Synopsis for “And Now… The Space Parasite!”
Materializing in the middle of New York following his battle on Asgard, the Hulk gets away from the mob that forms around him; upon reaching the relative safety of the rooftops, the Hulk changes back into Bruce Banner. As Bruce steals some clothing and tries to find his way to Rick Jones’ apartment, Rick, General Ross, and Glenn Talbot are appearing on the TV with talk show host Jack Klyne to talk about the menace of the Hulk. Meanwhile, an alien known as the Space Parasite has decided to target the Hulk to drain him of his energy, believing that the Hulk’s strength will power it for some time.
Meanwhile, Bruce manages to find Rick’s apartment and convinces the landlady to give him a key to enter. Reading in Rick’s date book that he is to appear on Klyne’s show, Bruce turns on the television and hears Rick tell the audience that the Hulk is a menace and must be stopped. This devastates Bruce, who sits in quiet waiting for Rick to return home. When Rick returns home, he pulls a gun on Bruce, but cannot bring himself to shoot his old friend, shooting the floor instead as Betty also arrives on the scene.
The Space Parasite observes all of this, and believes he can use Bruce’s current fragile mental state to bring out the Hulk. Just as Betty is about to tell Bruce that she still loves him, the Parasite plants a thought in her mind to make her hate him as well, and picks that moment to reveal himself.
Bruce transforms into the Hulk and attacks the Space Parasite, while the Parasite’s own people, the Xeronians watch the battle from their home planet. They recount that they used their technology to mutate their king into what became the Space Parasite to ward off invaders; however, when the Space Parasite succeeded in its task, it continued on into the universe, battling other beings of power to sustain its own life. They anxiously watch the battle, debating on if they should kill their former ruler or not.
As the battle rages on at Yankee Stadium, the military moves in ready to attack at a moment’s notice. While the Space Parasite initially has the upper hand, the Hulk eventually overpowers the creature until its strength is at its lowest ebb. Believing he is about to die, the Parasite teleports himself back to his ship. However, the Xeronians detonate the ship while the Parasite is in mid-teleportation, and it ends up dying among the wreckage.
Although victorious in battle, the Hulk is then bombarded with gas fired by the military, which causes him to revert back to Bruce Banner, and is promptly arrested.
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