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|alias = Mr. Blue<ref name="TIH"/>
 
|species = [[Humans|Human]]
 
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|citizenship = {{Citizenship|USA}}
 
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|title = Doctor
 
|title = Doctor
 
|affiliation = [[Grayburn College]] <small>(formerly)</small>
 
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====Computer Discussions====
 
====Computer Discussions====
 
[[File:Hulk9-1-1-.jpg|thumb|left|250px|Samuel Sterns' [[S.H.I.E.L.D.]] database file]]
 
[[File:Hulk9-1-1-.jpg|thumb|left|250px|Samuel Sterns' [[S.H.I.E.L.D.]] database file]]
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{{Quote|It's time to meet."<br>"Not safe."<br>"Living with [[Gamma Radiation|GAMMA poisoning]] not safe.|Samuel Sterns and [[Bruce Banner]]|The Incredible Hulk}}
 
{{Quote|It's time to meet."<br>"Not safe."<br>"Living with [[Gamma Radiation|GAMMA poisoning]] not safe.|Samuel Sterns and [[Bruce Banner]]|The Incredible Hulk}}
 
Samuel Sterns worked as a professor at [[Grayburn College]], teaching in the Department of Cellular Biology. When [[Bruce Banner]] went [[Chase of Bruce Banner|on the run]] from the [[United States Armed Forces]], led by [[Thaddeus Ross|General Thaddeus Ross]], he managed to establish contact with Sterns and they communicated with each other as Mr. Blue and Mr. Green, respectively, while collaborating to find a cure for Banner's condition.
 
Samuel Sterns worked as a professor at [[Grayburn College]], teaching in the Department of Cellular Biology. When [[Bruce Banner]] went [[Chase of Bruce Banner|on the run]] from the [[United States Armed Forces]], led by [[Thaddeus Ross|General Thaddeus Ross]], he managed to establish contact with Sterns and they communicated with each other as Mr. Blue and Mr. Green, respectively, while collaborating to find a cure for Banner's condition.
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When Banner was in [[Brazil]], Sterns suggested to search for flowers, but when they failed to create a plausible antidote, Sterns asked Banner to send him a sample of his blood so he could engineer an antidote for himself. However, Sterns kept his true intentions secret from Banner: Sterns, in fact, had desired to use the antidote to create cures to various illnesses, motivated by the goal to make humans practically immune to any genetic disease. However, Sterns' plan was flawed, as he had underestimated the blood toxicity of Banner's blood. <ref name="TIH">''[[The Incredible Hulk]]''</ref>
 
When Banner was in [[Brazil]], Sterns suggested to search for flowers, but when they failed to create a plausible antidote, Sterns asked Banner to send him a sample of his blood so he could engineer an antidote for himself. However, Sterns kept his true intentions secret from Banner: Sterns, in fact, had desired to use the antidote to create cures to various illnesses, motivated by the goal to make humans practically immune to any genetic disease. However, Sterns' plan was flawed, as he had underestimated the blood toxicity of Banner's blood. <ref name="TIH">''[[The Incredible Hulk]]''</ref>
   
====Meeting in the Flesh====
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====Meetup at Grayburn College====
 
[[File:Samuel-Sterns-meets-Banner.jpg|thumb|250px|[[Bruce Banner]] introduces himself to Sterns]]
 
[[File:Samuel-Sterns-meets-Banner.jpg|thumb|250px|[[Bruce Banner]] introduces himself to Sterns]]
{{Quote|Even if everything goes perfectly, if we induce an episode, if we get the dosage exactly right, is that going to be a lasting cure, or just some antidote to suppress that specific flare-up? I don't know. What I'm saying is that if we overshoot this by even the smallest integer we're dealing with concentrations with extraordinary levels of toxicity.|Samuel Sterns to [[Bruce Banner]] and [[Betty Ross]]|The Incredible Hulk}}
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{{Quote|Even if everything goes perfectly, if we induce an episode, if we get the dosage exactly right, is that going to be a lasting cure, or just some antidote to suppress that specific flare-up? I don't know. What I'm saying is that if we overshoot this by even the smallest integer, we're dealing with concentrations with extraordinary levels of toxicity.|Samuel Sterns to [[Bruce Banner]] and [[Betty Ross]]|The Incredible Hulk}}
 
