First Appearance
Hancock (film)
Bobby Billings, Vincent Ngo, Vincent Gilligan
Team Affliations
Harrison Wells
Base Of Operations
Los Angeles California (formerly), Harlem, New York
Flight, Super Strength, Eternal Youth, Weather Control, Invulnerability, Super Hearing
Skills and Abilities
Fighting Experience
Tools and Weapons

Hancock is a superhero in the 2008 superhero film Hancock. He is played by Will Smith.

Hancock is over 3000 years old. He is unable to remember anything prior to 1928 due to suffering a bout of amnesia. At the beginning of the story, Hancock does not care about his public image and he often causes more [monetary] damage than he prevents while performing heroic acts. He is often drunk or hungover which results in the public he attempts to help distrusting and disliking him. After saving the life of public relations spokesman Ray Embrey, Hancock works with Embrey to attempt to repair his tarnished public image and eventually Ray helps Hancock to become a respected hero.

Hancock is currently located in New York.


Hancock is an angel created by the gods who decided to use his powers to fight crime. He lost his wings sometime around 102 AD during the crusades. He along with 40 other angels were sent down to help in the war. Over the years however more and more Angels paired up and died. Mary and Hancock were able to keep their powers because they broke up hundreds of years ago to keep the earth safe. However, in the 1920s while trying to stop a mugging he was hit in the head and could no longer remember Mary. Feeling heartbroken she left him. Hancock remained a crime fighter, eventually working in modern day Los Angeles.


Hancock is approximately 3,000 years old and it has been revealed that in his past he lived in ancient Rome and Greece; however due to amnesia the farthest back he can remember is living in Miami, approximately 80 years ago. Hancock woke up in a hospital after a black out caused by his skull being fractured. Due to the amnesia he could not recall his name and was unaware of his prior relationship with Mary Embrey. He recalled nothing regarding his past life. When discharged from hospital the reception nurse asked him for his "John Hancock". Thinking that this was his name, he adopted the name as his identity.

Eventually landing up in Los Angeles Hancock attempted to serve as a superhero with mixed success. It is established that while he was successful in reducing crime, problems arose due to his alcohol drinking problem, he frequently caused more damage than he prevented. Hancock displayed an irresponsible and arrogant attitude, refusing to submit to court subpoenas to answer to lawsuits.

After preventing the death of Ray Embrey in a train accident, a grateful Ray attempts to improve Hancock's public image. Ray persuades Hancock that the best way to repair his public image is to appear humble and him turn himself in to the courts gambling that the city will eventually realise that they need Hancock to keep crime at manageable levels. Eventually Ray's plan works and in response to rapidly rising crime rates the city releases Hancock to help with a hostage situation.

After thwarting the hostage situation and subduing the criminal gangs leader Red Parker by cutting off the hand in which he was holding a detonator, the city welcomed Hancock back.

Spending more and more time with Ray's family Hancock feels an attraction to Ray's wife Mary which eventually leads to the revelation that Mary appears to share similar powers to Hancock, manifested by Mary throwing Hancock through the kitchen wall and down the street.

Mary initially attempts to convince Hancock that they are brother and sister but eventually tells him the truth that they were created to be together. The pair end up battling each other and Hancock learns his true age. Mary reveals to Hancock that they are the last of their kind and the race they belonged to were once referred to as Gods and Angels but were now thought of as superheroes. Mary inadvertently reveals her secret powers to Ray and both she and Hancock tell Ray the full details of their past and their prior relationship.

Hancock prevents a liquor store robbery but is shot twice in the chest in the process. He is then immediately rushed to the hospital. While visiting Hancock in hospital Mary reveals that prolonged contact with each other results in deterioration of both their powers and eventually they will lose their immortality. She then describes their lives from 4 B.C. up to 1928, the year Hancock lost his memory.

Taking advantage of Hancock's weakened state Red Parker shows up at the hospital and attacks Hancock, during the attack Mary is shot trying to protect Hancock. After sustaining a severe beating at the hands of Red's henchmen, Hancock is helpless and about to be killed by Red, but Ray intervenes, cutting off Red's remaining hand with a fire axe and then killing Red. Hancock then flees because greater distance from Mary will allow them both to recover from their injuries. Hancock accepts that he and Mary cannot be together and seems to happily let Mary live her life with Ray. Hancock currently resides in New York where he appears to be successfully carrying out his duties as a superhero.

In the mid-credits scene a criminal is on the loose, and when he takes a hostage, Hancock shows up. Hancock tells the police to put their weapons down. The criminal calls him an asshole and Hancock turns and smiles at him.

