During a recent Reddit "Ask Me Anything" session, Mark Ruffalo - better known to us Marvel Cinematic Universe fans as living engine of destruction that is The Hulk - was asked who he thought should play Bruce Banner's cousin, the perpetually green lawyer-turned-Avenger, She-Hulk.
And although She-Hulk a.k.a. Jen Walters is not confirmed for any of the future Marvel movies - just yet! - Ruffalo has been laying down a few of his own thoughts on potential casting. He revealed:
Oh wow, that's pretty crazy. Well I think Zoe Saldana would be a great She Hulk. It'd be nice to see someone like her join the Avengers. Or someone quiet and demure like Emma Stone would be nice. But it would be up to the powers that be.
While Saldana is already set to play Gamora in MCU's Guardians of the Galaxy and so is probably a no-go, Stone is not yet set to play another MCU character after Gwen Stacy in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. She's therefore a more realistic possibility and, of course, an amazing actress.
That said, I simply gotta disagree with Ruffalo on this one...
First off, Stone doesn't really resemble Walters at all. Walters is an accomplished defense attorney and Stone is just 25-years-old. Sure, they could make her look older with CGI or prosthetics (booooring), but I think She-Hulk would be better played by someone closer to Ruffalo's age; a sophisticated woman who still looks like she's been opening cans of whoop-ass on her own for years.
Someone like, perhaps, these two lovely ladies - who I believe should be our She-Hulk main contenders... Let's see if you agree:
Dear Hollywood, not every brunette that can kick ass should be She-Hulk. But this pairing, I don't hate. Lynn Collins is no stranger to sci-fi/fantasy and superhero movies. She has the look (mature and battle-hardened, unlike Stone), she has the voice, and more importantly she has the presence of a beautiful, intelligent savage, as we saw in John Carter - a movie for which she had to undergo insane physical training. Collins was the best thing about that movie and I'd love to see her take on the role. Oh yeah, and although she's not an ounce green, she kicks ass at Karate, too!
Gina Carano would be my other pick for Walters. She has the athletic look we expect to see in She-Hulk, she is fairly tall, and has some ass-kicking cred with the fans already with her MMA record and Haywire. Although I know there's more to a casting decision than this, it wouldn't be difficult to sell her as someone that can trade punches with the rest of the Marvel crew. Jen, like Carano, can handle herself even when she's just Jen, and the idea of a strong woman who doesn't always need her alter ego to help is pretty exciting... No? What's more, Carano is a likeable on-screen presence and can actually act (unlike most fighters who decide to pursue a career on the big screen).