Sterns was walking out of a building on the campus of [[Grayburn College]] when he was confronted by [[Betty Ross|Professor Elizabeth Ross]] of [[Culver University]]. Sterns recognized her close to instantly, and she began introducing him to [[Bruce Banner]], who revealed himself to be Mr. Green.
 
Sterns was walking out of a building on the campus of [[Grayburn College]] when he was confronted by [[Betty Ross|Professor Elizabeth Ross]] of [[Culver University]]. Sterns recognized her close to instantly, and she began introducing him to [[Bruce Banner]], who revealed himself to be Mr. Green.
 
[[File:Samuel-Sterns-Talks.jpg|thumb|left|250px|Sterns explains the antidote process]]
 
[[File:Samuel-Sterns-Talks.jpg|thumb|left|250px|Sterns explains the antidote process]]
Sterns expressed his excitement to cooperate with Banner and Ross, explaining that he contemplated on if Banner was real and how he could live with the [[Hulk]] caged inside his body. When Sterns began monologuing, Ross and Banner insisted that Sterns stay on task. Sterns explained to Banner that in order for the antidote to work, they need a precise set amount of blood to create the suppressant, or it would not work otherwise.<ref name="TIH">''[[The Incredible Hulk]]''</ref>
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Sterns expressed his excitement to cooperate with Banner and Ross, explaining that he contemplated on if Banner was real and how he could live with [[Hulk]] caged inside his body. When Sterns began monologuing, Ross and Banner insisted that Sterns stay on task. Sterns explained to Banner that in order for the antidote to work, they need a precise set amount of blood to create the suppressant, or it would not work otherwise.<ref name="TIH">''[[The Incredible Hulk]]''</ref>
   
 
====Engineering an Antidote====
 
====Engineering an Antidote====
 
[[File:Samuel_Sterns_Promotional_2008_TIH.jpg|thumb|250px|Sterns begins conducting the experiment]]
 
[[File:Samuel_Sterns_Promotional_2008_TIH.jpg|thumb|250px|Sterns begins conducting the experiment]]
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{{Quote|We have the antidote now!"<br>"[[United States Army|They]] don't want the antidote, they want to make it a weapon! And if we let it go, we will never get it back. You don't know how powerful this thing is."<br>"I hate the government just as much as anyone, but you're being a little paranoid, don't you think?|Samuel Sterns and [[Bruce Banner]]|The Incredible Hulk}}
 
{{Quote|We have the antidote now!"<br>"[[United States Army|They]] don't want the antidote, they want to make it a weapon! And if we let it go, we will never get it back. You don't know how powerful this thing is."<br>"I hate the government just as much as anyone, but you're being a little paranoid, don't you think?|Samuel Sterns and [[Bruce Banner]]|The Incredible Hulk}}
 
After witnessing Banner transform into Hulk as a test and successfully reverting him back with their finalized suppressant, it was revealed that he had been experimenting with Banner's blood samples on animal test subjects without his knowledge, and also revealed his wishes to utilize his tests towards further scientific research.
 
