Hancock is over 3,000 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 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 in an 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 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 realize 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 alongside 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 the hospital, Mary reveals that prolonged contact with each other results in deterioration of both their powers and 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, and 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 him. 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.
A month later, Hancock calls Ray and his family, revealing he has imprinted the Moon’s surface with Ray’s AllHeart marketing logo. In a mid-credits scene, Hancock approaches a criminal in New York City, who calls him an asshole.
Powers and Abilities Edit
- Superhuman Strength: Hancock possesses incredible, almost incalculable superhuman strength. He can effortlessly bend or crush the hardest of metals with his bare hands, easily move extremely heavy objects, effortlessly shatter concrete, toss vehicles such as cars or trucks great distances, and easily overpower humans in combat. He was able to easily throw a beached full grown whale (approximate weight 190 tons) a great distance back into the ocean and can use his fingernails to etch concrete or cut through glass. His fight with Mary partially leveled a large city with no trouble despite the both of them being weakened and they effortlessly destroyed buildings and threw buses, cars, and girders from buildings. Hancock was even able to stop a train by simply standing in front of it and threw a car with no sweat or effort at all. He also used a car as a shield while protecting a police officer.
- Superhuman Stamina: Hancock displays the ability to utilize his powers for long periods of time without tiring and seems to recover from intense expenditure of energy quickly.
- Superhuman Reflexes: Hancock's superhuman speed also augments his reaction time, allowing him to react to danger and events much faster than a normal human. When a criminal shot an RPG at him, Hancock was able to hit it easily out of the air.
- Invulnerability: Hancock's extremely dense body tissue renders him virtually indestructible, capable of withstanding high-caliber bullets, sharp objects, extreme impacts, and falls from great heights. He is also invulnerable to extreme temperatures. Hancock has withstood the impact of large moving freight train and can easily handle hard landings after flight or from falls. His skin is impervious to bullets and he has withstood the blast from an RPG and the explosion of a car with no injuries. 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 he displays any vulnerability to injury is when he is 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. He can eve go faster than light, as demonstrated when he traveled to and put a heart on the Moon before anyone noticed. However, on Earth, Hancock can move at supersonic speeds, being able to travel 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 through buildings, and 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 it is 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.
- Regeneration: Hancock is capable of accelerated healing which enables him to recover from injuries at an accelerated rate. He 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.
Because of his invulnerability, Hancock possesses very little in the way of actually weaknesses. He displays a lack of responsibility, arrogance and a lack of awareness of the possible tragic consequences of his neglectful actions. He also displays a volatile temper which often leads to dangerous, impulsive, and even brutal acts.
He is also as susceptible to the effects of alcohol as a normal person would be.
Prolonged time spent in proximity to Mary Embrey results in the deterioration of his powers reducing him to mortal levels of vulnerability. Being in her 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 he leaves Mary's immediate presence, he quickly regains his full range of powers.