Those unfamiliar with Marvel Comics may ask why Jennifer Walters is so different from the MCU’s original Hulk, who will make her MCU debut in the forthcoming Disney+ series She-Hulk. While Walters’ powers and background are very similar to Bruce Banner’s, She-Hulk is a distinct character whose adventures take on a far different tone than Banner’s, allowing her to become a fan well-liked superhero in her own right. She-Hulk in the Marvel Cinematic Universe looks to be based on Walters’ traditional backstory, which should explain why she’s so distinct from Bruce Banner’s Hulk.
Bruce Banner’s transformations and characteristics as The Hulk have evolved over time, with the only constant being his gamma radiation exposure. Banner would transform into the green behemoth (albeit he was originally shown as gray) dependent on moonlight or extra blasts of radiation after his 1962 debut in The Incredible Hulk comic book. Banner’s most well-known transformation condition was fury, which he got from the legendary 1970s TV program of the same name. In 2008’s The Incredible Hulk, the MCU version of The Hulk copied this as well as the TV version of Banner’s gamma-ray exposure.
Jennifer Walters first appeared in the 1980 comic series The Savage She-Hulk, when a gunshot wound rendered her lifeless and necessitated a blood transfusion, which her cousin, Bruce Banner, donated (as the only available doner). Walters inherited some of The Hulk’s abilities thanks to Banner’s gamma-irradiated blood. Walters could shift into and out of her She-Hulk form at will, and she could keep her consciousness in whatever condition she was in, possibly making her powers considerably more convenient and useful than the original Hulk’s, despite her diminished strength.
Bruce Banner has a lot of trouble balancing his two selves. Banner was unwilling to his Hulk persona throughout his early years, hoping to discover a means to rid himself of it and resume a regular life. However, Banner’s persona grew significantly in 2012’s The Avengers, as he learned how to manage The Hulk’s transformation and turn him into a benign force. Still, as demonstrated in the film’s second act, an unintentional occurrence might cause Hulk to destroy indiscriminately, and The Hulk could still be an evil entity if Banner’s mind is tampered with, as seen in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Jennifer Walters, as She-Hulk, has never had any troubles since she never acquired a destructive second personality after gaining her powers. Walters is merely a bigger and green version of herself as She-Hulk, therefore she doesn’t have the same issues with duality and the destructive aspect of her strength as Banner. Instead of the action-drama of Bruce Banner’s Hulk adventures, She-comics Hulk’s progressively took on an action-comedy tone. Walters’ adventures, like as John Byrne’s Sensational She-Hulk books, have a lighter tone that fits well with the MCU’s cheerful films and TV episodes.
Avengers: Endgame gave us a sneak peek at what to anticipate in She-Hulk. In the years after Thanos’ snap, Bruce and The Hulk fused, resulting in “Smart Hulk,” a superhero with Banner’s intellect and The Hulk’s body. Smart Hulk’s mix of intelligence, temperance, and super strength is very similar to Jennifer Walters’ when she transforms into her green alter ego, highlighting the contrast between She-Hulk and Banner’s original Hulk form.