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 disabled from his use of the Infinity Gauntlet in ‘Avengers: Endgame’, Bruce is injured in a car accident while in human form, resulting in his blood coming into contact with an open wound on Jennifer, who was driving the car. . Thus, She-Hulk was born. That’s not a problem on its own, but when She-Hulk wakes up in a lab built by Bruce and Tony Stark, she finds a Smart-Hulk completely healed from the damage caused by the Infinity Gauntlet in “Endgame.”

The healing process is done off-screen, with a simple explanation given that Jennifer’s Hulk blood has a special property that allowed Bruce to become whole again. The reversal of his injuries is done so he can have an entertaining workout montage with Jennifer, but the execution doesn’t care how it makes the MCU feel like it has no stakes; a lack of consequences leading to stories that won’t be as interesting because of it. So far, the MCU has invested audiences in its characters by providing real growth and development.

From Tony Stark’s sacrifice to choosing Steve Rogers to retire, there was a real sense of closure around “Avengers: Endgame.” Sadly, the creative decision to cure the Hulk contradicts those sacrifices and looks suspiciously like something you’d read about in a Marvel comic.

Daniel K. Denny