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    September 13, 2022 8 min read


    Jennifer Walters is Bruce Banner's cousin who is also The Incredible Hulk. Jennifer developed a close sister-and-brother relationship with her cousin while they were growing up together, despite the fact that she was five years younger than Bruce. They eventually went their separate ways as adults, pursuing different careers. Jennifer went to law school and eventually became an attorney.

    Jennifer Walter received a life-saving blood transfusion from her cousin Bruce Banner, aka The Hulk, after being shot by mobsters. Jennifer gained the ability to transform into the Sensational She-Hulk as a result of Banner's irradiated blood and became a regular member of the Avengers.


    Despite the fact that Stan Lee is credited with creating She-Hulk, the character was not created by him. She-Hulk was created with the intention of obtaining exclusive rights to a female Hulk character. The concept was conceived during the run of the live-action "Incredible Hulk" television series in the 1970s. CBS considered making a female Hulk spin-off series after the show's success. CBS would have owned the rights to She-Hulk if they had gone through with it. But when Marvel learned of their plan, they acted quickly, commissioning Stan Lee to write the first issue of a She-Hulk comic book series, with pencils by John Buscema.

    Major Story Arcs

    In her comic book career, She-Hulk has played a variety of roles. Her transformations were triggered by anger in her solo series, making her resemble her cousin Bruce, but after Morbius cured her of a blood disease, she regained full control of her abilities. She had a solo series from 1980 to 1982 before joining the Avengers in Avengers #221. Jennifer joined the Fantastic Four after the events of the Secret Wars mini-series in 1984, replacing Thing until he returned to the team later.

    The Avengers

    Jennifer joined the Avengers at the request of her friend the Wasp, the team's founding female member, after fighting solo for a while. At the same time, the archer Hawkeye returned to the Avengers. She-Hulk and Hawkeye had opposing personalities and were constantly at odds, but she was unwillingly transformed back into Jennifer Walters by the Radiation Man during a battle with the Masters of Evil. She became depressed because she felt helpless, but thanks to Hawkeye's clever taunting, she was able to transform back into the She-Hulk. She continued to work with the Avengers until the Secret Wars, when she became a temporary member of the Fantastic Four, replacing The Thing until he returned.

    Jennifer voluntarily left the Fantastic Four and rejoined the Avengers after the Thing returned. She also got a new job on the staff of District Attorney Blake Tower. Jennifer would later discover that one of the employees was a former Golden Age superheroine known as Blonde Phantom. Jennifer got a job on the District Attorney's staff thanks to Blonde Phantom. She eventually left the Avengers, only returning when they truly needed her.

    After rejoining the Avengers and witnessing Red Skull's chemical attack on the United States. After Jack of Hearts accidentally reverted her to her human form, she was nearly killed by the Skull's biological weapon, but she survived. However, the incident drove her insane and violent, and she fled after assaulting her teammates.

    Following the defeat of the Red Skull, the Avengers set out to find She-Hulk. She-Hulk was able to calm down and regain control of herself with the assistance of Hawkeye and Bruce.

    Avengers Dissembled

    When the Scarlet Witch went insane and slaughtered many of the Avengers, she used her powers to send She-Hulk into a frenzy. She-Hulk, like the Hulk, went on a rampage and was unstoppable. While she was out of control, she ripped Vision in half.

    She-Hulk was kept in stasis until the crisis was resolved, and the Avengers were eventually disbanded due to the extent of Scarlet Witch's damage to the team.

    World War Hulk

    Hulk returns to Earth, and he is furious. Hulk defeats Black Bolt and summons Iron Man, Dr. Strange, Mr. Fantastic, and Professor X. He arrives in Manhattan and fights Iron Man, easily defeating him even while wearing his Hulk Buster armour. The Avengers arrive and prepare to fight, but as Hercules charges at the Hulk, Jennifer stops him and tells them she will first try to talk to her cousin. Jennifer tries to calm the Hulk down, but he refuses to back down, forcing them to beat him if they want to stop him. Jennifer hits the Hulk with a couple of good shots, but he overpowers her and slams her head first into the ground.

    The Lady Liberators

    She-Hulk formed the Lady Liberators with the super-heroines Thundra, Invisible Woman, and Valkyrie. They later enlisted the help of other super-heroines such as Black Widow, Tigra, Invisible Woman, Spider-Woman, Storm, and Hellcat. Their first mission was to travel to Marinmer to provide earthquake relief, but they were met by the Winter Guard. Following an initial misunderstanding and a brief battle, the two teams collaborated to assist the beleaguered people. The Lady Liberators then went after and fought the Red Hulk, with mixed results.

    Jennifer decided to find out who the Red Hulk was after a fight with Lyra and the Sentry. This resulted in a fight with Doc Samson, during which She-Hulk was captured. Lyra was imprisoned by the Intelligencia but was eventually released. She and Lyra face off against Red She-Hulk, who throws them off the Helicarrier. When they reach the ground, they decide to aid in the defence of the White House against the "Hulked-out" Aimarines.

    The Future Foundation

    Jennifer served as one of the Future Foundation's or the Fantastic Four's replacement members (along with Scott Lang, Medusa, and Darla Deering) in the 4 minute absence of Reed, Sue, Johnny, and Ben as they travelled 'beyond time and space,' but this turns out to be much longer as the Fantastic Four do not return in 4 minutes.

    Superpowers and Skills

    Jennifer Walters has the normal strength and durability of a physically fit woman in excellent health. She also has above-average (but not superhuman) intelligence, is trained in hand-to-hand combat, and has some martial arts training.

