How She-Hulk Brings Audiences Back To The Avengers Reunion

Warning: The following contains spoilers for She-Hulk Episode 1 on Disney Plus.Fans knew they were getting Jennifer Walters, lawyer by day, superhero by night, in the title role when She-Hulk was announced for Disney Plus. What they might not have realized is that they could also delve a little deeper into the life of his cousin, Bruce Banner.

Bruce appears in the show’s first episode, and it’s really his blood that causes Jen to turn into the Hulk to begin with. The streaming series puts a slight twist on its comic book origin as it’s not a blood transfusion from his cousin that brings out the Hulk in Jen, but his gamma-rich blood that hit her in a car crash. car. Bruce takes it upon himself to make sure Jen can control the Hulk within her, going so far as to take her to a whole new place Marvel Cinematic Universe fans have never seen before – a remote beach lab in Mexico. This lab provides a bunch of callbacks to the Avengers’ first meeting.

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While most of the original Avengers had solo movies, some interacted, like Black Widow and Iron Man, before the big team. This was not the case for Tony Stark and Bruce Banner. The two didn’t meet face to face until they were both on SHIELD’s Helicarrier in The Avengers.

When first met, Tony made it clear that he was a huge fan of Bruce’s ability to transform into a “green rage monster” and continually tried to push him to become the Hulk. Although that didn’t happen, the two spent a lot of time working together in the Helicarrier’s lab before they found themselves in the middle of the Battle of New York.


During their interactions, Tony wondered why Bruce wasn’t relaxing on a beach somewhere to keep the Hulk at bay. This line seems to foreshadow Bruce’s secret laboratory in She-Hulk: Lawyer.

It’s not entirely clear when Tony Stark gifted Bruce Banner the space that became his beach house and hidden lab. Fans can infer that it was probably after the events of Avengers: Infinity War. Why? Because the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron sees the Hulk soar through space in a quinjet and end up on Sakaar for the events of Thor: Ragnarok. One of the items in Bruce’s possession at the beach house, however, is a helmet from one of Iron Man’s sentries used in Avengers: Age of Ultronso it seems unlikely that the beach house was gifted to her before this film.


The space includes a lounge, a secret laboratory in the basement and a bar on the beach – originally built by Tony and Bruce. Tony’s fingerprints are all over the place, and it’s a great window into how the friendship between the two must have progressed after the Battle of New York. Despite Tony’s teasing about wanting to see Bruce Hulk out, he made sure he had a safe space where he could live and work in peace without putting others in harm’s way. The lab’s technology is entirely based on the work of Tony and Bruce. Their initials are on the bar, before Jen and Bruce destroy it in their feud.


The glimpse of the friendship the audience gets at the beach house and bar makes it clear that there was more to their friendship than Bruce falling asleep while Tony was walking around in a post-credits scene, or that they were coming together to solve a problem for the rest of the Avengers.

Tony is always described as being very generous with the other Avengers, despite his ego. When they first met, he (or more accurately, Robert Downey Jr.) constantly offered snacks to the other team members during the briefing and gave them advice on their abilities, while getting under their skin and bumping heads with them. This is especially evident in his interactions with Bruce, who he literally poked with a stick to get a reaction, while taking Bruce’s brains out and being genuinely impressed with him.


Over time, he hosted parties for the whole group (Avengers: Age of Ultron), builds new equipment for them (Captain America: Civil War), and did his best to protect them (Avengers: Endgame). Tony Stark gifts Bruce Banner a house full of research gear and hangs out with him long enough to experiment and build a bar speaks to some of Tony’s best aspects, and it’s a nice surprise for audiences to see how well his friendship meant to Bruce, stemming from that early introduction when they were first brought together as the Avengers.

She-Hulk: Lawyer is currently streaming on Disney Plus with new episodes available Thursdays.

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