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Bruce Banner was a renowned scientist who was exposed to high levels of gamma radiation, transforming him into the powerhouse brute known as the Hulk. Hulk is one of the six founding members of the Avengers.

Physical Appearance[]

As Bruce Banner[]

Bruce Banner is slender, fair skin, messy dark brown hair, brown eyes, glasses.

As Hulk[]

Hulk in season 1

Hulk is a green-skinned, hulking, and muscular humanoid with both dark olive (sometimes black) drab hair and eyebrows, bright green eyes.

In Ultimate Spider-Man and the the first two seasons of Avengers Assemble, he wore ripped purple pants.

In Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., he wore a midnight blue pants with a white strap with the letter H on it.

From Ultron Revolution to Secret Wars onward, he wears a dark purple stretchy pants in back and front with two light purple stripes along the sides and the red Avengers logo with a silver symbol.

Biography[]

I know who I am! I'm the Hulk! I'm the strongest there is!

-- Hulk [src]

Early Life[]

Dr. Bruce Banner was a brilliant scientist who work at a United States Defense Department nuclear research facility at Desert Base, New Mexico. There Banner is met General Thaddeus E. "Thunderbolt" Ross, the Air Force officer in command of the base who had Banner design a nuclear weapon of high gamma radiation output called of the "Gamma Bomb" along with his assistant Igor Drenkov. This is also when he met his daughter Betty Ross. Banner and Betty eventually fell in love with each other but her father was completely against it.

When beginning the experiment for the Gamma bomb, he noticed the young man Rick Jones had accidentally parked his vehicle within the test zone. Too late to stop the countdown, Bruce had ran out to save him by placing Rick within the trenches, while Bruce was caught in a Gamma blast from the bomb and got transformed into the Hulk. He was known as an anti-hero: generally considered a menace and a threat to the world. Although, that is mainly due to people being scared of Hulk due to his physical appearance and incredible power. For years, General Ross attempted to capture and weaponize him, going by any means necessary like creating monsters such as the Abomination or even turning into a Hulk himself.

In reality, Hulk just wants to prove to the world that he's not a threat and that he's actually a hero. And he finally got the chance when he was recruited to join the Avengers to stop an alien invasion along with Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hawkeye, and Black Widow. Though at some point the Avengers eventually disbanded for a while.

Background[]

While attempting to save a friend's life, Bruce Banner was exposed to gamma radiation and transformed into a monstrosity, the Hulk. After the transformation, his skin was changed to a green color, and his hair turned black. The muscle enhancement gained from his transformation gave him an incredible spike in strength; making him the strongest individual on the planet.[1]

At some point, the Hulk joined the Avengers; a group of superheroes intent on protecting the world. After some time though, the Avengers disbanded for reasons unknown leaving the Hulk and the other members to go their separate ways.[2]

In Adapting to Change, Hulk is shown to have transformed back into Bruce Banner. This is because, in the comics, Bruce was able to transform into the Hulk and back to human form.

In Ultron Revolution, Hulk's pants are now dark purple in back and front with two light purple stripes along the sides and the red Avengers logo with a silver symbol. Hulk is wears specially designed Avengers pants that can stretch to fit him. The material of which was shown to be extremely durable on several occasions. Bruce Banner turned back into Hulk with his pants still intact.

Exclusive[]

Hulk battled the energy being known as Zzzax, he was invisible to everyone else, so it looked like Hulk was attacking the City. Hulk, working with Spider-Man, barricades them in a subway station and fight Zzzax. Hulk emerged from the battle with Spider-Man in his arms. Mary Jane asked to interview him, but he simply stated "Hulk hates photographers." Nick Fury arrived, trying to take in the Hulk, but was told by Spider-Man that the Hulk helped save the city. Zzzax appeared to be defeated, but quickly gets up and grows in size. The city is saved when Mary Jane used her camera to stop him.

