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Amadeus Cho: The Marvel Hero's Path from Genius to Hulk

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As War of the Realms sweeps across the Earth, teenage superhero Amadeus Cho is about to play a pivotal role in a new team responsible for defending all of Asia from the otherworldly threat. Created by Greg Pak and Takeshi Miyazawa in 2005's Amazing Fantasy #15, Cho has progressed from a boy with intelligence rivaling Tony Stark and Reed Richards to become the latest Hulk in the Marvel Universe.

As a vital member of two different superteams in the Marvel Universe and boasting both a superior intellect and strength as the Totally Awesome Hulk, here's an overview of the character from a genius on the run to the defender of Asia as a teenage Jade Giant.

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HOW SMART IS AMADEUS CHO?

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Korean-American Amadeus Cho responds to a young genius test put out by the Excello soap company to find young geniuses. Revealed to be a front for the villainous Pythagoras Dupree, Cho is discovered to be the eighth smartest person on Earth, and a jealous Dupree launching an assassination attempt on the teenager to maintain his own ranking. While Cho's parents are killed in the attack, the boy escapes and befriends Bruce Banner who defends him from Dupree's men as the Hulk.

Cho eventually forms a partnership of sorts with the Olympian god Hercules, and the duo first attempting to bring Hulk back to his senses during World War Hulk. After that, the goddess Athena helps Cho defeat Dupree once and for all while alerting him that his sister is still alive. Chosen by Athena to become the next Prince of Power after Hercules, Cho uses his superior intellect to help the heroes of the Marvel Universe the coming of the god Amatsu-Mikaboshi during Chaos War.

HOW AMADEUS CHO BECAME THE TOTALLY AWESOME HULK

Some time after Secret Wars, Cho used nanites to remove the gamma radiation from Bruce Banner's body to empower himself and become a new kind of Hulk. As the latest Green Goliath, Cho and his sister Maddy travel the world to smash all kinds of new threats. Over the course of his adventures, Cho teams up with Thor, She-Hulk, Spider-Man and Old Man Logan before eventually joining the latest incarnation of the Champions.

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After coping with Bruce Banner's death during Civil War II at the hands of Hawkeye, Cho rescues NBA player Jeremy Lin before helping from an impromptu team of Asian superheroes under S.H.I.E.L.D. operative Jimmy Woo. Along with Shang-Chi, Silk and Ms. Marvel, the team stops an attempted extraterrestrial invasion of Earth with the group promising to reassemble if such a need should ever arise.

HOW STRONG IS THE TOTALLY AWESOME HULK?

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Amadeus Cho's ranking among the most brilliant minds on Earth has been a constant debate among the Marvel Universe with initial reports claiming Cho to be the seventh smartest person in the world. Hank Pym would later declare himself smarter than Cho while Banner would theorize that his young friend was actually the tenth strongest before privately confessing he was actually the eighth smartest. As such, Cho is capable of incredible mental calculations on the fly though the extreme mental exertion requires a need for food to compensate for the amount of calories his brain burns through.

As the Totally Awesome Hulk, Cho initially retained his sense of self-awareness and intelligence thanks to nanites throughout his body to manage the gamma radiation coursing through him. After an encounter with the Leader, Cho developed new nanobots to control his more savage nature. In exchange, his overall strength was significantly decreased, resulting in a visibly slimmer appearance though still possessing an incredible amount of superhuman strength.

War of the Realms: New Agents of Atlas #1 is written by Greg Pak and illustrated by Gang-Hyuk Lim. It is scheduled to go on sale this May from Marvel Comics.

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