The Hulk is one of the biggest characters in Marvel Comics and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the Hulk first made his appearance in Incredible Hulk #1 in 1962 as genius-level scientist Bruce Banner. During an experiment, Banner was exposed to gamma radiation that turned his 5'9" body into the big green monster recognized today as a pop culture icon.

Since then, the Hulk has made appearances in television, movies and animated series, all of which have different variations of the character. His size and strength is alone has defined a generation, but exactly how tall is he? Well, it depends.


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Comic Book Hulk

In the comic books, Hulk’s height varies depending on which version of himself is in control. Generally, his height lands between 7-8' tall. The most common Hulk that fans know is Savage Hulk, who is "childlike" in nature and stood at a height of 7'6". This Hulk is depicted in the comics as green-skinned and very muscular, with an ape-like physique.

Another famous Hulk was Grey Hulk, who was supposed to be the original look that Stan Lee wanted -- but due to ink problems, the Hulk's color turned green. This Hulk stood at 6'6" tall, slightly shorter than the one fans have come to know.

Through the years the Hulk got a bit taller, until he grew to about 8'. The Green Scar Hulk stood at 8'8" tall, while Immortal Hulk, who was almost as tall as the Sasquatch, stood at 10', but there is no exact measurement due to the variety of artists who worked on this character.

The Incredible Hulk (1977)

In 1977, the Hulk got his own, live-action TV series: The Incredible Hulk.  With limited visual effects at the time, the character obviously was only as tall as its actor, Lou Ferrigno, who was 6'5" tall. Still,  that was a formidable size for a real-life Hulk and Ferrigno's body-building helped the character match his comics appearance.

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Hulk (2003)

In Ang Lee's 2003 movie, Hulk, the madder the Hulk becomes, the taller and larger he gets. The film was in development for 12 years, which was a sufficient amount of time for CGI to become sophisticated enough to render the visual effects needed to make the Hulk look more hulking.

The first time he appears in the movie he is 9' tall, which is about 3’ taller than Ferrigno's version. The second time he appears, the Hulk is met with some pretty heavy artillery from the U.S. army. That's enough to tick the Hulk up to 12' tall. The third time, the Hulk is battling a pretty strong opponent, which brings his height to a climax of 15'.

The Incredible Hulk (2008)

After the release of Lee's Hulk, the screenwriters planned to do a sequel which would continue the story featuring the Grey Hulk. However, with Marvel Studios paying for production and some other factors, Lee's version of the Hulk went through a franchise change in Ed Norton's 2008 portrayal of the character.

This Hulk was no longer able to grow taller, because the visual effects supervisor at the time did not want him to be too inhuman. Rather than looking like a bodybuilder, they wanted this Hulk to look more like a linebacker, which brought his height back down to 9’ -- enough to defeat the Abomination.

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MCU Hulk

Unlike in the earlier film depictions of the Hulk, the MCU's version does not change size at all. This means that in the MCU, his height is not dependent on his anger. He is the smallest and closest to the average height of the comics.

Many have calculated the MCU Hulk’s height by comparing it to some real-sized objects in multiple screenshots. For example, Chris Hemsworth, who plays Thor, is 6'3" tall. The height difference between him and Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk indicates the latter is approximately 8'5" tall.

In every adaption, the character’s physical height is ultimately without limit, but it is clear that the Hulk is bigger than most of his peers.

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