Home Sick Hulk[]

The Hulk smashes back into Spider-Man's life, sick with an alien infection. Spidey has no choice but to keep the green Goliath home and keep Hulk hidden from Aunt May, and protect him from the invading aliens the Phalanx.

The Incredible Spider-Hulk[]

Nick Fury contacted Spider-Man on his communicator, ordering him to the Tri-Carrier. S.H.I.E.L.D. planned to use the mutant criminal Mesmero to enter the Hulk's mind, increasing his intelligence to make him be a force for good. The procedure, however, went wrong, and he tried to take over the Hulk's mind, but Spider-Man jumps on and removes the device, stopping the procedure, but blacked out. When Spider-Man came to, he was in the Hulk's body and struggled to handle the power. He confronted Mesmero, but fell into his cell, realizing he was a mutant criminal. He was then attacked by S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and a Mandroid, who believed the Hulk was loose and attacking them, but he was able to escape the Tri-carrier. Elsewhere, the Hulk woke up in Peter's body just as confused, but Aunt May ignored his antics and takes him to school, where he is forced to take a test. Peter tries to contact Hulk in his body via a pay phone, but he is attacked by the Thing. The pair battled, causing destruction throughout the city. White Tiger takes the Hulk in Peter's body to the roof of the school and puts him in the Spider-Man costume. The three heroes battled again, which leads them to the Brooklyn Bridge. Mesmero in a cab trying to escape the city, used his powers to control the Thing. The Thing was freed from his control and the Hulk grabbed Mesmero, forcing him to reverse the mind swap. Then S.H.I.E.L.D. arrived to take down the Hulk, but he escapes, but appears to have gained a new level of control and mildly increased intelligence.

Avengers Protocol[]

Hulk participated in the Avengers' attempt to save the Earth from an "Earth-Killer" that was scanned by J.A.R.V.I.S., instructing Thor to stop involving himself following his gloating that it was easy for him, reasoning that Thor not being a participant would allow him to smash more. When the Earth-Killer came closer to the planet's surface, Hulk, Thor, and Iron Man joined together in trying to stop it, Hulk beating the meteor with all of his might only to crack a piece of it off and descend toward the planet with that piece. Luckily, the group was assisted by Hyperion who winked at Hawkeye after meeting the Avengers on the planet's surface, Hulk confirming to the bewildered Hawkeye what he had done.

The Avengers sat together and discussed Hyperion a short time afterward, Hulk commenting that Hawkeye only wanted to approach Hyperion about joining the Avengers because he winked at him.[3]

Ghost of a Chance[]

The Avengers battle Space Phantoms, extra-dimensional beings who can replicate them right down to cellular level. The creatures replace them one by trapping them in Limbo. But thanks to Falcon he is able to save the team and working together to take down the alien invaders

The Serpent of Doom[]

The Avengers battle Doctor Doom as he uses the Asgardian weapon Codgel to release the Midgard Serpent with hopes of using it to conquer the globe. The creature is too powerful and would continue to grow until it consumes the Earth. After a battle with the Avengers he and the creature are banished to the Realm Below using the extra-dimensional portal used by Ulik.

Blood Feud[]

The Avengers battle Dracula who had kidnapped Black Widow and turned her into a vampire. They travel to Transylvania and confront him at Castle Dracula. He reveals that he was an ally of Captain America during World War II, working together to defeat the invading Hydra forces. He wants the Super-Soldier Serum in Cap's blood which will allow him and his subjects the ability to go out in the sunlight. During the fight he drinks the Hulk's blood absorbing his powers and turning the Hulk into a vampire. However the Hulk gamma cells act like tiny suns and he burns away the infection, which also weakens Dracula. In his defeat his minion drag him underground to safety.

Super Adaptoid[]

Justin Hammer sends a video message to the Avengers, inviting them to come to his company, so he can show off his new invention: The Super-Adaptoid. The Avengers make quick work of the Adaptoid, prompting Hammer to rebuild the robot and send it to Avengers Tower to attack the team. After a lengthy battle, Captain America and the Avengers manage to destroy the Super-Adaptoid again.

