Somewhere in a town in South America, Bruce is chased by soldiers led by Emil Blonsky (Tim Roth), who were sent by General Thunderbolt Ross (William Hurt). Cornered inside a factory, Banner transforms into the Hulk, defeats the soldiers, and flees the country. After arriving in New York City, the Hulk saves the life of Rick Jones, a teenager who had been captured by soldiers working for an organization called the Enclave. It is the brainchild of four scientists, each with his own private army, and use Manhattan as a giant test site. Hulk saves him from Minerva Sector’s soldiers who were using a mind control device on him. Soon after, the Hulk further protects Rick Jones from Enclave’s Ceres and Jupiter Sectors, and the two become friends.