Bruce Banner’s future was left up in the air after Avengers: Endgame hit theaters. Even Mark Ruffalo wasn’t sure if he would be back. However, this was before Marvel announced plans to develop a She-Hulk series last summer. Fans subsequently began requesting that Ruffalo show up to help bring Bruce’s cousin, Jennifer Walters, into the MCU. Now, Ruffalo himself is offering more assurance that he’ll be tagging along for the ride.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ruffalo confirmed his potential She-Hulk involvement while appearing at C2E2 this past weekend. Ruffalo cautioned that the discussions he’s currently having with Marvel are only “preliminary.” But since he’s one of the MCU’s heavy hitters, it’s hard to imagine going forward without him.
Having Ruffalo onboard the She-Hulk series only makes sense, especially for longtime Marvel fans. Jennifer Walters made her comic book debut in the pages of Savage She-Hulk #1 back in 1980. Bruce saved Jennifer’s life with an emergency blood transfusion. Unfortunately, since Bruce has the Hulk’s gamma-irradiated blood running through his veins, the procedure had some unintended consequences. With this, Jennifer was reborn as Marvel’s newest green-skinned superheroine. There have been several takes on She-Hulk over the decades. But the most popular incarnation is when Jennifer fully controls her She-Hulk side and continues to work as a lawyer.
There haven’t been many She-Hulk updates since Rick and Morty’s Jessica Gao signed on as head writer back in November. While Gao and her team are crafting the story arc for the first season, Marvel is presumably looking at actresses to play the title character. However, we can already rule out two names from the list of possibilities. There’s been a persisting rumor that the studio wants an “Alison Brie-type” to play Jennifer. Regardless, Brie herself recently said that Marvel hasn’t contacted her (yet). And despite finding her way into a few fan castings, Stephanie Beatriz also said she couldn’t play the role because it would conflict with her Brooklyn Nine-Nine filming schedule.
She-Hulk is reportedly targeting a 2022 release date on Disney+.
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