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The She-Hulk series has unveiled the first (ugly) visuals of its heroine, an opportunity to come back to the differences she has with her cousin Hulk.
In a marketing hype strategy, Disney+ gives its fans no respite by aligning the programming of its series with the releases of the films. So Moon Knight ended on the day that Doctor Strange Multiverse of Madness(which we liked a lot) was coming to theaters, a strategy that should be repeated with the end of the Miss Marvel series at the same time as the release of Thor: Love and Thunder. And precisely, just a few weeks after the airing of the film on the god of thunder, She-Hulk will arrive on Disney+. The green superheroine has also started its promotion with a first trailer that makes you green.
If the CGIs are clearly filthy (and we hope they are being finished), everyone will have noticed that Jennifer Walters, played by Tatiana Maslany, reacts much better than Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) to her transformation into the Hulk. Unlike her cousin, she does not have the build of a Dwayne Johnsonnor the intelligence of a toddler. Although She-Hulk is a copy of a male hero, like far too many female characters in comics, she also has her quirks that make her an exciting, if not completely original, superheroine .
Unlike Bruce Banner, Jennifer Walters was not exposed to gamma rays. Her transformation is caused by an emergency blood transfusion done by her doctor cousin to save her from a gunshot wound. This is how Walters goes from an ordinary woman to a superheroine over 2 meters tall with a cucumber complexion. Knowing how to manage his anger better than Banner, this allows him to keep a shape that is more or less livable on a daily basis. Thus, She-Hulk has superhuman strength, but the physique of an American fitness gym enthusiast. A handy excuse in the comics to leave the heroine with an athletic physique and skintight leotard.
However, like her big green cousin, Jennifer Walters can also transform into a more monstrous form. In 1990's The Sensational She-Hulk #15, the heroine takes on the appearance of grey She-Hulk for the first time, a bestial version close to the classic Hulk, that she keeps the time of a number. This pissed off She-Hulk will return in 2016 in Hulk, written by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Nico Leon. This darker run than usual for Walters puts her in the face of post-traumatic stress disorder (Civil War II has been there) which prevents her from controlling her emotions.
In 2018, in Jason Aaron's Avengers, she will again abuse steroids, making her become an over-muscled She-Hulk again (green this time). This version isn't quite as interesting as Tamaki's run though, with She-Hulk mostly there to be Bruce Banner's replacement Hulk on the superhero team. She will resume her usual appearance in issue 50.
Jennifer Walters also has the advantage of not having TDI(dissociative identity disorder) as Bruce Banner, something completely absent from MCU movies by the way. In the comics, Hulk is an alter of Banner born following his years of battered child. But the scientist has several others, such as Joe Fixit (a more manipulative Gray Hulk), the Professor, Green Scar (the gladiator broadly adapted in Thor: Ragnarok), etc. This peculiarity less, it is much easier for Jennifer Walters to control her emotions, and live the routine of a lawyer specializing in superhero cases under the guise of She-Hulk.
A profession in which she excels (even better than Matt Murdock/Daredevil) and which she exercises with as much dedication and passion as her activity as a superheroine. Screenwriter and lawyer Charles Soule will write She-Hulk in 2014, a comic book run focusing on Jennifer Walters' work in the courts.
She-Hulk's solar energy and personality have made her a much-loved character in the Marvel Universe, allowing her to join the Avengers, Fantastic Four, Lady Liberators, and other teams. She-Hulk is therefore distinguished from her cousin by her more playful character and the omnipresent humor in her lighter stories where she often breaks the fourth wall.
Since its creation in 1980, She-Hulk has managed to break away from the giant shadow of Bruce Banner by becoming a character that makes her unique among Marvel. Unfortunately, the lackluster first trailer for the Disney+ series would almost make us miss the green playdough of 2003's Hulk.
However, behind the inadmissible digital effects for such a production, it seems that the humorous spirit of John Byrne's The Sensational She-Hulk comics is present, an assumed inspiration in the promotion of the series. It remains to be seen whether one will laugh for She-Hulk's jokes or its low-end CGI. She-Hulk will be available on Disney+ from August 17, 2022.