Powers and AbilitiesEdit

  • Superhuman Strength: Hancock possesses incredible superhuman strength. He was able to easily throw a beached full-grown humpback whale (approximate weight 190 tons) a great distance back into the ocean and even used his fingernails to cut a metal disk. His fight with Mary partially leveled a large city with no trouble while they were both weakened and they effortlessly destroyed buildings, threw buses, cars, and girders from buildings while weakened. Hancock even stopped a train and threw a car with no sweat or effort at all.
  • Superhuman Stamina: Hancock displays the ability to utilise his powers for long periods of time without tiring and seems to recover from intense expenditure of energy quickly.
  • Superhuman Reflexes: Hancock's accelerated reflexes are far superior to even the most physically perfect human. Hancock can even hit an RPG easily.
  • Invulnerability: Hancock is invulnerable to all forms of injury. He has withstood the impact of a large moving freight train and can easily handle hard landings after flight or from high impact falls. His skin is impervious to bullets and he has withstood the blast from an RPG and the explosion of a car. Hancock even fought Mary and was hit by buses and launched through buildings unharmed despite both their powers getting drained by each other. The only time Hancock displays any vulnerability to injury is when he remains in close proximity to Mary Embrey.
  • Flight: Hancock is able to fly at supersonic speeds and is also capable of interplanetary flight as displayed when he left Ray's 'All-Heart' logo on the face of the Moon. It's possible that he can go faster than the speed of light because he traveled and put a heart on the moon before anyone noticed. However, on Earth, he can go at supersonic speeds. This was displayed when he traveled to a far-out jail in the desert to a city in a matter of seconds. He and Mary even crossed a large city in just a few seconds while weakened, fighting, getting smashed into the ground and thrown through buildings while not putting much effort into fighting.
  • Weather Control: Hancock can control and summon high winds and tornadoes as displayed in the fight against Mary. Although its never directly stated in the film, the director Peter Berg has clarified that is is in fact Hancock who is summoning the tornadoes and Mary is summoning the lightning.
  • Superhuman Hearing: Hancock was able to hear Mary and Ray's conversation when he was on the roof of their brick built house.
  • Immunity: Being immortal it follows that Hancock is immune to toxins and diseases and requires no air.
  • Immortality: Hancock has lived for thousands of years. If he and Mary stay far enough apart from each other, both will remain immortal.
  • Regeneration: Hancock is capable of accelerated healing which enables him to recover from injuries at an accelerated rate. Hancock describes recovering from the head injuries which resulted in his amnesia in a few hours to the amazement of the doctors treating him. The healing process is reduced the more time is spent in close proximity to Mary but the healing ability is reactivated when separated from Mary resulting in wounds, scars, and other physical trauma healing and the reversal of any aging. He still retains scars from multiple times he has protected Mary throughout time, all when he was mortal.
  • Foresight: Hancock is capable of seeing certain aspects of his future. First instance Hancock is seen drawing on a napkin in a bar. Then, on the wall of his jail cell which is the image of a large person and a smaller person holding hands walking. Later on before hancock died, he saw this same image that was revealed to be Ray Embrey and his son walking away from Hancock.

Skills and Abilities Edit

Hancock is a skilled fighter, with the advantage of several millenia of fighting experience.

Weaknesses Edit

Because of his invulnerability he possesses very little in the way of actual physical weaknesses. However, Hancock displays irresponsibility, arrogance and a lack of awareness of the possible tragic consequences of his neglectful and rashactions. He displays a volatile temper which often leads to dangerous, impulsive, and even brutal acts.

He is also as susceptible to the short term effects of alcohol as a normal person would be; he seems to be immune to alcohol's long term and fatal effects.

Prolonged time spent in proximity to Mary Embrey results in the deterioration of his powers reducing him to mortal levels of vulnerability. Being in each other's immediate presence causes both of them to become mortals, though they still possess their powers for days before they start to lose them, seemingly due to Hancock not always being in Mary's immediate presence. Being around her for too long and repeatedly being with her caused them to lose their powers even when they were not near each other. When reduced, they are vulnerable to all the weaknesses that afflict a normal human, despite retaining enough of his superhuman strength and resilience to kill several humans with his strength before any injuries could truly weaken him or cause him to collapse. If they leave each other's immediate presence, they quickly regain their full quantity & qualities of their powers.

References in other mediaEdit

- In the film The Kings of Summer, one of the characters try to bring the movie to mind, though accidentally refer to it as Heimlich.

- In the TV series Family Guy in the episode "Big Man on Hippocampus", Hancock is presented as an in-flight movie on a plane.

- In the movie Disaster Movie, a parody of Hancock briefly appears.