As the Marvel Cinematic Universe enters Phase 4 of production through movies and television, it makes sense that they continue to mine every last piece of source content that’s ever been produced in the 81-year history of the comic book franchise. Enter She-Hulk, the unfortunately-named, though moderately interesting relation to the big green guy we’ve come to know and love.
The titular character will get her own series and will tie into the larger Marvel Universe as the world, fresh off avoiding Thanos-produced armageddon, continues to expand. Let’s take a look at what we know about Her Greenness and the upcoming show She-Hulk.
Who is She-Hulk?
A cousin of Bruce Banner, Jennifer Walters got a blood-transfusion from the good doctor which led to her contracting a milder “case” of the gamma-ray disaster that set the Hulk loose originally. She’s an attorney who, by day, argues legal council for superheroes (when their superhero-ing deeds get litigious I suppose) and by (well also) day, turns into the She-Hulk, she-smashing her way through bad guys.
She-Hulk doesn’t have quite the same powers as her cousin, but at the same time is much more controlled and cerebral than that version of the Hulk as well.
There are, for sure, interesting ways to take this character. Her powers put her more definitively below the heavy hitters in the universe, but above the Daredevil/ Jessica Jones Netflix group in terms of who she can effectively battle.
Who Will Play She-Hulk
The recent rumor mill has Alison Brie as the leading candidate to play Walters/She-Hulk. Brie is most well-known for her role as Annie Edison on Community and more recently as Ruth Wilder on Netflix’s G.L.O.W. Professional wrestling doesn’t count as superhero work, but in terms of having the physical ability to handle a comic book character, Brie has already shown those chops.
Fans are pretty excited about the idea of Alison Brie playing the She-Hulk. One artist even put together this piece of artwork, showing off what she’ll look like in the role…
Brie as She-Hulk isn’t a confirmed casting, but enough of a groundswell of rumors are coming out that put her as the main focus right now. When Alison was asked about the She-Hulk rumors on The Late Show with James Cordon she had this to say: “I didn’t know it was such a trending thing, but I woke up to a lot of Instagram posts of like side-by-side pictures of me and She-Hulk, which I just thought; ‘cool’. And then that quote about an “Alison Brie-type”, which honestly I found very exciting because for years I’ve auditioned for the Anne Hathaway type or the Zooey Deschanel type, I was very flattered to be my own type for somebody else.”
When asked directly if she is being cast as She-Hulk Brie basically dodge the question saying, “I find it interesting.”
Other fans meanwhile have been campaigning for actress Gina Carano to get the part. She’s been a big hit on Disney’s The Mandalorian and fans put together this piece of fantasy art to show what she’d look like as She-Hulk…
What Will She-Hulk Look Like?
This isn’t typically a question when producing new comic book character-based shows, because often the costume is as iconic a piece of the character as anything else. That isn’t necessarily the case with She-Hulk who’s more known for the green hue than anything else.
Unlike Banner’s Hulk who, in a rage, sheds everything but a tight pair of jorts, She-Hulk doesn’t have quite the same license around devil-may-care clothing options. That being said, because Walters can control her inner demons better than Banner (at first) I do suspect we get something along the lines of this style…
…rather than the bikini-clad version the comics sometimes threw out there like this…
She-Hulk is still in early development but word is that Marvel already has their eye on a villain for She-Hulk to face off against. They’re planning to make M.O.D.O.K. one of her major antagonists and reportedly they’re eyeing Jim Carrey to play him.
M.O.D.O.K. stands for Mental/Mobile/Mechanized Organism Designed Only for Killing and he’s an iconic supervillain from the pages of Marvel Comics. The first version of MODOK was a man who underwent mutagenic surgery to increase his intelligence. The procedure worked and made him super smart, but also made him into little more than a head carried around on a floating device.
Since MODOK lacks a body word is that if Carrey takes the part he’ll really only voice the character. They’ll have to CGI him in. But given Carrey’s talents, even his voice should lend a lot to the character’s performance.
Connecting To The Marvel Universe – Possible Spoilers
Comicbook.com claims the She-Hulk series will definitely focus on Walter’s origin story. If so, that would put Bruce Banner, and more importantly I suppose Mark Ruffalo, into play for the show. Now The Illuminerdi confirms that Mark Ruffalo will indeed appear in She-Hulk, and they’ve got him signed to be there for the Disney Plus series.
When we see Hulk this rumor suggests we’ll see the aftermath of what using the Infinity Stones did to him. When last we saw Hulk in at Tony Stark’s funeral in Avengers: Endgame his mangled arm was in a sling. Normally the Hulk basically instant heals from anything, so the fact that he still carried that injury confirms that was not a normal injury. Now we’re hearing that when he shows up in She-Hulk his arm will be… well… gone. His arm will have been replaced by a robotic limb.
Rumor has it that Bruce Banner will play a pretty big role in the She-Hulk series and what’s more, it may be the end of him. Various sources are reporting that the plot of the show will involve the death of Bruce Banner. Apparently he’ll sacrifice himself to save She-Hulk in a battle against the Red Hulk.
Iron Man got a whole movie built around his sacrifice. For Hulk to go out on a TV show seems a bit anticlimactic.
Given how the comic books handle Walters contracting the Hulk “disease” via a blood transfusion from Bruce, we’ll need at least, at minimum, a hat-tip to the original Marvel Universe. Where they have her getting her powers along the actual MCU’s timeline remains to be confirmed and she isn’t the type of character who needs a 1:1 retelling of the original story. There’s room for creativity here. So whether those rumors of a grandiose sacrifice pan out or not, we’re definitely getting Hulk in Marvel’s She-Hulk series.
Where And When To Watch She-Hulk
She-Hulk will air exclusively on Disney+ in 2022, joining some of the other MCU television projects hitting that platform sooner than later. Those include The Falcon and the Winter Soldier coming out in the fall, as well as WandaVision and Loki which debut next Spring. In all, it’s part of an eight-series plan on the platform that also include What if…?, Ms. Marvel and Moon Knight.
In all, She-Hulk should represent something of a bottle character for the Universe, one we haven’t seen before who can act much more as a standalone than some of the other series Disney+ plans.