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She-Hulk Teased The Buddy Comedy Of The Decade And No One Noticed

The premiere episode of the Disney+ show established several new subplots, one of which sounds like the beginning of a buddy comedy featuring Marvel's most beloved actors.

By Allie Z.Published 2 years ago 5 min read
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The She-Hulk premiere delivered a perfect introduction to Jennifer Walters (Tatiana Maslany) along with connecting her story to the MCU's Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo). Questions surrounding how the Hulk cousins would become entangled raged before the premiere, but now we know it's due to Jen becoming contaminated with Bruce's gamma-infused blood. That leads to the duo hanging out at Smart Hulk's beach retreat to sort Jen out.

What's intriguing about the locale is its' history. Bruce explains to Jen that he and Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) built the hidden lab/sanctuary during the Blip. The beach lab is also where Banner integrated his two personalities, explaining how the conflicted pair came to an accord when their interactions in Infinity War hinted at a split coming. It never happened, yet the instance does have precedence in the comics. Keep in mind that nothing good ever came from the mindless Hulk rampaging about.

Regardless, the teases of Banner and Stark spending months at a time nerding out and drinking together sounds like hilarious fun. They're two individuals with genius-level IQs who had nothing except time to tinker. The question is, what else did they do? The prospect of Tony Stark and Bruce Banner's adventures—outside the superhero realm—warrants serious consideration for a live-action adaptation. They've spent much of the last ten years fighting threat after threat without a break, so audiences never witnessed them have personal lives. But as we now know, they lived normal-ish during the Blip. Tony got to have the family he always wanted, Bruce remedied the inner struggle between his two halves, and they both took some well-deserved time to decompress.

Marvel's Next Buddy Comedy

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These aspects are interesting because they sound like the beginnings of a unique buddy comedy. RDJ and Ruffalo's characters are some of the most well-liked in the MCU, and their on-screen chemistry is undeniable. They've only shared a dozen scenes, although those brief interactions were witty and fluid. A sign they'd be ideal for Marvel's next buddy comedy, and it doesn't have to involve any action.

Some fans might protest a Disney+ series featuring RDJ and Mark Ruffalo that doesn't depict the Hulk and Iron Man throwing down, but those individuals forgot one thing: some of the best scenes in Falcon And The Winter Soldier had nothing to do with Bucky or Sam's fight scenes. Watching them repair the Wilson family fishing boat is a perfect example. Sam's conversation with Isaiah Bradley was also a highlight of the show, and it took place away from all the action. The same could feasibly happen in a story just about Stark and Banner.

The one hurdle in bringing Tony Stark back to the MCU is getting Robert Downey Jr. to agree to it. RDJ has said on more than one occasion that he's done with Iron Man. The actor isn't bitter to any degree. He's shown how gracious he is for the role. RDJ walked over to give Stan Lee a big ole bear hug when the Marvel comic writer presented him with the highest praise imaginable. Lee said that Downey Jr. was born to play Iron Man, eliciting the previously mentioned reaction.

Still, there's a challenge in bringing him back for any project. He's rejected every pitch for a new Marvel project thus far, making the likelihood of RDJ's return low. Never say never, but for now, it's a moot point.

Future Of The Hulk

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Marvel also has another title in development brewing for Mark Ruffalo. Episode 1 of She-Hulk hinted at a Sakarran ship arriving on Earth, looking for the green monster. Banner mentioned that an individual from the planet came searching for him but didn't divulge who it was. That can mean all sorts of things for the Hulk. Of course, the main takeaway is there are plans for him after She-Hulk Season 1 wraps up.

Now, whatever's next on the agenda won't interfere with Marvel producing more Disney+ shows like the aforementioned buddy comedy. However, the hindrance lies in the studio's stacked slate of movies and shows coming. Marvel has so many irons in the fire that they don't have a slot for another Hulk project to fill. To top that, Disney announces new titles yearly at events like D23 Expo and San Diego Comic-Con.

Whether the writers at Marvel have plans to flashback to Tony and Bruce's time at the beach retreat or not, they should consider the benefits before shooting down the prospect.

Since the presumption is that Downey Jr. won't return for any more Iron Man roles regardless of how compelling the script is, getting him to come back in any capacity would get the fans tuned in. There's still the issue of convincing him, but maybe he'd be willing to reprise his role as Tony Stark in a Marvel One Shot. The part would be small and not obligate RDJ to be on set more than a week or two, possibly longer.

The Odds

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While the studio hasn't produced short clips like the first compilation in some time, the medium works as an outlet for a subplot like Banner and Stark's time-off during the Blip. It's simple to place the actors on a similar beach without worrying about substantial production costs. Even with the occasional glimpse at Banner's lab, Marvel wouldn't have to invest too much to get another One-Shot made. The studio has to cover costs for CGI Hulk, although a project shorter than ten minutes won't make a dent in Disney's wallet.

All theories aside, the only thing fans can do right now is wait for more information from Disney executives. They'll presumably reveal their plans for the Hulk at D23 or another upcoming convention. The title will expose whether or not we'll get a flashback of Stark and Banner on the beach or if it'll take the Hulk back into space. There's a whole comic event dedicated to Sakarr, one which fans are eager to see adapted and sounds like the appropriate solution to take the big-green monster out of the equation. Banner is the planet's primary Hulk, but a trip to Sakarr opens Jennifer Walters up to become Earth's main star. The latter feels like the direction that Marvel is going. Of course, there's always room to look back, especially when the studio is taking gambles on projects like She-Hulk that aren't as action-heavy.

She-Hulk Season 1 is now streaming on Disney+. New episodes arrive every Thursday.

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