Hulked-Out Heroes[]

During a battle with the Blood Brothers, Hulk is connected to a device developed by the Red Skull which triggers the release of gamma particles. Although the Falcon manages to contain the particles and disperse them, Falcon, Captain America, Hawkeye and Iron Man are all infected by the particles and mutate into a Hulk-like state, with Thor becoming infected when he returns to the tower. Despite Hulk's best efforts to keep his teammates calm, they eventually succumb to their rage, forcing Hulk to take the uninfected Black Widow to recover a gauntlet developed by Bruce Banner that would disperse gamma radiation (theoretically capable of killing the Hulk if used on him). After the other Avengers have been cured, Hulk and the Widow take the gauntlet to hide it somewhere new, Hulk commenting that he feels good knowing that someone he trusts knows its location.

The Agents of S.M.A.S.H.[]

Hulk's friend Rick started using Robotic Cameras to make people see Hulk as a hero. While they were taking about the idea a portal suddenly emerged in Vista Verde's sky. Annihilus presented himself and send a Hulk-like creature who calls himself Skaar (who is mind controlled) to deal with Hulk because the portal couldn't still open much time. After defeating him with the Red Hulk, they returned to Hulk's cave were they caged Skaar. However he used a temblor caused to break his cage and stole a Gamma Cannon which he used to stabilize the portal. After a battle in which Hulk destroyed the cannon, Red Hulk was captured and Rick was irradiated with Gamma radiation while Annihilus' forces retreated. While moving Rick back to the cave he was transformed in an armored blue Hulk. He and Rick (now calling himself A-Bomb) pay a visit to Hulk's cousin Jennifer Walters, She-Hulk, and ask her to be their pilot into the Negative Zone which she agrees. After entering the Zone in a "Gamma Plane" they are attacked by Red Hulk and Skaar both now mind controlled. Soon after the devices Annihilus use to control them are destroyed and Hulk destroys his Control Rod which destabilizes the portal; the others return for him and leave the Zone. They agree to stay together as a team calling themselves Agents of S.M.A.S.H.

Personality and Traits[]

Hulk is short-tempered and aggressive, but not mean spirited. He can be a sore loser at times. But he also has a friendly side. He has an impressive level of control over his strength. He also has an enormous appetite as befits someone of his strength. Hulk is also intelligent enough to come up with good plans or find a missing teammate.

Bruce Banner is intelligent, calm, friendly, level-headed, headstrong, sometimes timid and impatient. Direct opposite to his alter ego. He once refused to become Hulk in episode Dehulked but later accepted his destiny to remain as Hulk as a means of his own protection.

Relationships[]

Thor[]

Hulk and Thor play video games

Hulk's relationship with Thor is built solely on physical dexterity. The Hulk's massive size and powers make him the strongest individual on Earth, though Thor wholeheartedly disagrees. This puts the Hulk in a position where he feels the need to prove he is the strongest there is, thus why he's always picking a fight with Thor. After the Avengers disbanded, it is stated that the two lost contact with each other. When the two meet up again at the Avengers Mansion, Thor is glad to see the Hulk as is he, and the two crash into the streets of New York City and engage in a playful scuffle, with Iron Man observing from the window remarking "some things never change," right before Hawkeye breaks up the reunion, reminding the two of the threat they pose to the city at large with their powers.[2]

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Hulk and Thor high five

When M.O.D.O.K.'s microbots took hold of the Avengers' minds, the Hulk's goes off in a fit of pure rage against Thor. With the microbots raising the Avengers' aggression levels to dangerous extremes, the mind control plays strictly on the Hulk and Thor's physical rivalry; showing a glimpse of the true peril the two would pose to not only each other but to the surrounding areas if they were ever to actually cut loose. Though the two are often competitors, Hulk has shown to have a deep respect for Thor, and vice versa. In the episode The Midgard Crisis Hulk is disappointed when Thor leaves him alone in the Tower, even telling Hawkeye, another one of his best friends, that the extra game remote is Thor's. When Thor loses his temper and attacks the Hulk, Hulk calls Thor a friend and attempts to snap him out of his rage, which he does. The two are best friends along with Hawkeye, and they love using their immense strength and power together to defeat foes.

