Marvel Comics’ Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk is a Marvel Comics miniseries. The series is set in the Ultimate Universe, one of Marvel’s shared universes. It was written by Damon Lindelof, who also co-created Lost, and illustrated by Leinil Francis Yu and colorist Dave McCaig. After Nick Fury hires Wolverine to assassinate the Hulk, who is believed to be hiding in Tibet, the two main characters face the fight. Other Ultimate characters make appearances in the story, as well as the introduction of Ultimate She-Hulk.
It was supposed to be a six-issue, bimonthly series. However, after two issues, the rest of the series was put on hold until Lindelof finished all of the scripts, and the series resumed publishing in March 2009 with a new issue.
Between Ultimate X-Men issues 69 and 71, and before Ultimates 2 issue 11, the storyline takes place. The miniseries is a nod to Wolverine’s first appearance in comics, in The Incredible Hulk #180-182.
Who Is the Incredible Hulk?
The Hulk is a fictional superhero who appears in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The Incredible Hulk was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and originally debuted in the inaugural issue of The Incredible Hulk (May 1962). In his comic book appearances, the character, who suffers from dissociative identity disorder (DID), is primarily represented by the alter Hulk, a green-skinned, hulking, and muscular humanoid with inexhaustible physical strength, and the alter Dr. Robert Bruce Banner, a physically weak, socially withdrawn, and emotionally reserved physicist, both of whom resent each other.
Banner is physically transformed into the Hulk when subjected to emotional stress, at or against his will, following his inadvertent exposure to gamma rays while saving the life of Rick Jones during the detonation of an experimental bomb. This transition frequently results in violent outbursts and disputes, complicating Banner’s civilian existence. The Hulk’s strength is usually expressed as a function of his degree of rage.
The Hulk has been portrayed in several forms, ranging from a mindless, destructive force (War), to a great warrior (World-Breaker), a self-hating defender (the Devil/Immortal), a smart scientist in his own right (Doc Green), and a mobster (Doc Green) (Joe Fixit). Banner’s DID was formed as a result of being abused by his father Brian as a child, and the alters known as Fixit and the Devil/Immortal Hulk first manifested during his childhood, with the Guilt manifesting as a malevolent identity embodying his guilt, shame, and regret towards his father (based on him).
Who Is Wolverine, and Where Did He Come From?
Wolverine (born James Howlett; aliases: Logan and Weapon X) is a fictional character who appears in American comic books published by Marvel Comics, mostly in the X-Men series. He is a mutant with improved physical abilities, animal-like senses, a tremendous regenerative ability known as a healing factor, and three retractable claws in each hand. Wolverine has appeared as a member of the X-Men, X-Force, Alpha Flight, the Fantastic Four, and The Avengers, among other groups.
The character first appears in The Incredible Hulk #180’s final panel before taking on a larger role in #181. (cover-dated November 1974). Marvel editor-in-chief Roy Thomas, writer Len Wein, and Marvel art director John Romita Sr. collaborated in his creation. The character’s clothing was developed by Romita, although Herb Trimpe was the one who originally drew him for publication.
Wolverine then joined a reimagined version of the X-Men, where he would eventually meet writer Chris Claremont, illustrator Dave Cockrum, and artist-writer John Byrne, who would all play important parts in the character’s growth. From September to December 1982, artist Frank Miller partnered with Claremont on a four-part namesake limited series, which debuted Wolverine’s tagline, “I’m the best there is at what I do, but what I do best isn’t particularly nice.”
The Plot of Hulk vs. Wolverine
“I’m the best at what I do, but what I do isn’t particularly kind,” Wolverine says in the prologue. Wolverine wakes up dazed and confused in a mountain crater, asking, “What the hell happened?” He hears a roar in the distance and asks, “What the devil happened?” Suddenly, the Hulk leaps over a cliff and lands in front of him, roaring. “Oh yeah…” Wolverine casually responds.
The tale then flashes back to the previous occurrences. Wolverine had been dispatched by Department H to track down a mysterious beast known to the US military as the Hulk, who was wreaking havoc in the Canadian wilderness. Wolverine noted a poisonous scent as well as the smell of gunpowder when surveying the extent of the destruction to a demolished village.
He was then sent back into the forest to continue his search for the beast. Wolverine discovered a physically thin man sitting and crying at the shore of a tiny lake after a few hours. Wolverine began by inquiring if he had seen the thing, but when he realized he had the same toxic scent as the creature that devastated the village, he began to interrogate him mercilessly. Wolverine continued the interrogation despite multiple warnings until the guy, now revealed to be Dr. Bruce Banner, transforms into the Hulk and sends Wolverine soaring through the air till he lands on the edge of a cliff.
The plot picks up where it left off now that you’ve caught up. The two warriors look to be evenly matched, and they fight until Team X shoots them both with multiple tranquilizers (composed of Deadpool, Omega Red, Lady Deathstrike, and Sabretooth). Deadpool gloats as Wolverine succumbs to the sedative “Greetings, Logan! Deadpool, it’s me! I fired a shot at you…”
A flashback shows Wolverine being kidnapped by Weapon X and his skeleton being bonded with adamantium under Professor Thornton’s orders. They even put his combat skills to the test on a bear. By murdering the troops and slicing Thornton’s right hand, Wolverine was able to flee.
Professor Thornton greets Wolverine after Sabretooth forcibly awakens him in a Weapon X facility (who has replaced his right hand with a clawed prosthetic). They’ve been following the Hulk for weeks, it’s discovered. A flashback reveals that Bruce Banner only became the Hulk after they attacked him and that while his battle resulted in tremendous property damage, the Hulk deliberately attempted to save as many innocent bystanders as possible.
Professor Thornton informs him that he will erase Banner’s personality and utilize the Hulk as a weapon, similar to how Wolverine’s memory would be wiped. Lady Deathstrike is warned by Professor Thornton not to kill Wolverine. Professor Thornton, on the other hand, is slashed in the back by Sabretooth as the two of them attempt to kill Wolverine. Wolverine defeats the two members of Team X and frees Banner.
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