The Hulk 
The Hulk is rare among Marvel superheroes in that his powers are a curse, not an advantage. When rage overcomes Dr. Bruce Banner and he turns into a green monster many times his original size, it is not to fight evil or defend the American way, but simply to lash out at his tormentors. Like the Frankenstein stories that are its predecessors, "Hulk" is a warning about the folly of those who would toy with the secrets of life. It is about the anguish of having powers you did not seek and do not desire. "What scares me the most," Banner tells his only friend, Betty Ross, "is that when it happens, when it comes over me, when I totally lose control, I like it." Ang Lee's "Hulk" (the movie's title drops "the") is the most talkative and thoughtful recent comic book adaptation. It is not so much about a green monster as about two wounded adult children of egomaniacs. Banner (Eric Bana) was fathered by a scientist (Nick Nolte) who has experimented on his own DNA code, and passed along genes that are transformed by a lab accident into his son's hulkhood. Betty Ross (Jennifer Connelly) is his research partner; they were almost lovers, but it didn't work out, and she speaks wryly of "my inexplicable fascination with emotionally distant men." Her cold father is General Ross (Sam Elliott), filled with military bluster and determined to destroy the Hulk.
hulkish history: The character of the Hulk first appeared in 1962 in a series of six Marvel Comics written by Stan Lee and drawn by Jack Kirby. After appearing here and there in other stories, the Hulk earned the right to inhabit his own comic book by 1968. That series ran until 1999 (474 issues). A new series quickly followed and continues publishing to this day. The creature evolved over the years (he started out gray and nocturnal), and became a central figure in the Marvel Comics universe alongside Spider-Man, Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, X-Men and The Fantastic Four. Two popular made-for-TV movies in the late 1970s inspired CBS to turn The Incredible Hulk into a weekly series starring Bill Bixby as Dr. Banner, and two-time Mr. Universe Lou Ferrigno as his inflamed, emerald-hued id. It ran until 1982. Years later, Bixby and Ferrigno reprised their roles in three TV movies aired on NBC. Cartoon versions of the Hulk have made it to the small screen on three occasions, once as a segment of Marvel Superheroes (1966), the second as half of The Incredible Hulk and the Amazing Spider-Man (1982) and finally in a short-lived 1996 series. 041b061a72