The Hulk is always associated with raw, seething rage. There is just no substitute for a superhero like the Hulk in the Avengers roster. He is like a lose cannon, an extremely powerful and huge, loose cannon that can do some real damage if pointed at the right direction. So when Avengers: Endgame introduced to the world the Professor Hulk version of the character, it led to mass confusion. What were his powers now? Is it the same Professor Hulk from the comic books? In the comics, Professor Hulk earned quite the fame in such a short amount of time. But he was never a permanent character given the Hulk was never seen as a beast that can control his rage. Is Professor Hulk is also a temporary thing in the MCU? For how long will he last? What is he exactly? So many questions, so little answers! The following list might be able to shed some light on the matter. Presenting – 10 insane comic book facts about Professor Hulk from Avengers: Endgame!
10. His drastically different appearance
The hulk never cared for dressing etiquettes. All he did was Smash. And he never cared if he wore ripped jeans to the job. But not Professor Hulk! With the savage minded Hulk persona in the backseat, the Hulk had the more seasoned psyche of Bruce Banner, he knew well about how to dress and present himself. Professor Hulk started wearing clothes that did not just cover up his thighs and groin. He started wearing shirts, full pants, a jacket or an apron of his choice and depending on the day and work, as well as glasses. The Hulk was now a gentleman. He even color-coded his wardrobe to ensure he never wore the same dress twice in the same week in the comic books!
9. He is not the only persona fighting for control of Banner’s body
Bruce Banner was exposed to massive amounts of gamma radiation and was turned into the Hulk, a raging green monster with his own persona within Banner’s mind. It was not long ago that we learned that there is also the Professor Hulk persona inside Bruce Banner that is also vying for control of Banner’s body and is constantly at war with the rest of the psyches. But the story does not end there. The Hulk actually has several personalities that extend well beyond the line of three. The most popular of the unsung personalities is the Grey Hulk, a version of the Hulk who has speech capabilities and is extremely smart and strong just like Professor Hulk.
8. Professor Hulk was supposed to be the cure
Bruce Banner is constantly at odds with the Hulk persona residing inside his body. Moreover, with the revelations that there are so many other personalities within him like the Grey Hulk, the situation could get out of control any time. So Bruce Banner took the help of Doc Samson, a super strong psychiatrist whose superpowers originate from a similar incident as Banner’s, to try and fuse the two strongest personalities within Bruce – that of himself and the Hulk, and create a separate personality that could end the war between the different personas within his mind.
7. Bruce Banner’s childhood was screwed up
When Doc Samson started analysing Bruce as a psychiatrist, the psycho-analysis sessions revealed that there is a reason Bruce Banner suffers from multiple personality disorder. The primary reason for all such cases is always a traumatic or unhealthy childhood. It turns out, Bruce Banner’s father was a terribly abusive husband and an alcoholic who killed his mother right in front of him. Bruce’s fractured psyche was because he never had a good childhood. Professor Hulk was created to put an end to the PTSD soup that was boiling within him.
6. If he becomes too angry, he becomes the Angry Banner
There are always safeguards – mental inhibitions within Banner’s psyche installed by Doc Samson, to ensure the Professor Hulk persona does not gain too much foothold and lose control of Banner’s body. Professor Hulk is the combination of the best of both worlds – Hulk’s strength and Banner’s mind. If he ever loses control, Professor Hulk will revert back to Bruce Banner, but with a twist. He will then have the mind of the Hulk and the body of Bruce Banner.
5. He is significantly weaker
The Hulk’s true strength is not his muscles or his accelerated healing factor or his super thick, impenetrable skin. It is his rage. The angrier he gets, the more powerful he becomes. If he gets angry enough, the Hulk is capable of lifting an entire star with his bare hands! But to become that angry, you need the mentality of a beast. Professor Hulk has the mind of Bruce Banner, a scientist and level headed guy. There is no way he can ever get that angry, no matter the situation. That is why he will never be as strong.
There is a fail-safe installed within the mind of Bruce Banner lest the Professor Hulk persona ever goes rogue. Given his history of uncontrolled and chaotic violence, Banner never knew whether he could fully trust his Professor Hulk version, so he decided to take necessary precautions. In case of an emergency, Bruce Banner still reserves the right to lock out the Professor Hulk personality from his mind permanently if the situation demands it.
3. He is known to use guns
Like we said, Professor Hulk is not as strong as the raging Hulk that we know and love. But since he is a superhero that does not mean his enemies will have any mercy on him. They will still try to take him down with whatever resources they have got. Professor Hulk regularly fought villains and was forced to use other means to make up for his lost strength. In one comic book issue, the Hulk donned huge firearms for the first time. The use of guns and ammunition somewhat made up for his depleted strength levels.
2. He changed how we view Bruce Banner
When the Hulk first came into existence in the comic books, he was seen as a sort of Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde iteration of a comic book character. Stan Lee even said it many times in the latter years, confirming this theory. But recent years have seen a drastically different route taken by the Hulk storylines. It was recently revealed that the Hulk is not a personality that was created due to the Gamma Explosion. He was always there. The explosion just managed to break his chains. You can thank Professor Hulk for giving us such a wonderful redefinition of the Hulk.
1. Professor Hulk is actually what Bruce Banner always wanted
As a guy always on the run from both the government as well as his own demons, Bruce Banner wanted to change his life for the better. He never got a good childhood. His love life was in shambles. His career was now going down the drain now that the Government itself had painted a huge bulls-eye on his back. Amidst all that chaos, it was Professor Hulk that came to his rescue. It changed him into the most ideal version of himself. He was no longer timid and weak. He was no longer a mindless brute. With professor Hulk, he became his own idol. In Avenger: Endgame, we see the Hulk finally being content with him after turning into Professor Hulk.
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Captain Marvel is an extraterrestrial Kree warrior who finds herself caught in the middle of an intergalactic battle between her people and the Skrulls. Living on Earth in 1995, she keeps having recurring memories of another life as U.S. Air Force pilot Carol Danvers. With help from Nick Fury, Captain Marvel tries to uncover the secrets of her past while harnessing her special superpowers to end the war with the evil Skrulls.
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“After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War, the universe is in ruins due to the efforts of the Mad Titan, Thanos. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers must assemble once more in order to undo Thanos’ actions and restore order to the universe once and for all, no matter what consequences may be in store.”