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What Separates She-Hulk From MCU’s Original Hulk?

By Ishita Chatterjee
January 15,2022

Jennifer Walters will soon make her MCU debut in the upcoming Disney+ show, She-Hulk. Walter’s powers, as well as her origins, are quite similar to her cousin Bruce Banner’s.

But other than that, She-Hulk is a different character, and this has allowed her to become a fan-favorite character in her own right. However, fans want to know what exactly makes her different from her cousin.

The MCU’s upcoming She-Hulk show will follow Walters’ classic origins. If this is true, it will provide a great explanation for why she’s different from Banner’s Hulk.

The Separate Origins Of Hulk And She-Hulk

She-Hulk's origin story

She-Hulk’s origin story

Bruce Banner’s traits and transformations as The Hulk have changed over time. But the only consistent detail that has remained is his exposure to gamma radiation.

The character debuted in the 1962 comic series titled The Incredible Hulk. Back then, Banner turned into the green monster based on additional bursts of radiation or moonlight.

The 1970s Hulk show gave Banner the transformation condition he is most known for- anger. 2008’s The Incredible Hulk carried this on, and then the MCU used this as well.

Jennifer Walters debuted in the 1980 comic book titled The Savage She-Hulk. There she got her powers courtesy of a gunshot wound that left her in dire need of a blood transfusion.

Her cousin, Bruce Banner gave his blood since he was the only available donor. Banner’s gamma-fused blood gave Walters a limited degree of the powers he had.

She wasn’t as strong as her cousin, but Walters could transform into She-Hulk and do so at her own will. Also, she could function normally no matter what state she was in. This made her powers more useful and convenient than her cousin’s, even though she had reduced strength. Bruce Banner didn’t have that level of control or mind retention between his two forms.

She-Hulk Doesn’t Struggle With Duality Like Hulk Does

The Incredible Hulk

The Incredible Hulk

In his early years, Banner hated his Hulk identity. He wanted to cure himself and get back to a normal life. In 2012’s The Avengers movie, Banner was given significant character development.

He learned to make Hulk a force for good by controlling his transformation. But an accidental incident in the second act of the movie made Hulk destroy it indiscriminately.

So The Hulk could have been used as a malevolent force if Bruce Banner’s mind got tamperedwith. We even got to see this in Avengers: Age of Ultron. She-Hulk has no such issues. Jennifer doesn’t have to worry about this since she never had a destructive second personality.

As She-Hulk, Walters is just a green and large version of herself. So she doesn’t struggle with duality or the destructive ability of her strength like Bruce does. This means that there’s a lack of internal conflict in her comics.

Smart Hulk

Smart Hulk

As a result, her comics have a more action-comedy tone compared to the action-drama of Bruce’s Hulk stories. And this fits quite well with the MCU’s light-hearted TV shows and films.

Avengers: Endgame told us what we should expect in a She-Hulk show. In the years after Thanos’ snap, Bruce and Hulk melded to create “Smart Hulk.” This version of Hulk, has the body of Hulk but the mind of Banner.

He can’t transform at will, but his combination of restraint, brains, and strength is quite similar to Jennifer’s when she transforms into her version of the green monster.

All these points show the difference between Jennifer Walters She-Hulk and Bruce Banner’s Hulk form.

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