The difference is that that Blow was not directly to the face/head, if it was i'd expect the Hulk to be out. Instead the blow seemed to be to the body, hence the Hulk being thrown back unable to resist... I have never seen Thor go for a headshot like that unless it's a Mangog level opponent, and the one time he did it was to kill Blockbuster. Very telling i think.
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> > > Thor using his full force has shattered mountains, dented pure adamantium (before it was retconned) and smashed through Celestial armor. Are you suggesting Thor was hitting Rulk that hard? In his entire history, when has Thor ever hit a "first-time" opponent with that kind of force?
> > Right here in this storyline
> > You can try and destabilise the showing by saying the art was more... enthusiastic... than was intended. But what you can't do is deny the fact Thor Thors very 1st blow was a haymaker to the face!
> > That would have been an instant KO for just about any other opponent this side of Kurse but Red just stood there and took it - to Thors utter disbelief.
> > So after that are you seriously suggesting Thor holds back even slightly in the following few blows he doles out before his stoppage?
> > Because I think you're on your own here.
> Hulk#300 Thor hit Mindless Hulk with Mjolnir's full force/strength intensity not holding back (it was the last blow).
Mindless Hulk never seemed much stronger than a normal Hulk i agree, you can rationalize that fight as Thor as usual holding back (i.e. not out to kill) whereas with the Red Hulk the fight seemed a good deal more personal, Thor out to crush the Red Hulk at all cost.
| > Mindless Hulk wasn't even stunned or dazed by Mjolnir's blows, but again we all know that he wasn't stronger than Thor, however he was extremely durable to Mjolnir's blows and its mystical lightning bolts.|
> One of the best fights I've ever seen inside Marvel's mainstream continuity.
> The same could be said for Red Hulk, equal strength with Thor and Green Hulk and awesome physical durability.
There a number of variables here - how much did Thor know about who & what the Red Hulk was doing? But since his return from Ragnarok we have seen that Thor is no longer prone to hold back as much and approaches life slightly differently, his priorities have shifted and that may be the key to understanding what level he's working at now...