Marvel Studios’ She-Hulk: Attorney at Law introduces Tatiana Maslany‘s Jennifer Walters, the cousin of Mark Ruffalo‘s Bruce Banner. Ruffalo, of course, took over the role of Banner with 2012’s The Avengers, taking over the role of Hulk from Edward Norton who’d portrayed the character in 2008’s The Incredible Hulk. While Norton did a good job playing the Jade Giant, the actor ended up departing the role citing that he’d experienced what he had wanted to experience with the character. Since then, Ruffalo has tackled the role, appearing in every Avengers film since and even co-starring in Thor: Ragnarok in 2017.
In recent years, Marvel Studios has begun to reintroduce some of the other characters from The Incredible Hulk back into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the biggest one being William Hurt‘s Thaddeus Ross who returned for Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame and Black Widow before his unfortunate passing earlier this year. Now, Marvel is looking to (finally) bring Tim Roth‘s Emil Blonsky back as the Abomination after a brief cameo in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. The actor is featured prominently in She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, so it’s no surprise that his fight with the Hulk in The Incredible Hulk is recounted in the series. However, the show finds a way to poke fun at the re-casting of the Hulk in a pretty smart way.
According to Maslany, the conversation regarding Hulk being a different person was actually an ad lib by Ruffalo. When asked if she was surprised the show got away with a nod to the recasting, the actress revealed Ruffalo was behind the memorable line.
That was a Mark [Ruffalo] ad lib! That’s truly the world of this show. It’s as meta as you can possibly get, and what’s more meta than discussing the fact that the Hulk in [The Incredible Hulk (2008)] was played by a totally different actor? There are so many layers to it.Maslany
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law is now streaming on Disney+ with new episodes dropping on Thursdays.