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Super Power: How Hulk and Thing Match in Super Strength (Film, TV and Comics)

 

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In The Incredible Hulk (1971) #135, Hulk performs a super strength feat. Hulk punches through time to World War I. Marvel Comics.

IN GODS, MONSTERS AND INFINITE POWER

HULK AND THING ARE MARVEL’S TWO STRONGEST MONSTERS

In 1962, Marvel comics features its historic first crossover between its characters. In Fantastic Four (1962) #12, the Hulk meets Thing and the Fantastic Four for the first time! In a clash of titans, Thing and Hulk battle to save Rick Jones who was kidnapped by the Wrecker.

In fact, since the 1960s, Thing and Hulk have been rivals and celebrated as equals. However, the Hulk-Thing rivalry changed over time, when it became clear that Hulk is a force of nature that dominates most fights, but Thing has a brave heart that will not back down.

Though in the 1980s, mutations in Thing’s abilities and the transformation into Grey Hulk favored Thing. In Fantastic Four (1988) #320, Doctor Doom manipulates the two monsters into fighting against each other. Incredibly, Thing defeats Hulk.

Let’s look at how Thing’s and Hulk’s super strengths match against each other across various media.

 

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TV: THING MATCHES A HULK WITH MEMORY LOSS IN SUPER-STRENGTH

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From 2013 to 2019, Marvel ran five seasons of Avengers Assemble (2019) on Disney XD. Importantly, the long-running show has been celebrated as one of the best Marvel cartoons. And it is well deserved. It featured important story arcs every season about the Avengers, even ending with a Black Panther story arc in season five.

Perhaps, the best Hulk moment of Season 1 was Hulk’s Day Out. In the episode, Hulk crashes to Earth with a message of doom. Importantly, Hulk has a memory loss and the Avengers must reconstruct his last 24 hours.

In a brief fight, it appears both fighters in the strength and durability departments are evenly matched. Really, their strength is so evenly matched that they lock arms and Captain America must use his shield to separate them.

In the end, the scuffle is a tie.

TV: HULK KNOCKS OUT THING TEMPORARILY



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Really, Fantastic Four: The World’s Greatest Heroes (2006) attempted to change the FF status quo. Though the series ran for only eight episodes from 2006 to 2007, ScreenRant commended its strong tone and eccentricity.

Particularly, episode 4 featured a powerful battle between the Fantastic Four and the Hulk. True to the comics, Thing appeared as the more skilled fighter though Hulk showed superior brute force.

Initially, both fighters are matched. However, Hulk actually becomes more savage by smashing Thing with cars and finally stomping him with Thing lifting a car above his head. At the same time, Invisible Woman and Human Torch have to step in in order to help.

In the end, with a trick taken from the comic, Mister Fantastic defeats Hulk with an ultrasonic device that reverts him to Bruce Banner.

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FILM: THING CAN LIFT THE LONDON EYE

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Though Fantastic Four: Rise of The Silver Surfer (2007) received mixed reviews from critics and audiences, the general consensus is that it was superhero spectacle with a convoluted plot and insufficient characterization for its villains.

Perhaps, one of its least celebrated moments is the London Eye scene towards the beginning of the movie. Early on, Mister Fantastic is able to calculate the Silver Surfer‘s next cosmic phenomenon on Earth. Then, the Fantastic Four are off to London.

When a crater forms in the River Cruise, London is threatened and the FF must save the London Eye: While Thing supports the London Eye, Invisible Woman prevents people from falling and Mister Fantastic anchors it.

Importantly, the London Eye weighs 2100 tons. Over nine feet in the air, Thing generated 185409000 Joules of potential energy, for a City-Block Level feat.

FILM: HULK CAN STOP THE LEVIATHAN WITH A PUNCH

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Really, Marvel’s The Avengers (2012) sports some of the best cinematic action. Perhaps, the movie is the best superhero movie of all-time. And it is well deserved.

In the final battle, the Avengers finally assemble in order to face Loki and the Chitauri invasion in New York City. When the situation seems hopeless, Hulk saves the day!

