Red Hulk

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Cover of Hulk vol. 2 #1 (Jan. 2008). Art by Ed McGuinness.

Red Hulk is an alias that used by different characters in Marvel Comics, most notably Thunderbolt Ross and Robert Maverick.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Thunderbolt Ross[edit]

The first incarnation of Red Hulk (also known as Rulk)[1] first appeared in the Hulk series that debuted in 2008.[2] The 2010 "World War Hulks" storyline reveals that this being is United States Army General Thunderbolt Ross,[3] the father-in-law and longtime nemesis of the original Hulk, Bruce Banner.[4] The storyline reveals that Ross was given the ability to transform into Red Hulk by the organizations A.I.M. and the Intelligencia, and that he did this in order to be able to better fight the original Hulk.[3]

Robert Maverick[edit]

The origin of the second Red Hulk appears in the 2017 debut issue of U.S.Avengers. Four-star General Robert Maverick is selected for his genetic profile to create a being who is "halfway to a hulk". A device called the Hulk Plug-In, created by Avengers Idea Mechanics (a legitimate technology company created from the remnants of the defunct supervillain organization Advanced Idea Mechanics), is implanted in Maverick's wrist. When triggered, it turns him into a variation of the Red Hulk for one hour approximately every day and a half. Unlike the Thunderbolt Ross version of Red Hulk, Maverick retains his mustache in his Hulk form and wears his sunglasses. He joins the U.S.Avengers.[5]

Other versions[edit]

During the 2015 "Secret Wars" storyline, an unidentified Red Hulk called the Red King is depicted as the Baron of the Battleworld domain of Greenland. A variation of Captain America called the Captain is sent into Greenland by God Emperor Doom and Sheriff Strange in order to kill Red King, who is holding Bucky Barnes prisoner.[6] After the Red King reveals to that group that he already killed Barnes,[7] the Captain kills the Red King.[8]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Red Hulk has superhuman strength, durability and endurance. He is capable of absorbing radiation to become more powerful. Instead of becoming stronger as he gets angrier like the Hulk, he becomes hotter.[9]


  1. ^ "'Hulk' #5 is red hot – second printing announced". August 12, 2008
  2. ^ Jeph Loeb (w), Ed McGuinness (p), Dexter Vines (i). "Who is the Hulk?" Hulk v2, 1 (February 2008), Marvel Comics
  3. ^ a b Jeph Loeb (w), Ed McGuinness (p), Mark Farmer (i). "Dogs of War" Hulk v2, 23 (July 2010), Marvel Comics
  4. ^ "71. Thunderbolt Ross". IGN (2009). Archived May 9, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved January 23, 2017.
  5. ^ Ewing, Al (w), Medina, Paco (p), Vlasco, Juan (i). "$kullocracy", U.S.Avengers #1 (March 2017). Marvel Comics.
  6. ^ Planet Hulk #1. Marvel Comics.
  7. ^ Planet Hulk #4. Marvel Comics.
  8. ^ Planet Hulk #5. Marvel Comics.
  9. ^ Marvel Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded.