Although initially being grey, the Hulk is today best-known as the green-skinned monster from Marvel’s comic books. Still, there are differently coloured versions of the characters present within Marvel’s fictional universe, such as the Red Hulk or the Yellow Hulk, but none of them are quite as famous as the green version. So, while talking about colours, you may ask yourselves – is there a Blue Hulk? Keep reading to find out.
Yes, there is a Blue Hulk. When Bruce Banner, a.k.a. the real (Green) Hulk merged with the Uni-Power and became Captain Universe, his skin turned blue and he became Blue Hulk for a brief period of time.
Marvel Comics is a comic book publishing company founded in 1939 under the name Timely Comics. Timely Comics changed its name to Marvel Comics in 1961. Along with its chief rival, DC Comics, Marvel Comics is the biggest and most important mainstream comic book publisher in the United States. Marvel has, along with DC Comics, contributed to the development of American comics, specializing in the superhero genre. Stan Lee, Steve Ditko and Jack Kirby are just some of the pivotal writers who’ve helped shape the style and universes of Marvel Comics.
Throughout the years, Marvel has created several pivotal superhero characters and has launched successful franchises such as the Avengers, X-Men and Guardians of the Galaxy, all of which have been adapted into movies, TV shows and video games. Some of the most famous Marvel Comics heroes are Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Black Widow, Wolverine, Professor X, Storm, Cyclops, Jean Grey; but, the franchise also includes famous supervillains such as Thanos, Apocalypse, Galactus, Loki, Magneto, the Mandarin, Doctor Octopus, the Green Goblin, Venom and others.
Now that we’ve given you a short introduction, let us discuss the topic of this article in more detail.
Who is Hulk?
The Hulk is a fictional superhero appearing in stories published by Marvel Comics. Hulk is the alter ego of physicist Bruce Banner, who is a regular human, without any superhuman abilities. Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the characters debuted in The Incredible Hulk #1 (1962) and is today regarded as one of Marvel’s strongest characters.
Dr. Robert Bruce Banner is a genius physicist, but a physically weak, socially withdrawn, and emotionally reserved human. During the experimental detonation of a gamma bomb, Banner saves teenager Rick Jones who has driven onto the testing field; Banner pushes Jones into a trench to save him, but is hit with the blast, absorbing massive amounts of gamma radiation. He awakens later seemingly unharmed by the incident, but that night transforms into a lumbering grey (yes, he was initially grey before having been recoloured) form. A pursuing soldier named the creature a “hulk”.
Originally, it was believed that Banner’s transformations into the Hulk were caused by sunset and undone at sunrise, but later, it was discovered to be caused by anger. Banner was, interestingly enough, cured in The Incredible Hulk #4, but chose to restore Hulk’s powers with Banner’s intelligence. He later became one of the founding members of the Avengers.
The Hulk is a green-skinned, hulking and muscular humanoid possessing a vast degree of physical strength. The two exist as separate dissociative personalities in the same body, and (generally) resent each other. The Hulk’s level of strength is normally conveyed as proportionate to his level of anger. Commonly portrayed as a raging savage, the Hulk has been represented with other personalities based on Banner’s fractured psyche, from a mindless, destructive force, to a brilliant warrior, or genius scientist in his own right.
The Hulk is one of Marvel’s most popular characters and has appeared in a lot of derivative materials, including animated films and TV shows, video games and live-action movies. In the live-action movies, he was portrayed by Eric Bana, Edward Norton and Mark Ruffallo, with the latter two portraying the characters within the MCU.
So, what about the Blue Hulk? We’ve seen that Hulk’s basic colour is green, but he did, indeed, turn blue for a short while in the story Captain Universe: Incredible Hulk (2006). In this one-shot, Bruce Banner comes into contact with the Uni-Power, a sentient manifestation of the Universe itself. Whenever the Uni-Power bonds with a living being, that being becomes the superhero Captain Universe; e.g. Spider-Man, Daredevil and Doctor Strange have all held the title at one point in their careers.
In this storyline, Bruce Banner goes to a frozen wasteland to isolate himself from society and the Hulk, but when he gets caught in a bear trap, he “hulks out” and becomes the green giant. At this point, the Uni-Power merges with the Hulk, but is still inactive. The Uni-Power generally seeks out people who are unaware of the great power and responsibility they possess and helps them, but this time it seemed like the Uni-Power itself needed assistance.
Coming into contact with the Uni-Power, Banner and Hulk decide to go back to civilisation and seek out Gilbert Wiles, a New York-based scientist who has come into contact with the Uni-Power and has become an expert on the subject, devoting his life to helping humanity. The problem is that Wiles works for A.I.M., a company that has a lot of nefarious people who want to get control of the Uni-Power and use it for evil.
When the Hulk arrives, A.I.M.’s robots attack him and when it seems that he is going to be overpowered, Dr. Wiles boosts the capacity of the Uni-Power, thereby making Hulk stronger. This boos also changed the colour of his skin from green to blue. And this is how the Blue Hulk was born.
It was only for a short time, though. The Blue Hulk quickly dealt with the robots and hid out of the way of danger. His powers were so boosted that the robots really stood no chance against him in such a fight. Once the situation calmed down, the Uni-Power – having helped Banner and itself – left his body and went to search for another host.
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