Bruce Banner, a.k.a. the Hulk, is many things. He’s a brilliant scientist. (Albeit one with an anger issue.) He’s a founding Avenger. According to the MCU, he’s a taco lover. But in
Let me be completely honest with you: this is the first time in my superhero-obsessed life that I’ve actually been
As one of Marvel’s oldest Avengers, it’s natural for a character such as the Hulk evolve through multiple looks. In the comics, the Hulk’s image has ranged anywhere from ruggedly apocalyptic to iconic and destructive, while
To fully appreciate what we’re calling “Hot Hulk,” we have to understand the game’s premise. Because of the events of A-Day, the Avengers—blamed for the catastrophic accident that resulted in widespread devastation—have disbanded. Five years later, a new threat sends Kamala Khan on a mission to reassemble Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Her goal of getting the team back together starts with the Hulk, as she finds Banner in an abandoned Avengers resistance base. And this Banner is one that is down on his luck. He’s lonely, he’s guilt-ridden, and he definitely hasn’t been keeping up appearances.
As Hulk, he displays a disheveled, unkempt, bearded look that shouldn’t be as hot as it is. I mean, maybe it’s due to Troy Baker’s voiceover work or maybe it’s just that the entire vibe is definitely one that tracks with my personal type, but I know I’ve never marveled at my television this way when it comes to “The Other Guy.” Even just as Bruce (perhaps moreso as Bruce), the character displays a rugged, almost casual image, his beard combined with boyish salt-and-pepper floppy hair and wire-rimmed glasses giving him an overall look that indicates more “mature nerd” than “geeky scientist.” And look, nothing against Mark Ruffalo’s geeky scientist. But I am
Lest we get too caught up talking superficially, it’s worth noting that this ruggedly handsome Banner is
Through his rapport with Kamala, Banner works through these struggles, learning to trust himself and open up again. Those moments are quiet and meaningful. They lend a real humanity and weight to a game that, at its core, is about forgiveness and acceptance. And, apparently,
Marvel’s Avengers is available now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia, and PC.