Okay, okay. I can already hear some readers saying, “Who cares? They’re just comic book characters.”
If we look at the Marvel Superheroes, they all appear very healthy.
Heroes like Thor, Captain America, and the Hulk may look healthy, but if they were suddenly made real with those same dimensions, society would regard most of them as unhealthy.
It has been calculated that David Banner is 128 lbs, however, when he changes into the Hulk he is between 1040 lbs and 1400 lbs.
Average Weight And Height Of Superheroes
Clearly lacking anything better to do, researchers took the BMI (Body Mass Index) for an amazing number of superheroes, more than 3.000 of them, and concluded that the majority of male superheroes are obese!
At the same time, the average female superhero would be classed as underweight.
That’s not all either when looking at the upper body muscles of Marvel, they are so large that they would cause problems with moving.
Additionally, the breasts of female superheroes are typically larger than their heads, which would also make movement troublesome.
Most people are not going to be too worried about this, after all, they are just comic book heroes, and shouldn’t the researchers have better things to study anyway.
The point that concerns them is that the grossly exaggerated physique of the superheroes makes a statement about what we see as an ideal body in today’s society.
This has an impact on how the individual members of that society regard their own bodies.
By looking at the way comic book heroes have evolved, we can understand why we are attracted by their appearance, and what makes us connect with them.
After taking information from the Internet, it was calculated that the following facts applied:-
Male Marvel Characters
- The average height of just over 6 feet
- The average weight of 245 pounds
- The average BMI was 30.8 (BMI of 30+ means the individual is obese)
Male characters had massive muscles and were just 1 inch narrower than their height.
Female Marvel Characters
- The average height of 5 feet 7 inches
- The average weight of 133 pounds
- The average BMI was 20.2 (which places them on the low end of the normal range)
Female superheroes were not muscular and had hourglass figures.
Hulk Weight Compared To Other Superheroes
To have a full picture, let’s compare Hulk‘s weight to some of the most popular superheroes.
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As you can see, the Hulk is nearly at the top weight of this random selection of superheroes and villains.
Clearly, he is dwarfed by Galactus (Weight 36,400 lbs – Height 28’9″)
Different Versions Of Hulk And Their Weight
Of course, there have been different versions of the hulk over the years.
Not all of them have been the same dimensions as our regular green giant.
The Red Hulk
The Red Hulk is slightly lighter than the regular Green one.
His weight when appearing as Thaddeus E. Ross is 245 lbs.
When he turns into the Red Hulk he is 1200 lbs, which’s 200 lbs less than the Green Hulk. He is also 7′ tall.
The Red Hulk does not become stronger when he gets angrier, he just emits more heat.
The Gray Hulk
The Gray Hulk is 900 lbs and is 6’6″ tall, even smaller than the red Hulk.
He does however speak incorrect English, including sarcasm, but he is not as strong as the regular Hulk.
Btw. do you know why is Hulk Green and that he was supposed to be originally gray?
The Yellow Hulk
A friend of Dr. Banner who was trying to find a “Cure” for him turned himself into the yellow Hulk.
The yellow Hulk went on a rampage and it took a long-drawn-out fight between Green Hulk and Yellow Hulk to subdue him until he changed back.
Created by the Dark Legion, Orange Hulk is a solar-powered Hulk.
Seen briefly in Uncanny X-Force #12.
The Purple Hulk is one of the Hulk’s scariest incarnations and only appeared briefly in one story.
Blue Hulk was the result of regular Hulks bonding with Captain Universe’s Uni-Power.
He was one of the Hulk’s most powerful incarnations and appeared for a short while before disappearing into the unknown.
The Hulk has varied a lot in size and weight during the course of the comics and movies.
It is hard to keep track of all the variations which have come and gone.
Other characters have also varied in size and weight in different media, I think these heights and weights must only be used as a guide, so we can compare them.
Some characters in movies have radically changed size without it being mentioned as a result of different actors taking over.
Compare many of the current crops of superheroes and then look back at their earliest representation, and we can see how they have gradually changed over time to suit the requirements of the age.
As stated in the opening paragraphs, it has a lot to do with how we see ourselves and what we aspire to be.