Certainly, Hulk’s Leviathan Punch is one of the greatest cinematic moments. In order to stop the three million tons monster travelling at the speed of sound, Bruce Banner changes into the Hulk instantly delivering a titanic punch that stops the monster in its tracks. Then, Iron Man blows it with a missile.

With 1.764735*1014 Watts of power, a Mountain-Level of Super Strength.

COMIC: THING BENCH PRESSED THE HYDRAULO-PRESS

In Fantastic Four (1969) #92, Thing performs the classic hydraulo-press feat. Marvel Comics.

Visit Super Power Explained: 5 Feats That Show The Thing Can Bust A Planet for the explanation of Thing’s Planetary-Level feats.

In addition, SEE Thing, ‘Fantastic Four’ Vol 1 92.

COMIC: HULK CAN PUNCH THROUGH TIME

In The Incredible Hulk (1971) #135, Hulk performs a super strength feat. Hulk punches through time to World War I. Marvel Comics.

For the most part, Hulk has gone through different incarnations over the comic book ages. During the Bronze Age, Hulk was in top form. Though his power regularly fluctuated, the Jade Giant seemed to have higher peaks.

WATCH my video titled Power Level Wiki Preview: Classic Hulk Performed A Light-Speed Punch To Time Travel.

HULK SUPER-STRENGTH LEVEL:

INFINITE

Super Strength: Infinite 100%

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THING SUPER-STRENGTH LEVEL:

MULTI-PLANETARY

Super Strength: Multi-Planetary 50%

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LINKS

Fantastic Four Vol 1 12 in Marvel Database.
Clobbering Times: A History of Hulk vs. Thing Battles in CBR.com.
Fantastic Four Vol 1 320 in Marvel Database.
Every Animated Version Of The Avengers, Ranked in ScreenRant.
Hulk’s Day Out in IMDb.
Every Adaptation Of The Fantastic Four, Ranked From Worst To Best in ScreenRant.
Episode:Hard Knocks in Marvel Animated Universe Wiki.
Leviathans in Marvel Cinematic Universe Wiki.

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Super Power Explained: In The Marvel Universe, Class 100 Heroes And Villains Who Are More Powerful Than Hulk

In 'Incredible Hulk' (2007) #102, World War Hulk puts a serious beatdown on Hercules.
 

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HULK IS THE STRONGEST THERE IS

In 'Incredible Hulk' (2007) #102, World War Hulk puts a serious beatdown on Hercules.
In Incredible Hulk (2007) #102, World War Hulk puts a serious beatdown on Hercules. Marvel Comics.

In the Marvel Universe, Hulk sits at the top of the powerhouses. Indeed, his dynamic strength, gamma radiation physiology, regeneration and unlimited strength make him the strongest hero. Visit our article on THE Marvel Universe Strength Hierarchy Ranks The Top 10 Heroes And Villains By The Potential For Infinite Strength.

In the massive World War Hulk crossover, Hulk defeated Earth’s powerhouses to conquer the planet. Finally, his rampage was put to an end in battle against Sentry. At the end of the fight, both warriors reverted to their human forms. However, Bruce Banner was the last one standing while Robert Reynolds collapsed. Indeed, proving Hulk is the strongest there is.

However, if strength is one thing, power is quite another. If strength is about raw potential, power is about strength, skill and mastery. Over the years, Hulk has faced foes with overwhelming power who have definitely defeated him. Let’s list heroes and villains who are more powerful than Hulk.

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HEROES AND VILLAINS MORE POWERFUL

DOCTOR DOOM

In 'Incredible Hulk' (2011) #7, Doctor Doom defeats Perfect Hulk.
In Incredible Hulk (2011) #7, Doctor Doom defeats Perfect Hulk. DC Comics.

In the Marvel Universe, no supervillain is more lustful and proud than Doctor Doom. Generally, Doctor Doom does not want to destroy the world. Really, the Baron of Iron intends to rule.

Despite his unlimited strength, Hulk has weaknesses. Among his weaknesses, is magic. Particularly, Doctor Doom is unique for his union of science and sorcery. In fact, he is a powerful mage who once contended as a runner-up for the title of Sorcerer Supreme.

In a battle, Doctor Doom’s invulnerable Armor, mystic blasts and esoteric powers are more than a match for Hulk’s strength. Furthermore, Doom’s super-genius intelligence can definitely exploit Hulk’s lack of intelligence.

