In Marvel's The Avengers (2012), Hulk fights Loki towards the end of the movie (provoked by Loki's statement "I am a god, you dull creature"), smacking him into the ground several times and then commenting, "Puny god." Was this battle or its dialogue based on an exchange or battle in the comics?

NOTE: I'm only looking for a comics reference pre-movie; anything else, obviously, could not have been the basis for it. And I'm willing to take no as an answer, as long as it's backed up.

  • I am unable to find the panel or issue but I'm pretty sure that the "puny god" line is a callback to a battle in the comics between Hulk and Thor, not Loki.
    – Raj
    Dec 7, 2021 at 14:42
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    Thanks, I'll look into it Dec 8, 2021 at 3:58

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There was a callback to that scene in Deadpool's Art of War #3 (February, 2015), but I'm pretty sure there was never a scene like that in the comics before the first Avengers movie in 2012.

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    Thanks. I'm also looking into some options, this is interesting to know but as you noticed I'm definitely looking for pre-2012 stuff. This is really interesting though Dec 7, 2021 at 4:37
  • Well, just to be clear, my answer is that there's no such scene in the comics prior to 2012. That answer is partly based on the fact that I've never seen or heard of such a scene, and I'm very familiar with both characters. Aside from that, the fact that there was a callback to that scene in a comic published after the movie tends to suggest that this scene never occurred in the comics before the movie. Otherwise, the scene in the movie itself would be a callback to the comics, and it seems unlikely that a later comic would feature a callback to a callback. Dec 7, 2021 at 20:45
  • That makes sense. I'll accept this unless I can find another acceptable one later. Thanks! Dec 8, 2021 at 3:58

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