Marvel just killed off an A-list Avenger in the latest issue of Civil War II

Marvel hasn’t been pulling any punches with its latest event series in Civil War II, and the latest issue pits Avenger vs. Avenger with a huge, shocking death. 

Spoilers ahead for Civil War II issue three, which hits shelves today!

Though the issue didn’t actually hit shelves until today, Marvel went ahead and blew the big reveal in an interview with the New York Daily News, which confirms the death of Bruce Banner at the hands of Clint Barton. That’s right: Hawkeye kills the Hulk. In Barton's defense, Banner did ask him to shoot him if he ever saw him start to change, and Barton claims he did see the green in his eyes before doing it. The shocking scene is the culmination of a recent prediction from the pre-cognitive Inhuman Ulysses, whose visions of the future set up the central thrust of Civil War II.

Ulysses claims to have seen a version of the future where Banner somehow Hulks out (he’s been drained of his gamma radiation but is experimenting with gamma to keep the Hulk at bay) and wreaks havoc, so Barton apparently pulls the trigger in an effort to prevent the carnage. Banner, of course, passed the torch to Amadeus Cho as part of the All New, All Different relaunch — after Cho cured Banner and absorbed his gamma radiation, turning himself into the Totally Awesome Hulk. So there's still a Hulk out there.

“This is uncharted territory for us,” Marvel Editor in Chief Axel Alonso said. “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.”

The third issue of Civil War II is available today. Give it a read and let us know what you think of the twist. Is this a bold move or an attention grab? Oh, and how long do you think Banner will really stay dead (we are talking comics, after all)?

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(Via New York Daily News)

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