In Incredible Hulk (2011) #7, Doctor Doom defeats Perfect Hulk. In the issue, Doom separated Hulk from Bruce Banner creating Perfect Hulk. Later, Hulk returns blaming Doom for the Behemoth having killed Bruce Banner. Soon, a fight follows. Though short-lived, it highlights Doctor Doom’s magic and intelligence advantages.

Definitely, Doctor Doom ranks among the most powerful beings in the Marvel Universe.

COSMIC KING THOR

In 'Thor' (2020) #6, Cosmic King Thor kills Galactus.
In Thor (2020) #6, Cosmic King Thor kills Galactus. Marvel Comics.

Over the years, Thor and Hulk have been considered rivals. Though, Hulk has often been considered the strongest Avenger. At IGN, Jesse Schedeen argues Thor Just Managed to Kill [Spoiler], Proving He Actually Is the Strongest Avenger.

In 2020, Cosmic King Thor dramatically outclassed the competition. During Donny Cates’ run, titled Devourer King, King Thor becomes Cosmic King Thor, Herald of Galactus. To begin, Galactus and Silver Surfer come to Asgard to warn of the Black Winter. To stop it, Thor agrees to become Galactus’ Herald.

However, it comes at a cost. To prepare for the calamity, Thor helps Galactus consume five planets. Finally, the Black Winter arrives. After testing Thor, it reveals the King dreadful visions of the future. In the end, Thor realizes that he must fulfill Galactus’ prophecy: he is the one to kill Galactus. In one powerful blast, Thor throws his hammer at the Star God, incinerating him immediately.

And considering Thor’s godblast is Universal-Level and a fully-fed Galactus can withstand the core of a galaxy. Definitely, at least a Universal-Level of Energy Projection.

Without a doubt, Hulk has the potential for Infinite Super Strength. Though, Thor’s energy projection can deal some serious damage. In a battle, it is a matter of whether Hulk can withstand a Universe-busting attack from Thor.

ENERGY PROJECTION FEAT: UNIVERSAL

Energy Projection: Universal 83%

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ANNIHILATION SILVER SURFER

In 'Annihilation: Heralds of Galactus,' (2007) #2, Silver Surfer absorbs the energy of the Big Crunch to defeat Proemial Gods.
In Annihilation: Heralds of Galactus (2007) #2, Silver Surfer absorbs the energy of the Big Crunch to defeat Proemial Gods. Marvel Comics.

To this day, Annihilation Silver Surfer is the most popular version of the character. For good measure. During the Annihilation event, Silver Surfer and the United Front fight off an invasion from the Negative Zone. To this end, Annihilus aided by Thanos, has imprisoned Galactus to use as a bomb.

In order to face this crisis, Galactus increases Surfer’s power. Though, he tampers with his personality. Back to active service, Silver Surfer becomes a challenger to even Thor post-Annihilation.

Amazingly, one of the Sentinel’s most well-known feats during Annihilation, is his fight against two Proemial Gods. Notably, Proemial Gods derive their powers from the Big Crunch, the end of the universe.

In Annihilation: Heralds of Galactus (2007) #2, Silver Surfer defeats Tenebrous and Aegis. Initially, no match for the two gods, Silver Surfer lays in space badly wounded. Then, he elects to absorb the energies of the Big Crunch. Soon, he fells his foes. Fortunately, Galactus arrives and heals Surfer who is near death.

In the Marvel Universe, Silver Surfer is one of the top energy manipulators. Over the years, Silver Surfer has dominated Hulk in battles. Using the Power Cosmic, the Silver Surfer has often tampered with Hulk’s rage. In effect, calming the monster and reverting him to Bruce Banner.

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VOID SENTRY

In Siege (2010) #4, Thor and the Avengers face Void Sentry.

At Marvel, there have been many Marvel Supermen versions: Hyperion, Blue Marvel, Gladiator and even Sentry. Among them, Sentry has been the most successful. Perhaps, the most powerful Marvel Superman.

What makes Sentry tick is the fact that he is mentally unstable with the overwhelming power of a god. In fact, he has been stated to possess the power of a million exploding suns.

