Marvel Reveals AVENGERS NOW! Extrem(is) HULK Changes

Hulk #5

In an interview Tuesday with Newsarama, Marvel SVP of Publishing Tom Brevoort hinted that while he isn't getting a relaunched title, the Hulk would be undergoing some significant changes as well during the Avengers NOW! initiative that will bring major changes to Thor, Captain America and Iron Man titles.

In a new interview with USA Today Tuesday evening, Brevoort and Senior Editor Mark Paniccia expanded on those coming status quo changes to the Marvel Jolly Green Giant.

According to USA Today, Tony Stark's use of the Extremis bio-technology to save Bruce Banner after a gunshot to his head gives the Hulk a super-intelligent brain, though causing "side effects."

In August's Hulk #5 by Gerry Duggan and Mark Bagley, the Hulk ponders his new situation and has an epiphany  - he needs to apply his super-intelligence to rid the world of gamma energy, including gamma-enhanced beings like himself, which of course will put him at odds with other gamma-irradiated characters like the Red Hulk and She-Hulk.

"Some of these people are addicted to the power. They've been enhanced long enough that they're used to it and don't want to give it up," Paniccia said. "Hulk fans love seeing big smash-ups and superhuman fights, so we're going to have some pretty epic battles."

In addition to art from Hulk #5, USA Today's piece also includes art from the upcoming Thor and Superior Iron Man and we've included in in the gallery.

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