The Incredible Hulk Film

The Incredible Hulk Film

The Incredible Hulk Film: It is an American superhero movie based on the Marvel Comic character Hulk. The Incredible Hulk is directed by Louis Leterrier and produced by Avi Arad, Gale Anne Hurd, and Kevin Feige. Read about Marvel Movie in Order to Watch here.

The Incredible Hulk Film Plot

The story of the movie The Incredible Hulk revolves around Dr. Bruce Banner. In this movie, he is seen finding a cure for his condition in which he turns into a big green monster whenever he gets angry, Other than that, he is also running from the army as they wanted to capture him. Dr. Bruce finally managed to get a cure for his condition. However, everything changes when a new creature named The Abomination comes to life.

The Incredible Hulk Film
The Incredible Hulk Film

The Incredible Hulk Marketing

Initially, the team decided to promote The Incredible Hulk as a romantic and physical antagonist movie and the title they used for promotion was “Incredible Gulp” and also “Incredible Dad” keeping Fathers Day in mind. The film was promoted by Burger King also.

The Incredible Hulk Film Released

Initially, Director Avi decided to release the film in May 2005. However, because of some budget problems they were not able to complete the shooting of the movie on time. Later, The Incredible Hulk was released theatrically on June 13, 2008.

The premiers of the movie were organized at Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California on June 8, 2008. The movie opened in 3,505 theaters. The Incredible Hulk is a part of Phase One of the Marvel Comic Universe.

The Incredible Hulk Development

After the successful release of Hulk by Ang Lee, the screenwriter James Schamus decided to make a sequel in which they will move on with the story of Hulk. This time, he was planning to cast Leader and the Abomination as the main villain in the movie.

They wanted to have Abomination because they consider him the real enemy of Hulk. In January 2006, director Avi Arad decided to provide funding for making the movie as Universal was not able to complete the movie on time.

The Incredible Hulk Casting

Following is the list of the star cast of the movie along with the characters they played:

The Incredible Hulk Film
The Incredible Hulk Film
  • Edward Norton as Bruce Banner
  • Lou Ferrigno’s voice as the Hulk
  • Liv Tyler as Betty Ross
  • Tim Roth as Emil Blonsky / Abomination
  • Tim Blake Nelson as Samuel Sterns
  • Ty Burrell as Leonard Samson
  • William Hurt as Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross
  • Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark (uncredited cameo)

The Incredible Hulk Box Office

The Incredible Hulk was made with a budget of $137.5-150 million and it managed to earn a whopping amount of $263.4 million worldwide. Talking about its collection from the United States and Canada, the movie earned $134.8 million and $128,6 from other territories.

The Incredible Hulk Filming

After a lot of delays, the shooting of the movie started on July 9, 2007. Initially, the movie was shot in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Toronto was decided because Mayor David Miller of that time was a big fan of Hulk and he promised that he will help the crew in the production. The shooting demands to close Yonge Street for four nights and it was made possible only by the help of David Miller.

Some part of the movie was also filmed on a backlot in Hamilton and also in British Columbia.

The Incredible Hulk Film Critical Response

On IMDB, it is rated 6.2 out of 10. The movie got a 67% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. “The Incredible Hulk may not be quite the smashing success that fans of Marvel’s raging behemoth might hope for, but it offers more than enough big green action to make up for its occasionally puny narrative,” said the website’s critical consensus.

“what seemed, in theory, the least-necessary revival of a big-screen superhero emerges as perfectly solid summer action fare in The Incredible Hulk.” He also emphasized on  “it’s all par-for-the-course cinematic demolition and destruction, staged efficiently and with a hint of enthusiasm,” and “penned with sporadic with Visuals lean toward the dark and murky, but editing by three—actually six—hands is fleet, and Craig Armstrong’s ever-present score is simultaneously bombastic and helpfully supportive of the action. Effects are in line with pic’s generally pro but not inspired achievements.” said Todd McCarthy from Variety.

Mark Rahner from The Seattle Times said, “The relaunch of Marvel’s green goliath is an improvement over director Ang Lee’s ponderous 2003 Hulk in nearly every way – except that the actual Hulk still looks scarcely better than something from a video game, and he still barely talks”.

“What lingers in my memory is the lengthy, essentially animated climactic battle between the Hulk and the Abomination on the streets and rooftops of Harlem, and an earlier showdown between the title creature and the U.S. Army, which is deploying high-tech weapons including sound-wave cannons. These are expertly staged by director Louis Leterrier, who disposes of the backstory under the opening credits and wraps up the whole thing in twenty-four minutes less than Lee took”,  Said Lou Lumenick from New York Post.

The Incredible Hulk Film
The Incredible Hulk Film

The Incredible Hulk Post Production

In the final cut of the movie, 79 minutes of the footage were not included. In that part mostly the origin of the Hulk was shown. The makers decided not to include it in the final movie as most of the story was unscripted and they were not sure about whether the audience will like it or not. However, they made some of this footage public on the internet.

The Incredible Hulk Music

The Incredible Hulk’s score was composed by Craig Armstrong. He was the first choice of the makers when they were deciding on the composer of the movie, but at that, they were not sure whether Armstrong would be able to work in a superhero film. It was suggested by Leterrier that they should release the soundtrack of the movie on a two-disc album. Initially, Armstrong thought he is joking until when he compiled the soundtrack and Marvel him why he does not he divided it two-disc.

Do You Know

Following are some of the unknown facts about The Incredible Hulk 2008 Film:

  • In the final cut, some of the important footage was cut by the makers.
  • The opening credit scene of the movie has a lot of easter eggs.
  • Captain America’s appearance was planned by the makers.
  • Initially, it was decided that Hulk will be the main Avengers villain. However, the makers changed their minds and made Hukj a superhero.

The Incredible Hulk film is a good one-time watch. The movie is quite slow which sometimes feels boring. The movie should have given more clarity about Hulk’s background and origin. Coming from Marvel Universe, the audience expected a lot from the movie, but it was not able the leave a great impact on the minds of the viewers.

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