Real Name: Bruce Banner
Occupation: Nuclear physicist and biochemist
Legal Status: Citizen of the United States with no current
Place of Birth: Dayton, Ohio
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: Brian Banner (father, apparently
deceased), Rebecca Walters Banner (mother, deceased),
Elaine Walters (aunt), Jennifer Walters (cousin)
Group Affiliation: Avengers
Hulk’s Base of Operations: Phoenix, Arizona
First Post-Reboot Appearance and Origin: INCREDIBLE
Height: (as Banner) 5′ 6″, (as Hulk) 7′
Weight: (as Banner) 150 lbs, (as Hulk) 1,040 lbs
Eyes: (as Banner) Brown, (as Hulk) Green
Hair: (as Banner) Brown, (as Hulk) Green
Skin: (as Hulk) Green
Dr. Bruce Banner was a biochemist with knowledge of nuclear physics working for a research firm with government contracts. The project Banner was assigned to involved studying the surges of incredible strength people gain when angry or frightened. This project was of personal importance to Banner, as he had recently lost his childhood girlfriend, Julie Connors, in a traffic accident. Julie had been trapped in an overturned car when it caught fire, and Banner had been unable to free her. Banner wanted to know how it was that others could tap into this strength but he could not when it mattered most. During the course of the project, Banner hypothesized that certain external factors may play a part in gaining this extra strength during periods of stress. Cross-checking background gamma and cosmic ray emissions during the times of documented instances where normal people exhibited brief surges of enhanced strength, Banner discovered that a number of cases coincided with high points in the background gamma radiation received from the sun. Checking the date of the accident when Connors died, he discovered that day was a low period in the cycle. Deciding to test his theory without waiting for proper authorization, Banner subjected himself to what he believed to be a controlled dosage of concentrated gamma radiation. Unknown to him at the time, however, the equipment he was using had been modified by a coworker to produce nearly ten times the amount it was calibrated for. In most people, the amount of gamma radiation he received would have been instantly lethal.
Banner, however, possessed an unknown genetic code similar to that possessed by mutants; it is entirely possible that Banner was a latent mutant, and the dose of gamma radiation he received mutated his DNA even further. At first, there were no known effects from the experiment; Banner was about to write off the experiment as a failure when circumstances changed. On the drive home that night, however, his frustration on his inability to change a flat tire quickly grew to anger, triggering his first transformation into the Hulk. After he released his frustrations on the car by picking it up and tossing it into the nearby woods, the Hulk wandered aimlessly. As his rage calmed, he found himself returning to the research center where he, as Banner, worked. Banner awoke in the lab the next morning with no memory of what had happened, dressed only in tattered jeans. His coworkers quickly determined what had happened, leaving Banner to wonder about what he had inadvertently released.
Since then, Banner has sought a way to reverse what had happened. At first, the Hulk was a near mindless creature bent solely on random destruction; it was only Banner’s buried psyche that prevented the Hulk from taking a human life. Recent experiments have resulted in a slightly increased intelligence for the Hulk. With his new intelligence, the Hulk became a founding member of the Avengers, although it is not known how long he will remain with the team (see Avengers).
In his human form, Bruce Banner possesses the normal human strength of a man his age, height, and build who engages in minimal regular exercise. The Hulk possesses superhuman strength enabling him to lift (press) well over 200 tons. He can only achieve this strength level when he is enraged. In a totally calm state, the Hulk possesses significantly less strength, although he is still formidable, able to lift (press) around 80 tons. The Hulk’s strength is tied directly into his adrenal gland, so the angrier the Hulk gets the stronger he becomes. Because no one has yet dared to make the Hulk supremely angry, there is no way to gauge his maximum potential strength. The most he has been seen lifting when enraged has been around 500 tons.
Known Superhuman Powers:
Dr. Banner possesses the ability to transform himself into a superhumanly powerful green-skinned creature. When he transforms into the Hulk, Banner grows 18 inches and packs on almost 900 pounds of mass from an unidentified, possibly extradimensional, source (this extra mass may be linked to the extradimensional mass source utilized by Ant-Man and Wasp via Pym particles). The transformation is tied into Banner’s adrenal gland; intense situations of fear, anger, frustration, or hatred will trigger the transformation. The amount of time the transformation takes is dependent on the initial surge; the transformation into the Hulk has taken as long as a minute or as short as ten seconds. In addition to the Hulk’s superhuman strength, he is highly impervious to intense heat (up to 3,000° F) and cold (down to -190° F), has incredible recuperative abilities, possesses an incredible imperviousness to harm – the Hulk has been shown shrugging off field artillery shells, although it is doubtful he’d survive a direct nuclear detonation – and is immune to all terrestrial diseases. His powerful leg muscles enable him to leap three miles in a single bound. The Hulk also has one ability apparently not connected to his superhuman physiology; he is able to perceive astral forms. The nature of this ability is unknown.
Dr. Banner is a genius in both nuclear physics and biochemistry. On the other hand, the Hulk has below average intelligence, comparable to that of a sheltered teenager, although he has an undeniable cunning that aids him in battle. Originally, the Hulk’s intelligence was equal to that of a small child; recent experiments by Banner in attempting to control the Hulk have resulted in the Hulk gaining a slightly more mature level of intelligence. Because Banner and the Hulk are the same being, Banner can, at times, manage to control the Hulk’s actions to a limited extent.