Immortal Hulk #47 proves Earth’s Mightiest Heroes haven’t learned their lesson from Marvel’s Civil Wars as they endanger Manhattan in the worst way.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Immortal Hulk #47 by Al Ewing, Joe Bennett, Ruy Jose, Belardino Brabo, Paul Mounts & VC’s Cory Petit, on sale now.
In the Marvel Universe, the Avengers sure know how to pick a fight. Internal disputes between a few of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes have exploded into universe-wide CIvil Wars twice, and they’ve also feuded with the X-Men, taking an aggressive stand and striking first. While these have made for some of Marvel’s defining modern epics, it’s surprising seeing such experienced heroes resort to violence before doing anything else.
And in The Immortal Hulk #47, the Avengers prove that they still haven’t learned their lesson by jumping into an explosive fight with the Hulk in the middle of Manhattan.
This issue picks up with the Avengers confronting the newly-reborn Hulk outside a bar after he came back from the Below Place. But rather than engage in discussion with this new Jade Giant, Captain America and Iron Man don’t deescalate the situation; they antagonize him, along with several other heroes the Hulk has known for years.
Captain Marvel almost single-handedly caused Civil War II with Iron Man after a brawl with Thanos, but she’s also eager to throw hands, along with Black Panther. They should be responsible enough to know better, with T’Challa understanding how aggression has hurt his kingdom in the past. It led Wakanda to be razed by the likes of Namor and Doom, so we’d expect rationale and logic from such a regal leader.
Most of all, Thor has it in for Hulk and is most willing to get into a scrap. Given his power and the fact there are civilians around, he should be taking the Green Goliath to somewhere else where no casualties or collateral damage can ensue. Instead, Thor — possibly due to Hulk’s infectious rage — goes off the hinges and almost gets himself killed. It’s a childish example to set, and the Avengers arrogantly attack Gamma Flight when they show up to try to calm everyone down. Thor even drops a Hail Mary lightning shot down, carless as to where the bolt might strike after hitting its intended target. His clone did the same and killed Goliath, but the Odinson’s ego here has him more concerned with winning and gloating than protecting the people around the,
Seeing Blade getting swatted away and the Thunder God almost murdered feels like karma for the team’s hyper-aggressive actions that put the public at risk and cast heroes in a bad light. With all this in mind, it’s not surprising to see She-Hulk leave the team, frightened and embarrassed by her colleagues’ actions. While this firmly puts her on Hulk’s team for Immortal Hulk’s endgame, this whole incident shows how immature Marvel’s greatest heroes can still be.
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