The newest Marvel Studios series, She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, will introduce a completely new character by way of a familiar character. The series’ main character, Jennifer Walters, is Bruce Banner’s cousin, shares the same gamma-powered DNA that makes for a big, green, hulking superhero. Jennifer Walters is best known for breaking the fourth wall and addressing comic book readers head on with her commentary. Unlike her cousin, She-Hulk is defined not only by her superhero persona, but also the person she is in her everyday life (which is why her commentary to the audience is so entertaining and important).
Created by Stan Lee (who only wrote the first issue) in November 1979, She-Hulk was an obvious product that followed the massive success of The Incredible Hulk and the popular ’70s television series The Bionic Woman. She-Hulk had her own comic book run, The Savage She-Hulk, which lasted from 1979 to 1982. From then on out, she would make guest appearances in other characters’ runs.
Her early guest appearances rarely followed a linear storyline and usually only involved her recurring misfortune with cars. This misfortune would become a running joke associated with the character and would come up frequently when she appeared in Avengers runs, with her becoming an official Avenger in Avengers #221 (July 1982).
In April 1984, She-Hulk became a member of the Fantastic Four (Fantastic Four #265). Five years later, she got her solo series back but with the title The Sensational She-Hulk and it ended up running for 60 issues. Fantastic Four artist/writer John Byrne worked on issues #1-8, 31-46, and 48-50. Byrne’s version of She-Hulk was the one to satirize comic books. He made her fully aware of the fact that she was a character.
How did Jennifer Walters become She-Hulk?
Despite growing up with little self-confidence, Jennifer Walters was a successful defense attorney in Los Angeles. All was going well for her until Nicholas Trask, a crime boss who once crossed paths with her Sheriff father, shot and seriously wounded her. It just so happened that Bruce Banner was in town when this attack happened and rushed to his cousin’s aid. Banner performed a blood transfusion with Walters, and while the transfusion healed her, it came with some pretty noticeable side effects—green skin, enormous size, and unbelievable strength.
Similar to the Hulk, She-Hulk started off emotionally unstable and dim-witted. Eventually, she would evolve into a less inhibited version of Jennifer Walters and become the middle ground between having savage Hulk qualities and the low self-esteemed Walters. The form of She-Hulk provided Walters with so much confidence that she would rarely turn back into her human form.
And that is who She-Hulk is.
While season 1 has yet to drop, the director has already talked about season 2 possibilities.
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