Two powerful X-Men once combined forces to take down the terrifying threat of an enraged, rampaging Hulk possessed by an outside force.
While the Hulk is a hero and a founding member of the Avengers, he can be one of the most terrifying beings in the Marvel Universe. When he was possessed by Onslaught in The Incredible Hulk #444 (by Peter David, Angel Medina, Robin Riggs, Richard Starkings, and Comicraft) it took a combined effort by the X-Men Cable and Storm to bring the Jade Giant down.
The villainous entity known as Onslaught was born from the combined powers of Professor X and Magneto. It’s power was incalculable and the resulting battle between it and all of Earth’s heroes was one of the most catastrophic in history. For such a power to possess the Hulk is unthinkable. The Hulk is already virtually unstoppable and to be possessed by a being such as Onslaught could potentially mean the destruction of the entire planet if left unchecked.
The Incredible Hulk #444 begins with the possessed Hulk being chased by Storm as he flees with her unconscious teammate Cable. The two mutants try their hardest to get through to Hulk but to no avail. The situation deteriorates further and further as Cable takes more and more of a beating from Hulk. Knowing that Onslaught must be purged from Hulk at all costs, the tactical mutant strategist develops a last ditch plan. If Storm can strike Hulk with a powerful lightning bolt at the exact same time that Cable attacks with a telepathic assault, the hope is that the two X-Men would be able to “restart” Hulk’s brain for a few seconds, ridding his mind of the psionic intruder.
The plan was a success as the combined attacks rendered the Hulk unresponsive for several seconds. Another combined effort between the two X-Men managed to bring the Green Behemoth back to consciousness, but not before Cable laments that they might have actually killed him. Historically, the Hulk has demonstrated a regenerative ability that is on par with that of Wolverine, and a level of durability that makes him almost entirely invincible.
An interesting possibility to entertain is whether or not the MCU version of the Hulk would be able to be killed in a similar matter by the two mutants. While the X-Men have not officially debuted in the MCU, they have been represented in their own line of films. Storm in the X-Men films has shown that she possesses all of her amazing power from the comics, and Cable from Deadpool 2 was as powerful as he is in the comics. While Cable’s psychic powers were not put on full display in his only film appearance, there’s no reason to believe that he doesn’t have them. Hulk in the MCU has proven to be incredibly strong, but also more fallible than his comic book persona. If Storm and Cable teamed up and managed to attack the MCU Hulk as they did the Onslaught-possessed Hulk, it is highly likely that they would attain a similar victory.
In all reality, there is a very slim chance that Storm, Cable and Hulk would meet in such a manner in the films. If all of the heroes did meet up in the films they probably wouldn’t be fighting each other. Furthermore, in the event that they did come to blows, neither Cable nor Storm would have enough knowledge of the Hulk to come up with such a tactic. It is a plausible plan, but highly unlikely to occur within the confines of the MCU.
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