Who Is She-Hulk?
Stan Lee and John Buscema created She-Hulk in 1980, although another writer would continue to tell the stories in her first solo comic book series, The Savage She-Hulk. Shy, mild-mannered lawyer Jennifer Walters is Bruce Banner’s cousin. After she was seriously injured by a crime boss, it took a transfusion of Bruce’s blood to save her life. Her newly gamma-irradiated blood combined with her anger, and Jennifer turned into She-Hulk! Her original incarnation was similar to the Hulk, with rage fueling her transformation and strength, but in a short time she would keep her wits and personality—with a boost of confidence—in her larger, green form.
She-Hulk Through the Years
She-Hulk has undergone some changes over the years in her solo titles, from savage and rage-filled, to fourth-wall breaking comedy, to focusing on her law career, to learning to cope with trauma and grief. In all of these iterations, however, She-Hulk finds strength she didn’t know she had, both in herself and through the friends and teammates that stick with her through it all. Her best friend Patsy Walker, better known as the hero Hellcat, sticks with her through thick and thin, and she’s a highly sought-after team player. She-Hulk has been a member of the Mighty Avengers, Fantastic Four, A-Force, Lady Liberators, and Future Foundation.
You can currently find the Savage She-Hulk fighting alongside Captain America and Iron Man once again in Jason Aaron’s ongoing Avengers run. Boosted by a mega dose of gamma energy, she’s looking just as monstrously muscular as the classic Hulk rather than her usual build, and has the angry attitude to match.
The Difference Between She-Hulk and Hulk
Like Hulk, She-Hulk has staggering superhuman strength and is practically impervious to injury, pain, and disease.
But unlike Bruce, Jennifer is still Jennifer when she’s the jade giantess. She maintains control of her intellect and emotions, turning her into a powerhouse of both brains and brawn. She’s also a trained combatant thanks to the expert help of teachers like Captain America and Gamora, making her quite a formidable opponent to anyone who dares stand in her way.
During the iconic run of her 1989 solo title penned by John Byrne, She-Hulk became one of the few characters aware that she’s in a comic book and regularly broke the fourth wall by speaking to the reader. (Sorry, Deadpool, but Jen did it first.) She berated the book’s creative team, famously threatened to tear up the reader’s X-Men comics, and even tossed Byrne out a window. While she doesn’t Hulk-smash the fourth wall any longer, it was once considered one of her signature characteristics.
She-Hulk’s Most Heroic Feats
As either She-Hulk or Jennifer Walters, she is a force to be reckoned when she fights for justice. Whether it’s knocking out villains as one of the Avengers ranks or speaking from the heart in the courtroom, Jennifer always stands up for the little guy, and she’ll take on some of the biggest guys in the Marvel universe to do so.
She-Hulk has battled some of the biggest and baddest titans around, including the Mad Titan himself, Thanos. She also went toe-to-toe with an enraged Hulk in World War Hulk, knocked out Abomination, and gracefully let Hercules win in an arm-wrestling challenge.
The ol’ fastball special with Wolverine? She-Hulk’s done that, too.
Jennifer has also taken on both Tony Stark and Matt Murdock in court (and won), represented heroes like Speedball and Spider-Man as legal counsel, and even defended the entire Marvel universe to the Living Tribunal. Readers got an all-too-brief look at her successfully making the case for not destroying the universe in She-Hulk #20 (2007), summed up by her most persuasive point of all, “We’re fun.”
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She-Hulk’s Introduction to the MCU
With no details beyond the show’s announcement and Tatiana Maslany being cast in the lead role, the sky’s the limit on what form She-Hulk might take in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While some fans have theorized that pre-existing MCU characters like The Incredible Hulk’s Betty Ross or Claire Temple from the Defenders shows could become She-Hulk, the casting news of Maslany seems to confirm that Jennifer Walters will in fact lead the show.
Given the legal trouble the Avengers found themselves in during Captain America: Civil War, perhaps Jennifer could be introduced as Bruce Banner’s cousin who can provide legal counsel, which would of course lead to her unexpected transformation.
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