She-Hulk Proves The MCU Is Starting To Have A Major Comic Book Problem


“She-Hulk” opens with Bruce Banner in human form and with a cast, similar to his appearance in “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.” Still handicapped following his use of the Infinity Gauntlet in “Avengers: Endgame,” Bruce is injured in a car accident while in human form, leading to his blood coming into contact with an open wound on Jennifer, who was driving the car. Thus, She-Hulk is born. This itself isn’t a problem, but when She-Hulk awakens in a lab built by Bruce and Tony Stark, she finds a Smart-Hulk completely healed from the damage done by the infinity gauntlet in “Endgame.”

The healing process is done offscreen, with a simple explanation given that Jennifer’s hulk blood has a special property that provided a way for Bruce to become whole again. The reversal of his injuries is done so that he could have an entertaining training montage with Jennifer, but the execution feels unconcerned about how it gives the MCU a feeling of having no stakes; a lack of consequences leading to stories that won’t be as interesting because of it. Up to this point, the MCU has gotten audiences invested in its characters by providing real growth and development.

From Tony Stark’s sacrifice to Steve Rogers choosing to retire, there was a real sense of closure surrounding “Avengers: Endgame.” Unfortunately, the creative decision of healing Hulk contradicts those sacrifices and feels eerily similar to something you would read in a Marvel comic book.

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