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You may not like Bruce Banner when he’s angry, but you’ll undoubtedly love this BMW X6 when it gets wet.
It’s the work of German graffiti artist Rene Turrek, who used a blue paint that becomes transparent when exposed to hot water, revealing the (very angry) Incredible Hulk beneath. Think of it as a life-size Hot Wheels Color Shifter.
When Electronic Arts shuttered EA Chicago in late 2007, the plug was pulled on an unfinished Marvel fighting game that had languished in development for some time. The big selling point of the game, as Polygon recounted in this 2013 overview, was the ability for players to wreak havoc on their surroundings, bringing down buildings, statues and elevated trains as the characters exchanged blows. It was so big, the rumor was that the game would be called Marvel: Destruction.
If exposure to gamma radiation just seems too risky, you can still have the body of the Incredible Hulk without running onto a government test range (stupid Rick Jones).
Flex Design Costumes offers a series of full-body muscle suits that includes the Mega Muscle Suit that can give you that hulking physique, if not the associated super-strength. Anger-control issues, presumably, are sold separately. The suit comes in a range of colors, but I imagine green is the big seller, even at a wallet-smashing $3,499.
Those impressive life-size Marvel Cinematic Universe statues will soon be available in North America, for the right price.
Bluefin Distribution has announced an exclusive agreement with Taiwan’s Beast Kingdom Toys to offer a lineup of 1:1-scale fiberglass replicas that includes the Hulkbuster, Hulk, Iron Man Mark XLIII, War Machine and Thor from Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America from Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Iron Man Mark XLII and Iron Patriot from Iron Man 3.
While the Incredible Hulk may be well-suited for battling alien invaders, gamma-irradiated rivals and the occasional Army battalion, he’s not really equipped to handle the day-to-day tasks that even those of us without anger-control issues find frustrating. Like a lengthy to-do list.
It’s been said the Hulk acts like a baby as he reverts to his base instincts, but now one artist has actually transformed the Green Goliath into one.
Artist Ron English recently completed a mural in New York City called Temper Tot that depicts Hulk as a baby — or a baby as the Hulk, depending on how you look at it. Behind the baby Hulk is an American flag collage that English calls his Propoganda series. An earlier version of the piece can still be seen on the Lower East Side on Mulberry Street.
By and large, people outside Japan can’t fully understand how big Mobile Suit Gundam is. In some ways, it’s a cultural equivalent to American superheroes — and now one artist has melded the two.
Aburaya Tonbi created renditions of Marvel’s Avengers (including Spider-Man) in the style of Mobile Suit Gundam, albeit in a chibi style. Robot versions of Avengers have been made before — even ones loosely inspired by Gundam — but Campbell’s renditions hit at authenticity, while also being cute.
After revealing the first series in its new line of Avengers: Age of Ultron Cosbaby bobbleheads last week, Hot Toys is back to tease the next two waves, which, yes, include Black Widow and Hawkeye.
There’s still no sign of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, however.
Hot Toys has unveiled its Avengers: Age of Ultron 1/6th-scale Hulk figure, which features a new head sculptures to reflect changes to the characters design in the upcoming Marvel Studios sequel.
The Hulk Deluxe Collectible Set boasts two newly developed angry and screaming head sculpts with rolling eyeballs, a specially painted muscular body with more than 20 points of articulation, an interchangeable non-articulated “Hulk smash” pose upper body, and two pairs of interchangeable palms.
Ever wonder how superheroes stay in shape? And more importantly, ever wonder how you can get into superhero shape? Well, now we have some tips from the fitness enthusiasts of the NR Project.
Headed up by Neila Rey, the NR Project describes itself as an “independent fitness resource” to make fitness accessible and fun. To that end, they’ve created visual workouts themed after 29 superheroes, including Superman, Captain America, Batgirl and The Hulk.
