Incredible Hulk’s Father
Brian David Banner is Robert Bruce Banner’s father. He was alcoholic and abusive. Overall, Brian Banner was neither a good father nor a loving husband. Brian’s ghost even haunted Bruce Banner.
Brian Banner’s Early Life
As a child, Brian Banner and his mother were physically and emotionally abused by his father, Bruce Banner. As a result of the abuse, Brian believed that his father possessed a monster gene. For some reason, this led to the belief that he himself had inherited this evil gene from his father. Brian David Banner promised himself that he would never have any children. He did not want too transmit this monster gene to his future children.
During college, Brian Banner met his future wife Rebecca. They fell in love at first sight. After gaining his PhD in physics, Brian found a job working for the government in Los Alamos. His job was to develop an environmentally friendly way to produce nuclear energy. The project was very stressful and Brian Banner began to drink. The drinking led to alcoholism and anger issues. He often lashed out at others and became paranoid. He thought he had been affected by trace amounts of radiation. This belief mixed with with his childhood monster gene theory did not help his anger and drinking problems. The fatal blow happened when Brian was drunk at work. He accidentally overloaded some machinery and caused an explosion. The government fired him. Despite doctors stating that the explosion caused him no harm, Brian became convinced that the explosion had affected him on the genetic level. His paranoia grew. Brian was more resolved than ever to never create offspring.
The Birth of Robert Bruce Banner
Brian was horrified to learn he had impregnated his wife Rebecca. During labour, Rebbeca suffered many medical complications and Brian became convinced that his son was the cause. Brian ironically named after his father Bruce Banner. Although Robert Bruce Banner seemed like a healthy baby, Brian was already convinced he would grow up to be a monster created by the monster gene and radiation. Instantly hateful of the baby Bruce, Brian ignored him completely and attempted to keep Rebecca away from him, leaving Bruce constantly in the care of the neglectful Nurse Meachum.
An event increased Brian’s paranoia. On one Christmas morning, Bruce woke up early and opened a present from his mother. It was a complex model which he assembled easily despite being but a mere child. Bruce’s advance intellect was the evidence Brian needed to confirm his beliefs that his child was a monster. He began beating Bruce to “correct the problem.” Rebecca tried to defend her son but every attempt resulted in Brian beating her as well. Brian Banner had become an alcoholic, abusive and paranoid husband and father.
The Murder of Rebecca Banner
After years of abuse, Rebecca attempted to flee Brian with her child, Bruce. It didn’t work out. Brian found her while she was packing her and Bruce’s belongings into their car. In a fit of rage, Brian slammed Rebecca’s head on the sidewalk. She died as Bruce, standing still, looked at her body with tears in his eyes. Using threats and other scare tactics, Brian Banner convinced his son to remain silent. Even when Brian was charged with murder, Bruce lied in court about the abuse and his father’s felony. Brian Banner escaped conviction due to lack of evidence. Yet, he bragged about the murder and the abuse while being drunk and was soon arrested. Brian was sent to be imprisoned and put in a mental institution. He swore he would pay back Bruce for all the troubles he had caused!
Brian Banner’s Death
After purging his fifteen year sentence, Brian was declared mentally ready to rejoin society. Bruce attempted to argue with the doctors about his father’s condition. Yet, they ignored him. In the end, Bruce let his father live with him. Bruce discovered about Brian’s childhood abuse and the origins of his name. Bruce was named after his grandfather. In case you did not read the whole thing, Brian Banner’s father beat him.
One the anniversary of Rebecca’s death, Bruce told his father that he should go back to therapy. He was tired of hearing Brian’s drunk rants. It caused Brian to break down and blame Bruce for his mental problems. Bruce decided to leave the argument and visit his mother’s grave. Brian followed him there and insulting Bruce. Bruce tried to ignore him, but Brian attacked. Bruce fell and as Brian was about to pin him to the ground, Bruce kicked him. The father stumbled back and cracked his neck on Rebecca’s gravestone. Bruce repressed the memory. He deluded himself into believing that his father had simply beat him and left. Brian had then been killed by muggers.