A fan mockup imagines what The Hulk might look like with painter Bob Ross as his human alter-ego instead of Bruce Banner (in Funko Pop form).
A new, high-concept, fan-made Funko pop blends Bob Ross and The Hulk to adorable effect. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the gargantuan, green superhero is the alter-ego of Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), a physicist who falls victim to his own experiment. The Hulk first appears in the movie The Incredible Hulk (played by Edward Norton and voiced by Lou Ferrigno) and later as Ruffalo in The Avengers films, Iron Man 3, Thor: Ragnarok, and Captain Marvel. After exposure to radiation, Bruce transforms into the Hulk when he becomes angry due to his increased heart rate. Banner and The Hulk possess distinctive consciousnesses that grow more intertwined as the character develops over time in subsequent Marvel movies.
Instagram user popvinylguy posted a fan-made Funko Pop mock-up that imagines the Hulk with an entirely different human alter-ego: Bob Ross. The popular fan account is known for posting parody drawings of the collectible vinyl figurines ranging from product pitches to collector in-jokes. This latest faux Funko imagines what the Hulk would look like if he transformed into beloved painter and TV personality Bob Ross. Check out the Bross Banner Funko Pop below:
As some fans have pointed out, the late Bob Ross is perhaps the last person who should theoretically take on the job of The Hulk’s alter-ego, as the painter is famous for his calming on-screen presence. Ross is best known for his PBS show The Joy of Painting, an instructional series that teaches beginner artists how to paint landscape scenes by embracing the attitude of a lifelong learner. The show experienced a resurgence in popularity on the Internet as later generations appreciated Ross’ wholesome, pure message and manner.
Bruce Banner, by contrast, relies on getting angry to transform into The Hulk, so Ross might not be the ideal candidate to replace him in a theoretical universe where that would be possible. Fortunately, Marvel isn’t at a loss for new people to join the Hulk lineage: in their upcoming She-Hulk Disney+ series for Phase 4, Tatiana Maslany will play Jennifer Walters, a lawyer with Hulk-like abilities. Marvel’s What If…? also recast former Phase 1 Hulk actors and solidified Ruffalo’s position as the actor who canonically represents the character within the MCU. Still, it’s fun to imagine a characteristically calm Bob Ross trying in vain to transform into the Green Giant.
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