Boris Johnson has vowed that the UK will escape the EU's chains on October 31 just like the comic book hero if no new deal is reached. The British prime minister is due to hold fresh talks in Brussels on Monday.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday compared his country's exit from the European Union next month to The Incredible Hulk's ability to burst through chains.
"The madder Hulk gets, the stronger Hulk gets," he told the Mail on Sunday newspaper.
Referring to Bruce Banner, the fictional scientist who transforms into his powerful green alter ego in the famous comic book and film series, Johnson said: "Banner might be bound in manacles, but when provoked he would explode out of them."
However, Johnson appeared confident that a last-minute deal could be struck with Brussels, saying "we will get there" and that a "huge amount of progress is being made."
Johnson has said he wants to renegotiate the Irish border backstop that Britain and the EU negotiated as part of the divorce deal.
The backstop, which would only be employed if the two sides fail to secure a future trade deal, would allow the free flow of goods to continue between the UK territory of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, a member of the EU.
No backstop alternative
The EU has so far insisted that the backstop remain, and has complained that Britain has not presented any detailed alternative.