Red Hulk (English: Red Hulk ) is an alias used by different characters in Marvel Comics , especially Thunderbolt Ross and Robert Maverick .

The first incarnation of Red Hulk (also known as Rulk )  first appeared in the Hulk series that debuted in 2008.  The story of 2010’s “World War Hulks” reveals that this being is General Thunderbolt Ross of the United States Army , the father-in-law and longtime nemesis of the original Hulk , Bruce Banner. The story reveals that the AIM organizations and Intelligence gave him the ability to transform into the Red Hulk, and that he did this in order to better fight the original Hulk.

The origin of the second Red Hulk appears in the 2017 issue of USAvengers . The four-star general, Robert Maverick , is selected for his genetic profile to create a being that is “halfway to a hulk.” A device called the Hulk Plug-In, created by Avengers Idea Mechanics (a legitimate technology company created from the remnants of the defunct Advanced Idea Mechanics supervillain organization ), is implanted in Maverick’s wrist. When activated, it turns him into a variation of Red Hulk for about an hour every day and a half. Unlike the Thunderbolt Ross version of Red Hulk, Maverick retains his mustache in his Hulk form and wears his sunglasses. He joins the USAvengers.



Thunderbolt Ross first appeared in The Incredible Hulk #1 (May 1962) and was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby as a nemesis for the Hulk. Red Hulk began appearing as a regular character in Avengers vol. 4, from issue #7 (January 2011) through its final issue #34 (January 2013). His popularity resulted in him being used as a main character in the 2012 Thunderbolts series by Daniel Way and Steve Dillon.


Marvel editor Mark Paniccia described the Red Hulk as “absolutely uninhibited, tactically intelligent”, while writer Jeph Loeb said “The Red Hulk is the kind of Hulk we haven’t seen before—a thinking, calculating, brutal weapon-toting kind of Hulk.”

To further distance the character away from the original: “Everything the Green Hulk isn’t, the Red Hulk is. Except, of course, for his powers which are identical. And he looks the same, except he’s red. And he’s the same size. But other than that, they’re complete opposites.” The character has abilities almost identical to those of the Hulk. The character can also emit heat at will from his eyes during non-enraged periods and can augment power levels by absorbing various types of energy, such as gamma radiation and the Power Cosmic.


Ross is the Air Force general in charge of Bruce Banner’s gamma bomb project. His daughter, Betty, takes a liking to the young scientist, deepening Ross’ dislike for the “weakling”. After Banner’s transformation into the Hulk, Ross spends years chasing the monster, becoming obsessed enough to commit treason by allying himself with the Leader, MODOK, and the Abomination to destroy the Hulk.


The Red Hulk is an antagonist to the Hulk.


Thunderbolt Ross is the father of Red She-Hulk. He is affiliated with the US Air Force, together with the Hulkbusters, Offenders, and the Thunderbolts.

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