I've been thinking about, and I've read spin-off stories that talk about who would win in a fight: Iron Man or the Hulk. Iron Man has technology and speed on his side, but the Hulk has brute strength and would be able to reach the height Iron Man does (as shown in the Avengers when the Hulk scales buildings as if it was nothing).

Has there ever been an answer to this?

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    comicbookresources.com/?page=user_review&id=7466 - Hulk beats puny tin man
    – Valorum
    Jul 25, 2014 at 14:04
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    The Hulk is pretty much indestcuctable, Iron man has many limits. So, the Hulk would win. His only real contenders would be Chuck Norris and Mr. T. Jul 25, 2014 at 14:07
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    Are we defining a "win" as either a knock-out/incapacitation, or merely that they stop fighting?
    – Monty129
    Jul 25, 2014 at 16:57
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    "Win" as in one of them renders the other incapable of fighting anymore
    – Lipee
    Jul 25, 2014 at 16:59
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    A search of the internet should have revealed that Stark has never beaten the Hulk in a fight. Ever. For that matter, Stark always tries to fight above his weight class against heavies like Thor, the Hulk, Thanos and is regularly handed his walking papers with him often being peeled out of his suit like a tin can. Jul 25, 2014 at 18:16

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Iron Man and the Hulk have fought each other on a handful of occasions. The most brutal battle was during the World War Hulk storyline.

Even with all of his technology and wearing the Hulk Buster suit, Tony is unable to stop the Hulk.

ComicVine explains:

Iron Man dons his "Hulkbuster" Suit, in hopes of defeating Hulk. As the fight rages on, Iron Man, in a monologue, takes full responsibility for the incident, and explains that he knew that this day would come, as soon as he heard news that Hulk had not reached his destination. As they are battling, Iron Man injects nanobots into Hulk's bloodstream. This was supposed to slow him down, but hasn't seemed to take effect yet. After much fighting in the now empty Manhattan, Iron Man seems to have defeated Hulk. But, after a flashback of the death of his wife, Caiera, he only becomes angrier. He bursts from the crater his body had created, and dominates Iron Man.

The one-on-one ends with the Hulk victorious, and Tony's Hulk-Buster armor destroyed. The Hulk goes on to defeat the Fantastic Four, Doctor Strange, and everything and everyone thrown against him.

Hulk vs Iron Man 1

World War Hulk Scan

Hulk vs Iron Man 3

Hulk vs Iron Man 2

That red wreckage in those last two panels? That's Tony's Hulk Buster armor. Or... It was.

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    the nanobots are explained in avengers the initiative that hardball stole the nanobots and replaced it with a fake one so they could have work
    – cidric
    Jul 25, 2014 at 14:39
  • IIRC, The Hulk stands up to The Sentry and wins (or at least is not defeated) in that arc. And Sentry has pretty much godlike powers. They've lately seem to emphasize that defeating Hulk by fighting him is futile because you just make him stronger.
    – joshbirk
    Jul 25, 2014 at 16:59
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    @joshbirk Yes, I just didn't want to get too far into it for spoilers and since it was less relevant to the Hulk/Tony battle being asked about.
    – phantom42
    Jul 25, 2014 at 17:08
  • @joshbrick if you fight hulk you have to defeat him fast or he gets stronger, but the sentry can easly defeat him in the world war hulk arc he didn´t use all his force he just free his power a little more
    – cidric
    Jul 28, 2014 at 13:26
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    What? Sentry used up all of his energy trying to stop the Hulk. The Hulk remained standing and Sentry passed out. It's only because the Hulk chose to change back that Sentry didn't end up dead.
    – phantom42
    Jul 28, 2014 at 13:34

Hulk v Iron Man's latest, most heavily weaponised, Hulkbuster armour from this weeks Hulk v Iron Man. Hulk could do this to Ultron but for plot purposes they avoid writing a fight between them.

Hulk v Iron Man Hulkbuster Armour #1 Hulk v Iron Man Hulkbuster Armour #2 Hulk v Iron Man Hulkbuster Armour #3 Hulk v Iron Man Hulkbuster Armour #4 Hulk v Iron Man Hulkbuster Armour #6 Hulk v Iron Man Hulkbuster Armour #5


Hulk wins.
Iron Man has made armors specifically designed against Hulk before; there is the Hulk Buster Mark I in Iron Man (vol. 1) #304, which was capable of lifting 175 tons but in Secret Wars bannerhulk one of the weakest hulk forms lifted a montain which weights way more than 175 tons and the Hulk Buster Mark II was destroyed in a brutal battle in World War Hulk #1.


Based on previous comics, the strength of the Hulk has always outweighed anything Stark can design, so he always wins


Iron Man has won against Hulk before. In Iron Man #132 Iron Man put all of his power into to a punch and defeated Hulk.

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