Hulk is a male comic superhero who features in Marvel Comics.
At family gatherings, he was often with his cousin Jennifer when they were children as they shared a mutual love books, cartoons and experiments. (Fall of the Hulks: The Savage She-Hulks v1 #2)
During the test, he sighted a young man named Rick Jones and rushed to save the young man. At that moment, the G-Bomb detonated leading to him being exposed to gamma radiation. (Incredible Hulk v1 #1)
Afterwards, he was on-board a special shuttle believing he would be returned to the Earth but it had been specially made by the Illuminati. They came to believe the Hulk was too dangerous to the world and had programmed the shuttle to take him to an uninhabited world where he could live in peace. However, the ship went through a wormhole and crashed onto the savage world of Sakaar. (Incredible Hulk v2 #92)
World War Hulk
Upon arriving on the Moon, he confronted and defeated Black Bolt whereupon he made his intentions known to the people of Earth. This saw the heroes gather with Iron Man utilising his Hulkbuster Armor to battle the Green Goliath. During the fight, he came to remember the death of Caiera and in a rage defeated Iron Man along with badly damaging Avengers Tower. (World War Hulk v1 #1)
He then had his forces build a large gladiatorial arenas as he intended to have his enemies battle to the death. This was interrupted by Doctor Strange who empowered himself with the essence of Zom intending to use the demons great power to fight the Green Scar. (World War Hulk v1 #3)
Bruce then went to reverse the effects of the Cathexis Ray and undo the gamma mutation of everyone. However, to do so, he had to absorb the energies himself thus restoring the Hulk whose body was empowered with the excess power. Upon transforming, he was confronted by Skaar who was eager to get his revenge on his father. (Incredible Hulk v1 #610)
Banner came to the conclusion that he could not cure himself of the Hulk and decided that instead he would use his time more effectively. He approached Maria Hill offering her the use of the Hulk for key assignments and outside that time as Banner he would conduct world changing experiments that were funded by S.H.I.E.L.D. (Indestructible Hulk v1 #1) Banner was provided a full equipped lab along with assistants of his choice with molecular engineer Daman Veteri, renewable energies expert Randall Jessup, astrophysicist Melinda Leucenstern and microneural biologist Patricia Wolman being selected to be part of this team. The Hulk was deployed on his first mission in replacing a scientist kidnapped by A.I.M. who attempted to get the Quintronic Man online but their operation was stopped. In the aftermath, Director Maria Hill informed Banner that his activities would be watched over by a drone named R.O.B (Recording Observation Bot) that would keep watch over his actions with this being a requirement of the deal he had made with S.H.I.E.L.D. (Indestructible Hulk v1 #3) He was provided a laboratory in an abandoned town that was the site of neutron bomb testing which was where his assistants were located. During this time, Banner's request at exploring Lemuria was authorised when the underwater warlord Attuma had claimed the area and unleashed its arsenal against the surface. Thus, the Hulk was deployed into the field to battle the Atlantean supervillain. (Indestructible Hulk v1 #4)
Personality and attributes
Within the mind of Bruce Banner, there were a number of alternate Hulk-based personalities that included:
- Grey Hulk :
- Devil Hulk :
- Guilt Hulk :
- Joe Fixit :
- Professor Hulk :
- Green Scar : the personality to arise during his time on Sakaar where he became a cunning and intelligent gladiator. (Incredible Hulk v2 #93) He came to depose the Red King of Sakaar where he ruled the world as the Green King who married Caiera the Oldstrong who became his wife and referred to him as Hulko. (Incredible Hulk v2 #105)
- Kluh : a darker persona referred to as the Hulk's Hulk that drew his power from darker emotions of sadness and depression with it being a malevolent personality born from the Inversion. (Avengers & X-Men: AXIS v1 #4)
- Doc Green : a new highly intelligent persona that developed following the Hulk's treatment with Extremis to repair Bruce Banner's brain after a gunshot wound to the head. (Hulk v3 #5)
According to Jennifer Walters, people always underestimated her cousin due to his Hulk side and that if people got to know Bruce himself then they would find a good friend. (Fall of the Hulks: The Savage She-Hulks v1 #2) At one point, Banner sought to rebuild his reputation and name as a scientist by creating devices for the betterment of mankind. In his words, "Hulk Breaks, Banner Builds" with him looking to forget curing the Hulk and instead being a scientist in those times he was human. (Indestructible Hulk v1 #4)
Powers and abilities
With his advanced intellect, Bruce was noted to had created a number of advanced pieces of equipment and technology referred to as Bannertech with these including:
- Recordasphere : inspired from Bereet's Star-Eye, this floating spherical machine was designed to observe and record Banner's daily research as a form of mobile journal that was programmed with an intelligence. (Incredible Hulk v1 #286)
- Banner B.O.X. : the Banner Brain Omnicompetence Examiner was a small hand-held controller-like device that offered a series of mental tests to determine the intelligence quotient of the user. (Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur v1 #13)
- Flyspy : a small surveillance device that was deployed in large numbers and got track DNA signatures of a target. (Incredible Hulk v1 #607)
- Gammascope : a device able to seek out unseen gamma energies and remove the harmful radiation. (Incredible Hulk v1 #294)
- Hercollider Synchrotron : a large computer that acted as an artificial Hypermind capable of scanning the entire Multiverse at high speeds through quantum observation of realities. (Heroic Age: Prince of Power v1 #1)
- Gamma Bomb : a powerful weapon that harnessed the use of gamma rays. (Incredible Hulk v1 #1)
He was known to make use of Bannertech personal shielding that protected Bruce Banner from physical strikes. (Hulk v2 #20) Another feature he used as a Gamma Dome that was a protective barrier that also shorted out all non-Bannertech within range. (Incredible Hulk v1 #606) For transport, he was noted for using a Bannertech teleporter moved him and others from one location to another. (Incredible Hulk v1 #607)
Banner maintained Strength-Metrics Analysis Subordinate to Hulk (S.M.A.S.H.) Files where he kept profiles on the Hulk's allies that were on a similar power level as him. (Incredible Hulks v1 #620)
- The Hulk was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby where he made his first appearance in the Incredible Hulk v1 #1 (May, 1962).
