If there’s one thing that the Marvel Cinematic Universe wants audiences to know about the Hulk, it’s that he’s just a sensitive guy who caught a rough science break. That’s why Hulk comics compared to movies are completely different. Hulk’s comic book iterations stopped worrying about what people thought about Bruce Banner a long time ago and made a beeline for destruction.
Some of the brutal moments in Hulk comics never made it into movies - often because they showed him getting beaten down and where's the fun (and box office money) in watching the Hulk get smashed? He's supposed to do the smashing.
In every Marvel movie featuring the Hulk, directors try to give a nod to the times when the Hulk was more brutal in comics than movies, but they never pull the trigger on letting the green guy go really nuts. Sure, he can fight a small army, but can he punch a guy’s head into liquid? Or clap his hands so hard that he destroys everything in a three-mile radius? He can in the comics, so why shouldn’t he do it in the movies? Keep reading below to see times when the Hulk did way more damage on a comic book page than a movie screen.
His Most Intense Alien Punch So Far
You know how in The Avengers, Bruce Banner says, "I'm always angry," and then turns into the Hulk and punches an alien exoskeleton thing in the face, effectively crushing it? That's pretty cool, but you know what's cooler? The Hulk punching Abomination so hard that he ends up in a crater. Lets make that happen, okay, Kevin Feige?
Tanks Are for Idiots
In Ang Lee's much derided Hulk, the big green smashes up a bunch of tanks. It's fine. It's not as bad as most viewers probably remember, but it's still not that great. However, in Incredible Hulk #121 Banner smashes his fists into the ground so hard that he creates a tremor that flips the tanks as they fire on him, causing them to shoot the planes flying overhead. He literally uses tanks to shoot down planes. That's so badass. This is the scene that should have been in the movie.
In 2008's The Incredible Hulk, Edward Norton's version of the jolly green giant puts out a helicopter fire with his thunderclap, and that's nice of him and all, but it's always cooler when the Hulk destroys half of South America with one of his massive claps. For instance, this scene in Hulk Annual #5 where he kills Diablo, a giant smoke monster, by clapping so hard that he causes a minor hurricane. He does all that just to make the creature dissipate and then the hurricane heads for landfall in South America. That's stone-cold, brutal justice.
The Hulk and Iron Man Face Off Is Much Crazier in the Comics
In the second Avengers film, we get a look at Tony Stark's Hulkbuster suit, and we find out just how long he and the green machine can go toe to toe, and it's fine. They have a well-shot fight that doesn't take any longer than it needs to. But if you really want to see Iron Man and Hulk go at it, then you need to check out the World War Hulk story arc where Banner calls down the thunder on just about every mutant on earth for being complicit in the death of his wife. He not only defeats Tony Stark and his puny Hulkbuster suit, but he completely destroys Stark Tower in the process.