Hawkeye[]

Hulk and Hawkeye's relationship can be described as complicated. Hawkeye constantly seems to try to irritate Hulk, Hulk has no problem fighting back. They also argue a lot for the tiniest things, like when Hulk ate all of Hawkeye's pickle ending with the destruction of one of his glass figurine, to the point even Mojo calls Hawkeye on this. Regardless they still view each other as friends and can be seen playing video games together and saving each other's life when one of them is in trouble. Hulk also once said that he was the only one allowed to knock out Hawkeye, getting angry when he was attacked trying to help him.

Black Widow[]

Hulk and Natasha

Though not much interaction, after the event of Hulked Out Heroes, Hulk says he trusts the device that can destroy him with Widow, who says it never existed. Also in the event of the Head to Head, Black Widow turns in Hulks body. Hulk and Widow begin to have a close and trusting friendship as seen in The Inhuman Condition and Seeing Double.

Iron Man[]

Altough not there is not much interaction between Iron Man and the Hulk, Bruce Banner and Tony Stark are Science Bros as they state over and over in Dehulked .

Powers and abilities[]

Powers[]

Gamma-Radiated Blood: Hulk's special blood produces gamma-radiated cells and gamma radiation which gave him superhuman physical abilities which are overdeveloped to the point where his physical abilities are unrivaled by any being.

  • The Hulk supports and raises Manhattan

    Near-Unlimited Strength: Hulk's primary power is his immense superhuman strength. While he normally possesses tremendous levels of superhuman strength, able to lift over 100 tons effortlessly, it increases the more he gets emotionally worked-up, making his strength practically limitless. Hulk has shown several of acts of brute strength, such as lifting cars and throwing them hundreds of feet into the air, managing to defeat Attuma underwater and even knocking some of his teeth out and destroying his armor and even lifting all of Manhattan. Even without directly touching targets, Hulk shows remarkable strength as his claps can release powerful force waves able to level city blocks. Hulk's strength is shown to be very unique as he effortlessly defeated the Hulked out Avengers, four on one. His strength extends to his legs, enabling him to leap thousands of feet into the air and miles from his starting place. And his rage is as limitless as his strength. He can also utilize radiation and dark magic to boost his powers.
    • Superhuman Leaping: The Hulk is able to use his highly developed leg muscles to leap great distances. As the Hulk becomes enraged, his strength increases considerably, which means he can jump farther than usual. He basically can jump several miles in a single bound.
    • Superhuman Strength Utilizations: The Hulk can inhale great quantities of air for several effects. For example, he can expel the air at enormous speeds to knock down forests and armed troops.
  • Hulk resisted mighty blast from Galactus.

