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Gamma Radiation

Bruce Banner (Earth-616) from Incredible Hulk Vol 1 1 0005

High-energy electromagnetic radiation that in large doses is lethal to most living beings. During the experimental detonation of a Gamma Bomb, scientist Dr. Bruce Banner was hit with the blast, absorbing massive amounts of gamma radiation. The radiation enhanced his body so whenever he became enraged he changed into the "Hulk".[1] After Jennifer Walters was injured Banner provided his own blood for a transfusion; as they already shared the same blood type and DNA, his radioactive blood, combined with her anger transformed Jennifer into the green-skinned She-Hulk.[2]

American Kaiju

Todd Ziller was a volunteer in the new Super-Soldier process. They could not recreate the serum so used existing transformative substances. The final result included Gamma enhancements, Mutant Growth Hormone, Pym Particles and the Connors Formula. The resulting application of the serum in Ziller's body turned him into a giant reptile similar to Godzilla, for which he was given the alias of "American Kaiju."[3]

Marvel Cinematic Universe (Earth-199999)

Bruce Banner experimented with gamma radiation in hopes of making soldiers immune to radiation poisoning, as per his agreement with Thaddeus Ross, and accidentally turned himself into the Hulk in the process.[4]

The Tesseract is mentioned to emit traces of gamma radiation, leading to the recruitment of Bruce Banner to assist in finding it. When Tony Stark and Banner discuss their relative "handicaps", Stark cites that the Hulk saved Banner's life, because any other human would have died absorbing that much gamma radiation.[5]

Gamma radiation is one of the components of the Centipede Serum, an item designated to give a person superhuman abilities: The rest of the components are the Extremis virus, a variation of the Super Soldier Serum and technology from the Chitauri for injection.[6]

(See Also: Incredible Hulk #1, Category:Gamma Ray Exposure)
  1. Incredible Hulk #1
  2. Savage She-Hulk #1
  3. New Avengers Vol 4 #9
  4. The Incredible Hulk (2008 film)
  5. Marvel's The Avengers
  6. Marvel's Agents of SHIELD

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