A look at the different Hulk movies that have been released as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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The Hulk in the MCU
The Hulk has had a complex relationship with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The character was first introduced in the 2008 film The Incredible Hulk, but the actor who played the Hulk in that film, Edward Norton, did not reprise his role in subsequent MCU films. Instead, Mark Ruffalo took over the role of Bruce Banner/the Hulk in 2012’s The Avengers and has since reprised the role in several MCU films.
The most recent Hulk film was 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War, which saw the character teaming up with the other Avengers to take on Thanos. While the film did not feature a standalone Hulk movie, it did further develop the character’s arc and relationship with Banner. It is unclear at this time if or when we will see another standalone Hulk film, but Ruffalo has hinted that there may be plans for one in the future.
The Incredible Hulk
The Incredible Hulk is a 2008 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character the Hulk, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Universal Pictures. The film was directed by Louis Leterrier, with a screenplay by Zak Penn. It stars Edward Norton as Bruce Banner, alongside Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, Tim Blake Nelson, Ty Burrell, and William Hurt. In the film, Bruce Banner becomes the Hulk as an unwitting pawn in a military scheme to reinvigorate the efficacy of gamma radiation as a weapon. On the run from military forces pursuing him, Banner attempts to cure himself of the Hulk before he destroys New York City, but his attempts trigger a further metamorphosis that transforms him into a giant rampaging monster known as the Abomination. Roth played Emil Blonsky / Abomination.
The Hulkbuster is a recurring suit in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) that is designed to stop the Incredible Hulk. The suit made its first appearance in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and has since appeared in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.
The Abomination is the main antagonist of The Incredible Hulk. He is a monstrosity created when Emil Blonsky was exposed to a similar dose of gamma radiation as Bruce Banner, except without Banner’s inoculation against the mutagenic effects.
The Leader is the main antagonist of the 2008 superhero film The Incredible Hulk. He is a powerful telepath and telekinetic who leads a cult of followers known as the “Children of the Atom”. The Leader was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, and first appeared in Tales to Astonish #62 (September 1964).
The Grey Hulk
The Hulk’s first movie appearance was in The Incredible Hulk (2008), which was part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s (MCU) Phase One. In this movie, Bruce Banner (played by Edward Norton) is exposed to gamma radiation, which turns him into the Hulk. However, instead of being a big green brute, the Hulk in this movie is more of a grey complexion.
This is because the rights to the character were originally owned by Universal Studios, who made a Incredible Hulk TV show in the 1970s. In that show, the Hulk was grey. When Marvel got the rights back in the 2000s, they decided to keep the grey coloration for Bruce Banner’s Hulk in The Incredible Hulk as an homage to that TV show.
The Grey Hulk eventually made another appearance in Thor: Ragnarok (2017), where he is seen fighting alongside Thor and Loki against Hela and her hordes of zombies. After that film, the Grey Hulk wasn’t seen again and it’s assumed that he eventually turned back into Bruce Banner permanently.
The Red Hulk
The Incredible Hulk (2008) is the second film in the MCU and features the introduction of the Red Hulk.
The Hulk movie that is in the MCU is She-Hulk.
The Hulk in Other Media
The Hulk is a character created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby that first appeared in the debut issue of The Incredible Hulk in May 1962. Lee said that the Hulk’s creation was inspired by a combination of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Frankenstein, and Mike Doyle (a mover at gorilla cage at theCentral Park Zoo). Unlike other superheroes, the Hulk’s origin story does not involve radiation exposure or gamma rays, but rather he was Exposure to a strong dose of gamma radiation while trying to save the life of fellow scientist Rick Jones during the detonation of an experimental bomb. Theaccident transforms Banner into the Hulk, a giant green-skinned creature who is banners physicallyOpposite: superhumanly strong and banner himself when angered or provoked. While many variationsOf have been introduced in the decades since his debut, the essential aspects Of Banner’s transformation remain; When exposed to gamma radiation , he transforms into an immeasurably Strong brute known as “the Hulk”.
The End of the Hulk?
With each new Avengers movie, it becomes more and more likely that the next Hulk movie will be the last. The most recent film in the franchise, Avengers: Infinity War, came close to killing off the character for good. Thankfully, he was saved by his friends at the last minute, but it’s clear that his days are numbered.
This is due to a number of factors. First, the actor who plays Hulk, Mark Ruffalo, has said that he is ready to move on from the role. Second, the character has been growing increasingly unpopular with fans. And finally, there is simply no need for the character in the MCU anymore now that Thanos has been defeated.
With all of this in mind, it seems likely that the next Hulk movie will be his swan song. It remains to be seen how his story will come to an end, but whatever happens, it is sure to be a bittersweet farewell to one of the MCU’s most iconic characters.