    Superhuman Durability: Hulk's physiology's resilience to physical trauma is so advanced that it almost borders on invulnerability. Hulk's entire anatomy is several times denser and more resilient to physical harm than a human's. Hulk can withstand falls from orbital heights, the most powerful energy attacks, and powerful hits from immensely strong beings with little to no damage or pain. Fire causes him no damage, and he can withstand temperature extremes with no injury or discomfort. Hulk accidentally took a lightning blast from Thor and got up shortly after with no damage. Hulk's skin and bones become denser the angrier he gets, and his durability increases as he gets more excited. Hulk is the most durable Avenger, as he cannot be knocked unconscious by great impact forces, and opposing forces attacking his external being, unlike the rest of the Avengers who have been knocked unconscious when facing too many opponents or great threats. Even if the damage can pierce through his seemingly invulnerable physiology, his advanced healing will always repair it instantaneously (though when his arm was injured by Hyperion's atomic vision he didn't heal immediately). Hulk's durability, however, is still out of this world, and he has been able to withstand some of the most powerful hits from Mjolnir in the face and other parts of his body with little to no injury.
  • Superhuman Stamina: Hulk can exert himself for an undetermined amount of time without showing signs of fatigue. Though he will eventually get tired.
  • Superhuman Speed: Hulk has been seen running at speeds greater than 200 mph, though this was just the result of Speed Demon speeding him up.
  • Regenerative Healing Factor: Hulk's regeneration abilities are quite remarkable, as superficial legions and wounds heal almost instantaneously. He is also able to regrow limbs post amputation and heal from extreme physical traumas in a very short regeneration time. He also does not age and tires very slowly from physical activities because of his great regenerative powers.
    • Superhuman Longevity: Hulk's highly advanced healing factor has slowed his aging process at an extraordinary rate. While battling Thanos, Hulk was able to take multiple hits from the Time Stone before actually showing signs of aging.
    • Superhuman Immune System: Hulk's blood can act for a cure to vampirism, due to the gamma radiation being similar to ultraviolet radiation. Hulk can emit gamma rays from his body powerful enough to take out the planet. His gamma radiated cells were even used as a cure for vampirism.
  • Adrenaline Rush: The more adrenaline his body produces, the greater his strength, stamina, durability, and healing are enhanced due to the adrenaline further increasing the potency of his gamma cells, by which his regeneration increased to the point where he was able to purge himself from vampirism. His strength was enhanced to the point where he was able to lift a whole city up.
  • Superhuman Adaption: As a side-effect of his healing factor, Hulk's physiology also alters itself, which is likely an adaptive response to physical trauma, mental trauma or inhospitable environments when it becomes necessary. There were many occasions where Hulk not only survived airless areas but has also spoken in them. As with his healing factor, the angrier Hulk gets, the faster he adapts, such as adapting to the airless of the environment of the sea.
    • Underwater Breathing: Hulk has the ability to breathe underwater because his glands develop an oxygenated per-fluorocarbon emulsion which fills his lungs and equalizes the pressure.
    • Accelerated Metabolism: He has a highly developed metabolism, so powerful and efficient, thus allowing him to consume lots of foods and calories, without feeling full and still being able to eat more. he is seen constantly eating gallons of fatty and meaty foods all the time and is always still hungry, despite his limitless stamina.

Abilities[]

  • Genius-Level Intelligence: Banner is a genius. He overloaded a stimuloid with several direct hits to its neural processing center.
  • Master Hand-to-Hand Combatant: Despite having no formal training, Hulk is formidable hand-to-hand combatant simply due to his superhuman strength. Hulk often engages his enemies using brawling techniques and street fighting skills that make full use of his strength, which he can overpower the beings like Thor and Goliath. Hulk did learn one martial art technique form Black Widow but he still relies on his brute strength in combat. While under The Winter Soldier program, Hulk could go toe-to-toe with Captain America and Iron Man simultaneously, while the latter was using the Hulkbuster armor.
  • Intimidation: The Hulk scared a tyrannosaurus rex away.

Equipment[]

Both in his persona's of Bruce and Hulk, as well as certain modifications imparted by his adventures, Banner has acquired and utilized various items and cybernetic modifications throughout his heroic career.

Banner Tech Equipment:

  • Gamma Energy Siphon: A device Bruce created in the event of dealing with other gamma mutates which the Hulk hid so it wouldn't be used against him. Used to cure the Hulked Out avengers by draining their excess gamma energy contracted by an A.I.M designed gamma virus.[4]

Former Equipment:

  • Winter Solder Implants: While a prisoner of Strucker and Yelena's Russian super soldier program, Bruce had been outfitted with a bionic prosthetic similar to that of the original Winter Soldier.
    • Missile Pods: The forearm of his metallic limb fostered rows of several rocket packs.
    • Knuckle Lasers: The balls of his fingers harbored four adjacent high-yield beam castors potent enough to cut through wood like fresh cheese.
    • Retractable Arm Blade: A star pentagram holstered in his forearm extends a razor sharp blade.

