Spoiler alert: Marvel reportedly kill off a major Avengers character in a new issue of the Civil War II crossover comic book series.
The third issue of the Marvel comic is out this week and follows recent film Captain America: Civil War, released in May.
New York Daily News reports that issue #3 sees Hulk’s human alter ego, Dr Bruce Banner, killed by an arrow to the head shot by Hawkeye, his Avengers companion.
in “Civil War II” #3, out Wednesday — a demise more shocking because it’s courtesy of an arrow to the head from Hawkeye, his Avengers teammate.
“This is uncharted territory for us,” Marvel Editor in Chief Axel Alonso said of the news. “Only two things are for certain: it will take a long, long time for our heroes to come to terms with his loss, and the circumstance surrounding his death will leave a huge scar on the superhero community.”
“Fans may be outraged, and there are probably Hawkeye writers who I’m very good friends with who will also be offended,” said Brian Michael Bendis, Civil War II writer. “But the point is that everything that happens in this issue is in character when you discover the hows and whys and wheres… We’ll let people argue about it.”
Bendis dismissed the idea that the death is just a publicity stunt. “Right now I can tell you this is the real deal,” he added. “I can’t speak for the future, I honestly can’t, who knows what will happen? But I already have plans for the body [in upcoming issues].”
Bruce Banner made his Marvel debut as The Incredible Hulk in Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s comic of the same name in 1962.
In 2015, Korean-American teen genius Amadeus Cho was introduced as a new Hulk alter-ego.