After witnessing Banner transform into Hulk as a test and successfully reverting him back with their finalized suppressant, it was revealed that he had been experimenting with Banner's blood samples on animal test subjects without his knowledge, and also revealed his wishes to utilize his tests towards further scientific research.
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[[File:601px-Vlcsnap-212898-1-.jpg|thumb|250px|Sterns is threatened by [[Emil Blonsky]]]]
 
[[File:601px-Vlcsnap-212898-1-.jpg|thumb|250px|Sterns is threatened by [[Emil Blonsky]]]]
 
{{Quote|[[Hulk|It]]'s beautiful. Godlike."<br>"Well, I want that. I need that. Make me that."<br>"I don't know what you've got inside you already. The mixture could be... an abomination. I didn't say I was unwilling. I just need informed consent. And you've given it.|Samuel Sterns and [[Emil Blonsky]]|The Incredible Hulk}}
 
{{Quote|[[Hulk|It]]'s beautiful. Godlike."<br>"Well, I want that. I need that. Make me that."<br>"I don't know what you've got inside you already. The mixture could be... an abomination. I didn't say I was unwilling. I just need informed consent. And you've given it.|Samuel Sterns and [[Emil Blonsky]]|The Incredible Hulk}}
With Banner and Ross were taken into the custody of [[Thaddeus Ross]], only Sterns remained inside the building. [[Kathleen Sparr]] interrogated Sterns about his experiments with Banner's blood, but Sterns explained that he couldn't replicate the [[Hulk]], even with the mass amount of blood samples he received from Banner. When Sparr began to respond to the revelation that Hulk could not be replicated, [[Emil Blonsky]], who was still inside the building killed Sparr with blunt force.
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With Banner and Ross were taken into the custody of [[Thaddeus Ross]], only Sterns remained inside the building. [[Kathleen Sparr]] interrogated Sterns about his experiments with Banner's blood, but Sterns explained that he couldn't replicate [[Hulk]], even with the mass amount of blood samples he received from Banner. When Sparr began to respond to the revelation that Hulk could not be replicated, [[Emil Blonsky]], who was still inside the building, killed Sparr with blunt force.
 
[[File:SternsBlonsky-TIH.png|thumb|250px|left|Sterns is lifted by [[Emil Blonsky]]]]
 
[[File:SternsBlonsky-TIH.png|thumb|250px|left|Sterns is lifted by [[Emil Blonsky]]]]
After the power-hungry Blonsky opened up on his true thoughts on Sparr, he turned a gun on a confused Sterns and threatened him to comply with his demands to inject him with Banner's blood. Sterns opened up on his experiment with Banner but also noticed that Blonsky was had been enhanced already. Blonsky eventually managed to force Sterns to comply by physically threatening him.<ref name="TIH">''[[The Incredible Hulk]]''</ref>
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After the power-hungry Blonsky opened up on his true thoughts on Sparr, he turned a gun on a confused Sterns and threatened him to comply with his demands to inject him with Banner's blood. Sterns opened up on his experiment with Banner, but also noticed that Blonsky was had been enhanced already. Blonsky eventually managed to force Sterns to comply by physically threatening him.<ref name="TIH">''[[The Incredible Hulk]]''</ref>
   
 
====Self-Mutation====
 
====Self-Mutation====
 
[[File:Samuel-Sterns-Abomination.jpg|thumb|250px|Sterns witnesses [[Emil Blonsky]]'s mutation]]
 
[[File:Samuel-Sterns-Abomination.jpg|thumb|250px|Sterns witnesses [[Emil Blonsky]]'s mutation]]
 
{{Quote|This is what I was trying to explain. I don't know [[Super Soldier Serum|what]] you've been ladling into yourself. But clearly, it worked. Let's assume you don't understand a word I'm saying, but if you'll just get back on the table, I can fix this!|Samuel Sterns to [[Emil Blonsky]]|The Incredible Hulk}}
 
