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She-Hulk reveals the origin of the Hulks

When the Hulk was created, like many other figures from the early period of the House of Ideas, Jade Giant also saw its origin in science. The explosion of the bomb and the ensuing gamma ray irradiation transformed scientist Bruce Banner into the Hulk. This original has also been translated, with appropriate reinterpretation, into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but only with the release of the series dedicated to Jennifer Walters, She-Hulk: Attorney at Lawwhich revealed the true origins of the hulks.

She-Hulk Episode One: Attorney at Law Explains the Origins of the Hulks

Returning for a moment to the context of comics, choosing to see in science, or rather pseudoscience, the origin of the characters’ powers was one of the trademarks of Marvel. Cosmic rays, radioactive spiders or gamma rays, the important thing was to have a reasonable scientific component, which was never investigated in order not to provoke excessive explanations and to remain in the realm of imagination. When the Hulk appeared in the Marvel comics, science was still struggling with the first theories about the dangers of radiation exposure, a condition that allowed him to resurrect a character like Jade Giant without much thought. And the origin of the She-Hulk was no different, as a simple blood transfusion that Bruce performed to save Jennifer Walters’ life transferred part of his powers to his cousin. Obviously, even in this case, we should not go into the details of hematology and trust what Stan Lee said, but bearing in mind an important aspect: the comics and the Marvel cinematic universe move on different levels.

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Tatiana Maslany as Jennifer “Jen” Walters/She-Hulk in She-Hulk in Marvel Studios’ She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, exclusively on Disney+. Image provided by Marvel Studios. Marvel 2022.

Like the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in fact, there are occasions when you’ll want to try to give more substance to these assets, as we tried to do with the first episode of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law. maintaining an origin story similar to the storyboard story, Jennifer Walters (Tatiana Maslany) He assumes his powers by coming into contact with his cousin’s blood Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), after an accident. Unlike Banner, who took years to control the brutal Hulk, Jen hasn’t had a second character to appear during transformation, but she maintains consciousness in her Hulk version as well. What happened differently? We can already find the first explanation in Avengers (2012).

When Tony Stark and Bruce Banner share a laboratory aboard a SHIELD helicopter, Stark indicates in a conversation that Banner’s dose of gamma radiation should not have changed him to the Hulk, but should have killed him. A detail that is soon dismissed by Banner, who sees more poetically the emergence of the Hulk as his salvation, but which sows the seeds of Hulk’s birth, embodied in She-Hulk.

(LR): Mark Ruffalo as Smart Hulk / Bruce Banner and Tatiana Maslany as Jennifer “Jen” Walters / She-Hulk in Marvel Studios’ She-Hulk, exclusively on Disney+. Image provided by Marvel Studios. Marvel 2022.
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After Jane is contaminated with Banner’s blood, the scientist tries to explain to her why the two are so different, in their relationship with their dual natures. Banner’s explanation, always within the confines of pseudoscience, is that organisms manufacture gamma radiation in a different way, thanks to strange genetic predispositions. An explanation that would also help visualize the birth of abomination, the monstrous alter-ego of Emil Blonsky (Tim Roth), who after appearing in Incredible Hulk (2008) will return in She-Hulk.

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It is interesting to note that on this occasion “rare genetic factors” are mentioned again, an aspect that seems to have been after the word “mutation” in Mrs. Marvel, wanting to refer again to those genes which are essential for an introduction to the Marvel universe cinematic X-Men, Marvelian mutants. Now, it seems hard to believe that mutations and mutations are brutally used in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as deus ex machina to explain unimportant aspects, but it is undeniable that the explanation given by Strong woman On the origin of the Hulks, i.e. a rare combination of genetic factors in relation to exposure to gamma rays, and another indication of the importance of genetics in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

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