The Hulk and Wolverine are two of the most popular characters in the history of Marvel. Because Logan debuted in The Incredible Hulk #180 (with his first full appearance coming in the series’ next issue,) these two heroes have always been linked together. Fans have often wondered which one of them is stronger. The two characters have clashed on plenty of occasions but that hasn’t quelled the curiosity of fans who want to see these popular heroes duke it out again. But, alternatively, some fans have often wondered what it would look like if Marvel somehow combined the Hulk and Wolverine into one being. Surely, someone with the powers of the World-Breaker and the most famous subject of Weapon X would be unstoppable but this idea had always been nothing but a dream.
At least, that had been the case until release of The Totally Awesome Hulk #21. In this issue, fans met Weapon H, an amalgamation of the Hulk and Wolverine (a Hulkverine, if you will.) Since then, Weapon H has become his own hero; he has his own series now and he’ll also be featured in the upcoming Hulkverines miniseries. Already, the character has made his mark in the Marvel Universe and he's even teamed up with Captain America. Weapon H is still a new character; he’s barely a year old, so he still has plenty of time to grow. That being said, he’s proven he’s arguably more dangerous than Wolverine and stronger than the Hulk. We’ve listed some of the top reasons the Hulkverine surpasses his source material.
15 MORE DANGEROUS THAN WOLVERINE: MONSTROUS SIZE
When it comes to the differences between Weapon H and Wolverine, size does matter. Logan is one of the most dangerous characters in the Marvel Universe. But, let’s face it: he’s small for a superhero (by some estimates, he’s 5’3.) While Logan has fought, and defeated, some of the MU’s nastiest monsters, he can’t match them in size.
That shortcoming doesn’t apply to Weapon H. The Hulkverine is an imposing beast who can physically stand toe-to-toe with monsters like Wendigo and Man-Thing (the battle with Wendigo is a nostalgic throwback to the first time the Hulk and Wolverine met). Weapon H has defeated both of these creatures in fights reminiscent of classic monster movies.
14 STRONGER THAN THE HULK: DIFFERENCE IN EXPERTISE
Bruce Banner is one of the smartest men in the Marvel Universe. He has applied his genius-level intellect to various fields of science and medicine. That being said, this intelligence doesn’t necessarily help him when he’s the Hulk. While the Gamma Green Giant can apply Banner’s knowledge as needed, it isn’t always applicable to the situations he finds himself in.
With Clayton Cortez’ expertise from his time as both a soldier and a mercenary, Weapon H can use directly this intelligence in the field. Cortez is an expert hand-to-hand combatant, which makes Weapon H an even more formidable adversary. Due to the differences in the fields Banner and Cortez have mastered, Weapon H is stronger than the Hulk.
13 STRONGER THAN THE HULK: CONTROLLED TRANSFORMATIONS
The Hulk is famous for many reasons; for example, he’s known for his classically anger-based transformations. In other words, Bruce Banner often (helplessly) transforms when he gets mad. “You won’t like me when I’m angry,” the character has said on many occasions. However, this required anger is one of the Hulk’s worst limitations (for this reason, the causal link between Banner’s anger and his powers has been softened over the years).
Because Weapon X left most of Cortez’ brain intact, he can transform at will. Cortez doesn’t need to get angry to bring out the monster within. This ability makes him even more powerful than the Hulk.
12 MORE DANGEROUS THAN WOLVERINE: WEAPONS EXPERT
In some versions of Wolverine’s backstory, Logan fought in several wars, which makes him knowledgeable about strategy on the battlefield, after all, it’s hard to replicate that first-person experience. But Clayton Cortez, the man beneath the monstrous Weapon H, has a more expertise from his history as both a soldier and a mercenary.
Cortez worked with the Eaglestar Corporation, which sent him on various morally dubious missions. Regardless, this job, and his military training, gave Cortez extensive weapons training, and it made him a masterful hand-to-hand combatant. In some ways, Logan may have more knowledge because he’s been around for a long time. But Cortez’s training shouldn’t be underestimated.
11 STRONGER THAN THE HULK: MINDFUL MONSTER
The stereotypical version of the Hulk makes him out to be a mindless monster. At his best, the Hulk is an intelligent monster; he’s a combination of Banner’s scientific genius and the anger-driven beast within. But, sometimes, writers make the split between Banner and his other half pretty black and white -- there’s the brilliant scientist and the unthinking creature. As a result, when the monster comes out, the Hulk is sometimes portrayed as a mindless giant.
Thankfully, Weapon H is an upgrade over the Hulk in this regard, too. Weapon H can think for himself -- he’s in control of his actions and he can make his own decisions (unless he’s controlled by the evil scientists’ nanites, which had temporarily been the case).
10 STRONGER THAN THE HULK: DEEPER WELL OF ANGER
Bruce Banner received his powers as the result of a freak accident. While the Hulk is often driven by his anger, he doesn’t inherently have people to blame for his powers or, in some cases, misfortunes. However, Clayton Cortez can directly point the finger at Weapon X. Their scientists experimented on him, which, as Logan can attest, is a pretty brutal experience.
Cortez wasn’t a willing participant -- he was captured and sold to the highest bidder, Weapon X. Cortez’s life, as he knew it, was taken from him by these scientists so he arguably has a deeper well of rage than Banner. Revenge can be quite an effective motivation and Cortez has it in spades.
9 MORE DANGEROUS THAN WOLVERINE: AUTONOMOUS WEAPON
When Wolverine was first subjected to experiments in the Weapon X program, it’s far to say that, immediately afterwards, he wasn’t thinking clearly. In some versions of the story, Logan emerged from the testing chamber as a wild animal who destroyed anyone in his path while he tried to escape the facility (one scene in X-Men: Apocalypse adapts this part of the “Weapon X” story arc from Marvel Comics Presents).