Weaknesses[]

  • Gamma Radiation Draining: The Hulk was sometimes vulnerable to gamma radiation draining by sufficiently powerful energy manipulators. However, currently, the Hulk acquired an undefined degree of immunity to this weakness. For example, the mutant Darwin was expressly unable to drain his gamma radiation, and the Hulk was contained by a specialized satellite only when deliberately limiting himself. Even previous to these events the Hulk has displayed this potential.
  • Radiation Bombardment: Hulk was vulnerable to being weakened by radiation bombardment in the past. However, the Hulk has acquired a degree of immunity to this weakness.
  • Gas Inhalation: Great doses of gas can temporarily neutralize the Hulk. However, it's not an insurmountable obstacle, since Hulk can dissipate the gas with a powerful thunderclap, destabilizing the opponent with the resulting shockwaves. The Hulk has also occasionally resisted that.
  • Adamantium and Vibranium Blades: They have been shown capable of piercing Hulk's skin. However, as the Hulk's rage increases they become progressively less effective, reaching the stage they are completely unable to harm him.
  • Adrenaline Suppression: Adrenaline inhibitors can be administered via syringes of Adamantium and Vibranium, aiming to revert the transformation. Amplified quantities can accomplish this purpose. However, the Hulk has also withstood substances intended to sedate him by tactile contact.
  • Toxic Substances: Once, he was injected with a toxin especially designed to counteract the efficiency of Hulk's healing factor. However, if the Hulk gets angry enough he can nullify this effect, as he demonstrated later.
  • Rage Nullification: The Hulk's rage also can be neutralized; certain individuals can calm the Hulk down. Betty Ross successfully calmed the Hulk down in several instances. Telepaths with vast empathy potential can theoretically emulate this effect.
  • Strength Increasing Factor: The Hulk normally doesn't achieve full strength in the first moments after his transformation. Unless there is a substantial and significant event that breaks Banner's restraints and triggers far superior amounts of adrenaline in his circulatory system.
  • Magic: Since the Hulk is empowered by dark magic, it is not properly a weakness. However, depending upon his emotional state, his incarnation, and the power magnitude of the magic manipulator, this could be a potential threat. Although the Hulk has been shown to be injured more easily by enchanted weapons than regular weapons.
  • Extreme Conditions: Finally, he can be hurt or even killed by cosmic entities or individuals with similar extraordinary levels of power, and under some conditions be psychically manipulated by exceptionally powerful telepaths.
  • Hunger: Hulk has a near bottomless appetite due to his incredible strength and gamma radiation generation.

Appearances[]

Ultimate Spider-Man[]

Comics[]

Avengers Assemble[]

Comics[]

Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.[]

Comics[]

Guardians of the Galaxy[]

Comics[]

Gallery[]

Trivia[]

  • This version of Hulk first appeared in the Ultimate Spider-Man TV series, having made a cameo in the episode "Great Power", with his first full appearance being in the episode "Exclusive".
  • Starting from the third season, Hulk wore form-fitting Avengers pants, which is similar to the pants he wore in the film Avengers: Age of Ultron.
  • He appears in the Disney INFINITY games as a playable character and figurine.

References[]

  1. 'Marvel's Avengers Assemble' character cards. Mom & Pop Culture. MSN.com. Retrieved on July 17, 2013.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "The Avengers Protocol, Part 1". Man of Action (writer) & Eric Radomsky (director). Marvel's Avengers Assemble. Disney XD. May 26, 2013. No. 1, season one.
  3. "Hyperion". Man of Action & Jacob Semahn (writers) & Jeff Allen (director. Marvel's Avengers Assemble. Disney XD. August 4, 2013. No. 7, season one.
  4. Hulked Out Heroes
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