We Defend the Indefensible
The Incredible Hulk was released in 2008. It became one of the first movies that introduced us to the beautiful marvel universe. The perception of this movie is not good. We’re here to argue that not only is it good, but The Incredible Hulk is the best MCU movie.
Edward Norton played the green monster in this incarnation. He was accompanied by Liv Tyler, who undertook the role of Betty Ross, his romantic entanglement. Tim Roth was also involved, who played the role of Emil Blonsky and the Abomination.
Yet, the general perception of this movie was not good. The audience did not like the movie, and some consider this to be at the bottom of the barrel of MCU movies. But, we’re here to argue that not only is it good! But it is better than some of the modern instalments of the MCU universe, such as Infinity War and Endgame. Before you say anything, let us present our case for The Incredible Hulk as the best MCU movie.
What Was the Plot?
As The Incredible Hulk has been largely ignored since 2008. It makes sense to refresh your memory about the plot of this movie. Dr Bruce Banner, played by Norton, seeks the cure to his green-rage condition. All the while the authorities search for him after the events of the Gamma Bomb from 2003. He comes close to the cure, but the Abomination gets into his way and destroys his chances of ever getting a cure.
What Didn’t You Know About The Incredible Hulk Movie?
Liv Tyler accepted the role without even reading the script because she wanted to be a part of a superhero action movie.
The director, Louis Leterrier, wanted to cast Mark Ruffalo for the role of Hulk, but the studio went in another direction. As we know Ruffalo would later replace Norton as Hulk in Avengers Assemble and byeond.
Unlike other Hulk movies, the face of the green monster was not modelled after the lead actor. Instead, it was a homage to the Hulk artist Mike Deodato since Edward Norton was not a part of the project until after the CGI work had been completed. This demonstrates how the studio was still finding its feet.
Norton wanted to input into the project. As he had with his previous success American History X. But, the studio cut his input and only a few scenes were included in the final edit that Norton was happy with. Demonstrating some of the tension that ultimately led to recasting the role.
We’re going to assume that you have only watched this movie once or twice in your life during a Marvel marathon. If you pay close attention to the opening scenes, you will find plenty of hidden Easter Eggs there. Such as Tony Stark’s blueprints for a sonic cannon that is later used in the movie as a defence mechanism against the Hulk.
Did you know Captain America was teased in the movie too? Well, in some alternate endings, we see a block of frozen ice with Captain America taking his nap with his beloved shield. The majority of fans missed this because this scene was included in one of the many alternate endings.
Why the Incredible Hulk is an Excellent Movie?
You may believe that the Incredible Hulk from 2008 was a horrible movie that should be scraped from the MCU timeline. But, this movie may astonish you and turn out to be one of the best, if not the best, movies in the MCU universe. Here’s why.
The Hulk Wasn’t Too Talkative
If you’re familiar with the previous versions of Hulk. Specifically Ang Lee’s Hulk from 2002. You must appreciate the lack of nonsensical and oversentimental scenes from The Incredible Hulk.
While Ange Lee’s Hulk felt the need to fill out every silence with dramatic overtones and sentences, The Incredible Hulk only wanted to smash. Thus, this marvellous movie from 2008 gave as a less talkative and more raging Hulk. Isn’t that the true definition of Hulk? The green monster who likes to smash.
Mark Ruffalo’s Avengers Hulk is good. We’re not going to say that his HulkBut. But, there are times when he talks way too much and focuses on things other than smashing. We see him having fun with others, playing with Thor, and taking selfies with kids. Well, if that is the kind of Hulk you want, you should know that this is not how the creators intended it.
So, the Incredible Hulk from 2008 gave us the best Hulk so far. As a doctor, he was a genius yet a mad scientist, and as Hulk, he was all about the smashing. Remember the twee “I am always angry” from Mark Ruffalo? Well, that’s why Edward Norton’s Hulk is far superior to any other Hulk appearances and takes the lead.
The Brilliant Performances from Edward Norton and Tim Roth
This should be enough to change your mind about the movie. While you may have some doubts about the overall flow and editing. You cannot deny the incredible performances from Edward Norton as Dr Bruce Banner/Hulk and Tim Roth as Emil Blonsky/Abomination
Mark Ruffalo might be a more popular Hulk, but Edward Norton was an amazing Dr Bruce Banner and Hulk at the same time. Every time you see Ruffalo on screen, you don’t feel the Hulk shining through. It takes a few green screens and CGI to turn Mark Ruffalo into Hulk. However, Ed Norton played the role so well that you could see him as the calm doctor and raging monster at the same time.
Tim Roth played the sinister role of Abomination better than other villains of the Marvel Universe to date. Yes, we are comparing him to Hela, Thanos, and Loki. He was calm and determined at the same time. His only goal was to smash Hulk, and he did it several times during the movie. He not only excelled at his performance as an aggressive soldier but also gave us a knockout performance.
