Within the pages of the Immortal Hulk issues, we are seeing a twisted tale unfold. The Hulk, one of Marvel’s greatest superheroes and probably the strongest Avenger (in the comic books no in the MCU), is facing a weird character and story development. There have been storylines where heroes had to sacrifice themselves in the most unspeakable ways so that the innocents can survive. But the way Marvel Comics has killed off the Jade Giant most certainly takes the cake. There have been several ways the Green Goliath has been killed off in the comic books but the brutality of this death is something to behold. Presenting – Marvel Comics Update – This is the most frightening way the Hulk has died!!!
SPOILER ALERT: Major Spoilers for The Immortal Hulk #7 up ahead. If you still have not read it yet and intend to in the near future, we suggest you look away….
The Hulk is literally strong enough to lift an entire star on his shoulders. His legendary rage is the determinant of his strength. The angrier he gets, the stronger he becomes. He also possesses a vastly enhanced healing factor that could give Wolverine a run for his money.
Then there is the case about the Hulk being immortal. And we are not joking. The Green Goliath literally cannot die. The moment he breathes his last, he will be brought back from the dead. That is what the Immortal Hulk issues taught us a few months ago. And that makes him a liability. Since he is the strongest Avenger by muscle power and is practically immortal, the method to kill and neutralize him hast to be effective enough. And Marvel just found a way to do it. This has to be one of the most disgusting ways any superhero has died in the pages of Marvel Comic books.
The Immortal Hulk issues introduce us to a Hulk of the namesake stature. The Big green guy cannot die and Bruce Banner is forced to become a wanderer again, traveling from town to town to keep the jade Giants’ hands away from innocent bystanders. When the sun comes down and the night falls, the guy we know as Bruce Banner is transformed into a vengeful and berserk green goliath. The Hulk, after his recent resurrection, got the power to bring himself back from the land of the dead by his own accord. That facet of his supernatural prowess was finally solved in the recent Marvel issues.
There is a way to take down an immortal, super strong being like the Hulk. And it is a way similar to the ones the movies show us when dealing with Zombies. That’s right – the cure is….dismemberment.
The Avengers vs The Immortal Hulk
The Avengers are faced with a moral dilemma when they realize that their friend and former Avenger Bruce Banner has lost control of his Hulk persona and is now a big danger to society. He has been sighted multiple times in the mid-western United States and is involved in a lot of damage to life and property. The Hulk was let go of by the Avengers on the promise that Bruce will take control of the big green guy and not let himself become a threat to people around him lest he be taken down by Hawkeye himself.
The Hulk has failed to keep his promise. After yet another rampage camping trip across the west, he is confronted by the Earth’s mightiest heroes. The Hulk takes them on all by himself. And for the Avengers’ part, they had no idea that he has grown this strong since their last encounter with him. Thor is given a permanent head injury, Black Panther’s suit is almost overcharged with Kinetic Energy and was on the verge of exploding from his massive blows and Iron Man is inches away from being dead due to major blood loss due to wounds sustained by him in his fight with the Hulk.
As a last resort, Iron Man orders the surrounding area evacuated and uses a space-based weapon called Helios that was made as a contingency plan for an occasion like this. Helios was designed to take down the Hulk and it did but it left a lot of collateral damage, which is why the mass evacuation was ordered by the Iron Man. All in all, the end result of the fight was the Hulk died and the Avengers were left reeling and licking their wounds.
Breath of the Helios
The Helios laser was designed to not just stop the Hulk but also kill him. And why would Iron Man decide to use such a weapon in the first place? To be honest, he is no more the good guy. The Immortal Hulk is nothing like the gentle giant we knew him as. He is something eviler, more malevolent. Maybe it is the repeat resurrections or that the Green Goliath has seen too much darkness in the world that he has decided it is irreparable, but he is no more a hero. He is just another Marvel villain that needs to be dealt with by the Avengers otherwise he will keep on leaving a path of death and destruction on his wake.
How does the Helios laser work? The Helios laser was specifically designed to take down the supernatural powered the Immortal Hulk. We know that it is only in the night time that he can rise from the body of Bruce Banner. So what the laser does besides killing the Hulk is a blast with a ray of concentrated sunlight on the Jade Giant. The end result is that he is not only charred to the bone but the daylight also prevents the Hulk from rising back again since his powers are only activated in the dark of the night.
What happens next might be a little graphic. So brace yourselves….
Bruce Banner can die but not the Hulk. He is immortal now. Even if the Helios laser has killed him off, the Green Goliath will rise back again in 24 hours. So what do the Avengers do now? Captain America is left mourning. Iron Man decides to accept Bruce Banner’s fate and Black Panther is already devising a strategy to ensure that he never returns after this debacle.
And this is where things get extremely disturbing. Black Panther finds a strategy to take down the Hulk permanently but it is really disheartening….(literally). The remains of the burnt carcass of Bruce Banner are not handed over the General Thunderbolt Ross as promised. It is actually given to the shadowy government research agency that was tasked with harvesting the big green guy’s body and trying to understand its powers for mass production. The government agency has a way of stopping him from wreaking any more damage – they decide to cut the Hulk into pieces.
Head, hands, legs, Kidneys, Pancreas, liver, heart and the rest of the organs are dismembered and kept in separate containers for display and research. The way they have decided to keep the Hulk out of the track is certainly effective and innovative but brutally gory and inhuman.
The Shadow Base is the name of the organization that has been tasked with keeping him still alive in captivity in several containers. An unknown scientist with a supposedly huge role in the Immortal Hulk series called Dr. Clive is tasked with keeping him in check now.
But this begs the ultimate question – Will the Hulk be forever cursed to live a life looking at his own parts in different stasis chambers or will he get out of his cage? And if the answer to the latter question is yes then when and how!!!
The Hulk was last seen in the theatres in Avengers: Infinity War. The official film synopsis for the movie reads:
Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet — the evil Thanos. On a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones, Thanos plans to use the artifacts to inflict his twisted will on reality. The fate of the planet and existence itself has never been more uncertain as everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment.