The Hulk is one of the most well-known Marvel heroes and the MCU took this character into some wild, bold, and very memorable directions throughout the four movies that he’s been in so far and so now I’m going to look at that evolution as we speed towards the debut of Avengers: Infinity War. Enjoy!
The Incredible Hulk (2008)
The Incredible Hulk is one of the worst movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In fact, it’s nearly the opposite of 2008’s Iron Man. Where Iron Man succeeded The Incredible Hulk failed miserably and thankfully Marvel didn’t continue in that direction or they might not have made it a few more years. Edward Norton wasn’t a great Bruce Banner. He just…didn’t convince me. And the movie’s story was just horrible. I’m glad he’s changed since then.
The Avengers (2012)
When The Hulk returned in The Avengers Mark Ruffalo was now the actor playing the character and he did SUCH a better job. He convinced me that he was a scientist who lived continuously on the edge as he tried to prevent himself from turning into The Hulk and he did a great job. When he needed to be heroic he was heroic, when he was sadistic he was sadistic, and The Hulk really excited me in this movie.
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
In Age of Ultron they tried to tap deeper into the character by having Bruce Banner fall for Natasha Romanoff (weird couple) and how he could handle his love life with The Hulk constantly leering in his right corner. It wasn’t a great character arc but it did show that Bruce can be caring and selfless when it comes to the people he loves. Of course, at the end of his time in the film he decided running away would be better for him and Natasha than returning to her and that led to some wild adventures in the near future.
Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
When we finally saw The Hulk again in Thor: Ragnarok he was a completely different because, for one, he was still The Hulk. Secondly, The Hulk actually talked, a lot, which was delightfully weird. And we got to see The Hulk in a funnier light. It could’ve easily turned me off to the character but the humor only gave The Hulk some much needed personality. And it was just fun seeing The Hulk and Thor kicking butt and taking names together. Ha! Hilarious. And the real funny thing is at the end of the film, after Bruce Banner turned back into The Hulk to save the fleeing Asgardians, he never turned back into Banner so he was still The Hulk. Now that’s funny.
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
So when we see The Hulk he’ll obviously be in Bruce Banner form again after what seems like an awful crash into the Sanctum Sanctorum where Doctor Strange lives. So the question is, what will be his story this time around and will he be able to handle this cataclysmic event? Thankfully, we won’t have long to wait.
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