There’s a polygamy thing with the returning men from She-Hulk: Lawyer and it’s pretty interesting. Just a few weeks after Tim Roth’s reformed villain(?) Emil Blonsky/The Abomination slapped his ticket out of prison and straight onto a farm with his seven soulmates, the show now introduced us to another troubled man with a legal dilemma: Craig Hollis, whose name is Mr. Immortal and has the odd behavioral pattern of killing himself every time he wants to end a marriage instead of just having a conversation. And the name says it all – he lived long time and has accumulated quite a few ex-wives, none of whom are happy with him.
While fans will have to wait at least another week for Daredevil to appear She-Hulk: Lawyer‘s Hinted at in the previous episode, “Mean, Green, and Straight Poured into These Jeans,” they got a fun B-plot where Mallory Book and Nikki solve Mr. Immortal’s whole dilemma at GLK&H while Jen (Tatiana Maslany) does it their days away from the office while they were at an old friend’s wedding.
It’s fun that the authors of She Hulk know that fans don’t just want to Listen about the powers someone like Mr. Immortal has – they want to see it in action. Sure the guy’s a bit slimy and he’s wearing a pretty smart suit, but we’ll see what he means when he suggests he’s dying, but, well, not really. So how does he exit his first scene other than jumping right out of the window, crashing into a car, and running away unscathed? Nikki speaks for the fans at this moment: At least now we know how it works.
At the end of the episode, Nikki and Mallory go over Mr. Immortal’s relationship with each of his ex-wives, making sure each is fairly compensated for their relative time spent with this colossal jerk. It seems like he’s a character that Marvel probably only intended for this one-off She Hulk Looks, but you might be surprised to learn that Mr. Immortal has a history spanning more than 30 years in Marvel Comics.
Who is Mr. Immortal in Marvel Comics?
Mr. Immortal was created by writer John Byrne and was first published in July 1989 West Coast Avenger Vol. 2 #46, and at least in the comics he’s a mutant. (That would put him in the same murky waters as Wanda Maximoff regarding characters who have mutant origins in the Marvel Comics but don’t necessarily have that distinction in the MCU). Mr. Immortal’s origins are quite murky – his mother died when he was a child, and before her death she asked the cosmic being Deathurge to take care of her son. Deathurge then stayed with Craig for a while and he had constant patterns of dangerous behavior like playing in traffic. Eventually, Deathurge got Craig to burn down his own house, killing his father. He ended up in foster care, where he fell in love with his foster sister, who also committed suicide. (We told you so – grim origins!)
At some point along the way, Deathurge disappeared and Craig attempted suicide for the first time, learning then and there that he had gained the power of immortality. Think Wolverine or Deadpool, but actually an even stronger form of the same power. Most of this is explained in GLA (Great Lakes Avengers) #1: Misassembled, This is a team spun off from the West Coast Avengers. This book was also written by Dan Slott, whose She Hulk Run is largely the inspiration for the MCU series. Other members of the Great Lakes Avengers are other superheroes you’ve never heard of: Flatman, Doorman, Big Bertha, Dinah Soar, and Leather Boy.
However, her mentors are Hawkeye and Mockingbird, which MCU fans should be familiar with. Mr. Immortal and various forms of the Great Lakes Avengers have appeared in Marvel comics since, most recently in a passing mention by acclaimed author Al Ewing Immortal Hulk run.
Mr. Immortal is played by David Pasquesi She Hulk.
Craig Hollis/Mr. Immortal is played by the hilarious David Pasquesi in his live-action MCU debut She Hulk. If Pasquesi looks familiar, it’s probably because he’s appeared in pretty much everything for decades.
Star Wars fans will likely remember this face from when Boba Fett was an eyesore Boba Fett’s book as Majordomo by Mok Shaiz, which came out earlier this year. HBO fans veep will likely remember him as Selina Meyer’s horrid ex-husband Andrew. He has also played key roles in shows like Lodge 49, At home with Amy Sedaris and The mob doctor when appearing on shows like Curb your enthusiasm and strangers with candy and movies like Groundhog Day. Pasquesi is also a prominent player in the improv comedy scene, hailing from Chicago and also spending time in New York.
If you can believe it though She Hulk wasn’t supposed to be Mr. Immortal’s live-action debut. At one point, Marvel Television wanted to create live-action New warriors Team that would have been directed by Mister Immortal – who would have been played by actor Derek Theler – and Squirrel Girl – who would have been played by Milana Vayntrub. This show actually did a pilot and was originally scheduled to air on Freeform, but due to scheduling conflicts it then had to find a new home — which it never did. And then, around the same time, the New warriors pilot and Marvel Television is practically dead.
Luckily, Marvel Studios found a way to be Mr. Immortal – wait for it –immortalized in She Hulk. Will he show up again? Who can tell? But we will always have Episode 6.
Evan is the culture editor of Men’s Health with bylines in The New York Times, MTV News, Brooklyn Magazine and VICE. He loves weird movies, watches too much TV and listens to music more often than usual.