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The madder the Hulk gets, the stronger and more powerful he becomes. Could he eventually become mad enough to break adamantium?

I've seen a couple of cartoons where it is Hulk vs Wolverine. These typically seem to end in a stalemate. But shouldn't the Hulk be able to keep increasing in strength until he reaches a point where Wolverine's skeleton could be shattered?

Additionally, in the Ultimate Avengers Movie, the Hulk becomes angry enough to be able to lift Thor's hammer.

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I recall in World War Hulk, he fought the X-Men and had a short conversation with Wolverine. He ended up shaking him, causing trauma to Wolverine's head, and just tossing him aside or something. Against Colossus, he bent his steel arms. This might be the maddest Hulk has ever been, and I think even he knew he couldn't break adamantium. –  sunpech Jun 1 '12 at 16:13
    
He didn't lift Thor's hammer in the Ultimate Avengers, it was an alternate version of mjolnir. –  user17001 Aug 29 '13 at 16:28
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Could the Hulk lift a rock so large that he couldn't lift it? –  John O Jan 1 at 5:55
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It depends on what form of adamantium.

Adamantium typically, is almost impossible to destroy or fracture. From Marvel's background information on Adamantium:

Although True Adamantium was thought to be indestructible, there are at least two known examples of the alloy within the Earth-616 reality sustaining damage without molecular manipulation. The first involved Thor focusing all of his strength into striking a small cylinder of adamantium with Mjolnir, which only slightly dented. The second incident involved a battle between Ultron and the Hulk. During the fight, the Hulk punched the robot with enough force to slightly dent it. (Both instances were later revealed to have been only Secondary Adamantium)

Here is an example of Hulk manipulating the shape of adamantium by squeezing it:

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Hulk has fought Wolverine on many occasions. In World War Hulk, which may be when Hulk is the maddest I've read, they square off a bit, and Hulk understands that he cannot kill Wolverine. So he shakes him causing a lot of trauma to the brain, to basically knock him out.

Hulk vs Wolverine in World War Hulk Hulk vs Wolverine in World War Hulk

This does have a lot to do with Wolverine's healing factor, but in the very same battle, he fights Colossus in steel form. With much ease, Hulk defeats him by bending his steel arms backwards, essentially breaking them, and removing Colossus from the fight. In no way does he attempt to do this to Wolverine's adamantium skeleton. Time is of concern to Hulk, and maybe that's why he didn't attempt to manipulate adamantium as such.

Hulk bend's Colossus's steel arms backwards

In Ultimate Wolverine vs Hulk, Hulk rips Wolverine in half. I'm sure there are other stories where Hulk has ripped a body part off Wolverine, but the weakness is not in the Adamantium, but rather the ligaments.

Ultimate Wolverine vs Hulk

In regards to Hulk lifting Mjolnir in the Ultimate Avengers movie, which I asked, there is a great answer to that. In short, in the Ultimate version of Mjolnir can be lifted by anyone of sufficient strength, and has nothing to do with worthiness.

TL;DR

Yes, depending on what type of adamantium. Has it happened to Wolverine's adamantium? As far as I know, no it hasn't. Theoretically, I suppose it's possible as Hulk has access to unlimited energy the angrier he gets, but I don't think Marvel would ever completely settle it in-universe.

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Excellent answer. Hopefully your fine work will lay this particular argument to rest. –  Thaddeus Jun 1 '12 at 21:26
    
Isn't Enchanted Uru stronger that proto-Adamantium? Link. And, once heard that Hulk did break an adamantium needle, know anything about that? –  Thecafremo Jun 2 '12 at 9:35
    
@Thecafremo I'm not sure about Enchanted Uru, but for the needle I have that noted in my answer here already next to Adamantium (Earth-1610). –  sunpech Jun 2 '12 at 15:31
    
I think that referenece about not being able to kill Wolverine has more to do with his healing factor, and less to do with his skeleton. –  Jack B Nimble Jun 2 '12 at 18:22
    
@JackBNimble I've made an update to my answer with Hulk's battle with Colossus. I think it's relevant because he chooses to manipulate one metal, but not the other. –  sunpech Jun 9 '12 at 17:48
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Essentially Hulk has near limitless strength, but it's dependent on his rage. If he became sufficiently angry, then theoretically, yes, he could break adamantium.

When transforming into the Hulk, Bruce's DNA realigns in such a way as to make it act like a cosmic antenna absorbing kinetic energy directly from the multiverse. The ability to absorb energy from this unlimited source provides the Hulk with his increased bulk and apparently limitless strength.

Source: Wikipedia

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Hulk issue 300 where doctor strange sent him to the other dimension in exile. Hulk picked up a statue of himself made of adamantium and dug his fingers into it causing cracks. Thor tried to knock it out of his hands and the hammer hitting the statue shattered the windows across the city.

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Is it known if this alternate dimension shares the same rules of physics and adamantium properties as Earth-616? Is there any evidence to support that idea or that contradicts it? –  phantom42 Feb 28 at 19:29
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I keep hearing about the Adamantium needle in Ultimate. Here's the thing: the object in question is an Adamantium TIPPED syringe. The syringe is clearly visible in some frames and is clearly largely transparent, and so obviously not made entirely out of Adamantium. They do not say that he broke the Adamantium tip and do not show the Adamantium tip broken. The logical conclusion is that the non-Adamantium portion of the syringe was broken; spilling the contents of the syringe; and not the Adamantium tip.

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I have read many huk comics..ive come to the conclusion that anger and rage are simply overpowering in many ways.all heros use it to win there respective villian countesparts.hulk has pretty much topped any earth and most celestial beings by using rage and anger.and hulk has been beaten by some small time players using leverage...but by no means has he been hurt or killed just for lack of a better term beaten by points like by spiderman, juggernaught etc...i believe thats why there are so many different incarnations of the hulk....just like superman...because if it was just savage hulk the marvel universe would be destroyed or someone like Dr.Strange would be forced to remove him like he did..but for good..or Galactus would just absorb his gamma energy for enernity.anyway enough rant hulk breaks anything if hes mad enough..even superrman.

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If the hulk has limitless strength do to rage and he has a healing factor plus being super durable wouldn't that mean even if say superman could penetrate the hulks skin it would heal right back up thus making him unstoppable. But if the hulk feeds off the energy of the universe couldn't the hulk then consume every drop of energy in the universe, if he was able to consume every bit of energy in the universe then he is unstoppable. Any way you look at it the hulk is unstoppable even for superman

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Conservation of energy would be against your hypothesis. You cannot "consume all energy in the universe" in the sense that the energy just goes away. –  bitmask Nov 8 '13 at 10:59
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