In World War Hulk, Sentry clashed with Hulk’s most powerful version. What resulted, was a thrilling fight with planet-busting punches and a tornado of searing energy blasts. Both characters went all-out. And at the end, only Bruce Banner was left standing.

However, that was not Sentry’s most powerful version. In Siege (2010) #4, Thor and the Avengers faced Void Sentry. As Void Sentry, Robert Reynolds is an abstract being of horrifying power. Moreover, the entity literally thrashed the entire Avengers team. Indeed, only the power of a god – a Thunder God – is able to conquer him. Proving that when push comes to shove, Thor and Sentry rank ahead of Hulk in terms of power.


LINKS

Incredible Hulk Vol 2 107 in Marvel Database.
World War Hulk in Marvel Database.
Incredible Hulk Vol 3 7 in Marvel Database.
Thor Vol 6 1 in Marvel Database.
Thor Just Managed to Kill [Spoiler], Proving He Actually Is the Strongest Avenger in IGN.
Devourer King in Marvel Database.
Annihilation: Heralds of Galactus Vol 1 2 in Marvel Database.
Annihilation (Event) in Marvel Database.
Siege Vol 1 4 in Marvel Database.
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Feat: Hulk, ‘Incredible Hulk’ #54

In 'Incredible Hulk' (2003) #54, Hulk performs a super strength feat. Hulk implodes Abomination's face with a punch.
 

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In ‘Incredible Hulk’ (2003) #54, titled “Welcome To Entropy,” Hulk performs a super strength feat. In New Mexico, Hulk is manipulated by Home Base and Nadia Donorva. In Entropy, Hulk has to battle Abomination. During the fight, Hulk implodes Abomination’s face with a punch.

How much super strength does it take for Hulk to implode the Abomination’s face with a punch?

In 'Incredible Hulk' (2003) #54, Hulk performs a super strength feat. Hulk implodes Abomination's face with a punch.
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HULK PUNCHED THE ABOMINATION WITH 13602858368.4 NEWTONS OF FORCE OR 7891709 PSI OF STRESS.

HULK GENERATED THE EQUIVALENT OF 13602858368.4 JOULES OF ENERGY, 1.237 TIMES THE ENERGY PRODUCED BY NEW YORK CITY IN A DAY, ENOUGH TO DESTROY A LARGE BUILDING.

SUPER STRENGTH FEAT:

CITY

         

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Calculations for Hulk, ‘Incredible Hulk’ #54

Energy of heat of re-entry (Max durability of Abomination) = (1/2)mv^2 = (0.5)(444.52 kg)(7823.2 m/s) = 13602858368.4 J.
Ratio Energy of re-entry/Energy produced by New York = (13602858368.4 J-hr)/(11000000000 J-hr) = 1.237.
(13602858368.4 J)(1 Ton of TNT)/(4.2*10^9 J) = 3.239 Tons of TNT


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Incredible Hulk Vol 2 54 in Marvel Database.
Emil Blonsky (Earth-616) in Marvel Database.
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Metropolis Battles: Hulk vs Wolverine (Hero vs Hero)

 

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SYNOPSIS FOR “VICIOUS CIRCLE”

There is a blizzard and Wolverine and the Hulk are on a collision course. While attempting to land their plane at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, the X-Men Blackbird is intercepted by a familiar intruder.

Wolverine, the leader of the X-Men, must gather his team and investigate a forest fire. As Wolverine is puzzled by the fire and his new leadership, a monster lurks.

In one of the most emotional fights yet, Wolverine fights Hulk!

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THE WOLVERINE HUNTS GREY HULK!
In 'Incredible Hulk' #340, Wolverine hunts down the Hulk who sneaks up behind him.
In ‘Incredible Hulk’ (1988) #340, Wolverine hunts down the Hulk who sneaks up behind him. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

Enter the two contestants at the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport. On the left side is Grey Hulk and on the right side is Wolverine, leader of the X-Men.

Let’s look at the stats.

