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The Incredible Hulk Goes Red


Marvel’s Incredible Hulk has long since become more Freudian than the character’s origins as a rampaging, fluorescent-green, commie-hating answer to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

It’s a bit tiresome really. From the 90’s onward, the Hulk’s personality is based upon different personalities of Bruce Banner’s psyche, fractured due to youthful abuse. This allows Marvel to supply us with an endless permutations of Hulk personas to up readership when its slipping: Gray Hulk, Green Hulk, Smart Hulk, Stupid Hulk, Devil Hulk, whatever.

Readership must be slipping again, because Marvel is about to introduce us to the Red Hulk.

On one hand, let’s applaud Marvel for at least not making this Hulk another personality of Bruce Banner. On the other hand, could we please get some originality in The Hulk that does not involve the colorist accidentally color-filling a pencil sketch of the Hulk with #D6071B?

I’m sort of holding out hope that Red Hulk will also be Communist-sympathizing Comrade Hulk, but I’m not counting on it. What next on Marvel’s roller coaster of ingenuity? Rainbow Hulk — the flamboyantly homosexual side of Bruce Banner? "You’re making me horny. You wouldn’t like me when I’m horny."

Marvel Goes Red [MTV Movies Blog]

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