Wednesday, 6 May 2015

M.M.M: The Incredible Hulk. Now with 100% less Poodle and more refferences

We're skipping forward a bit here, purely because of what people believe to be cannon, what is and isn't in the MCU. When The Avengers was about to come out, I heard people saying that there wasn't a Hulk movie, that The Avengers was going to be the first Hulk movie for the Cinematic Universe... that's not completely true. Say hello to the only Hulk movie in the MCU: The Incredible Hulk.

So what's the plot? Well, there's something that should be cleared up first. This movie treats the last film as both cannon and not cannon. You're not going to find a lot of back story here, as the back story is explained in the last Hulk film, but the two are barely connected. The intro credits show the backstory of The Hulk, but not to the same events as Hulk. This is a soft reboot, somethings staying the same, others not. But as for the plot of this film:

"I swear I'm not just here for foreshadowing"
Bruce Banner has been on the run ever since The Hulk was released into the world, he has been living a life that controls it, but is intending to cure it. Due to a slip up that gave Stan Lee, former security guard at Banner's lab (03's Hulk cameo), now old man who drank the wrong bottle of... whatever it is and was given a minor dose of gamma radiation. The US army, now with the aid of Stark Industries tech and the S.H.I.E.L.D database, uses this to track him. Most of the movie is spent with Banner running into the army a few times, but at the very end, one of the soldiers, who was injected with gamma radiation to turn him into a super soldier, is injected with Banner's blood and becomes Abomination. Insert destruction of New York as The Hulk, who can now be controlled, and Abomination battle and that's the end of the movie. Unlike Hulk, TIH (because typing out The Incredible Hulk starts to get annoying) isn't as padded out and is the better written of the two films. I think this was a decent length film and all the scenes were as long as they needed to be, there wasn't any unnecessary padding.
"I'm sitting in the rain"... this was not taken with a camera aimed at my TV... just ridiculously good timing

Thankfully, this is also 2008, and the movie isn't trying to be a comic book and is actually shot like a movie. There's no Multi cam like in Hulk, no really bad CG, and the characters are actually allowed to act and be the focus of the movie. For one thing, I can hear them, there's no horrible audio problems. Not to mention, I actually believe these actors are these characters, something I struggled to do in Hulk. It comes at the trade off of Post Production lighting balance and a soundtrack that's bland and forgetful, but I'll take what I can get.
"Why do I get the feeling I'm just helping people get ready for The Avengers?"

From Friday onwards, we'll be sticking to the release schedule of the films, as now we have entered Phase 1. See you Friday for Iron Man.

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