Synopsis for “Beauty and the Beast!”
General Ross presents a slide show showing the Hulk in the middle of one of his rampages. After the show concludes, he assigns Bruce Banner the task of scientifically devising a means to put the Hulk down once and for all. As Bruce and Rick Jones leave, Rick points out the irony of Bruce’s new vocation.
Meanwhile, a would-be conqueror known as Tyrannus monitors the affairs of Earth from within a grotto deep within the planet. He is attended by a group of strange-looking minions. He watches images of Betty Ross with great interest and declares that she shall be the instrument through which he will achieve global domination.
Tyrannus assumes more conventional garb and goes to New Mexico where he introduces himself to Betty Ross as an archaeologist. He asks her to assist him in the exploration of some nearby caves. Bruce and Rick arrive at Betty’s cottage and she introduces them to Mr. Tyrannus. Bruce doesn’t trust Tyrannus, but he cannot explain why. Rick and he decide to secretly follow the two into the caves.
Tyrannus takes Betty Ross deep underground in a unique vehicle designed for traversing such terrain. Sealing off a portion of the cavern behind them, Tyrannus reveals his true intentions to Miss Ross. He plans on using her as leverage against her father. He activates a video transmitter inside his vehicle and opens a channel to General Ross. He tells Ross that he has his daughter and if he ever expects to see her again, then he will let Tyrannus conquer the United States with no opposition from the U.S. military.
As Bruce and Rick try to follow Betty’s trail, they find the sealed off section of the cave. They return to Bruce’s laboratory so that he can transform into the Hulk, then return to the underground caves. Breaking through the seal, the follow the caverns down towards the center of the Earth. As Rick and the Hulk reach Tyrannus’ private grotto, the villain releases a powerful gas that knocks the Hulk out.
When the Hulk awakens, he finds himself dressed in gladiatorial garb and standing inside of a fighting arena. Tyrannus forces the Hulk to fight or else he will have Betty killed. The Hulk fights and defeats his robotic opponent, then charges the stadium. Before he can reach Tyrannus, he is felled by a paralyzer ray and rendered unconscious. The minions bring him deeper into the caves where he is now forced to labor as Tyrannus’ slave. For the sake of Betty’s life, the Hulk follows Tyrannus’ commands.
Meanwhile, Rick Jones finds the compartment where Betty is being held captive and rescues her. They proceed to the mines and tell the Hulk that Betty is no longer in danger. The Hulk rebels and smashes through several walls until he reaches Tyrannus’ personal chambers. He pushes against several columns, causing the ceiling collapse, seemingly burying Tyrannus beneath a ton of rock. The Hulk, Rick and Betty then use one of Tyrannus’ vehicles to return to the surface.
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