Fictional character biography
The first incarnation of Red Hulk (also known as Rulk) first appeared in the Hulk series that debuted in 2008. The 2010 "World War Hulks" storyline reveals that this being is United States Army General Thunderbolt Ross, the father-in-law and longtime nemesis of the original Hulk, Bruce Banner. 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 better fight the original Hulk.
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.
The 2015 "Secret Wars" storyline tells of an unidentified Red Hulk called the Red King, 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 to kill Red King, who is holding Bucky Barnes prisoner. After the Red King reveals to that group that he already killed Barnes, the Captain kills the Red King.
Powers and abilities
Red Hulk has superhuman strength, durability, and endurance, comparable to that of the Hulk. He is capable of absorbing radiation, which his body can metabolize for increased strength. However, unlike the Hulk, when he becomes angrier, he does not become stronger, but emits increasing heat. The upper limit of this heat has not been specified, but when fighting the Hulk, during the Red Hulk's first storyline, this heat created an aura of light around the two behemoths and melted the desert sand on which they stood into a glass disc at least dozens of feet in diameter. At this level, Red Hulk weakens and is vulnerable to being knocked unconscious by the Hulk.
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