Therefore, the Incredible Hulk from 2008 gave us an equally amazing and capable antagonist and protagonist. Go on. Mention any other movie with the same level of both roles. If the protagonist did well in some movies, the antagonist lacked in some areas. This is why the Incredible Hulk is the best MCU movie so far for acting.
The Outstanding Grand Finale
You may love the final battle in the endgame but think about the glorious showdown between the Hulk and the Abomination. Now, think about the technology and CGI effects back then and reimagine the scene. It was way better than any other movie, and it gave us one of the first CGI battles between two angry monsters.
When you think about the modern CGI effects, we would like you to think about the grand finale of the Black Panther. The suits looked foggy, and the fight scene was average too. Moreover, the entire scene looked like it was an intro to a weird 70’s Tron-ish game. Yet, the Incredible Hulk gave us a raw and unadulterated battle between two giant creatures looking to crush eachother. That is why the Incredible Hulk is way better than the majority of modern MCU movies even with age-old CGI graphics.
The Very First Cameo
No, we are not talking about Stan Lee, who was also in this movie, but we are talking about Tony Stark. Robert Downey Jr., Tony Stark, appeared at the end of this movie and became the first Marvel character to cameo in another character’s movie. You can find him in the post-credits, where he talks about his plans about putting together a team with General Thaddeus Ross. This would later set the stage for the first Avenger movie.
Why Should You Think of The Incredible Hulk is the best MCU movie?
Every great journey begins with a single step. The Incredible Hulk was that single step that allowed movies to be more comfortable with using massive CGI shots in the final cuts. Moreover, it also set the stage for the MCU universe we see today as we found out about the Avengers in this movie.
Edward Norton gave us a brilliant performance as both Dr Bruce Banner and the Hulk. His Hulk was more about fighting than about talking and waiting for lullabies from Black Widow. The CGI fight was intense, outstanding and lasted longer than any other CGI fights back in the day.
The story was a fast-paced chase scene between the Hulk and the authorities. We did not have to sit through the characters getting all sentimental during the action scenes. We got raw Hulk action. This is why the Incredible Hulk from 2008 is the best Hulk movie of all time, and also the best MCU movie to hit the cinemas so far.
Is there anything we missed out that you think could’ve been on this list or are we way out of our depth with this argument? If so, leave us a comment below.
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The 9 Greatest Spoof Movies Ever
There have been so many great spoof movies over the past four decades. So, sit back and buckle up as we countdown the nine greatest spoof movies of all time. And “don’t call me Shirley”.
9. Team America: World Police
Ok, so it’s all-puppet action as opposed to real-life actors, but it’s still up there. Written by the guys behind South Park, it parodies an American counter-terrorism force as they take on global terrorists. As you would expect, there are some cracking scenes throughout the movie. Kim Jong-il singing about being “so roney, so roney” is a highlight that isn’t easily forgotten. You also have to feel sorry for poor old Matt Damon. Although he’s had a glittering film career it’s still hard not to say “Matt Damon” in that monotone way every time you see him on screen. According to writers Matt Stone and Trey Parker, Damon’s puppet looked so vacant that they decided to make his character only able to say his name. Poor Matt. Add in some fantastic one-liners, over-the-top violence and sex scenes with puppets, you have a great film that will make you laugh, and cringe.
8. Blazing Saddles
Mel Brooks is the king of spoof and parody. He’s directed and written many a great spoof over the years, but Blazing Saddles was only his third movie in the director’s chair. This 1974 offering takes the proverbial from all the great western movies from the 40s and 50s. The film throws joke after joke at you, along with anachronisms aplenty. Lead actors Gene Wilder and Cleavon Little also deliver comedic gold performances that help make this film great. Brooks also does a clever job of dealing with racism throughout the movie; something that hadn’t really been done before. One of those moments is where Wilder and Little confront two Klan characters, before stealing their white gowns. Clever, and poignant. It’s also interesting to note that execs wanted to pull the plug before release, but soon realised they got it wrong. It was a financial success and has firmly sealed its place in history as an iconic piece of filmmaking. Not only that, but it’s also still rated very highly on Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb today. Just goes to show that a classic stands the test of time.
Yep, our old friend Mel Brooks features again in the director’s chair. This time he delves into the world of sci-fi; more specifically, Star Wars. Although it only made a small profit at the time, it’s gone on to become a cult classic and holds a fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes. The key to its success is it’s genuinely funny. The jokes are good enough to make you belly laugh. And the characters are so close to those on Star Wars, it’s amazing George Lucas gave his blessing for it to be made at all. He even went a step further and sent Mel Brooks a note to say he almost fell apart laughing through it. Praise indeed. Brooks’ other golden touch was casting Rick Moranis as Dark Helmet. I think you’ll struggle to find a funnier bad guy. There are also rumours of a sequel, predicted in the film itself as ‘The search for more Money’, although nothing has been greenlit at the moment. We live in hope.