{{Quote|This is what I was trying to explain. I don't know [[Super Soldier Serum|what]] you've been ladling into yourself. But clearly, it worked. Let's assume you don't understand a word I'm saying, but if you'll just get back on the table, I can fix this!|Samuel Sterns to [[Emil Blonsky]]|The Incredible Hulk}}
Sterns began setting up the procedure and strapped [[Emil Blonsky]] to the rest. When Sterns injected the power-hungry Blonsky with [[Bruce Banner]]'s blood and exposed him to the gamma rays it triggered his own transformation. Despite pleading for him to stay on the rest, Blonsky mutated into a hazel, spiky [[Abomination]]. As soon as he embraced his newfound powers, Blonsky threw Sterns onto the floor and trashed the laboratory.
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Sterns began setting up the procedure and strapped [[Emil Blonsky]] to the rest. When Sterns injected the power-hungry Blonsky with [[Bruce Banner]]'s blood and exposed him to the gamma rays, it triggered his own transformation. Despite pleading for him to stay on the rest, Blonsky mutated into a hazel, spiky [[Abomination]]. As soon as he embraced his newfound powers, Blonsky threw Sterns onto the floor and trashed the laboratory.
 
[[File:Leader.jpg|thumb|250px|left|Sterns mutating from [[Bruce Banner]]'s blood]]
 
[[File:Leader.jpg|thumb|250px|left|Sterns mutating from [[Bruce Banner]]'s blood]]
In the confusion, an immobile Sterns was accidentally infected with Banner's blood via an open wound on his forehead. The mutation went wild, as he smiled his brain began to expand in size,<ref name="TAP:FBW">''[[The Avengers Prelude: Fury's Big Week]]''</ref> while [[Abomination]] began a rampage on the streets of [[Harlem]], massacring the [[NYPD]] officers and the [[United States Army]] soldiers.<ref name="TIH"/>
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In the confusion, an immobile Sterns was accidentally infected with Banner's blood via an open wound on his forehead. The mutation went wild, as he smiled, his brain began to expand in size<ref name="TAPFBW">''[[The Avengers Prelude: Fury's Big Week]]''</ref> while [[Abomination]] began a rampage on the streets of [[Harlem]], massacring the [[NYPD]] officers and the [[United States Army]] soldiers.<ref name="TIH"/>
   
====Standoff with [[Black Widow]]====
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====Standoff with Black Widow====
 
{{Quote|Dr. Samuel Sterns?"<br>"I think perhaps once I was...but shall now become much more.|[[Natasha Romanoff]] and Samuel Sterns|The Avengers Prelude: Fury's Big Week}}
 
{{Quote|Dr. Samuel Sterns?"<br>"I think perhaps once I was...but shall now become much more.|[[Natasha Romanoff]] and Samuel Sterns|The Avengers Prelude: Fury's Big Week}}
He was found by [[Black Widow]], who had a brief dialogue with him, during which Sterns identified Black Widow's birthplace from a hint of accent in her voice. Sterns then attempted to bribe her, promising he would help her come back to [[Stalingrad]] and share his vision with hers, but Black Widow shot him the leg and subsequently placed him into [[S.H.I.E.L.D.]]'s custody. The incident relating to Stern's arrest was later referred to as "[[Project Mr. Blue]]".<ref name="TAP:FBW"/>
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With his brain still expanded due his infection, Sterns was found by [[Black Widow]], who asked him if he was Samuel Sterns, to which Sterns responded that perhaps he indeed was once but that now he shall become much more. Sterns then identified Black Widow's birthplace from a hint of an accent in her voice. Sterns then attempted to bribe her, promising he would help her come back to [[Stalingrad]] and share his vision with hers, but Black Widow shot him the leg and subsequently placed him into [[S.H.I.E.L.D.]]'s custody. Sterns was taken afterwards to a secure location to be studied by S.H.I.E.L.D. scientists. The incident relating to Stern's arrest was later referred to as "[[Project Mr. Blue]]".<ref name="TAPFBW"/>
   
 
==Personality==
 
==Personality==
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==Powers and Abilities==
 
