Marvel teases accident that pitted Hulk and Thor against each other

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The following contains spoilers for Hulk #6, out now from Marvel Comics.

Hulk has fought nearly every notable Marvel hero at one point or another, his rage-induced rampages taking him across the entire universe. His upcoming showdown with another major hero might finally have a reason behind it and perfectly explains why Thor will be willing to face him.

Pontoon #6 (by VC’s Donny Cates, Ryan Ottley, Cliff Rathburn, Frank Martin, and Cory Petit) featured Bruce Banner saving an alternate reality by redirecting a deadly blast of gamma energy. But in the process, he could have accidentally dropped all that energy onto Asgard, setting up the Hulk’s next duel with Thor.

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Pontoon #6 seemingly pushed the titular Jade Giant to the limit, revealing her own brutal transformation into her Titan form. But Betty Ross’ dark vision that induced the transformation was caught off guard when the Hulk broke free from the engine room construct Banner had trapped him in. Banner was able to regain control of the Hulk just as he discovered his powerless variant warning him of a massive gamma bomb approaching his position. The ensuing explosion would kill countless innocent people, even from a distance near the site of the detonation.


As the bomb approached, Banner was able to overload the interdimensional portal he had used to get to this reality in the first place, allowing him to pick up any nearby gamma signatures and absorb the fallout of the bomb. ‘blast. Doing this saved countless lives, but it dragged the Hulk and the energy elsewhere. They initially don’t know where Hulk and all that gamma energy will end up, until Hulk looks up and sees the Rainbow Bridge and an incoming Mjolnir. Previews have revealed that the next story focusing on both Thor and Hulk will be the Hulk vs. Thor: Banner of War crossover, which will see the pair face off. The exact reasoning behind their fight hadn’t been clear until now, but it now appears it will have to do with the Hulk accidentally dropping a ridiculous amount of explosive energy directly into Thor’s territory.


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As the current King of Asgard, Thor would have to respond to such an event, however accidental, with some level of force. And given that it’s the Hulk he’ll be meeting, it’s likely this life-saving accident in an alternate reality will only spark what’s left of the Avengers’ old rivalry. Considering no character is needed in the most stable mental place yet, with the Starship Hulk story arc revealing Titan’s disastrous new form while Thor’s battle with the merging of the Storm God and the Mangog resulted in the loss of his father Odin and saw Asgard nearly destroyed, tensions are unlikely to be resolved through compromise and understanding.


But it’s a tragic turn of events that seems to be behind their latest confrontation. In the past, “misunderstandings” have been a frequent cause of conflict between Marvel heroes, with many characters attacking characters like Spider-Man or X-Men out of mistrust or misunderstanding. Recently, hero conflicts, like those the X-Men have sorted out with groups like the Fantastic Four, have become more nuanced and complex, with both sides having genuine reason to be concerned about each other. But it looks like sheer luck will drop a devastating explosion right on the Rainbow Bridge, and Thor will discover the Hulk – if not responsible, at least involved. Hulk vs. Thor: Banner of War is seemingly returning to that earlier era of misunderstandings that sparked hero battles. But given their own recently elevated power levels and the strain of their respective adventures pushing them to a breaking point, Thor and Hulk’s duel could end up being a lot more explosive than anyone could have expected.



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