- She-Hulk points out the downsides of her super strength, namely getting covered in gross substances when fighting.
- She-Hulk wishes she had long-range powers like Captain Marvel to avoid the grossness of hand-to-hand combat.
- However, it’s not just about comfort – stories like
have seen Hulks killed or possessed because they have to get up close and personal with bizarre threats.
Warning: contains spoilers for The Sensational She-Hulk #5!She-Hulk may be one of the strongest and most well-rounded characters in Marvel’s roster, but even she gets envious of other’s powers. An amusing exchange with Captain Marvel highlights the pitfalls that come with super-strength and an unbreakable physique: namely, all the terrible, terrible things one gets covered in during a fight.
In The Sensational She-Hulk #5, She-Hulk, Captain Marvel, and Hellcat must stave off hordes of monsters after demons abruptly invade Patsy’s favorite bar. Patsy warns Carol about the collateral damage her energy blasts can cause to the bar and begs her to fight hand-to-hand instead, leading to both Carol and Jen complaining about how gross it is to fight demons.
Amusingly, Jen points out how she always has to use her fists when fighting disgusting opponents, saying “If I could shoot energy beams, I’d never touch anything.“
The Sensational She-Hulk #5 (2023)
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Jen has good cause to be wary of fighting hand to hand. Marvel’s ongoing The Incredible Hulk series by Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Nic Klein, and Matthew Wilson does an excellent job of showing how disgusting it actually is to be a Hulk: not just from the horrifying prospect of the transformation, but from how Hulk’s strength tends to result in him being showered in viscera and gore from whatever enemy is unfortunate enough to stand in his path.
As a Hulk, Jen’s strength often requires her to be at the front line of any conflict, making a physical breach with her fists. This means she’s forced to contend with radiation, oil, alien guts, zombies, demons, and any other substance produced by the hosts of comic book monstrosities the Avengers face – all with her bare hands. This isn’t just gross, but can be dangerous – for example, in Empyre She-Hulk was infested by sentient plant-life, turning her into a major threat. In the wide universe of threats the Avengers face, even Hulks might discover substances their powers can’t fight off – at which point, being able to attack at range would be a blessing for everyone.
In contrast, Captain Marvel is known not just for her energy blasts, but for her habit of throwing truly dangerous enemies into space. She-Hulk may have strength beyond strength, but when that means she must constantly get in the faces of Marvel’s most stomach-churning foes, it’s no wonder she’s jealous of Captain Marvel’s ability to fight from far, far away.
The Sensational She-Hulk #5 is available now from Marvel.