Hulk’s Transformation Isn’t Over, According to MCU Fans

The Hulk is one of the most popular superheroes in the world, and he’s been around for a long time.

As a result of this longevity, the Marvel Cinematic Universe‘s Hulk has gone through many transformations throughout his years on screen. For example, Bruce Banner used to be played by Edward Norton, and now he’s played by Mark Ruffalo. The Hulk’s changes have been more than skin deep, too, as Banner has been slowly learning about how to control the Hulk.

That said, in the comics, the Hulk changes even more, and some Marvel fans are convinced that in the movies, he’ll become similar to his comic book counterpart. 

How the Hulk got to where he is today

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The Hulk has always been a classic case of Jekyll and Hyde, where Banner is just a regular guy but he’ll turn into the Hulk whenever he’s angry. In the beginning of Banner’s story, he’s just trying to figure out why this is happening to him.

However, by the time that he shows up in the first Avengers movie, Banner revealed to the team that he can transform into the Hulk whenever he wants, since he’s “always angry.” 

Banner continues to gain more control of the Hulk as the Marvel movies progress. In Age of Ultron, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow says a lullaby that calms him down and allows him to transform back into his human form.

In the most recent Marvel movies, Banner has complete control of the Hulk, and he’s able to be a regular person while in his Hulk form. 

Is the Hulk’s transformation over?

As a result, some Marvel fans on Reddit think that the Hulk has done transforming in the movies. By becoming Professor Hulk, as he’s called, Banner has been able to completely control that side of him.

This would seem to be the natural end to the Hulk’s story, since controlling the Hulk was always the thing that Banner has strived for.

Like one fan said, “Professor Hulk is the endpoint of Ruffalo.” Other fans agreed, and one fan said, “I think they’ll drop the character for awhile.”

Some fans speculate that Marvel is introducing She-Hulk on her Disney+ show as a way of passing the torch between the Hulk and She-Hulk. 

That said, some fans disagree with this idea. Endgame was the endgame for many Marvel characters. Iron Man and Black Widow both died in Endgame, and Captain America retired and passed his shield off to the Falcon. Fans think that if Marvel was done with the Hulk, Marvel would’ve ended his story at Endgame too, but Marvel didn’t. 

How the Hulk can keep changing

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In the comics, the Hulk is able to absorb radiation to become stronger. This has led to some interesting stories, and they could potentially be where the Marvel movies will take the character. 

For example, many fans on Reddit think that the Hulk will eventually transform into Worldbreaker Hulk. Worldbreaker Hulk is one of the most powerful characters in Marvel history, and, like his name implies, he’s so strong that he can destroy entire planets.

The Marvel movies has somewhat hinted at adapting this storyline, but Marvel came short of actually adapting Worldbreaker Hulk. 

And then there’s Maestro, which is another possible direction that Marvel can take the Hulk. In the comics, the Hulk absorbs so much radiation that he becomes Maestro. He’s still as strong and as tough as the Hulk is, but Maestro gained new powers after his transformation, and they include a few psychic abilities. 

These were the two most popular theories, but there are more options. Either way, many Marvel fans are still hopeful that Ruffalo’s Hulk will show up again in the MCU.