Hulkbusters

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This article is about the Marvel Comics organizations. For information on Iron Man's Hulkbuster armor, see Iron Man's armor.

Hulkbusters is the name of three fictional organizations that have appeared in various comic book series published by Marvel Comics. All three groups exist within Marvel's shared universe known as the Marvel Universe and are so-named for their attempts to battle Hulk.

The U.S. military's Hulkbusters[edit]

The original Hulkbusters were a large joint task force consisting of both U.S. Army and Air Force personnel, whose primary purpose was to capture or if necessary, destroy the Hulk. Their headquarters was the Hulkbuster Base in New Mexico, resembling a peace sign (also known as Gamma Base), after it was damaged by the Hulk,[volume & issue needed] and they were commanded by General "Thunderbolt" Ross, General Ryker and Major Glenn Talbot. Hulkbuster Base was later demolished by the U-Foes.[1] After Bruce Banner, the Hulk’s alter-ego, achieved a state in which his normal intelligence and personality remained dominant while in Hulk form, he received a presidential pardon and the Hulkbusters were disbanded.[2]

While this operation was active, Clay Quartermain was the S.H.I.E.L.D. liaison to the Hulkbusters operation.

Gamma Base, located in Death Valley, Nevada, is dedicated to the capturing and curing the Incredible Hulk.

Originally, Gamma Base was Project Greenskin: Hulkbuster Base and it was the base for the Hulkbusters. The US Government shut it down and it was opened again for Bruce Banner's Project: Hulkbuster.[volume & issue needed] When that group broke up, it was shut down again.[volume & issue needed] Once again it was re-opened for the use of Operation: Zero Tolerance.[volume & issue needed]

Banner’s Hulkbusters[edit]

After the Hulk reverted to his bestial personality, he was captured by Doc Samson.[3] Samson persuaded the government to rebuild and finance Gamma Base. There, Samson managed to separate Banner and the Hulk into two distinct beings, although the Hulk was able to escape.[4] Banner was named the leader of this iteration of the Hulkbusters,[5] which first appeared in Incredible Hulk #317, created by John Byrne (Mar 1986).[6]

Members of this group of Hulkbusters included:

Saunders, Jr. and La Roquette later became Rock and Redeemer, a supervillain team who faced the Hulk on various occasions,[7][8][9] after much of Banner's HB team were slain in Hulk's destruction.[10] Rock had an external hide made of deadly minerals which can be used to impale and grow in size. Redeemer had an exoskeletal suit with weapons like repulsor blasters, and rocket fuel. The Leader later recruited them into "New Freehold" along with the Riot Squad,[volume & issue needed] and they haven't been seen since.

S.H.I.E.L.D's Hulkbusters[edit]

Hulk's exile from Earth by the Illuminati brought forth an unexpected consequence: Hulk's rogues' gallery began running wild. As a result, S.H.I.E.L.D. formed a team called the Hulkbusters to capture these villains and implant them with nanotechnology to nullify their powers.[11] The team was led by Agent Clay Quartermain and members included Agent Cheesecake, Agent Crimson, and She-Hulk.

Other versions[edit]

Ultimate Marvel[edit]

In the Ultimate Marvel Universe, Hulkbuster teams exist and primarily serve Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. Hulkbuster Units have been used to take down major threats such as Norman Osborn, Harry Osborn, and Venom. [12]

In other media[edit]

Television[edit]

  • The Hulkbusters were recurring antagonists in the first season of the 1996 animated series The Incredible Hulk as Ross and S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Gabriel Jones join them to track down Bruce Banner and fail. Dr. Craig Saunders Jr. and Dr. Samuel J. La Roquette (later Rock and Redeemer) were mentioned as members.
  • The Hulkbusters appear in the Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. episode "Hulk-Busted." The featured Hulkbusters are modeled to take on the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. in case they got out of control. Leader hijacks the Hulkbusters to attack the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. Iron Man comes to their aid and helps to fight the Hulkbusters. Iron Man uses his holograms to fool the Hulkbusters into thinking that they destroyed them. Iron Man showed them footage on the Stealth-Bot infecting a virus in the Hulkbusters armor so that they can be controlled from the outside. Using parts from the defeated Hulkbusters, the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. use them to take on the remaining Hulkbusters. The Hulkbusters then activate magnetizing beams to combine all of them into one giant Hulkbuster as it captures Iron Man and flies off. The Agents of S.M.A.S.H. pursue the giant Hulkbuster where Iron Man states that his Arc Reactor is being used to power the giant Hulkbuster and use it as a bomb where Iron Man and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. will be blamed for the city's destruction. After freeing Iron Man, Hulk redirects the defeated Hulkbuster into the river. Iron Man states that he will dismantle the Hulkbusters, but Hulk insists that he keep one Hulkbuster in case he gets out of control.

Video games[edit]

  • The Hulkbusters appear in The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction as part of General Ross and Director Emil Blonsky's efforts to capture the Hulk. These Hulkbusters are soldiers mentally controlling mechanical armor of varying sizes and capabilities; some missions require the player to recover or destroy prototype technology that will be used on the Hulkbusters to limit the threat that they will pose to the player later in the game.

Novels[edit]

  • In the novelization of the 2008 film The Incredible Hulk (written by Peter David, a noted contributor to the Hulk's comics history), two members of a military strike team sent to capture the Hulk are named "Saunders" and "Laroquette" after members of Banner's Hulkbusters (the characters are unnamed in the theatrical release of the film).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Incredible Hulk #277 (Nov 1982)
  2. ^ Incredible Hulk #279 (Jan 1983)
  3. ^ Incredible Hulk #314 (Dec 1985)
  4. ^ Incredible Hulk #315 (Jan 1986)
  5. ^ Incredible Hulk #317
  6. ^ Incredible Hulk #317 (Mar 1986)
  7. ^ Incredible Hulk #345
  8. ^ Incredible Hulk #366
  9. ^ Incredible Hulk #398
  10. ^ Incredible Hulk #343
  11. ^ Incredible Hulk Vol. 2 #106
  12. ^ Ultimate Spider-Man #100

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