The Hulk is one of the most powerful characters in the Marvel Comics Universe, and throughout the long history of Hulk’s existence, there have been many versions even more powerful than the standard Hulk we all came to know and love. Most versions were savage in nature but with strength and stamina uncapped beyond impossible limits. However, there have also been versions of the Hulk that merged with separate entities imbuing the Hulk with different types of power. One such version of the Hulk was the so-called “Blue Hulk,” a short-lived but albeit powerful iteration of the character. Due to this, we’ve decided to bring you everything we know about Blue Hulk, including his origin, powers, and abilities.
Blue Hulk is the version of Hulk that came in contact with the Uni-Power, an enigmatic force that bestows the powers of Captain Universe upon individuals, so Blue Hulk is actually the Captain Universe version of the Hulk. Blue Hulk appeared in Captain Universe: Incredible Hulk (2006) and helped Gilbert Wiles deal with A.I.M., who wanted to harvest the Uni-Power for villainous purposes. Blue Hulk doesn’t seem to be stronger than your standard version of Hulk, although, in theory, Blue Hulk would have the powers of Hulk and Captain Universe combined.
To understand the origin of Blue Hulk, we need to analyze the whole storyline and how Hulk found itself on the radar of such a mysterious force. If you’re interested in all the details, stay with us!
Uni-Power possessed countless Marvel heroes to some degree over the years
Before we explain who or what Blue Hulk is, we need to explain the concept of Uni-Power. Uni-Power is an enigmatic energy source that originated from the dimension outside our own known as the Microverse. The Microverse was supposedly engineered by giant beings simply known as The Makers. The Makers are similar to Celestials in terms of their power. However, it remains unclear what kind of contribution the Makers had to create the Uni-Power.
The Microverse itself appears to be a microscopic version of the Universe that rests within our own Universe, and if the concept is hard to wrap your head around, you should be aware that the Microverse is home to countless other species and civilizations.
The Uni-Power is, at its core, just another offshoot of the Enigma Force and the manifestation of the fundamental energy that permeates the Microverse. What makes Uni-Power similar to other “powers” within the Marvel Universe is the fact that Uni-Power can merge with other individuals and bestow upon them the powers of “Captain Universe.”
Many Marvel characters over the years carried the mantle of “Captain Universe,” among the first was Doctor Gilbert Wiles, who later came to study the force to unlock its secrets and use it for the good of mankind.
Uni-Power created Blue Hulk for a short time because it needed help
The story of Blue Hulk is directly tied to the Uni-Power hence our lengthy intro explaining it. Blue Hulk first appeared in Captain Universe: Incredible Hulk (2006). We can see Bruce Banner exploring the wilderness in an attempt to distance himself from civilized society in order to avoid doing harm to other people. Bruce accidentally steps on a bear trap, and the sudden injury and sharp pang of pain trigger Hulk’s transformation. Hulk is ready to wreck chaos when a blue floating orb approaches him and manages to calm him down.
The Uni-Power explains the purpose of the visit, and it needs Bruce’s help to locate Gilbert Wiles. Even though the Uni-Power is extremely powerful, it’s still not powerful enough to locate a single individual in New York City. The only reason why the Uni-Power managed to locate Bruce was the fact that he emits gamma radiation, a unique biological signature. Uni-Power refused to elaborate further on why it needed Gilbert in the first place, but Bruce, now carrying the Uni-Power, made his way to New York to locate the Doctor.
Arriving there, Gilbert explained everything he knew so far about the force, but the problem was Gilbert worked for A.I.M., which attempted to harvest and utilize Uni-Power for nefarious purposes. In the middle of their conversation, a hidden A.I.M. agent attacked Banner and Wiles, carrying a weapon capable of separating the Uni-Power from the being with which it bonded.
In the aftermath of the attack David Garrett, Wiles’ business partner, was killed. The Uni-Power, at that moment, bonded with Hulk again, resulting in yet another Blue Hulk transformation. In his Blue Hulk form, Hulk easily dispatched the A.I.M. robots and dealt with the danger. However, a large mess was left behind, and Wiles, confident that his innocence regarding the incident would come to light, refused further help.
This was not the case, and Wiles ended up in prison. Bruce was forced to contact Matt Murdock, aka Daredevil, so he could defend Wiles in court. Later, the Uni-Power abandoned Hulk and bonded with Daredevil granting him enough abilities to defend Wiles and temporarily restore his sight.
What are Blue Hulk’s powers and abilities?
Blue Hulk should, in theory, be strong and durable as in his default form but should also have access to all powers that Captain Universe has, even though it’s important to note that Uni-Power has a different effect on people that it bonds with. For example, by bonding with Bruce Banner, Uni-Power had the ability to suppress Hulk’s persona for a time and calm him down, and with Matt Murdock, the Uni-Power was able to restore his sight.
In general, Uni-Power grants some abilities by default, such as so-called “Uni-Vision,” a type of cosmic consciousness that gives its wielder the ability to sense things on a sub-atomic level. Another notable power is matter and energy manipulation, which allows Captain Universe to transmute one substance into another or to change an object’s shape.
Blue Hulk was strong enough to dispatch A.I.M. robots easily and to deal with dangers. However, he failed to demonstrate other powers and abilities strictly tied to Uni-Power. Due to a complete lack of feats in this issue, it’s hard to say exactly how powerful Blue Hulk is compared to other Hulk versions or wielders of Uni-Power, for that matter.
To summarize everything, Blue Hulk is a version of Hulk that bonded with Uni-Power for a short time. Most notably, it turned the Hulk’s skin blue and suppressed the Hulk persona for a short time.