6. Scary Movie
Ok, so there have been five films in the Scary Movie franchise but the first one from 2000 makes our list of spoof movies. Written by Shawn and Marlon Wayans and directed by Keenan Ivory Wayans, it’s definitely a family affair. Although later films parody a wide range of films, this one heavily relies on Scream, and I Know What You Did Last Summer. This works in the film’s favour as you don’t spend the entire movie wondering what film they’re parodying for each joke. You know that Ghostface from Scream is going to feature a lot. And he does. The scene where he gets stoned with a bunch of guys and prank calls people is still funny today. The later films just feel like a collection of forced jokes as they ran out of horror movies to parody. Although it received mixed reviews, it made a monumental profit at the box office.
5. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad
No spoof movies list would be complete without at least one that features the brilliant Leslie Nielson. The Naked Gun, released in 1988, was based on the short-lived TV series from 1982. Created by the legend of deadpan comedy David Zucker, it follows Lt Frank Drebin on his escapades. The original Police Squad series was a spoof of 60s police dramas; particularly M Squad, and The Naked Gun follows the same theme. Plus, it ends with one of the best death scenes in film history with Nielson waving his arms and calmly addressing the crowd with “nothing to see here”. With superb writing and acting, The Naked Gun was released to critical acclaim. It also made a healthy profit at the box office and is often listed as one the greatest comedy films ever made.
4. Hot Shots!
Released in 1991 and directed by Jim Abrahams, Hot Shots! keeps things simple by purely being a spoof of Top Gun. And a very good one it is too. Not only is the writing funny and sharp, but it also has a fantastic cast. Playing the lead roles are Charlie Sheen and Cary Elwes as the two feuding pilots. Both actors are masters of comedic timing and they deliver their lines with razorlike sharpness. The plot revolves around a mission to Iraq, with the added love triangle involving Sheen and Elwes’ characters and a female therapist. This sub-plot lends itself to some genuinely hilarious scenes between the two actors. Credit also has to go to the fantastic Lloyd Bridges. He plays a commander who seems to have had every part of his body replaced due to it being blown off in various battles. His lines in the movie are comedy gold. A great film that hits all its spoof targets with absolute aplomb.
3. Monty Python’s Life of Brian
Written and performed by legendary British comedy troupe Monty Python, Life of Brian had a controversial start. Being a satire of Jesus’ life was always going to cause some angst among some religious communities. In fact, some countries including Ireland and Norway banned it from being shown on release. In some cases that ban the latest decades. Life of Brian is often quoted as one of the greatest comedy films ever made. The writing is as good as you would expect from the Monty Python crew, and the jokes keep coming all the way through. Who can forget the immortal line, “he’s not the messiah, he’s a very naughty boy”. It made a modest box office profit at release but has gone on to earn iconic status. Rotten Tomatoes have it as a 95% certified fresh rating and it’s still raved about today.
2. This is Spinal Tap
This is the film that kicked off a new genre of filmmaking – the mockumentary. Parodying band biopics from the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin, it follows fictional band Spinal Tap on their debut American tour. If you’ve ever played in a band – as I do – so much of what’s in this film is true. I can personally attest to getting lost in venues and playing shows where no one turns up. Director Rob Reiner was sending up the pretensions of rock and roll bands and he nailed it. What’s also interesting is the majority of the dialogue throughout the film is improvised. Credit to the actors for pulling off some truly iconic lines. Whether it’s the Stonehenge scene or the legendary amp up to eleven scene, this film has embedded itself in our culture forever. It was only a modest success when it was first released, but its impact has left a lasting impression.
Well, we’ve flown; shot and rode our way to number one on our list of spoof movies. Once again, we arrive at a film directed by the dream team of the Zucker brothers and Jim Abrahams. Loosely based on air disaster movies of the 50s and 60s, it follows a plane whose crew are taken out with a sickness bug. Cue disgraced former pilot Ted Striker to save the day. Released in 1980, this was the film that set Leslie Nielson on the path of spoof comedy. He only has a fairly minor role as the doctor, but he delivers some of the best lines in the movie. ‘I am serious. And don’t call me Shirley’, is iconic. Lloyd Bridges also features as the man on the ground at air traffic control and turns in a chaotic but brilliant performance. Upon release, it made a whopping $168 million dollars at the box office and received critical acclaim. It’s also certified fresh at Rotten Tomatoes, along with ranking as one of the best on IMDb. It’s one of those films that make you cry with laughter thanks to clever writing and some fantastic performances. A timeless classic.
That’s our list of the nine greatest spoof movies. Did we miss any? Which is your favourite? Let us know in the comments below.
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