Before Marvel was the well-oiled machine it is today, it went through a few growing pains. And unfortunately, 2008’s The Incredible Hulk became one of the prime examples of those pains. The Edward Norton-starring superhero movie was notoriously plagued with on-set creative disputes between its star and the studios (the film was a co-production between Marvel Studios and Universal), who clashed over their visions for The Incredible Hulk. While we never got to see Norton’s version, the actor recently elaborated on what his vision for The Incredible Hulk original story would’ve been.
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Back before Mark Ruffalo became Bruce Banner and his big, green alter ego the Hulk in the MCU, Edward Norton briefly inhabited the role in The Incredible Hulk. Norton was replaced by Ruffalo for The Avengers, and there have been rumblings that the actor didn’t get along with MCU head honcho Kevin Feige behind-the-scenes. In a new interview, Norton opened up about his Hulk experience, revealing he pitched Marvel on not one, but two Incredible Hulk movies, adding that Marvel told him they loved his ideas – until they changed their minds.
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(Welcome to Road to Endgame, where we revisit all 22 movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and ask, “How did we get here?” In this edition: The Incredible Hulk, Marvel’s forgotten monster movie, forms a vital puzzle piece of the MCU.)
While it features crossover references a-plenty, The Incredible Hulk stands out from the Marvel pack thanks to its distinct approach. It’s less “superhero movie” and more “classic monster picture,” weaving these tones together with surprising ease, while employing the kind of skillful, kinetic camerawork the rest of the MCU seldom matched. Though, in trying to marry its dueling narratives, the film begins to stumble.
Just six weeks after Iron Man cleaned house at the box office, The Incredible Hulk was met with less enthusiastic fanfare. A mere five years out from Ang Lee’s Hulk (a film The Incredible Hulk may as well have been a soft sequel to), Louis Leterrier’s monster movie may not have given audiences something new, however it used familiar language to fit itself into the growing Marvel puzzle.
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You may not be able to fly or punch a planet, but you could prove to have the endurance of a superhero with a Marvel movie marathon that could earn you $1,000. In anticipation of the release of Avengers: Endgame, Cable.TV.com is offering people the chance to earn $1,000 and a ton of Marvel swag — if they can watch 20 movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe nonstop. Talk about a dream job.
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It’s hard to believe that we’ve had 10 years of Marvel Studios movies, beginning with Iron Man back in 2008 and running through Ant-Man and the Wasp at the end of last summer. With Avengers: Endgame bringing this era of Marvel Cinematic Universe movies to an end, what better way to celebrate than with a pair of two incredible prints by artist John Guydo featuring nearly all of the heroes and villains from the first 10 years of Marvel Studios movies.
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What Oscar-winning actress has already passed on a role in The Joker movie with Joaquin Phoenix? What shade did Edward Norton throw at Marvel Studios recently? Has The Dark Knight done more harm than good to the comic book genre? Which actress is playing roles in both Aquaman and Shazam? Why does an Agent Carter produce think a Netflix revival wouldn’t work? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
This weekend brings Avengers: Infinity War to theaters, and it’s been a 10-year journey to get to his epic crossover of half a dozen comic book movie franchises. Though Marvel Studios might have the Marvel Cinematic Universe sorted out now, when they first started back in 2008, it was a bit of a mess, as evidenced by the totally forgettable and disposable events of The Incredible Hulk.
Watch The Incredible Hulk Honest Trailer if you’re looking for a window into 10 years ago when Easter eggs were merely little nerdy references to keep hardcore fans satisfied without laying the groundwork for a whole slate of movies in the years to come. Or watch it if you’re just looking for some jabs to be thrown at one of the worst movies in the MCU. Read More »
(Welcome to Road to Infinity War, a new series where we revisit the first 18 movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and ask “How did we get here?” In this edition: revisiting the oft-maligned and underrated The Incredible Hulk.)
It’s easy to dismiss The Incredible Hulk when revisiting the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Striking it from canon seems to have few long-term narrative repercussions, and the recasting of Edward Norton’s Bruce Banner in future films primes it all the more for being swept under the rug. However, it’s an integral part of what the folks at Marvel were attempting to do in their early days, the then-unprecedented shared universe concept that now seems to be on every studio’s mind. While the film has crossover references a-plenty, it’s set apart from the rest of the MCU by its distinct tone, one that feel less “superhero movie” and more “classic monster picture,” though the way it marries said tone to the now familiar Marvel sensibility helped build the platform from which The Avengers would be launched. Forgettable or not, the road to Infinity War would be incomplete without it.
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This past weekend saw the release of Marvel’s Black Panther and the debut of Michael B. Jordan’s striking new villain. So you know what that means: it’s time to update our Marvel villain ranking.
If you’re still reading, there are two things to keep in mind regarding this particularly ranking of Marvel’s bad guys. One, I’m judging them all based on Personality and Plan Points. How magnetic are they? How stupid is their plan for world domination (or whatever else they’re seeking)?
Two, Thanos isn’t on it because he doesn’t count. He’s not a villain; he’s a Postmates customer with the munchies. I’m sure we’re all looking forward to Infinity War, when he can legitimately join this list.
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It’s become a tradition at this point: whenever a new entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is released, everyone ranks the movies. And now that everyone on the /Film staff has had a chance to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and spend a few days digesting it, it’s time to completely refresh our list.
We invited the site’s core staff as well as our various contributors to rank all 15 movies in the MCU, with each movie earning points based on its placement in each list. This resulted in a ranked list that reflects the site as a whole rather than the opinion of Just One Person. So here it is: the world’s most accurate ranking of Marvel Studios’ output.
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