The Transformations of the Hulk (also known as "Hulk-outs") are one of the main features of stories dealing with the Hulk. They are found in the comics, movies, or television series. They can also be found in special appearances like in TV commercials or spoofs and parodies.
The Marvel Super Heroes (1966) Edit
The first Hulk-out outside of the comics occurred in the opening to the Incredible Hulk segments of this animated series. It begins with green circles radiating out of "Doc Bruce Banner". In pain, he turns away from the viewers, clutching his chest. After the circles disappear, Banner becomes so green and bulky that his shoes disappear, and his shirt rips apart. Finally, the scene cuts to the Hulk's "un-glamorous" and unhappy face.
TV series (1978–1982) Edit
In the television series The Incredible Hulk, when Dr. David Banner's eyes turn greenish-white (see photo), Banner begins his metamorphosis into the Hulk (which almost always happens twice per episode). During this metamorphosis Banner's shirt is torn open. Often, his shirt splits open along his back. Accompanying Banner's torn shirt is often torn shoes, and ripped pants. Usually, during the metamorphosis, half of Banner's pants is torn off, with the other have left remaining. Then when the transformation is complete, the Hulk sometimes removes the ripped shirt, and aggressively thrusts it at the ground.
In later interviews, producer Kenneth Johnson explained that the white eyes were partly intended as a work around to the limited special effects technology available at the time; showing Banner with the white eyes allowed the writers to signal the metamorphosis to the audience without having to show it in its entirety. Over the course of the series there were many examples where the white eye effect would be shown immediately before Banner was thrown into an enclosed space, only for the Hulk to break free moments later.
After various failed attempts at creating the effect of Banner's clothes tearing during the Hulk-out, Kenneth Johnson settled on putting shirts that were too small onto Lou Ferrigno, which were scored with a razor blade along the seams so that when he expanded his muscles they would rip open.
On many occasions, Ferrigno's body/stunt double, Manny Perry (fellow bodybuilder), would rip open the shirts instead of Ferrigno himself. This was never explained by the production team at any point.
YouTubers "Sniper Is Spy" and "Zac's Hulk Page" coined a phrase for the Hulk's transformations back to Banner as "reformations".
Bruce Banner trips over a bucket, as he stumbles down the hallway. He continues to stumble down the hallway using the wall for support after growing into frustration. His eyes begin to turn green and he screams. His watch pops off his wrist and he stumbles onto the opposite wall. His back pants pocket rips, showing a part of his underwear, and his wallet falls out landing by his left shoe. Bruce's feet begin to grow wider and stretch his shoes and then they enlarge in length, tearing the shoe and lower pants and exposing his big green toes. He then stomps his right overgrown foot on the ground. His bones and veins wiggle and his ankles widen, just as both his feet turn green. He tries to walk while his entire body is growing and his torso becomes so large that he tears his shirt and turns into the hulk.
Banner's face begins to turn green after he begins to crush Talbot's hand. He jumps onto his hands and knees and Talbot is thrown onto Banner's couch. Bruce quietly growls as green begins to spread around his face. He looks at Talbot, and his head completely turns green and starts to widen a little bit. He groans as his forehead stretches also. Banner slams his fists onto the floor, causing the entire room to shake. His neck and hands turn green as his right hand and right muscles begin growing. He stands up, and then his left hand grows. He flexes his biceps and abs just as his pants rip off, showing his underwear, and his shirt rips off. A minute later he gets out of the house and continues to transform, and gets even bigger and a sock rips off.
Transformation 3 Edit
Bruce Banner wakes up inside a water tank from a nightmare, triggering his transformation. His eyes and face start to turn Green. All of his skin turns green. His body and muscle are growing. his mask pops off and the1.n the straps on his legs, body, and arms rip. He becomes so big he bursts out of the water tank.
Transformation 4 Edit
His eyes and face turn green. One of his arms breaks free from Handcuffs. His body grows, causing his shirt to break and shred.
Transformation 5 (end scene) Edit
Banner's eyes turn green, and his pupils shrink. The camera turns above his head, then it zooms out above the rainforest. The screen fades to green and the Hulk roars.
The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! (2010–12) Edit
In the season one intro, a Hulk-Out occurs on the line of the theme song that goes, "Tormented and attacked". It begins with a close-up of Banner's eyes becoming green and bloodshot. The camera zooms out and rotates around him, as he screams, crouches, and changes. Once the transformation completes, the Hulk rises and gives a roar. Among all 52 EMH episodes, five actually show Banner becoming the Hulk (through animation differing from the intro), while four show the Hulk reverting.
The Avengers (2012) Edit
Transformation 1 Edit
After a hypnotized Hawkeye attacks the Hellicarrier, with Banner and various other crimefighters inside, Banner struggles to remain calm. Black Widow tries to repress his anger by swearing on her life that she will get him to safety, but he calls out, "Your life?!" in a monstrous tone. Banner winces as his chest and arms turn green, and rip apart his shirt. As he continues to transform, he falls to lower ground and groans. He gives a worried glance at Widow, before he completely changes both physically and mentally into the savage Hulk.
Transformation 2 Edit
As the Leviathan chases Iron Man, Captain America encourages Banner to "get angry". Banner boasts to Cap that he is "always angry". He proceeds to make a quick transformation (with the usual skin turning green, height and muscle size increasing, and clothes ripping away), then slow down the Leviathan with a punch.
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) Edit
Transformation 1 Edit
The first transformation Banner makes in this movie gives a rare look at him changing back from the Hulk. Black Widow calms Hulk down, then he stumbles around until he shrinks back into Banner.
Transformation 2 Edit
Banner's first Hulk-Out in this movie occurs offscreen, after Scarlet Witch brainwashes him.
Transformation 3 Edit
Black Widow makes Banner transform again by throwing him into a chasm. As he falls, he changes off screen once more, then jumps back up as the Hulk.
Television Commercials Edit
In a Tylenol commercial, a man on a computer starts transforming into the Hulk as the spokesperson narrates. He destroys his computer and keyboard.
In a Fruitella commercial, a man in an office makes a similar transformation to the one in the 1970s show, but he turns red, then he goes to the middle of the office and roars.
TV Show Parodies Edit
In the 1980s TV show The Young Ones, there is one episode where Neil gets angry at the fact that no one likes him. At that point, he, you guessed it, turns into the Hulk and beats everyone up. By the next few seconds he is normal again.
Saturday Night Live has a recurring series of sketches called "The Rock Obama", in which President Barack Obama becomes Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, and attacks any politicians who make him angry. The transformation consists of stock footage of The Rock's muscular and tattooed back ripping through a white dress shirt, his left foot tearing through a leather shoe, his chest splitting open the front of the shirt, and finally him rising up and roaring. The third of these sketches also has First Lady Michelle Obama become "She-Rock Obama". Her transformation has her grow so big that her dress rips, her feet tear out of her high-heeled shoes, and her neck pops apart her pearl necklace, before she also gives a roar.