MEGAN THEE STALLION JOINS THE MCU IN “SHE-HULK” CAMEO, WITH AIMS FOR MULTI-HYPHENATE CAREER BEYOND MUSIC
The overlap between actors looking to pursue music and musicians trying to get into acting could be defined as a circle. There have been countless examples of successful crossovers between the two creative spheres, especially with powerhouse women like Barbra Streisand, Jennifer Lopez and Cher. Not only do many of these individuals both act and perform music exceptionally well, but they also serve as directors, producers and all other manner of creative types. Proudly adding to the tradition of music-media crossovers is Megan Thee Stallion, with her recent appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s TV series, She-Hulk: Attorney at Law.
Since Good News, her debut album in 2020, rapper Megan Thee Stallion has completely blown up the hip-hop world with her playfully abrasive nature and infectious flow. She’s collaborated with the likes of Cardi B, Doja Cat, Ariana Grande and Dup Lipa, and performed a self-written rap verse during this year’s Oscars performance of the hit “We Don’t Talk About Bruno.” Megan Thee Stallion shows no signs of slowing down or wanting to be stuck in one category — which is why her appearance in last week’s episode of She-Hulk was especially enjoyable. Megan Thee Stallion’s cameo was featured in the B-storyline of the episode, where a shape-shifting elf from Asgard has taken the form of the famous rapper and conned She-Hulk’s — aka Jennifer Walters’ — former colleague out of $175,000 from their supposed “relationship.” Not only is the premise highly amusing and well-executed, but the fact that Megan Thee Stallion appears in the courtroom for the final ruling claiming, “There can only be one!” perfectly showcases her comedic prowess.
Co-star Jameela Jamil claims responsibility for getting the superstar on the show — having worked with her on HBO Max’s Legendary — while main actress and superfan Tatiana Maslany supposedly came up with the mid-credits scene where She-Hulk and Megan Thee Stallion do a twerk session in the former’s law office. It’s a fantastic showcase for the rapper and really exemplifies her instinctive nature for acting and responding to actors. Along with her cameos in Good Girls, P-Valley and Cardi Tries, it’s clear that Megan Thee Stallion isn’t above stepping out of her comfort zone and poking fun at herself or others — all while maintaining her trademark “savage” mentality. And, according to Megan Thee Stallion herself, she has aims far beyond just music and acting:
“When I look at [Queen Latifah and Ice Cube], it inspires me to take it further than just music … I don’t feel like I’m only going to be an actress—I feel like I’m also going to be a director and I’m also going to be a producer.”
Considering that Megan Thee Stallion has upcoming roles in A24’s F***ing Identical Twins and Peacock’s The Best Man Wedding, it’s no surprise that her ambitions are high — and that, given her many talents, she will surely achieve them in no time at all. Along with her acting gigs, Megan Thee Stallion just released her second studio album, Traumazine, via 300 Entertainment and 1501 Certified on August 12. Stay tuned for information on Megan Thee Stallion’s dual music and acting careers as we learn more!