Who Will be Marvel's Totally Awesome Hulk?
Marvel Comics' post-Secret Wars facelift continues with the announcement of "Totally Awesome Hulk" and the reveal that it will not be Bruce Banner transforming into the green guy when the book premiers this fall. So who will it be? Marvel has dropped a couple of hints by saying that the new Hulk loves being the Hulk (compared to the ever-tortured Banner), while the name itself, "Totally Awesome Hulk", seems to suggest a more fun-loving, goofy character. In other words, it's not going to be Daredevil. Plus, series author Greg Pak has revealed that the new Hulk loves to talk. So Blackbolt is out. Who could it be then? Here are our top picks!
Could the Merc with a Mouth become the Hulk with a Mouth? Deadpool has a big mouth, loves to joke around, definitely uses language like "totally awesome", and would presumably love the power surge that goes along with being the Hulk. He seems to fit the mold pretty perfectly, except for one caveat: The way Marvel currently does business. Fox owns the rights to Deadpool, and with the character's movie hitting theaters in February, is Marvel really going to promote him by attaching him to one of their most-anticipated new series? Somehow we doubt it.
Hawkeye has always been a big talker, and a sarcastic one at that, with a chip on his shoulder. The size of that chip was reduced somewhat in Matt Fraction's excellent and quirky run with the character, which saw Hawkeye become even more jokey in his dialogue. He also has a long history of feeling underpowered and inadequate compared to the company he keeps, even going so far as to take on the Goliath identity in the 60s to better compete with the Thors and Iron Mans of the world. So it seems to us that Clint would very much enjoy the power of being the Hulk.
While Odinson doesn't really fit the talkative description alluded to by Marvel, he would definitely enjoy being the Hulk now that he no longer has the power of Thor. Plus, there is one minor detail about the new Hulk that he matches up with better than anyone else. In the promo image for the new Hulk, in addition to having his face blacked out, the lower half of his left arm is also censored. Why is this significant? Because Odinson recently lost half of his left arm and had it replaced with a metal one. While we're not convinced it's him, the arm thing could simply be a pretty striking coincidence, after all. Unless of course there's nothing special about the arm and Marvel is just trying to throw us off the trail.
Gun to our head, this is our pick for the man behind the monster. Super genius Cho loves to talk, has a sarcastic streak, and has a history as a close ally of the Hulk, whose powers he seems to have a strong understanding of. Cho was also created by series writer Greg Pak, and even coincidentally shares a last name with series artist Frank Cho. He also seems likely to gain a raised profile at Marvel after his mother, Helen Cho, showed up in Avengers: Age of Ultron out of nowhere to play a significant role in an already crowded film. Plus, we're willing to bet money that the new Hulk will not be another white male given Marvel's recent moves to diversify by changing the race or gender of Spider-Man, Thor, Captain America, and Wolverine in recent months, and Cho's identity as an Asian-American seems to fit with their current strategy.
Totally Awesome Hulk is released this fall