With the Marvel Cinematic Universe phasing out many of their older heroes after Avengers: Endgame, it appears that The Incredible Hulk will be leaving the franchise as well. Similar to how Sam Wilson AKA The Falcon took over as the stand-in for Captain America in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Bruce Banner will reportedly be exiting his role as the muscle for the Avengers.
In a recent interview with Access Hollywood, Ruffalo stated:
“Tatiana Maslany is frickin’ legendary as the She-Hulk. I’m passing the banner onto her. There’s some really good, funny, cool, long, long scenes between the professor and her. We’ve never really seen the Hulk interact with people the way he does in that show. It’ll be really interesting.“
The Hulk joined the MCU in 2008’s The Incredible Hulk where he was played by Edward Norton. But due to creative differences he exited the role and Marc Ruffalo stepped in. The only major issue is that the film rights to The Hulk were still owned by Universal Studios due to a pre-existing contract similar to the situation with SONY and Spider-Man. Since then The Hulk has appeared in supporting roles in all four Avengers films and Thor: Ragnarock.
Seeing the Hulk replaced by She-Hulk is another part of the trend of replacing already established characters with a character of either another ethnicity or gender. Examples include Riri Williams aka Iron Heart taking over for Iron Man, Sam Wilson aka Falcon taking over for Captain America, Jane Foster taking over for Thor, Amadeus Cho taking over for Hulk and X-23 taking over for Wolverine.
This trend has lead to mixed results and has even alienated many long time fans. Some even attribute this trend to the decreased sales of comics for Marvel. When the She-Hulk series premiers on Disney Plus later this year it is unknown what the reactions from fans may be.
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