In this week's issue of Civil War II, Marvel's comic book sequel to the arc that lent the latest Captain America movie its title, one of the publisher's biggest heroes bites the dust.
Spoilers below; begone if you must.
So, yeah: farewell, Dr. Bruce Banner. Civil War II #3 sees the Hulk's human form murdered by the one and only Hawkeye, which just seems like adding insult to
injury death. Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso told the New York Daily News:
“This is uncharted territory for us. Only two things are for certain: it will take a long, long time for our heroes to come to terms with his loss, and the circumstance surrounding his death will leave a huge scar on the superhero community.”
We won't spoil how or why it specifically happens, although we will honor our duty to speculate: Will he stay dead, though, in a universe where marquee heroes (and sometimes villains) never truly die? "Right now I can tell you this is the real deal," says writer Brian Michael Bendis. "I can't speak for the future, I honestly can't, who knows what will happen? But I already have plans for the body [in upcoming issues]."
The Hulk/Bruce Banner debuted in 1962, created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Last week, Marvel announced that Civil War II will introduce a replacement for Iron Man, Riri Williams, a 15-year-old girl who attends MIT and reverse-engineers Tony Stark's high-tech suit.
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