==Powers and Abilities==
 
===Powers===
 
===Powers===
*'''Enhanced Intelligence''': After being exposed to [[Hulk]]'s blood, Stern's brainpower drastically increased to the point where he could pinpoint the exact location of [[Black Widow]]'s birth just by a brief hint of [[Stalingrad]] in her accent.
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*'''Enhanced Intelligence''': After being exposed to [[Hulk]]'s blood, Sterns' brainpower drastically increased to the point where he could identify [[Black Widow]]'s birthplace of [[Stalingrad]] by a slight hint in her accent.<ref name="TAPFBW"/>
   
 
===Abilities===
 
===Abilities===
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==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
*In the comics, Sterns was not a scientist, but instead was a menial laborer with only average intelligence. He was exposed to [[Gamma Radiation|gamma radiation]] while he was transporting hazardous materials. He also became the superpowered criminal '''Leader''' before Banner became the Hulk. Sterns is also one of the leaders of [[Intelligencia]], a group comprised of the smartest villains in the Marvel universe.
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*In the comics, Sterns was not a scientist, but instead was a menial laborer with only average intelligence. He was exposed to [[Gamma Radiation]] while he was transporting hazardous materials. He also became the superpowered criminal '''Leader''' before Banner became Hulk. Sterns is also one of the leaders of [[Intelligencia]], a group comprised of the smartest villains in the Marvel universe.
*The film version of Samuel Sterns bears some resemblance to [[w:c:marvel:Philip Sterns (Earth-616)|Philip Sterns]], also known as Madman, who was Samuel Sterns' brother in the comics. Both are brilliant scientists who studied gamma radiation and romanticized the concept of the Hulk, eventually leading to their receiving gamma-based powers.
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*The film version of Samuel Sterns bears some resemblance to [[w:c:marvel:Philip Sterns (Earth-616)|Philip Sterns]], also known as Madman, who was Samuel Sterns' brother in the comics. Both are brilliant scientists who studied gamma radiation and romanticized the concept of Hulk, eventually leading to their receiving gamma-based powers.
 
*Sterns uses the online name "Mr. Blue" to communicate with Banner. In the comics, Mr. Blue was an alias used by [[Betty Ross]] to keep in contact with a fugitive Banner.
 
*Sterns uses the online name "Mr. Blue" to communicate with Banner. In the comics, Mr. Blue was an alias used by [[Betty Ross]] to keep in contact with a fugitive Banner.
   
 
==Behind the Scenes==
 
==Behind the Scenes==
*[[Louis Leterrier]] introduced Samuel Sterns in ''[[The Incredible Hulk]]'' with the intention to set him up to become the main antagonist as "The Leader" in a future installment.<ref>[http://www.mtv.com/news/2593169/tim-blake-nelson-will-battle-hulk-as-the-leader-in-incredible-hulk-2-with-or-without-ed-norton/ TIM BLAKE NELSON WILL BATTLE HULK AS 'THE LEADER' IN 'INCREDIBLE HULK 2’ -- WITH OR WITHOUT ED NORTON]</ref> [[Aaron Sims]] produced concept art for the Leader<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/20081014234450/http://www.xsibase.com/articles.php?detail=147 Designing the Incredible Hulk]</ref> and [[Tim Blake Nelson]] "signed on" to reprise his role.<ref>[http://www.mtv.com/news/1589158/incredible-hulk-stars-director-already-have-wish-list-for-hulk-2-iron-man-samson-the-leader-and-more/ 'INCREDIBLE HULK' STARS, DIRECTOR ALREADY HAVE WISH LIST FOR 'HULK 2': IRON MAN, SAMSON, THE LEADER AND MORE]</ref> No sequel has been produced so far, unfortunately.
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*[[Aaron Sims]] produced concept art of The Leader for ''[[The Incredible Hulk]]'' although Samuel Sterns doesn't fully transform into The Leader during the film.<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/20081014234450/http://www.xsibase.com/articles.php?detail=147 Designing the Incredible Hulk]</ref>
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*Director [[Louis Leterrier]] introduced Samuel Sterns in ''[[The Incredible Hulk]]'' with the intention to set him up to become the main antagonist as The Leader in a possible sequel.<ref>[http://www.mtv.com/news/2593169/tim-blake-nelson-will-battle-hulk-as-the-leader-in-incredible-hulk-2-with-or-without-ed-norton/ TIM BLAKE NELSON WILL BATTLE HULK AS 'THE LEADER' IN 'INCREDIBLE HULK 2’ -- WITH OR WITHOUT ED NORTON]</ref> [[Tim Blake Nelson]] even "signed on" to reprise his role in two more films.<ref>[http://www.mtv.com/news/1589158/incredible-hulk-stars-director-already-have-wish-list-for-hulk-2-iron-man-samson-the-leader-and-more/ 'INCREDIBLE HULK' STARS, DIRECTOR ALREADY HAVE WISH LIST FOR 'HULK 2': IRON MAN, SAMSON, THE LEADER AND MORE]</ref>
 
