Brazil, officially the Federative Republic of Brazil, is the largest country in South America and the Latin American region.
During the time he was considered a fugitive from justice, Howard Stark planned to travel to Rio de Janeiro, spending no more than three days in New York City in order to recover one of the inventions stolen from the vault under his mansion.
Hunt of Bruce Banner
Thaddeus Ross, responsible of the hunt of Bruce Banner, figured that he could be anywhere in the world, after Banner's track was lost following an incident in the jungles of South America. Ross theorized that Banner he even could be in places such as Paris or Venice.
Unbeknownst to him, Banner traveled to Rio de Janeiro, working in a soft drink bottling factory. The Plant Manager pinpointed that he was the first American he recalled looking for a job in Brazil. S.H.I.E.L.D. maintained surveillance on Banner during his time in Brazil, with Agent Jasper Sitwell in charge of the operation until his reassignment to New Mexico.
Cure for Gamma Poisoning
Bruce Banner settled in Rocinha, juggling his job in the bottling factory with attempts to find a cure for his condition. In order to control his emotions and heart rate and prevent his transformations, Banner also studied martial arts and meditative breathing techniques with a Brazilian jiu-jitsu instructor. This lessons allowed him to control and prevent his transformations for five months.
Banner suffered a cut in the factory, and although he ordered to stop the machines to clean it and avoid any contamination, his blood dripped into a soda bottle sent back to the United States. Later that same day, Banner noticed one of his co-workers, Martina, being harassed by a man, and his first impulse was to leave to not lose control of himself. However, his conscience made him approach to peacefully try to drive the molester away. The man confronted Banner, but the Plant Manager appeared and stopped the potential fight between them.
The search for a cure for his condition drove Banner to study a flower described in the book Inventory of Rare and Endangered Tracheophyta of Amazônia, and he finally received it that day. Banner contacted a man who helped him through his research, code named "Mister Blue", to inform him of the discovery. Blue advised him to try a high dose of the component extracted from the plant, and he was able to produce a serum using homemade laboratory equipment.
Banner tried the serum on a blood drop, and while it seemed to be successful at first, it triggered a reaction that made the cells explode. Informing Mister Blue of the failure, Blue insisted to meet Banner in person, as living with Gamma poisoning could be more dangerous than the eventual risks of their meeting, and convinced him to send a blood sample. A few days later, Banner received news from Mister Blue, as preliminary blood tests showed significant gamma reduction, but as he asked for more data, Banner realized he should return to Culver University to retrieve it.
- "It's a possible gamma sickness. Milwaukee. A man drank one of those guarana sodas. Guess it had a little more kick than he was looking for."
"Where was it bottled?"
"Porto Verde, Brazil."
"Have our people look for a white man at the bottling plant. Tell them no contact!"
- ―Kathleen Sparr and Thaddeus Ross
While fleeing Banner came across Ross, realizing he was the man behind the chase. He also ran into the molester from the factory, who pursued Banner with his friends to the bottling factory in order to beat him. Blonsky located Banner in the factory and approached to witness the appearance of Hulk, as the transformation was triggered by the men beating him. Hulk easily knocked out the men, and a ferocious battle between Hulk and Blonsky's team started. Their tranquilizer ammo proved ineffective against Hulk, who finally managed to escape, and Blonsky was the only soldier to end the encounter unharmed.
Ross and Blonsky returned to Banner's house to search for evidence that would indicate Banner's next step, finding a photograph of Betty Ross and Banner's computer. Blonsky asked for the nature of Hulk, and Ross confessed that Banner was that creature, without further details.