The Marvel Ultimate comics take place in an alternate universe to the main continuity. This allowed writers to take characters in new directions. One of these new directions was making Bruce Banner, alter ego of The Hulk, a vegan.
Banner’s veganism is referenced in Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk, a comic book mini series that started in 2005, where Wolverine is tasked by Nick Fury with finding and killing the massively muscular Hulk.
Of course, real life humans can’t get as big as the comic book Hulk, but muscle building is a hobby for a lot of people. And in addition to the hours spent pumping iron, diet plays a big part in the muscle people build.
For Bruce Banner, it’s easy. He doesn’t need any sort of high protein diet, vegan or otherwise, to get huge. All he needs is that initial exposure to gamma radiation and another healthy dose of nerd rage and boom, he’s ready to bench buildings.
For non irradiated vegans, it’s still possible to build muscle and improve athleticism. There are numerous professional athletes who are vegan. They’re competing at the highest levels in basketball, football, tennis, all kinds of sports, even Olympic weightlifting.
Even if you don’t want to eat 3,000 calories of lentils and tofu a day like some athletes, you don’t need gamma radiation to be healthy and strong. There’s plenty of protein in plants if you’re trying to get to 1.6 g per kg of body weight, or whatever you’re shooting for. So don’t be afraid to make the switch if you haven’t already. For tips and recipes, check out TryVeg.com