*[[Scotty Cook]] was a stunt double for [[Tim Blake Nelson]] in the role of Samuel Sterns.
 
*[[Scotty Cook]] was a stunt double for [[Tim Blake Nelson]] in the role of Samuel Sterns.
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*When asked if there are any plans to bring back Samuel Sterns, [[Kevin Feige]] replied that there's a possibility as he loves to bring back characters the audience think they have seen the last of.<ref>[https://www.reddit.com/r/marvelstudios/comments/bp084n/hi_reddit_im_kevin_feige_amaa/ Kevin Feige Reddit AMA]</ref>
   
 
==References==
 
==References==
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*{{WP|Leader (comics)|Samuel Sterns}}
 
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"With a little more trial and error, there's no end to what we can do! This is potentially Olympian! This gamma technology has limitless applications. We'll unlock hundreds of cures. We will make humans impervious to disease!"
―Samuel Sterns to Bruce Banner[src]

Doctor Samuel Sterns is a cellular biologist and Grayburn College professor who was finding a cure for Bruce Banner. Sterns managed to engineer a temporary antidote for Banner's condition but was also forced to repeat this process with Emil Blonsky, transforming him into the Abomination. When he was affected by Banner's blood on his head's open wound, his mind suffered a rapid mutation, greatly increasing his mental abilities. However, Natasha Romanoff arrived and subdued him, handing him into S.H.I.E.L.D.'s custody.

Biography

Helping Bruce Banner

Computer Discussions

Hulk9-1-1-

Samuel Sterns' S.H.I.E.L.D. database file

"It's time to meet."
"Not safe."
"Living with GAMMA poisoning not safe."
―Samuel Sterns and Bruce Banner[src]

Samuel Sterns worked as a professor at Grayburn College, teaching in the Department of Cellular Biology. When Bruce Banner went on the run from the United States Armed Forces, led by General Thaddeus Ross, he managed to establish contact with Sterns and they communicated with each other as Mr. Blue and Mr. Green, respectively, while collaborating to find a cure for Banner's condition.

When Banner was in Brazil, Sterns suggested to search for flowers, but when they failed to create a plausible antidote, Sterns asked Banner to send him a sample of his blood so he could engineer an antidote for himself. However, Sterns kept his true intentions secret from Banner: Sterns, in fact, had desired to use the antidote to create cures to various illnesses, motivated by the goal to make humans practically immune to any genetic disease. However, Sterns' plan was flawed, as he had underestimated the blood toxicity of Banner's blood. [1]

Meetup at Grayburn College

Samuel-Sterns-meets-Banner

Bruce Banner introduces himself to Sterns

"Even if everything goes perfectly, if we induce an episode, if we get the dosage exactly right, is that going to be a lasting cure, or just some antidote to suppress that specific flare-up? I don't know. What I'm saying is that if we overshoot this by even the smallest integer, we're dealing with concentrations with extraordinary levels of toxicity."
―Samuel Sterns to Bruce Banner and Betty Ross[src]

Sterns was walking out of a building on the campus of Grayburn College when he was confronted by Professor Elizabeth Ross of Culver University. Sterns recognized her close to instantly, and she began introducing him to Bruce Banner, who revealed himself to be Mr. Green.

