By TheAcidSkull 8 Comments
TheAcidSkull Rants- A Decent Hulk Villain Is Required.
For some time now I've noticed that Marvel has had some trouble creating decent villains for the Jade Giant, and due to the fact that most of his villains have been either killed off or destroyed, we do need some fresh blood for the Hulk. It's really disheartening for me because creating a Hulk villain isn't particularly that hard to be quite honest with you, and many other marvel Now titles have tried creating new antagonist for the well-know heroes, some have succeed(Gorr from Thor God Of Thunder) and some have failed ( Thunderbolts, Indestructible Hulk). Now my issues are directed towards the Indestructible Hulk series, especially the newest arc. Whilst I enjoyed the previous issues, i felt that this new story had been underwhelming, particularly because it didn't have a good villain, which again, really irks me because the opportunity had been pretty great, Waid just didn't seem to take it. ( no disrespect towards the writer, I'm a fan but his last arc was very disappointing and bad).
Before moving on, I'll briefly summarize how to create villain for a specific character. Having just a really bad guy never really amounts to much, the Villain should always somehow be tied to the hero himself. For example, The Leader is perfect for the Hulk because he's a polar opposite to the Hulk in many ways. Samuel sterns use to be pretty dumb before getting dosed with Gamma Radiation, where as Banner was incredibly intelligent, but after the exposure he became a childish brute. This dynamic works well because the generally accepted concept is that "Brain beats Brawn," the funny thing is that Hulk always wins, because essentially he's pure of heart. The fact that a brute manages to defeat one of the most intelligent villains In the MU is what motivates the Leader, which makes for a great dynamic. Sadly the leader is "dead" ( by dead I mean that he was destroyed by Marvel). You can take ONE specific concept about the hulk and make a villain out of it, the new AGENT OF TIME arc had such potential, but it wasn't able to expand on it, therefore the results were quite terrible.
Despite the fact that Zarrko was the MAIN villain, these time travelers were meant to be pretty serious, so I'm not sure what went wrong here. The Chronarchists generally seemed like a great idea, but it was absolutely wasted. First and foremost, I understand that they were a team, but why not Give different Characteristics? Each Chronarchist felt absolutely the same personality wise, if it wasn't stated that these were not the same people, I honestly would not have guessed. Visually they looked extremely similar, which isn't that big of a deal but it would have been much better to actually have more visual difference other than some minor tweaks. Take a look at yourself.
If these Chronarchists were meant to be this similar why not have ONE specific awesome chronarchist who worked with Zarrko and managed to became an important foe for the Hulk? Which brings me to my next point,I don't mind down to earth villains like the leader, but how can a reader be interested in a villain who is considerably weaker than the hero? And it's not even about power any more, the Chronarchists were absolute weaklings, only the second one managed to put up a fight. Tok was taken out by a gang of kids, and Khotto wasn't even able to KO Bruce Banner. How I am i supposed to believe that these guys stand a chance against Hulk?
Only Valdar managed to use his time powers in order to overpower the Hulk in his own unique way, why couldn't we have more of that? why were we teased with a small squabble only to see the other, and "supposedly" more dangerous Chronarchists be taken out so easily? It just seems like a waste. They didn't even have to be powerful, they could have brought reinforcements from other time periods in order to beat Hulk. Valdar tried that but the fight was was barely more than a panel because the enemies he brought in were merely fodder.
You know what? When you don't plan on using a character, why create him in the first place? Squared Hulk was my biggest disappointment in the series, because he could have potentially become one of the most awesome Hulk villain ever.
For a second imagine: both Bruce and Hulk have feared that some day they may become the ultimate engine of destruction, hence they could possibly destroy everything. But this fearwas directed towards self transformation, as in Banner feared that he would one day become this Monster. Thing is though, Hulk is a hero, so he'd always find a way to think rationally. But now you have a mindless, separate, amped version of the Hulk, who can easily walk all over the original one. And due to Khottos' additional element to the Gamma bomb, he could have gained the power to shift through time. With such abilities, he'd be Hulks ultimate physical enemy, or he couldhave been hulks ultimate enemy, had waid taken the opportunity. Hulk Squared had everything, the design, power, and a connection with Banner. He could have been Hulks evil twin, everything he did would have reflected on the Original Hulk. It would have been emotional, epic, and a great addition to Hulks rogues.
HULK would Laterally be his OWN worst enemy!
Unfortunately this opportunity wasn't taken, and Hulk squared got lost in time. Now whether or no he'll come back is a question I don't know the answer to.
The point of this thread was to elaborate on how we seriously need a new villain, because frankly i'm worried that if they bring in another well-known hulk villain he will be ruined. If writers want to create a good antagonist to the Hulk, they should try and make him relevant, emotional, or really tough in terms of power( He doesn't have to be STRONG himself, he could have powerful henchmen) . Hulk sin't a street leveler, you don't see superman fighting the Penguin do you? Same principle here.