When there are two people arguing over an object or piece of land and neither of them has a stronger proof than the other’s, the gemara in Bava Basra 34a teaches us about the principle of:

כל דאלים גבר

"whoever is stronger prevails"

Rashbam (ad. loc.) suggests this applies in any case where two people argue and neither has convincing proof.

Enter The Hulk

1) If you look closely at the concept the word "גבר" ie "man" is used. Is the The Hulk considered a man?
בּשלמא Bruce Banner, he's legitimately a person. אלא is The Hulk still considered a "man" or is it a brand new non-human entity, and thus "כל דאלים גבר" wouldn't apply in this case?
(regardless, you WON'T like him angry)

2) Even if you say The Hulk still has a shem "man"- is it fair to have The Hulk show up in a כל דאלים גבר dispute? Assumption is two regular people are fighting- NOT someone like The Hulk!

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The answer is that.

אל תקרא אלים אלא אילם

Not violent but mute. If you learn the topic carefully, you can note that Hulk grunts but doesn't pronounces words. So he is a man. But אם אפשר לקיים את שניהם בלי סתירה, יש אם למקרא ואם למסורת.

We need to learn from Alim, and from Ilem.

So the principle of kol dealim gvar is applicable for Hulk.

See in Shut Harosh (and Rosh Chezkat Habatim siman 22), quoted in Bach, that who is right is more bitter. So, since Hulk suffers injustices, he is stronger, despite his sick complexion.

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    Um... Hulk does talk. In the comics, there are times that he talks like a child, and times that he has Banner’s full intellect and mental capabilities (Professor Hulk and Doc Green storylines). In the MCU, he’s been shown to talk to a certain degree since his introduction. So you don’t need to appeal to יש אם למקרא ויש אם למסורת to reach this conclusion.
    – DonielF
    Mar 15, 2019 at 1:44
  • Tora dhebeal pe mipi hashmua
    – kouty
    Mar 15, 2019 at 2:05

Psalms 29:

הבו לה׳ בני אלים

Ascribe to the Lord, to the sons of the stronger ones

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