Samuel-Sterns-Talks

Sterns explains the antidote process

Sterns expressed his excitement to cooperate with Banner and Ross, explaining that he contemplated on if Banner was real and how he could live with Hulk caged inside his body. When Sterns began monologuing, Ross and Banner insisted that Sterns stay on task. Sterns explained to Banner that in order for the antidote to work, they need a precise set amount of blood to create the suppressant, or it would not work otherwise.[1]

Engineering an Antidote

Samuel Sterns Promotional 2008 TIH

Sterns begins conducting the experiment

"We have the antidote now!"
"They don't want the antidote, they want to make it a weapon! And if we let it go, we will never get it back. You don't know how powerful this thing is."
"I hate the government just as much as anyone, but you're being a little paranoid, don't you think?"
―Samuel Sterns and Bruce Banner[src]

After witnessing Banner transform into Hulk as a test and successfully reverting him back with their finalized suppressant, it was revealed that he had been experimenting with Banner's blood samples on animal test subjects without his knowledge, and also revealed his wishes to utilize his tests towards further scientific research.

BettyBruceSterns-TIH

Sterns argues with Banner over the antidote

Sterns debated with Banner, arguing that their discoveries in regard to the antidote could gain them prestigious awards and attention in the long run, whereas Banner insisted that Sterns didn't fully grasp the full extent of the situation. During their bickering, the Strategic Operations Command Center had been listening in to their argument. After a sniper immobilized Banner, Sterns could only watch in horror as Emil Blonsky apprehended Banner into his custody.[1]

Creating an Abomination

Forced Compliance

601px-Vlcsnap-212898-1-

Sterns is threatened by Emil Blonsky

"It's beautiful. Godlike."
"Well, I want that. I need that. Make me that."
"I don't know what you've got inside you already. The mixture could be... an abomination. I didn't say I was unwilling. I just need informed consent. And you've given it."
―Samuel Sterns and Emil Blonsky[src]

With Banner and Ross were taken into the custody of Thaddeus Ross, only Sterns remained inside the building. Kathleen Sparr interrogated Sterns about his experiments with Banner's blood, but Sterns explained that he couldn't replicate Hulk, even with the mass amount of blood samples he received from Banner. When Sparr began to respond to the revelation that Hulk could not be replicated, Emil Blonsky, who was still inside the building, killed Sparr with blunt force.

SternsBlonsky-TIH

Sterns is lifted by Emil Blonsky

After the power-hungry Blonsky opened up on his true thoughts on Sparr, he turned a gun on a confused Sterns and threatened him to comply with his demands to inject him with Banner's blood. Sterns opened up on his experiment with Banner, but also noticed that Blonsky was had been enhanced already. Blonsky eventually managed to force Sterns to comply by physically threatening him.[1]

Self-Mutation

Samuel-Sterns-Abomination

Sterns witnesses Emil Blonsky's mutation

"This is what I was trying to explain. I don't know what you've been ladling into yourself. But clearly, it worked. Let's assume you don't understand a word I'm saying, but if you'll just get back on the table, I can fix this!"
―Samuel Sterns to Emil Blonsky[src]

Sterns began setting up the procedure and strapped Emil Blonsky to the rest. When Sterns injected the power-hungry Blonsky with Bruce Banner's blood and exposed him to the gamma rays, it triggered his own transformation. Despite pleading for him to stay on the rest, Blonsky mutated into a hazel, spiky Abomination. As soon as he embraced his newfound powers, Blonsky threw Sterns onto the floor and trashed the laboratory.

