At the Cube, a normal Samson visits Bruce Banner. During the breakout, the failures in the Cube cause Samson to get exposed to Gamma radiation, becoming super-strong and green-haired. Samson saves Banner from debris, but is attacked by Zzzax, which causes Banner to get angry and turn into Hulk, who fights his way out and takes Samson to safety.
Some time later, Samson accompanies the Avengers to investigate the Gamma dome surrounding the Cube. He and Thor end facing an augmented Wrecking Crew while Black Panther destroys the Gamma generator.
Samson tries to teach Skaar to behave, and when it doesn't work with therapy, Samson uses hypnosis. However, Skaar returns to his barbaric self when hearing the word "please".