Bruce Banner is about to undergo a procedure for his gamma radiation project, which he researched and developed himself and with the help of his girlfriend Betty Ross. The project is funded by the military and under supervision of Betty's father, General Thaddeus Ross. Under pressure to gain the approval of Betty's father, Banner wants results. Thinking that the project can save the lives of soldiers and with the military budget close to an end, Banner is determined to continue with the procedure.
While seated, Banner is monitored and exposed to 15 seconds of gamma radiation at level 1. With no effects after the exposure at level 1, Banner manually sets the radiation higher without approval of Betty. The results are unexpected as Banner turns into the hulk and tears the place up. Betty as well as a few graduate students get hospitalized due to the destructive powers of the Hulk.
Three days later, General Ross tries to convince Banner into releasing the power within for more research. But Banner, blaming himself and Ross for what happened, runs away. Ross tries to stop him and sends his men after him, but Banner is able to leave the building disguised as a cleaner.
Trying to get away from Ross, Banner eventually jumps in the back of a truck until they arrive at the Canadian border control. The truck is searched and they find out Banner is wanted in Virginia. When they try to arrest him, Banner gets angered and throws the truck away as the Hulk. After the incident, Ross arrives and finds Banner's watch.
For months Banner is now able to stay under the radar. Until he finds a lost young boy Miguel in the jungles of South America and helps him to find his home. But once arriving at the mansion, a terrorist cartel surrounds him, thinking he is a American spy. Banner is then brutally questioned by the cartel leader Espinoza.
Meanwhile not far from the mansion, Emil Blonsky, Bill Mantlo and Greg Pak are making their way through the jungle and are set to capture Espinoza alive. When they get close, they are taken under fire and they jump to the ground. Then an explosions follows, coming from the cartel's position, followed by a incoming flying jeep crashing nearby Blonsky's team.
Not loosing sight of his mission, Blonsky moves forward to the mansion, thinking that the guards will be distracted. When he arrives, the mansion seems to have been under heavy attack, yet Blonsky is unable to find any trace of explosives or shells from the enemy. He finds out that Espinoza is dead together with all his men. The only survivor was Miguel, but the boy's explanation doesn't make any sense to Blonsky.
That was the last time Genaral Ross got any intelligence about Banner. Knowing Banner could now be anywhere he sits at his desk trying to connect all the pieces together to track him down.
- Bruce Banner/Hulk
- General Thaddeus Ross
- Betty Ross
- Bruce Banner's Father (mentioned)
- Emil Blonsky
- Greg Pak
- Bill Mantlo
- Plant Manager
- Willowdale, Virginia
- Quebec, Canada
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Maryland (mentioned)
- Paris, France (mentioned)
- Venice, Italy (mentioned)