Marvel Studios is actively searching for their She-Hulk and today we have a little more information for the direction they want to take Jennifer Walters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
According to Daniel Richtman, Marvel is looking for a “Alison Brie type” for the role. That doesn’t mean they’re necessarily courting Alison Brie for the role, but it could mean they are looking for someone who can be a comedic lead; and that actually does fit with a version of She-Hulk from the comics.
We know Kevin Feige seems to be very inspired by the early-90s Marvel comics. The entire Infinity Saga was building towards bringing 1991’s Infinity Gauntlet to the big screen, and we’re soon to be introduced to Black Knight and Sersi; who were key members of The Avengers in the early 1990s (when bomber jackets were all the rage).
Beginning in 1989, John Byrne wrote and drew a famous run of She-Hulk titled The Sensational She-Hulk. For sixty issues until 1994, The Sensational She-Hulk took a much more comedic take on the character and introduced a self-aware Jennifer Walters who knew she was in a comic book long before Joe Kelly introduced the fourth-wall-breaking Deadpool everyone loves today. That doesn’t mean the MCU She-Hulk will be breaking the fourth wall like Deadpool, especially as Wade Wilson will soon be part of the MCU, but the tone of that John Byrne run could be what they’re aiming for.
Casting an “Alison Brie type” for the role of Jennifer Walters could mean that Marvel is taking inspiration from The Sensational She-Hulk; especially as the lead writer on She-Hulk, Jessica Gao, also worked on Rick & Morty. A more comedic take for the character and show would also be a change of pace following the grim events of The Infinity Saga and the Blip, and help the show stand out among the other Marvel Studios Disney+ series.