Bruce Banner No Longer The Hulk, See His Replacement

Sorry Brucey, there’s a new kid on the block, and he seems to have it together a little more than you. Marvel Comics has just unveiled a sneak peek at its new comic book series The Totally Awesome Hulk, revealing the brand new character becoming the Green Guy. Take peek at the cover of The Totally Awesome Hulk issue #1, which features new character Amadeus Cho.


I’m not gonna lie - this looks pretty awesome. It’s quite the change to see the Hulk in control of his own power- and sporting a Spiderman-like wit. Plus this version of Hulk has fancy hair-do, so there’s that.

The character with the power of the Hulk has been none other than Marvel original Dr. Bruce Banner since the superhero's inception. Dr. Banner is a physicist specializing in Gamma energy, and while developing a Gamma Bomb, Banner has an accident and is infected by the radiation poison, which transforms him into the Hulk. Banner’s personality becomes that of a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, with Banner trying to suppress the Jade Giant which he can’t control. While one of the most powerful figures in the Marvel Comic Universe, Banner fears his superhero persona and the rage that lives within him. But that's all changed now.

The new Totally Awesome Hulk, as seen on Comic Book Movie, is the first time since the Hulk’s creation where the incredible one will not have Banner as his alter ego. (At least in the comics, since the TV show had "David" Banner.) Instead, Marvel has created Amadeus Cho as the Hulk's new other half.

This revelation comes from Marvel Comic’s new plan to diversify and change the lineup of the Avengers and its other superhero brands. After adding female versions of Thor and expanding the female hero Captain Marvel, the most powerful creature in the universe will now be a Korean-American. And Amadeus Cho has actual control over the Hulk, unlike his counterpart Bruce Banner. Take that, Mark Ruffalo.

The Hulk has been a staple of the Marvel Comic book universe since the 1960s. Additionally, there have been quite a few film adaptations of The Hulk, with a few actors playing Banner. 2003 brought us Hulk starring Eric Bana, and Fight Club’s Edward Norton took over the role in the 2008 reboot named The Incredible Hulk. Norton has since abandoned the helm of the Hulk, no longer appearing in any of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films. Instead, the role of Bruce Banner went to Mark Ruffalo, who portrays the Green Guy in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers films.

As Totally Awesome Hulk is released alongside the new Thor, it should be interesting to see how this impacts the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Will these new characters appear in any of the upcoming films? I’d personally love to see Banner and Cho duke it out, or watch Chris Hemsworth fighting alongside a strong female Thor.

Way to go Marvel. I love seeing the company diversify. Now we have to bring this into the film universe, so nobody will want to Smash upcoming film adaptations.

Corey Chichizola
Movies Editor

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Graduated with degrees theater and literature from Ramapo College of New Jersey. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid. He's particularly proud of covering horror franchises like Scream and Halloween, as well as movie musicals like West Side Story. Favorite interviews include Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee, Jamie Lee Curtis, and more.