least part of his comic book origin story is MCU canon. Since this is the case, it’s possible that a classic Thor villain may exist somewhere in the MCU. Known as the Norn Queen, Karnilla is the character who empowered the Wrecker and his crowbar in the source material.
In the comic books, Karnilla was an incredibly powerful Asgardian sorceress madly in love with Balder the Brave, a key ally of Thor and his brother. Many of her schemes were made in the interest of winning Balder’s love and often put her at odds with Thor, Lady Sif, and the Warriors Three. One of her plots set the Wrecker’s origin as a supervillain in motion. The Wrecker, who was just a low-level criminal at the time, was caught in a fight with a powerless Loki when Karnilla magically appeared. In an attempt to restore Loki’s powers, Karnilla bestowed a magical enchantment on the Wrecker by mistake. Somehow, the power extended to his crowbar. Later, the Wrecker found a way to share the crowbar’s immense power with three of his friends, thus turning them into Piledriver, Thunderball, and Bulldozer.
She-Hulk: Attorney At Law episode 7 never mentions Karnilla, but the existence of the magic crowbar and the fact that it gave powers to the four villains certainly lays the groundwork for her to exist in the MCU. After all, the crowbar couldn’t have magic powers unless someone with mystical abilities enchanted it. The most obvious candidate for this role would naturally be the person responsible for casting the spell in the comics. Plus, it is indeed plausible that she’s on Earth, especially since all the remaining Asgardians live there now in their own community. Karnilla has always been a bit of a bit outsider, but it could be that she had to relocate to Earth with them when Asgard fell. If so, she could be off causing trouble in the MCU offscreen.
With characters like Thor and Hercules likely being important to the MCU’s future, it would make a lot of sense for Karnilla to be introduced at some point. While the MCU may avoid addressing her role in the Wrecking Crew’s origin directly in She-Hulk: Attorney At Law, it could eventually find room for Karnilla and Balder’s stories in the MCU and possibly pit the sorceress against the God of Thunder in Thor 5.
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law releases new episodes on Thursdays on Disney+.