Actor Mark Ruffalo's Avengers character The Hulk's scientist alter ego, Dr Bruce Banner, has been killed off by Marvel comic bosses, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Bruce Banner died after he was shot in the head by an arrow fired by his fellow Marvel Avenger Hawkeye in the new third issue of the Civil War II comic series.
Dr Banner, who has been the Hulk's alter ego since the character's creation in 1962, has been self-medicating in a bid to control his temper tantrums, which bring his monstrous alter ego to life in the series.
"This is uncharted territory for us. Only two things are for certain: It will take a long, long time for our heroes to come to terms with his loss, and the circumstance surrounding his death will leave a huge scar on the superhero community," Marvel's editor in chief Axel Alonso said.
In the comic, Hawkeye fires the shot that kills his friend, believing Bruce is about to lose control, turn into the Hulk and harm mankind.
Dr Banner had recently asked his friend to kill him in the event of any disaster.
Unlike Captain America and Spider-Man, Marvel bosses have no plans to bring Dr Banner back from the dead. Mark Ruffalo isn't the only actor who has portrayed Bruce Banner.
Bill Bixby created the character for the late Seventies to early Eighties television series The Incredible Hulk, while Eric Bana and Edward Norton have played the scientist behind the Hulk on the big screen.
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