The latest episode of the Disney+ series She-Hulk: Lawyer has a funny nod to it The Incredible Hulkas well as a line that actor Mark Ruffalo loved to see.
Late in the new episode, in a conversation between Tatiana Maslany’s Jennifer Walters and Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner, the pair discuss Tim Roth’s Emil Blonsky. Looking for information on Blonsky, Jennifer brings up the fact that both Banner and Blonsky have fought before as the Hulk and Abomination. However, Ruffalo dryly replies that “the fight was so many years ago, I’m a completely different person now — literally,” a clear joke that Edward Norton was the one playing Bruce Banner/Hulk at the time.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly of the show, Ruffalo recalled the scene, saying he found it “hilarious” and was happy to see them referencing something that it feels like both fans and those behind the scenes often dance around.
“I think it’s really fun. It’s just the reality that we all often dance around, but it’s true,” Ruffalo said, before comparing the Hulk to this generation’s version of Hamlet. “I actually joked with Ed about this. I thought, ‘It’s like our generation’s Hamlet. Everyone’s going to get a shot at it.’ And there will probably be a couple more before it’s all over. People will say, ‘Remember when Hulk used to look like Mark Ruffalo? Now it looks like Timothée Chalamet.’”
Ruffalo also talked about how often his portrayal of the iconic character has changed, noting that it was “cool” that over the years the Hulk could end up being something completely different, even referencing stories like e.g. World War Hulk.
“The cool thing about this world is that it could just be anything,” Ruffalo said. “Five years from now, it can completely transform into whatever is relevant at the time. I almost see him going back to ‘Berserker Hulk’ or ‘World War Hulk.’ It could go anywhere. It’s the exciting part – I’ve played five different versions from the beginning until now, and that’s kept it interesting for me and, I hope, interesting for other people.”