HULK – EARTH-616
SUPER-STRENGTH: CITY
SUPER SPEED: METAHUMAN
DURABILITY: CITY
ENERGY PROJECTION: METAHUMAN
FIGHTING SKILLS: COMBATANT
INTELLIGENCE: CIVILIAN
PARAPHERNALIA
  • BannerTech PDA.
  • BannerTech Shield/Gamma Dome Generator.
  • BannerTech Wrist-Watch Teleporter.
WEAKNESSES
  • Gamma Radiation Draining.
  • Radiation Bombardment.
  • Gas Inhalation.
  • Adamantium and Vibranium Blades.
  • Magic.
WOLVERINE – EARTH-616
SUPER-STRENGTH: METAHUMAN
SUPER-SPEED: WARRIOR
DURABILITY: STELLAR
ENERGY PROJECTION: METAHUMAN
FIGHTING SKILLS: WARRIOR
INTELLIGENCE: LEADER
PARAPHERNALIA
  • Adamantium.
  • Wolverine’s Suit.
  • Motorcycle.
  • X-Men Blackbird.
WEAKNESSES
  • Amnesia.
  • Sensory Overload.
  • Adamantium Allotropes.
  • Drowning.
  • Muramasa Blade.

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THE FIGHT

As Wolverine investigates a fire at Dallas/Forth Worth Airport, Hulk sneaks up on him and attacks him. It turns out the Army had attacked Hulk after the X-Men‘s plane crash. Now, the battle is on.

The battle to decide who is the ferocious animal!

DAMAGE SCALE

In 'Incredible Hulk' #340, Wolverine hunts down the Hulk who sneaks up behind him.

The fight starts out with Wolverine investigating a forest fire at the site of the remains of a truck on fire where Hulk sneaks up on Wolverine and attacks. Wolverine draws first blood and slashes Hulk’s right arm.

WOLVERINE INTERNAL BLEEDING ATTACK: 4 DAMAGE PTS.




On the following page, Hulk hits Wolverine’s sensitive hearing with a thunderclap. Wolverine has a concussion and from there, the fight becomes serious.

HULK CONCUSSION ATTACK: 3 DAMAGE PTS.




Wolverine then goes into Berserker rage and deals Hulk a vicious attack to the thorax, near the heart. Still, Hulk using his healing factors, gets up and keeps fighting. Hulk beats down on Wolverine. Then, Wolverine deals two more attacks to the chest followed with three additional attacks on Hulk’s back. Then, Hulk throws Wolverine into a tree.

WOLVERINE INTERNAL BLEEDING ATTACKS: 20 DAMAGE PTS – 3 PTS HULK HEALING FACTOR (x2) = 14 DAMAGE PTS.
HULK BLUNT FORCE + CONCUSSION ATTACKS = 1 PT + 3 PTS = 4 DAMAGE PTS.


At the end of the battle, Hulk deals Wolverine another Concussion attack. However, the battle ends in a draw when Clay, Hulk’s friend intervenes.

TOTAL


HULK’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

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-19 DAMAGE PTS.

-(19 DAMAGE PTS * 22290000 cal * 4.184 J * 1 Ton of TNT)/(4.2*10^9 J) = -0.42 PTS * Ton of TNT.

DURABILITY: METAHUMAN

WOLVERINE’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

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-10 DAMAGE PTS.

-(10 DAMAGE PTS * 10^11 N * 5 m * 1 Ton of TNT)/(4.2*10^9 J) = -1190 PTS * Ton of TNT.

DURABILITY: STELLAR

WINNER: DRAW

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WOLVERINE IN COMICS

‘The Incredible Hulk’ (1974) #180, titled “And the Wind Howls… Wendigo!”, marks the first cameo appearance of Wolverine in Marvel continuity. As Hulk faces Wendigo, the Canadian Army activates Weapon X to take him down.

The issue was created by Len Wein and Herb Trimpe.

In 'Incredible Hulk' (1974) #180, Hulk faces Wendigo and Weapon X.
‘The Incredible Hulk’ (1974) #180 marks the first cameo appearance of Wolverine in Marvel continuity. AP Photo/Marvel Comics


LINKS

Incredible Hulk Vol 1 340 in Marvel Database.
James Howlett (Earth-616) in Marvel Database.
Incredible Hulk Vol 1 180 in Marvel Database.