The Hulk’s alter ego, Bruce Banner, is no more in the latest issue of Civil War II, after being killed off and replaced by a Korean-American teenager called Amadeus Cho.
Banner, who was first introduced as the Hulk in 1962, is killed in the new comic by one of Hawkeye’s arrows, and Cho will take over as the alter ego of the character.
“This is uncharted territory for us,” claimed Marvel’s editor-in-chief Axel Alonso. “Only two things are for certain: It will take a long, long time for our heroes to come to terms with his loss, and the circumstance surrounding his death will leave a huge scar on the superhero community.”
Just last week, Marvel revealed that Iron Man’s Tony Stark would be replaced by a fifteen-year-old black girl, Riri Williams, and the two new character replacements this month act as Marvel’s next stage of creating social justice and diversification within the comic books.
“For all the people who seem really excited about Riri Williams, who’s going to take on the role of Iron Man, there were letters over the course of the week, which all said, ‘I am a long-time reader, I’m 50-something years old, why are you destroying all the characters that I love? I can’t find a character that looks like me anymore,'” said Marvel’s Senior VP Tom Brevoort. “But the fact is you still don’t have to throw a dart to find a white male character in our publishing line.”
Within the past few years, Marvel has also made a female Thor and a black Spiderman, and the company has also taken to publishing comic books that include captions such as “[A lot of misogynistic filth]”, “[Red Pill MRA Meninist Casual Racism]”, and even “[Unsolicited Opinions on Israel???].”
“Fans may be outraged, and there are probably ‘Hawkeye’ writers who I’m very good friends with who will also be offended… But the point is that everything that happens in this issue is in character when you discover the hows and whys and wheres,” said Civil War II writer Brian Michael Bendis. “We’ll let people argue about it.”