The Maestro

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The Maestro is a fictional comic book supervillain in Marvel Comics' The Incredible Hulk publications, combining Bruce Banner's intelligence with the Hulk's more malevolent aspects. Created by Peter David, the Maestro first appeared as a vision in The Incredible Hulk (vol. 2) #401, and made a full appearance in The Incredible Hulk: Future Imperfect #1 (December 1992). The term maestro is an Italian/Spanish word meaning master, teacher, or professor.

Maestro first appears in the 1992 mini-series The Incredible Hulk: Future Imperfect. Approximately a hundred years into the future, a nuclear war has killed almost all of Earth's superhumans and has taken the world to the brink of extinction. A future version of the Hulk, called Maestro, has seized control, driven insane by the nuclear radiation he has absorbed and the bitterness he feels towards the world at his continued treatment. The radiation also significantly enhances his strength when compared to his counterpart. Acquiring Doctor Doom's time machine, the rebels opposing the Maestro (led by an elderly Rick Jones) bring the Professor Hulk forward from the past, hoping that he can defeat the Maestro, only for the Maestro's superior strength and experience to allow him to easily dominate the Hulk in their confrontations. At the conclusion of the series, despite the Hulk's best efforts to defeat his future self in physical combat (including using Captain America's shield against him), the Maestro is only defeated by the use of Doom's time machine, with the Hulk sending the Maestro back to the time and place that the Hulk was created: ground zero during the testing of the atomic Gamma Bomb. Appearing next to the bomb itself, Maestro is seemingly killed in the same moment that creates the Hulk.

Maestro's next appearance is in The Incredible Hulk (vol. 2) #460 (January 1998) where the Hulk learns that the "homing sense" that has always allowed him to locate ground zero, his "birth" place, is actually attracted to the Maestro's spirit and remains. The Maestro has also been absorbing gamma radiation from the Hulk each time he returns to the site, gradually restoring himself. When the Hulk returns shortly after the Heroes Return crossover, he is radiating vast amounts of energy. Maestro absorbs enough radiation to restore his body, although initially in a weakened and emaciated form. In the following issue, the exhausted Maestro is last seen being buried in a small rockslide, now seemingly fully recovered.

Maestro was next seen in June, 2006, in a two part story in the reality crossing series Exiles. Set before Future Imperfect, an elderly Rick Jones encounters the reality-hopping mutant Proteus, who has possessed the body of an alternate reality Hulk from the year 2099. Proteus intends to discard his current body and possess the Maestro. Jones, unaware of his plan, provides a weapon created by the X-Man Forge, which might be able to kill Maestro. However, the plan fails when the Maestro is warned by the Exiles, who are pursuing Proteus. Proteus possesses a new host and flees to another world, breaking the Maestro's neck during his escape.

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The Maestro

 

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Losses: 6

Result Opponent A Score   B Score
Loss Shazam 31 to 78
Loss Thor 31 to 74
Win Mongul 75 to 34
Loss The Sentry 53 to 57
Loss Hyperion 49 to 54
Win Bizarro 62 to 36
Win The Brood 17 to 6
Win X-O Manowar 21 to 14
Win The Xenomorphs 31 to 8
Win Parasite 69 to 29
Win The Hulk 11 to 7
Win Kalibak 24 to 5
Win U-Foes 17 to 8
Win Wendigo 25 to 2
Win Traitor 15 to 7
Win Abominatrix 20 to 0
Win Red Hulk 15 to 6
Win Eyedol 15 to 1
Win Gamma Corps 16 to 1
Win J2 20 to 8
Win J2 15 to 7
Win Marauders 19 to 4
Win X-Men 2099 17 to 6
Win Grayven 12 to 8
Win Super Skrull 10 to 5
Win Rockslide 22 to 3
Win The Abomination 16 to 4
Win Grayven 15 to 5
Win Avalanche 19 to 7
Win Strong Guy 22 to 4
Win The Void 12 to 9
Win Iron Man 19 to 3
Win Super Skrull 20 to 8
Win Gladiator (Kallark) 16 to 10
Loss Beta Ray Bill 11 to 12
Win Wendigo 20 to 3
Win Cyberforce 13 to 4
Win The Brood 21 to 4
Win Savage Dragon 10 to 3
Loss Purgatori 7 to 14
Win Grayven 11 to 7
Win Piecemeal 22 to 5
Win Grayven 21 to 16