- In Incredible Hulk: Future Imperfect v1 (1992), an alternate version of the Hulk known as the Marvel operated in an alternate reality designated as Earth-9200.
- In Wolverine: Old Man Logan Giant-Size v1 #1 (2009), an alternate version of the character was shown who took the name of Pappy Banner that was native to the world of Earth-807128 of Old Man Logan.
In other media
- In The Marvel Super-Heroes, the Hulk appeared in the 'Incredible Hulk' segments of the 1966 animated motion comic where actor Max Ferguson voiced the Hulk and actor Paul Soles voicing Bruce Banner.
- In X-Men, the Hulk made a cameo appearance in the 1990s animated television series in the episode "The Juggernaut Returns". A robot version was present in the Danger Room that was used in training scenarios and was used to delay the Juggernaut though was easily destroyed by the villain.
- In Wolverine and the X-Men, the Hulk appeared in the animated television series where Bruce Banner was voiced by actor Gabriel Mann and the Hulk voiced by actor Fred Tatasciore.
- In The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, the Hulk appeared in the animated television series where Bruce Banner was voiced by actor Gabriel Mann and the Hulk voiced by actor Fred Tatasciore.
- In Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., the Hulk appeared in the animated television series where he was voiced by actor Fred Tatasciore.
- In Hulk, Bruce Banner appeared in the live-action film where he was portrayed by actor Eric Bana.
- In Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow, Hulk appeared in the animated film where Bruce Banner was voiced by actor Ken Kramer and Hulk voiced again by actor Fred Tatasciore.
- In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Hulk made multiple appearances in the shared continuity setting:
- In The Incredible Hulk, Bruce Banner appeared in the live-action film where he was portrayed by actor Edward Norton.
- In The Avengers, Bruce Banner appeared in the 2002 live-action film where he was portrayed by actor Mark Ruffalo.
- In Thor: Ragnarok, the Hulk appeared in the live-action film where he was portrayed again by actor Mark Ruffalo.
- In Avengers: Infinity War, the Hulk appeared in the live-action film where he was portrayed again by actor Mark Ruffalo.
- In Avengers: Endgame, the Hulk appeared in the live-action film where he was portrayed once more by actor Mark Ruffalo.
- In The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction, the Hulk featured in the setting of the video game where he was primarily voiced by actor Fred Tatasciore with Neal McDonough voicing Bruce Banner.
- In Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2, the Hulk appeared as a playable character in the video game where he was voiced by actor Fred Tatasciore.
- In Marvel: Avengers Alliance, Hulk appeared as a playable character in the Facebook video game.
- In Marvel Heroes, Hulk appeared as a playable character in the MMORPG where he was voiced again by actor Fred Tatasciore.
- In Marvel: Contest of Champions, Hulk appeared as a playable character in the mobile video game.
- In Marvel: Future Fight, the Hulk appeared as a playable character in the mobile video game.
- In Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: the Black Order, the Hulk appeared as a playable character in the setting of the Switch video game where he was voiced by actor Fred Tatasciore.
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- Avengers v1:
- Defenders v1:
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- Planet Hulk v1:
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- Incredible Hulks v1:
- Incredible Hulk v3:
- Avengers & X-Men: AXIS v1:
- Indestructible Hulk v1:
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- Hulk v3:
- Totally Awesome Hulk v1:
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- Uncanny Avengers v3:
- Avengers: No Surrender v1:
- Immortal Hulk v1:
- Hulk: The Best Defense v1:
- Avengers: No Road Home v1:
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