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As a general response to the Hulk, people say that it's just general (extreme) stress that brings out the Hulk.

However, over time Dr. Banner has come to control the Hulk. Eg. In "The Incredible Hulk" he claimed he "might be able to aim it", but by the end of the movie, was able to bring it out on command. This is the same in the Avengers.

From my (basic) understanding of the human psychology, a person cannot willingly bring himself under that much emotional stress at will.

So my question is: What is the trigger for the Hulk, and how does Dr. Banner bring out the Hulk at will?

  • Are you asking about the Hulk's portrayal in the Marvel Cinematic Universe specifically? That would make this question easier to answer. – user Mar 11 '16 at 16:21
  • @user No, my question does extend to the comic universe as well. I have read a few issues where the Hulk has had "conscious" thoughts. – Ben Mar 11 '16 at 16:26
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    In "The Avengers" film - Banner reveals that the secret is "I'm always angry" - thus, it isn't a triggering of the Hulk so much as Banner actively repressing it. Only when he is mentally / physically compromised is it uncontrolled (ie - on the Helicarrier) – NKCampbell Mar 11 '16 at 16:31
  • Banner has been in India studying mental control. I'm guessing he's learned to make himself angry/quell his anger as needed. – Valorum Mar 11 '16 at 16:33

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