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Tyrone Cash

Tyrone Cash
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance (Ultimate Comics: Avengers) 2 #1 (April 2010)
Created by Mark Millar
Leinil Francis Yu
In-story information
Alter ego Leonard Williams
Team affiliations Ultimate Avengers
Partnerships Bruce Banner (The Hulk)
General Nick Fury
Notable aliases The First Hulk
Abilities Genius-level intellect
Superhuman strength, stamina and durability
Healing factor

Tyrone Cash is a fictional character in the Ultimate Marvel universe. He is a member of The Ultimates, and is described as being the first Hulk (before Bruce Banner).[1]

Fictional character biography

In the Ultimate Marvel universe, Dr. Leonard Williams was a professor at Cambridge University and a family man with a wife and children but due to disability he relied on the aid of crutches to walk. Cambridge is where he worked with a young Bruce Banner. They worked together in order to create a super soldier formula. During this time, he became Bruce's "mentor" and allegedly taught Banner "everything he knows." Williams disappears in an unexplained occurrence in which several people are killed, and comes to be considered a missing person.[2]

Leonard Williams became the first Hulk and lives as "Tyrone Cash." Unlike the Bruce Banner's Hulk, Tyrone Cash still retains his intellect and self-control. The years he was "missing," he was actually being monitored by S.H.I.E.L.D., while he was "murdering and pillaging his way through Africa and Asia." Now 16 years after the accident, Leonard Williams "perished" in, Tyrone Cash resides in South America living as a ruthless gang lord. In order to draft Williams/Cash, General Nick Fury sends War Machine to retrieve him. War Machine approaches Cash peacefully, and tries to remind him of his previous life, but Cash turns on him, and starts brutally beating War Machine. During their fight, Cash shows how powerful he is and how truly sadistic and ruthless he has become. He plucks a one-man plane from the air and uses it as a weapon, with no remorse for killing the pilot or the others on his island. He threatens to quickly rebuild his "crime empire" if War Machine ruins it, and only stops fighting after War Machine says "We'll tell your wife and kid you're still alive."[1]

The first assignment given to Cash and his fellow Avengers is to take out the enigmatic and deadly Ghost Rider. In an attempt to "get the jump on" Ghost Rider the Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D. agents stand guard at an airport. Ghost Rider eventually arrives to capture, and inevitably kill, his target. Ghost Rider ripped a man from his plane and quickly rides off, but his escape is cut short but a well placed rocket courtesy of Hawkeye.

Cash was discovered to be behind the sale of S.H.I.E.L.D.-owned Super-Soldiers on the black market. After the Avengers attempted to take him down and arrest him, he confessed that he was secretly taking orders from Carol Danvers, and that she had been selling S.H.I.E.L.D. secrets for years.[3] He is taken down by Blade who hypnotizes him and drained his Hulk-blood out of him. Upon being brought to the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier, Tyrone Cash told Nick Fury the secrets of the Hulk drug and was then executed by Nick Fury.[4]

Powers and Abilities

Tyrone Cash has superhuman strength, stamina and durability, and a healing factor which are similar to those abilities possessed by the Hulk. Tyrone also possesses genius-level intellect.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Ultimate Comics: Avengers #8
  2. Ultimate Comics: Avengers #7
  3. Avengers vs New Ultimates #2
  4. Avengers vs. New Ultimates #5

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