In a recent interview on Comicbookresources.com about his Thrillbent website, Mark Waid also talked a bit about the upcoming Indestructible Hulk comic book and the use of a rather unknown Hulk villain from the way past!
One of your day jobs is writing for Marvel — including the upcoming “Indestructible Hulk.” There are so many questions people have about “Indestructible Hulk,” but the thing that I want to talk with you about most is — Quintronic Man? He’s like the Voltron of the Marvel Universe!
[Laughs] I know! Honestly, it was not in the original plan, but it was a nice confluence of happenstance that I’d originally asked for Ultimo, the Iron Man villain, and had actually gotten as far as the plot before I got a call from the editor warning me that Ultimo was going to be a big part of the finale of Matt Fraction’s run on “Invincible Iron Man.” It wouldn’t have been a problem, but at the same time, what appealed to me about Ultimo is that he hadn’t been seen for a while. About that same time, apropos of nothing — it wasn’t like he was suggesting anything — Mark Panniccia sent me a shot of the old Quintronic Man and we were laughing about what a goofy-ass look that thing was, but it planted a seed in my head. I thought, “There’s a fix here. There’s a way to make that actually pretty cool.” It’s a giant, Voltron-ish robot of incalculable power controlled by five guys at once that have to be pretty well allied and pretty much on the same page. I like the idea that it takes five guys to beat Hulk. I like that.
Is there anything you can tell us about those five guys?
Actually, I really can’t because that’s a big part of the mystery of the story — “How did you get these five guys back together again that know this stuff so well and what are you holding over their head to make them play?”