General Thaddeus E. " Thunderbolt " Ross (also known as Red Hulk ) is a fictional character who appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics . Ross, the archenemy of the Hulk , is a United States military officer , the father of Betty Ross , ex-father-in-law of Glenn Talbot , father-in-law of Dr. Bruce Banner, and was head of the Gamma Bomb Project that turned Banner into the Hulk. After the creation of the Hulk, Ross pursues the creature with a growing obsession, and after learning that Banner and the Hulk are one and the same, Ross hunts Banner as well. In 2008, Ross was transformed into the Red Hulk in order to better combat his nemesis.

He was portrayed by Sam Elliott in the film Hulk and by William Hurt in the films set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe .

Thunderbolt Ross first appeared in The Incredible Hulk #1 (May 1962), and was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby as a nemesis for the Hulk. He was a reappearing character throughout this series. His character origin was revealed in The Incredible Hulk #291. The Red Hulk first appeared in Hulk vol. 1 #1 (January 2008) where he was created by Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuiness , but his identity as Ross was not revealed until later. He starred in this full series of 5 volumes. The origin of Red Hulk was revealed in Hulk #23.

Hulk, Volume 4: Hulk vs. X-Force by Jeph Loeb Hulk, Vol. 4: Hulk vs. X-Force (9780785140535.

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