Leader

Sterns mutating from Bruce Banner's blood

In the confusion, an immobile Sterns was accidentally infected with Banner's blood via an open wound on his forehead. The mutation went wild, as he smiled, his brain began to expand in size[2] while Abomination began a rampage on the streets of Harlem, massacring the NYPD officers and the United States Army soldiers.[1]

Standoff with Black Widow

"Dr. Samuel Sterns?"
"I think perhaps once I was...but shall now become much more."
Natasha Romanoff and Samuel Sterns[src]

With his brain still expanded due his infection, Sterns was found by Black Widow, who asked him if he was Samuel Sterns, to which Sterns responded that perhaps he indeed was once but that now he shall become much more. Sterns then identified Black Widow's birthplace from a hint of an accent in her voice. Sterns then attempted to bribe her, promising he would help her come back to Stalingrad and share his vision with hers, but Black Widow shot him the leg and subsequently placed him into S.H.I.E.L.D.'s custody. Sterns was taken afterwards to a secure location to be studied by S.H.I.E.L.D. scientists. The incident relating to Stern's arrest was later referred to as "Project Mr. Blue".[2]

Personality

"Look, I've always been more curious than cautious and that's served me pretty well."
―Samuel Sterns[src]

Samuel Sterns is shown to be an eccentric professor, enthusiastic about his work and the opportunities that are presented to him. After being mutated however with Bruce Banner's blood, Sterns went mad, beginning to mesmerize himself as a higher being.

Powers and Abilities

Powers

  • Enhanced Intelligence: After being exposed to Hulk's blood, Sterns' brainpower drastically increased to the point where he could identify Black Widow's birthplace of Stalingrad by a slight hint in her accent.[2]

Abilities

"When I read what he had been doing... I mean, I didn't think it was possible to synthesize inhibitors that are that complex, but he's doing it by the bucketload."
"His work is unbelievably brilliant."
Bruce Banner and Betty Ross[src]
  • Master Scientist: Samuel Sterns helped Bruce Banner when he sought a cure for his transformation into Hulk. He was able to develop a method that could potentially reverse the transformation, by duplicating and testing the limited blood samples that Banner sent him. He was also able to duplicate the transformation process with Emil Blonsky, transforming him into Abomination when Banner's blood was mixed with the Super Soldier Serum that Blonsky already had, a situation that Sterns had already anticipated. After Sterns' mutation, his intellect increased, but he was immediately imprisoned.

Facilities

Grayburn

Sterns exiting Grayburn College

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Trivia

  • In the comics, Sterns was not a scientist, but instead was a menial laborer with only average intelligence. He was exposed to Gamma Radiation while he was transporting hazardous materials. He also became the superpowered criminal Leader before Banner became Hulk. Sterns is also one of the leaders of Intelligencia, a group comprised of the smartest villains in the Marvel universe.
  • The film version of Samuel Sterns bears some resemblance to Philip Sterns, also known as Madman, who was Samuel Sterns' brother in the comics. Both are brilliant scientists who studied gamma radiation and romanticized the concept of Hulk, eventually leading to their receiving gamma-based powers.
  • Sterns uses the online name "Mr. Blue" to communicate with Banner. In the comics, Mr. Blue was an alias used by Betty Ross to keep in contact with a fugitive Banner.

Behind the Scenes

  • Aaron Sims produced concept art of The Leader for The Incredible Hulk although Samuel Sterns doesn't fully transform into The Leader during the film.[3]
  • Director Louis Leterrier introduced Samuel Sterns in The Incredible Hulk with the intention to set him up to become the main antagonist as The Leader in a possible sequel.[4] Tim Blake Nelson even "signed on" to reprise his role in two more films.[5]
  • Scotty Cook was a stunt double for Tim Blake Nelson in the role of Samuel Sterns.
  • When asked if there are any plans to bring back Samuel Sterns, Kevin Feige replied that there's a possibility as he loves to bring back characters the audience think they have seen the last of.[6]

References

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