By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)
Ever since we saw a glimpse of it on the Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe TV special on ABC, everyone has wanted to see the Hulkbuster armor in action. We finally got to see it hold its own against the Hulk in the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer that leaked/premiered last week, and the internet went wild for it. We even covered a guy building his own for cosplay purposes!
If you haven’t seen the Hulkbuster in all it’s glory, then please have a look at it in the trailer. If you have seen the trailer already, then just watch it again– it’s a seriously fantastic film teaser!
What is the Hulkbuster?
As the name implies, the Hulkbuster was designed to do one thing: bust the Hulk. Originally premiering in Iron Man issues 304-305, vol. 1, part of ‘Crash & Burn’ by Len Kaminski and Kev Hopgood, the suit is an add-on to Modular Armor Tony Stark was wearing at the time. It’s a suit he wears on top of his standard armor that amplifies Iron Man’s strength, at the cost of mobility and agility.
Stark created the suit because he was accused of stockpiling gamma bombs. That’s a big no-no in the eyes of the Hulk who was created (cursed?) by accidentally being exposed to the gamma rays of a detonated gamma bomb, that he himself invented. Stark anticipated that the Hulk would come knocking and his normal suit would not suffice. Obviously, this was all just a misunderstanding, and eventually the two made up and disposed of the armory together. This was when Banner’s mind was in control of the Hulk’s body.
Ever since its debut, the armor was a huge hit with the fans, and it’s gone on to show up in cartoons like the Iron Man animated show in the mid-1990’s, Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, and Ultimate Spider-Man. It’s even an unlockable character in The Incredible Hulk video game.
How Does it Fit Into Avengers: Age of Ultron
Tony Stark seems to piss off everyone in the Age of Ultron trailer, and the Hulk is no exception. It’s unlikely that Stark is tied to any gamma-ray bombs in the film, and the fight will almost certainly be more personal. This past August, director Joss Whedon spoke about introducing it in Age of Ultron and said:
The Hulkbuster is from after my time [as a reader], but even I knew what a big deal it was. It makes sense, because there’s no one who can really go up against Hulk, but more importantly, those guys are best friends, so what that battle is and what it means is fascinating to me.
Marvel has been known to pit its heroes against each other over misunderstandings all the time. The first Avengers film introduced us to that concept in films, but from the sound of it, I don’t think this drag out fight between Tony Stark and Bruce Banner will be just a misunderstanding. And from what we’ve heard, it may take place in the beginning of the film.