Then, there’s Weapon H, a controlled monster who is able to think for himself. This time around, Weapon X kept the subject’s mind intact so that, unlike Wolverine, they could keep him in line. Unfortunately for these evil scientists, history likes to repeat itself.
8 STRONGER THAN THE HULK: SUPER SPEED
The Hulk is called the World-Breaker for a reason. Some writers have gone so far as to say that the Hulk’s strength is unmatched. However, as strong as the Gamma Green Giant is, some versions of the character are also fairly slow, which brings up the classic strength versus speed debate (in the comics, the Hulk has shown that he has super-human speed. This power hasn’t carried over to the movies, though).
Weapon H, due to the presence of DNA from the members of the Weapon X subjects, isn’t limited by his size. He’s impressively massive, strong and fast. This distinction is certainly an upgrade over the Hulk and, overall, Weapon H is the complete package.
7 STRONGER THAN THE HULK: POWERS NOT TIED TO ANGER
Forgive us for contradicting ourselves a bit here. Cortez can pinpoint his rage to Weapon X and Eaglestar. While this thirst for revenge can be a driving force, Weapon H’s powers aren’t tied to his anger. We’ve already discussed how this effect impacts his ability to transform. Unlike Banner, Cortez can transform at will. In other words, he can always access his powers.
Banner, at least traditionally, needs to get angry to use his strength. Weapon H would be significantly weaker if he shared this trait with the Hulk. But, thanks to the presence of Wolverine’s DNA (and that of the other Weapon X subjects,) Cortez can always tap into his powers.
6 MORE DANGEROUS THAN WOLVERINE: TAKES OUT STRYKER
For a long time, Marvel fans craved the opportunity to see William Stryker get his comeuppance at the hands of Wolverine. In some continuities, Stryker was responsible for the pain Wolverine endured at the hands of Weapon X scientists. The former colonel is also known for his time with the Purifiers. All around, Stryker is one of the most nefarious villains in the Marvel Universe.
As much as fans have longed for Wolverine to get his revenge, he’s never taken Stryker out himself (in the comics.) Weapon H managed to do so shortly after his debut, even though, by then, Stryker was a cyborg. Still, Cortez managed to settle the score in a way that Logan never could.
5 STRONGER THAN THE HULK: MONSTER ON A MISSION
We don’t mean to keep harping on the stereotypical, unintelligent version of the Hulk but at his worst, the Gamma Green Giant is a wrecking ball. The Hulk can have tunnel vision -- point him in a direction or at a target and he’ll take it out. Being driven by anger narrows the character’s focus and limits his ability to think freely. Once again, Weapon H diverges from his source material.
Cortez, when powered up, can still think for himself. Once he earns his freedom, he chooses his mission: He wants to take out all of Eaglestar’s bases. When diversions come up, like the character’s adventure with Captain America, Cortez is able to stray from his path as needed.
4 MORE DANGEROUS THAN WOLVERINE: MORE WEAPONS
Here, Weapon H’s upgrade over Wolverine is a simply a matter of math. Wolverine has an Adamantium-plated skeleton and claws made of the metal. X-23 has a slight advantage due to her foot-claws. Weapon H, on the other hand, has Adamantium jutting out of his back, shoulders and legs. Due to the fact that he has more ways to directly weaponize his Adamantium, Weapon H is more dangerous than Wolverine.
Logan’s claws may be more feared because he’s proven that he can do some serious damage with them. But Cortez has more weapons than just two claws. Once he gains more experience using them, look out.
3 STRONGER THAN THE HULK: EASIER TO TRUST
Sometimes, when a new comic book character debuts, they’re kept in a bubble, of sorts, until they establish themselves. Then, they’re incorporated into the greater universe, whether it’s Marvel or DC. This trend did not hold true for Weapon H. He debuted on a big stage -- Wolverine and his Weapon X teammates, along with the Totally Awesome Hulk, Amadeus Cho, interacted with the new character right away.
Then, Weapon H teamed up with the First Avenger himself, Captain America. Steve Rogers initially thought Cortez, when powered up, was a typical monster but Weapon H quickly proved him wrong. The two heroes subsequently worked together to fight the Skrullduggers (By comparison, the Hulk sometimes struggles to shake his teammates’ distrust).
2 MORE DANGEROUS THAN WOLVERINE: WEAPON H COCKTAIL
When you hear the name “Hulkverine”, it’s logical to assume the character is strictly a combination of the Hulk and Wolverine. This mash-up would have made many young Marvel fans ecstatic in the heyday of both characters. Now, the amalgamation is a fun exploration that can be appreciated for its craziness but though the name suggests otherwise, Weapon H is more than a Hulk-Wolverine mash-up.
He also has the DNA of Wolverine’s Weapon X teammates: Domino, Lady Deathstrike, Sabretooth and Warpath. As a result, Cortez inherited Domino’s “luck powers” and super-speed, which may have come from any of them. Weapon H is a mortal melting pot for these legendary subjects of Weapon X and this variety gives Cortez an edge over Logan.
1 STRONGER THAN THE HULK: ADAMANTIUM SKELETON
The Hulk is, for all intents and purposes, indestructible. He’s endured extremely high temperatures, nuclear bombs, and the vacuum of space (one version of the character, the Maestro, even survived being utterly destroyed, as he managed to regenerate himself from a pile of powder). Needless to say, the Hulk is quite durable. Therefore, Weapon H doesn’t need an Adamantium-plated skeleton.
But he has one! Having Adamantium on his bones makes Weapon H truly imperishable. The combination of the Hulk’s body type and the same treatment that Wolverine’s skeleton received might be overkill. Still, it seems like nothing could ever leave a scratch on Cortez’ monstrous other half, let alone significantly damage him.