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Hulk vs. Thor - Banner of War to decide the strongest Avenger after 60 years

Hulk vs. Thor: Banner of War #1
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Update: Hulk and Thor will collide in 2022 for what writer Donny Cates calls "the $^@#&%! craziest fight that Marvel Comics has ever seen" for a title bout that will last at least five rounds across the ongoing Hulk and Thor titles, as well as a tie-in one-shot, all written by Cates with art from Martin Coccolo and covers by Gary Frank.

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Titled Hulk Vs. Thor: Banner of War, the story will kick off on April 27 with Hulk Vs. Thor: Banner of War Alpha #1. It continues in May with Thor #25 and Hulk #7, and then in June with Thor #26 and Hulk #8, the five-part story's conclusion.

"Well, I was a little surprised that Marvel approached me to write this, if I'm being honest. I'm mostly known for writing very small, very quiet, intimate comics, so I had to—ha!! Sorry. Couldn’t keep that up!" Cates jokes in Marvel's announcement. "Yeah, this is gonna be bonkers as hell, guys. We’re going to break everything! Happy birthday, Hulk and Thor! Hope you enjoy massive amounts of violence!" 

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This April, Hulk and Thor will collide for what's shaping up to be the match of the century in a knockdown, drag-out fight akin to their arena battle in the movie Thor: Ragnarok, courtesy of writer Donny Cates and artist Martin Coccolo, and Marvel is teasing just a little bit of what that will entail with a pair of images from Coccolo.

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Though the publisher states full information on the Hulk vs. Thor bout-to-knock-the-other-guy-out is coming on December 23 (perhaps something of an early Christmas present for Hulk and Thor fans), for now the pair of images tease 'Hulk of War' and 'Banner of Thor' as the presumptive titles for the two parts of the story to arrive in April.

Cates, the current ongoing writer of both Hulk and Thor, previously teased the battle, saying that as the first person to write both Hulk and Thor at the same time since Stan Lee penned their original adventures, he would be "remiss" not to take the opportunity for a crossover. 

(Cates is actually the second person to write both titles simultaneously since Lee, as Len Wein did both in the late '70s.)

What's more, 2022 marks the 60th anniversary of the debuts of both Hulk and Thor - a fact Cates is all too aware of, having stated in that same interview that he plans to deliver "the $^@#&%! craziest fight that Marvel Comics has ever seen" to mark the occasion.

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Marvel is wasting no time getting into their April 2022 plans, the Hulk vs. Thor showdown included, with the teaser coming hot on the heels of the publisher's just-released March 2022 solicitations - though that's par for the course as in recent times Marvel has rarely been the type to hold back when letting fans in on their future plans.

Stay tuned to Newsarama for more information on Marvel's big Hulk vs. Thor plans, coming on December 23.

Hulk and Thor are just two of the many iconic Marvel characters who debuted in 1962, and who will celebrate their 60th anniversaries in 2022.

I've been Newsarama's resident Marvel Comics expert and general comic book historian since 2011. I've also been the on-site reporter at most major comic conventions such as Comic-Con International: San Diego, New York Comic Con, and C2E2. Outside of comic journalism, I am the artist of many weird pictures, and the guitarist of many heavy riffs. (They/Them)