Now, there are a whole lot of reason to love the Hulk - especially when he's being played by the ever-charismatic Mark Ruffalo, in the large-scale explosion of awesomeness that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
After all, he's not simply a superhero - he's a force of nature. One that just so happens to reflect the wild, uncontrollable side of our own individual humanity, a complex, Freudian psychological conception of identity in giant and not-so-jolly green fashion .
Also, it's super-cool when he smashes stuff.
When it comes to just what that lovable rage-monster can do, though, the MCU has so far made it pretty clear that he's a pretty straightforward guy, physically speaking.
In the Marvel Comic-Book Universe, though, His Incredibleness has a whole lot of powers we haven't really seen fleshed out on the big screen. With Hulk's potential future MCU adventures in mind, then, we thought we'd take a look at 10 of his more interesting abilities...
1. You REALLY Wouldn't Like Him When He's Angry
After all, the angrier Hulk gets, the stronger he gets. The exact relationship between the two is a little fuzzy, but the general gist of it is pretty darned straightforward: if you make him mad, he only gets stronger - and since he can lift around 100 tons when calm, that's a dangerous game to play.
Which, when you think about it, makes professional-irritant Tony Stark the absolute worst person to try to stop him smashing stuff.
2. No, Seriously, DON'T Make Him Angry
Y'see, not only does the Hulk get stronger as he gets angrier, there's also no documented limit to that strength.
I mean, back in Secret Wars, he lifted an entire freaking mountain, and those things aren't lightweights...
3. Also, He Can Deafen You With His Bare Hands
Yup, that's right - not only do Hulk's signature 'Thunderclaps' act as seriously explosive attacks, they also have the ability to completely deafen people.
Even - or, in fact, especially - Wolverine...
4. ...And He Can Jump Into Space
After all, jumping really high may be good enough for (long-time Captain America-foe) Batroc the Leaper, but for the Hulk, nothing less than being able to physically jump into the outer-freakin'-atmosphere is good enough.
5. He's Basically an Asteroid When He Lands
After all, the sheer force of momentum that a gigantic green rage-monster has when hitting the ground following an atmosphere-stretching leap like that is...pretty darned large.
No wonder, then, that Hulk has the ability to turn regular earth into a giant gaping whole with one simple landing...
6. He Also Has a Wolverine-Level Healing Factor
Sure, Hulk's pretty much invulnerable, but it's still possible for him to be horribly injured. When that happens, though, he still has a kick-ass healing factor that can kick in, providing him with Wolverine-levels of speedy healing, with non of the short, bad-tempered hairiness that tends to accompany it in Canadian X-Men.
7. He Can Totally Breathe Underwater...and in Space
That's right, not only can the Hulk basically not die - which, seeing as he was created by a nuclear explosion, kind of makes sense, I guess - he's also able to breathe underwater - he has a special gland - and survive in some of the toughest environments known to man.
Throw him into the vacuum of space, or onto the highly-pressurized sea floor, and he'll bounce back alive and well...if seriously pissed off. And we already covered how bad an idea it is to piss him off, right?
8. Also, He Can...See Ghosts?
Yup. That's a thing. It all comes from Bruce Banner's incredibly messed up relationship with his father - which apparently led to Banner Jr's transformation into the Hulk including the ability to see ghosts, due to his overwhelming fear of his dad returning to haunt him.
Suggesting, along with a whole lot of other things, that Bruce probably isn't a big fan of Father's Day.
9. He Can Also See Doctor Strange's Astral Projection
Crucially, whether or not the good doctor wants him to or not. After all, Strange's astral form is a pretty darned mystical power, so for all that he's a-ok with The Hulk seeing him in it in the image above, you've got to imagine it'll be a pain in the ass the first time he just wants to sneak past the guy...
That being said, who else is now completely up for Mark Ruffalo (and the Hulk) playing a supporting role in Doctor Strange...?
10. You Can Totally Captain America Him
Yup, that's right - you can freeze the Hulk in ice, and, as Iceman once found out, he'll be just fine once he thaws out. It's all part of a high level of durability that also explains his ability to be blown up, thrown into outer space and beaten to a pulp by giant Hulkbuster armor, without all that many consequences.
Or, in other words?