She-Hulk might not be the first thing to come to mind when you think of something giant, green, and smashing things, BUT this smart, strong giantess is about to shake things up and become wedged in our memory. Here’s 10 things to know about the much anticipated She-Hulk as she leaps onto our screens today, August 18, on Disney+.
First, here’s a little background. Jennifer Walters is a highly skilled lawyer who became a superhero by accident, she frequently leverages her legal and personal experience to serve as legal counsel to various superheroes and other metahumans.
Protect The IP
Interestingly, She-Hulk, a character based around the law, was created to protect Marvel’s IP (Intelectual Property). In the late 70s, The Incredible Hulk TV series generated a lot of popularity among comic fans and non-readers. This led to rumors that studios involved were thinking about creating a female version of the big green guy to attract a wider audience. Marvel got wind of this and decided they had to protect their interests. Thus, She-Hulk was born.
She first appeared in The Savage She-Hulk #1 (February 1980).
Written by the one and only Stan Lee. Comic book art by John Buscema
Oh, She’s Smart
Jennifer Walters/She-Hulk has a law degree from UCLA and is a criminal defense lawyer
Gamma Radiation Is Thicker Than Blood
Bruce Banner goes to visit his cousin Jennifer Walters in Los Angeles. When she gets shot by a crime boss’s goon, he gives her a transfusion of his own blood to save her life. But by doing so, he also unwittingly gives her his powers—and all the baggage that comes with them.
She-Hulk can shift between her two personas at will. When she Hulks out, she’s still in control. She can think and talk.
Captain America and Gamora trained She-Hulk to be a better fighter. This is what happens when you go from an ordinary woman to the green giantess.
Girls, They Wanna Have Fun
She-Hulk is fun and cheeky. Oftentimes breaking the fourth wall and talking directly with the audience. Her attention to comic relief was mostly seen during John Byrne’s run on Sensational She-Hulk.
She-Hulk has worked with teams like Fantastic Four, the Avengers, and A-Force.
Mind Control Is A No Go
Telepathy does not work on her, but she’s not immune to mental manipulation seeing how she’s been under the effects of magic and pheromones.
The Law Firm
GLKH law firm is an homage to Martin Goodman, a publisher whose Timely Comics division later became Marvel Comics. He also hired Stan lee. Stanley Lieber (Stan Lee) comic book writer, editor, publisher, and producer. Jacob Kurtzberg (Jack Kirby) comic book artist and writer. Holden Holloway, the attorney at GLKH who hired She-Hulk to be the face of the firm’s new superhero law division.
Now that you have the facts, who’s ready for She-Hulk to smash her way into our lives and take permanent residency? I hope you’re saying “me.” The She-Hulk: Attorney at Law series may or may not follow her exact origin (you know how Marvel is), but this new to-the-screen green 6-foot-7-inch superpowered Hulk leaves a lot of things for us to look forward to.