    Her abilities as She-Hulk are similar to those of her powerful cousin, the Hulk. She possesses incredible superhuman strength, endurance, and healing abilities. In contrast to the Hulk, she usually retains her intelligence and the ability to transform between Jennifer Walters and She-Hulk. She can change at will rather than being triggered by anger. This ability has been lost at times, leaving her as either Jennifer Walters or She-Hulk for extended periods of time.

    When transforming in and out of She-Hulk form, Jennifer gains and loses mass in the form of body size as well as additional muscle mass. When changing into She-Hulk, her body and hair also take on a distinctly greenish hue. Although the She-Hulk's strength originally remained at a set level and did not increase, later in her history her strength increases as her anger grows, similar to her cousin the Hulk. If she increases her strength level as Jennifer Walters, her strength level as She-Hulk will be vastly greater than it would be otherwise. She has used this to her advantage in the past, using weight training as Jennifer Walters to make her much more powerful than normal as She-Hulk. A side effect of utilizing this facet of her power is that in She-Hulk form her muscle mass increases, making her much larger.

    As She-Hulk, her base strength is slightly lower than the Thing's; he won their most recent strength competition. However, with enough rage, her strength can easily overcome Grimm's. She is immune to most forms of physical attack and has a high healing factor.

    She has also gained the ability to perform the Ovoid mind switch, but only as a result of being a part of the team. When She-Hulk does it, she switches the physical characteristics and powers of the person in question rather than their mind. She-Hulk used the power-gem to punch Doc Samson into another state and defeat the Champion.

    Aside from her superhuman abilities, Jennifer is an expert in hand-to-hand combat, having been personally trained by Captain America. She has also demonstrated martial arts abilities in her human form. Jennifer frequently employs her sex appeal in fights against male opponents. Jennifer is also an accomplished pilot.

    Jennifer is a very intelligent woman, in addition to her fighting abilities and incredible strength. Prior to becoming the She-Hulk, she earned a degree in criminal law and is a highly accomplished lawyer. She usually practises law as Jennifer Walters, but she occasionally appears in court in her more striking She-Hulk form when she wants to make a more dramatic impression. Jennifer is also one of the only few super-heroines with a college degree.

    Other Media

    The Incredible Hulk (1982)

    She-Hulk makes her first animated debut in the 11th episode of the series entitled, "Enter: She-Hulk." She-Hulk was voiced by Victoria Carroll, in the episode, Jennifer Walters is a criminal lawyer who decided to go investigate Hydra. She is eventually spotted by Hydra soldiers and is forced to change into the She-Hulk to fend them off. Meanwhile, Bruce and Rick are visiting Jennifer in L.A., Bruce then tells Rick about how Jennifer was caught in an explosion and needed Bruce to transfuse his blood for her to live. Thus, causing her to turn into the She-Hulk. Eventually She-Hulk and the Hulk (While Banner had control of the Hulk) would team up to defeat Hydra and save Rick and Betty.

    The Incredible Hulk (1996)

    The Incredible Hulk (1996)
    The Incredible Hulk (1996)

    She-Hulk makes her second animated appearance in the 1996 Incredible Hulk series. She-Hulk only makes 2 appearances in the first season, but in the second season she basically became a co-star. She-Hulk was voiced by Lisa Zane in the first season and Cree Summer in season two. Jennifer makes her first debut in the series in the season one episode seven entitled "Doom." In this episode, Jennifer is being chased by Dr. Doom, who eventually captures her. Jennifer would then require a blood transfusion that only her cousin can give in order to live. With the blood transfusion successful, she becomes the She-Hulk. She-Hulk makes her last appearance for the season in episode eight entitled "Fantastic Fortitude." In the second season, She-Hulk was made into a regular co-star, and renamed the titled "The Incredible Hulk and She-Hulk.

    Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes (2006)

    Fantastic Four: World's Greater Heroes (2006)
    Fantastic Four: World's Greater Heroes (2006)

    She-Hulk makes an appearance in the latest Fantastic Four series, she is voiced by Stephanie Brillon and appears in season one episode eighteen entitled "The Cure." In this episode, Reed was able to cure Ben of his powers, but Ben loses all his memories about the Fantastic Four. When Mole Man attacks the city, the Fantastic Four decide to recruit She-Hulk to fill in Ben's spot for the time being. The human torch set up auditions for new heroes to take his place and all of them were people who had really rubbish powers and then a woman (Jennifer Walters aka She-Hulk) comes in. Johnny then makes fun of her and after the She-Hulk transformation she grabs Johnny and then gets recruited until the end of the episode.

    The Super Hero Squad Show (2010)

    Super Hero Squad Show (2010)
    Super Hero Squad Show (2010)

    She-Hulk makes her début in the show in the second season. She is voiced by Katee Sackhoff.

    Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. (2013)

    Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. (2013)
    Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. (2013)

    She-Hulk will be one of the main characters, voiced by Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum Eliza Dushku. In this series her career as a lawyer is not mentioned. Instead she states that due to being a hulk, she is forced to work as a stunt pilot due to her piloting skills and her indistructable hulk body. She has her easy going, gregarious, joking personality from the comics, as well as her strong willed outgoing nature, being unimpressed by both iron man and thor. She may have a crush on Skarr.

    Live-action TV

    She-Hulk (2021)

    The logo for the TV show
    The logo for the TV show

    A live-action She-Hulk TV series has been announced for the new Disney Plus streaming service. Tatiana Maslany will portray the title character.