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MARVEL COMICS IN THE MEDIA

SAVAGE SHEHULK

SAVAGE SHEHULK

HULK FAMILY IN THE MEDIA

70'S MARVEL TV UNIVERSE





WHAT WE KNOW: TV LEGENDS REVEALED[]

Volleyball player Gabrielle Reece as she-hulk

Volleyball player Gabrielle Reece

In 1990, Marvel was owned by New World Pictures, which hired writer/producer Jill Sherman Donner (who had penned a number of episodes of The Incredible Hulk with writing partner Karen Harris) to develop a She-Hulk pilot. Despite David Banner’s death in the television film The Death of the Incredible Hulk, actor Bill Bixby was set reprise his role in the pilot (along with Lou Ferrigno as the Hulk). In fact, Bixby basically got Sherman Donner the job, as he had rejected all the previous script attempts for the She-Hulk pilot. In the script, assistant district attorney Jennifer Walters is haunted by the murder of her parents when she was a child (this pilot DID come out a year after Tim Burton’s Batman, after all), and she dedicates her career to proving that a respected businessman is actually a criminal mastermind. Forced to take a vacation, Jennifer heads to the Caribbean, where she runs into David Banner, who presumably faked his death and is living as a pool boy, with only a doctor friend knowing his secret (the doctor has been helping Banner control his transformation into the Hulk with herbs). Banner and Walters flirt — they aren’t cousins in this version — but then she’s shot by a hit man sent by the businessman. Banner’s doctor friend convinces him to give Jennifer a blood transfusion, and she’s transformed into the She-Hulk! This is similar to a plot in The Death of the Incredible Hulk, in which Banner gives a Russian spy a blood transfusion.

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