Striking a tone somewhere between Napoleon Dynamite and Revenge of the Nerds, Ari Fararooy’s short film “The Incredible Hulk Hands” follows a nerd who turns the tables on his tormentors after he discovers a pair of magical items discarded in an alley: toy Hulk Hands.
That’s the entire plot, but I haven’t really spoiled anything, as the fun is in the execution. Everything from the cinematography to the music to the acting (by members of the sketch-comedy groups The Jasons and Momma Outta Bullets) works perfectly here, resulting in a fun — and funny — little film.
The BanHunLek metal workshop in Thailand specializes in creating hand-crafted art out of used auto parts. We’re not talking the quirky little figures your eccentric uncle threw together using a few discarded spark plugs, a bolt and those stick-on googly eyes. No, these are mind-blowing scrap-metal sculptures ranging from Batman and R2-D2 to classic Iron Man and the head of Gollum.
However, the most spectacular creation may be — oh, heck, it is — this highly detailed, and seemingly life-sized, Incredible Hulk. Check out the images below, and find more pieces on the BanHunLek Facebook page. Just don’t tell the WGN news team; they won’t be able to handle it.
The problem is that heroes win. Episodic storytelling can only get away with formula for a short amount of time before something has to change, and if there’s one constant to mainstream comics, it’s that the heroes should win. Maybe not all the time, but eventually.
When heroes lose, it bums us out. I’m not saying comics called “Magneto” or “Sabretooth” don’t sell well, it’s just they’re not going to sell as well as one labeled “Wolverine.” As readers, we come to see our heroes face a peril they will eventually overcome. Marvel’s Civil War and Dark Reign were great examples of the heroes ostensibly losing the battle, but in time (and a couple of other events later) they would win the war.
With every success our heroes experience, a greater challenge should be on the horizon. No one wants to see Spider-Man fight street-level criminals forever; let’s take him into space! Or put him with the Avengers! And so the stakes rise higher and higher with every foe defeated. Instead of having heroes face bigger and bigger catastrophes — Earth can only be in peril in so times each week — there has to be a different kind of challenge to keep our heroes on their toes and readers on the edge of their seats. So, we change the hero; maybe it’s some new powers, maybe it’s a new supporting cast, maybe we go facelift, costume change or new personality.
Take The Superior Spider-Man: Pretty much all of the above were thrown at Spider-Man to give the character a new look, new cast and new outlook. Stories began focusing less on if Spider-Man was going to win and more on how he was going to do it with Doctor Octopus in control. And because books with Doctor Octopus’ name on the cover won’t likely sell as well as those with Spider-Man’s, there’s little risk in making the switch for a while to see if it shakes things up. The old status quo eventually returns, and everyone feels like they got a little vacation.
Probably the best example of the personal shake-up is the Hulk. He’s somewhat of a cottage industry of protagonists in himself. He has tons of supporting characters, and some of the most important ones to the Hulk mythology are those in his own head.
WARNING: Some talk of Hulk #6, so please grab a copy and read along!
Even superheroes need to go to the doctor once in a while. And in an inventive advertising campaign from stock photography agency Shutterstock, they’re prescribed a host of medicinal cures.
Created with illustrator Ryan Quickfall, Shutterstock’s RxMen offers treatment for “comically exaggerated ailments” some heroes might experience. From Cerebrex migraine meds for Professor X to Purple Smash mood-swing remedies for the Hulk to Noiroprine insomnia spray for Batman, there’s something for just about any super-sufferer. If symptoms persist, please consult Night Nurse.
A few months back Utah-based freelance designer and comics artist Jake Parker revealed a series of Marvel characters he drew–Captain America, Wolverine and Iron Man among them — for his followers to enjoy. At that time, he asked readers to suggest other characters to add to the series. The past week and this week he revealed Spider-Man and Hulk pieces he completed in response to feedback.
It is particularly interesting to see how Parker uses one dominant color to tie each piece together with the respective characters’ costumes.