Hot off of the Hulk’s latest appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Thor: Ragnarok, Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Axel Alonso shared a teaser on Twitter hinting at the return of the Hulk to the Marvel Universe in the pages of Avengers.
The teaser was accompanied by the word “SMASH” in a tweet pointing towards the “No Surrender” story beginning in January 2018 in the now weekly Avengers comic book series.
Bruce Banner himself, Marvel Cinematic Universe star Mark Ruffalo, seems excited about the tease as he shared it from his own Twitter account.
Bruce Banner has been out of commission as the Hulk since the Secret Wars event destroyed and recreated the Marvel multiverse. It revealed in the pages of The Totally Awesome Hulk that Banner’s super-smart sidekick Amadeus Cho had used nanites created with super science to siphon the energy that allows Banner to transform into the Hulk from Banner and into himself. As a result, Banner was depowered and Cho became the new Hulk.
However, as part of their plan to take over the United States for Hydra, Captain America and Erik Selvig caused Bruce Banner to doubt that he was truly cured of the Hulk. Banner began testing gamma radiation on his own body. When the superhero community found out about this, they confronted Banner. The standoff ended when Hawkeye shot Banner with an arrow that Banner had created and given to Hawkeye just in case the Hulk ever reemerged.
But somehow that wasn't the end of the Incredible Hulk.