Late in 2021, Marvel announced a new upcoming crossover featuring Hulk and Thor’s ancient rivalry. The event, titled Hulk Vs. Thor: Banner of Warwill be a five-part event crossover between Donny Cates’ Hulk spirit Thor that will be published on April 27th, 2022. It will begin in Hulk Vs. Thor: Banner of War Alpha # 1, but then it will move to each heroes’ own run, in Thor # 25 and # 26, spirit Hulk # 7 and # 8.
Sure, they’ve battled before, but now that Bruce Banner can control Hulk’s rage more easily, Thor will discover the fight will be a lot harder. Of course, other Marvel heroes will show up to assist him, but only time will tell if their efforts will be enough to stop the Hulk. The God of Thunder and Bruce Banner’s alter ego collide once again in this new series that seeks to answer a question as old as comics: who’s the strongest Avenger?
7 Donny Cates Is Already Working With Both Superheroes
Hulk Vs. Thor: Banner of War will be written by Donny Cates, who has been working with Marvel since 2015, where he debuted with Iron Man Presented by DJI # 1. After this, the author worked on Cosmic Ghost Rider, Thanos, spirit Venom.
Currently, Cates is working in Hulk and Thor at the same time, so he’s the perfect writer for the crossover. Before him, only two authors worked with these two superheroes simultaneously: Len Wein in the ’70s and the man himself, Stan Lee, almost a decade before that.
6 This Is Martin Coccolo’s First Time Drawing Hulk & Thor
While this isn’t Cates’ first time with Hulk and Thor, the artist behind Hulk Vs. Thor: Banner of War, Martin Coccolo, has never worked with these heroes before. This Uruguayan artist has been working with Marvel since 2019 and is responsible for pencils in books such as X-Force # 23 and # 24, and Deadpool: Black, White & Blood # 4. In addition to his Marvel work, Coccolo’s bibliography includes series from IDW Publishing, Approbation Comics, and DC.
Coccolo’s work does not include Hulk and Thor yet, but his gallery, full of other characters, is a testament to his commitment to his art, so Marvel fans can rest assured the author will do a great job.
5 Marvel Is Putting Special Attention On The Series’ Covers
In addition to Coccolo’s art, the Hulk Vs. Thor: Banner of War crossover will feature covers by several famous artists, such as Gary Frank, John Romita Jr., and Chrissie Zullo. Hulk # 7 will have a cover by Gary Frank that marks the reveal of Iron Man’s newest armor, the Celestial Hulkbuster.
However, the cherry of the cake for avid collectors is probably Chrissie Zullo’s connecting covers for Hulk # 7 and Thor #25, each of them featuring one of the heroes ready to rumble, mad with an obvious zest for battle. When put together, both comics create a whole image of Hulk and Thor looking at each other before their fight begins.
4 This Crossover Will Feature Iron Man With A New Hulkbuster
Obviously, Hulk vs. Thor: Banner of War will mainly focus on Hulk and Thor as their rivalry develops. However, this series will also include other characters, such as Iron Man, who will join the fight using his newest and most powerful armor (so far), the Celestial Hulkbuster. In the beginning, Iron Man will be on Thor’s side, but soon he’ll realize intervening between these two mighty heroes is far from a good idea.
Of course, this is not the first time an Iron Man armor was entirely designed to defeat the Hulk. However, the Celestial Hulkbuster is Stark’s strongest creation so far, or at least the biggest. In Gary Frank’s cover for Hulk # 7 fans will be able to see the true extent of its might.
3 The Comic Is A Celebration Of These Character’s 60 Years, So Happy Birthday, Hulk & Thor!
In addition to carrying on with Marvel’s tradition of pitting Hulk and Thor against each other, Hulk Vs. Thor: Banner of War is a celebration of the 60th anniversary of both characters. Thor first appeared in Journey into Mystery # 83 in August 1962 by Jack Kirby, Larry Lieber, and Stan Lee. In this issue, he’s portrayed as a god living amongst humans as a disabled man called Dr. Donald Blake after his father decides he needs to learn humility.
Hulk debuted a couple of months earlier, in May 1962, with a comic of his own, The Incredible Hulk by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee, who were inspired by Frankenstein spirit Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. This comic followed the Hulk’s adventures alongside his alter ego Dr. Bruce Banner, who was accidentally exposed to gamma rays after the detonation of an experimental bomb. Although this comic did not last long – it was canceled after six issues – The Incredible Hulk laid the foundation of the Hulk as fans know him now.
2 Hulk & Thor Have Been Fighting Since The Early ’60s
Given that both Hulk and Thor can be counted among the strongest in the Marvel Multiverse, fans naturally wonder who would win between the two. Hulk Vs. Thor: Banner of War‘s creators have promised this event will showcase Thor and Hulk’s most glorious battle yet, but it’s fair to remember these two heroes’ rivalry goes way back. Thor and Hulk were pitted against each other for the first time in 1963, in The Avengers # 3 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.
After this, they fought many times. One of the most iconic confrontations took place during Fear Itself # 5 after the Serpent gave the Hulk the hammer of Zero and turned him into The Breaker of Worlds. Although the God of Thunder won this round, it took all his power to send the Jade Giant flying into orbit. Hulk and Thor’s clashes are so legendary, even the MCU had them battle in Thor: Ragnarok.
1 Banner Of War Will Change Both Hulk & Thor Drastically
Hulk Vs. Thor: Banner of War will kick off in April 2022, but there aren’t many details about its plot yet. However, both Donny Cates and Martin Coccolo have assured fans this event will be major. Apparently, Banner of War will be Hulk and Thor’s most massive fight yet. But, in addition to this, their showdown will have a “shocking impact“on both characters’ futures, according to an official Marvel announcement.
This would not be the first time these two characters have suffered a radical change. Not long ago, in 2015, Thor became unworthy and lost his precious hammer, turning into Odinson. Hulk has also suffered some modifications throughout his time in the Marvel comics. For example, he spent some time working for SHIELD in the last decade. No one knows yet what the future holds for these two heroes, but there’s no doubt Hulk Vs. Thor: Banner of War will rock the Marvel Universe.
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