Robert Bruce Banner, better known as The Incredible Hulk or The Hulk, is a fictional character appearing comic books, TV and movies published by Marvel Comics. Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the character first appeared in The Incredible Hulk #1 (May 1962). The Hulk is cast as the emotional and impulsive alter ego of the withdrawn and reserved physicist Dr. Bruce Banner. The Hulk appears shortly after Banner is accidentally exposed to the blast of a test detonation of a gamma bomb he invented. Subsequently, Banner will involuntarily transform into the Hulk, depicted as a giant, raging, humanoid monster, leading to extreme complications in Banner's life.
In "Emission Impossible", Peter asks Lois' sister, Carol, to say “David Banner, I just slashed your tires” before he rips through one of her ex-husband Ted’s shirts. This is meant to mimic the transformation of David Banner into the Incredible Hulk.
Although the DVD commentary for "Cool Hand Peter" acknowledges the vast number of shows doing a chain gang-themed episode, they specify their inspiration for the episode originated in "The Slam" episode of The Incredible Hulk. Peter wears the same number "1121" as Dr. Banner.
In "Our Idiot Brian", Stewie accuses Brian of being as useless as the Black Widow of The Avengers when he prefers to stay dumb. Black Window is questioned by Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk and Hawkeye as to her powers, which she only offers up as kicking. While the rest of the team jokes at her expense, Hulk tries to stay out of it, but is accused of just trying to be nice.