In March, an audition tape for what appeared to be Marvel Studios was released online. She-Hulk: Lawyer entitled “Tom Archdeacon – Marvel Villain”. The dialogue on the tape strongly suggested that this “villain” would be the Great Lake Avenger, Mr. Immortal.
This week’s episode of She Hulk, “Just Jen,” confirmed David Pasquesi as Craig Hollis, aka Mr. Immortal. In the comics, Hollis is the leader of the Great Lakes Avengers, who yearn for recognition as a legitimate superhero group.
However inside She-Hulk: LawyerHollis is now one of the most significant character departures from the comics in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
More like Mr. Immortal Senior
Hollis is a young adult in the comics who didn’t discover his powers until his late twenties, but in She Hulknot only does he look like a senior played by 61-year-old actor Pasquesi, but it is also hinted in the episode that Mr. Immortal is centuries old.
Maybe just a superficial detail, but it takes Hollis’ naivety and youthful zest from the comics. Now he’s just a seedy old man out to amass wealth in gold.
It’s not like Hollis was a bastion of moral goodness in the comics, often seeing himself as a superhero in pursuit of fame and glory. But that didn’t mean he wasn’t willing to save people or endure the pain of death for civilians or his teammates.
However, in the MCU, Hollis is portrayed as an absolutely spineless scumbag. Not only did he kill himself to get out of all his marriages, but he didn’t even have the guts to confront his exes himself and hired lawyers to do it.
The man can’t even bear to stare into the eyes of one of his ex-wives for more than 20 seconds while apologizing.
Civil life for Hollis
It seems that Hollis is there She Hulk is perfectly content to live his life as a private citizen. If Hollis only has trouble with confrontational conversations, it’s doubtful he would ever aspire to a superhero career.
But given his previously described attitude and morals, he’d make a pretty shitty superhero anyway. Not to mention he’s a terrible team leader when he can’t look people in the eye without jumping out the window.
A quiet awakening
One of the more unique aspects of Hollis’ immortality in the comics was that after being revived, he was in a state of rage due to the trauma of resuscitation. The only way to calm down would be to either wait it out or let his teammate Dinah Soar talk him into it.
However, as shown in “Just Jen”, Hollis calmly walks away after flattening a car with his body and collapsing his bones again. Although it could be that because he is so much older in this adaptation he has learned to control his anger and has a better tolerance for pain when resuscitating.
A bisexual Hollis
Hollis’ love life in the comics is limited as he only has two love interests in his life, both women, for only short periods of time. Unfortunately, both are put in metaphorical refrigerators to make Mr. Immortal sad.
Otherwise, Hollis is not suggested in the comics to be anything other than straight. However, one of the non-intrusive changes in this MCU adaptation of the character is that Hollis is bisexual.
Among his many ex-spouses, Gregory Nassif St. John plays the ex-husband of Mr. Immortal, who “$10,000 Spent on a Jazz Funeral in New Orleans” after Hollis’ death.
At the very least, this change doesn’t fundamentally alter the character, unlike the significant changes to his age, personality, and backstory.
Mr. Immortal Junior?
It’s a shame that another character in the MCU, aside from their powers, is all but unrecognizable from their comic book counterpart. But there’s still some hope that the MCU will feature a more accurate portrayal of Hollis – his first name just won’t be Craig.
Given how promiscuous Hollis has been shown with partners over the centuries in this episode, it’s possible he could have a child with one who is now in his 20s and was born with similar immortality powers to his.
Someone more motivated to become a superhero and form a team like the Great Lake Avengers. After all, in the comics, they often jumped at the chance to be in the spotlight when the Avengers were inactive.
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