The recent “leak” of the Hulkbuster 2.0 promotional image from Avengers: Infinity War has rekindled the debate over who will actually wear the armor in the film. Tony Stark is the obvious choice, but many fans believe it will be Bruce Banner donning the iconic suit.
If you pay close attention to the trailer, it’s not hard to see why there is a vocal contingent that are sure Banner will pilot the very suit that was created to stop his berserker rampages. Near the beginning of the trailer, there's a shot of Bruce standing next to the arm of the Hulkbuster armor while in Wakanda, and then later we see the Hulkbuster leap onto the battle field in a very “Hulk” way (also in Wakanda). Then, when you consider that Tony doesn’t appear in any of the Wakanda footage, Hulk in the Hulkbuster seems more and more likely.
To salute the fun possibility that it is Banner in the Stark Industries suit, we've gathered our favorite times in the comics and cartoons that Bruce Banner/Hulk has stunk up some armor. While there is only one instance where he piloted the actual Hulkbuster, there are a number of powerful suits the Green Goliath (and his alternate reality counterparts) have worn over the years.
Hulk Pulls a Trojan Horse
In Avengers Assemble #6 (2012), writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Mark Bagley tell a story where Thanos has come to Earth and stolen a Cosmic Cube. The galactic tyrant is well aware that Earth’s Mightiest Heroes will be hot on his trail, so he makes a deal with the Brotherhood of the Badoon to halt them before they can reach him. He promises the reptilian species a position of power in the galaxy when he reshapes reality.
When a massive Badoon battleship tracks down The Avengers’ Quinjet, they find the heroes have teamed up with the Guardians of the Galaxy. Stark tells everyone else to stand down, while Iron Man and Thor breach the ship alone. As you might expect when Thor is involved, the duo aren't exactly stealthy, and the Badoon are all over them immediately. The Guardians disobey Tony’s order and join the fray, at which point the plan seems to go awry. The Avengers twosome is overpowered and the Badoon are moving in for the kill -- but then the real plan is revealed. It's actually Banner wearing the Iron Man armor and, after stating, “Always wanted to do this,” the Hulk explodes out of red and gold suit in a truly awesome comic book moment!