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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9 Bands You Forgot Played Themselves In Movies
There are more bands than you think that played themselves on the big screen. Here are nine bands you might’ve forgotten appeared in movies.
1. Alice Cooper – Wayne’s World (1992)
Being a teenager in the nineties was great for many reasons. Two of those being the release of the Wayne’s World movies. The genius that is Mike Myers created one of the best music-based films of all time. Plus, he convinced one of the greatest rock musicians of all time to be in it. If you’re not a geek like me, you may have forgotten that Alice Cooper was featured in the film. It had the iconic scene of Wayne and Garth meeting, Alice, backstage on bent knees. We’re not worthy, indeed. Alice himself pulls off the diva Rockstar brilliantly, even though he’s a genuine, down-to-earth guy who plays a lot of golf.
2. Primus – Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991)
Let’s try and erase the recent Bill & Ted movie from our memory and head back to 1991 for their bogus journey. They come from the future to kill the non-robot versions of themselves and ruin their performance at a Battle of the Bands competition. What’s cool is the band who are playing before them. Californian alt-metal kings Primus. Although the clip is only short, they play themselves and sound as you would expect. Epic.
3. Fall Out Boy – Sex Drive (2008)
You’d be forgiven for forgetting about this one. The teen sex comedy from 2008 is forgettable and won’t really appeal to anyone apart from its teen target audience. If you can sit through all the cringe-inducing moments, you will spot pop-rockers Fall Out Boy. They are performing in a barn in front of some drunk Amish teenagers. There’s a reason for that, but I won’t bore you with it here. What is good, is the soundtrack of the film. As well as Fall Out Boy, it features Airbourne, AC/DC and weirdly, Kenny Loggins.
4. Twisted Sister – Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (1985)
Paul Reuben’s character Pee Wee Herman made his big-screen outing in 1985. The children’s show star had a scene where he is being chased through a studio parking lot. Unbeknown to him, glam rockers Twisted Sister are recording a music video on a car. Lead singer Dee Snider is always up for a laugh, so it’s no surprise they’re featured. The clip is brilliant. Pee Wee’s prop-laden bike is just about to crash into Twisted Sister and the look on Dee’s face is genius. Go check out the clip.
5. David Bowie – Zoolander (2001)
Who can forget the brilliant Zoolander? Starring Ben Stiller as the dippy model, it’s one of the funniest comedies ever made. One of the best scenes of the film is the walk-off. This involved Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson’s characters doing a catwalk-off. Of sorts. Can you remember who refereed it? The legend himself, David Bowie. It’s not the first time Bowie was in a movie – remember Labyrinth? But this time, he plays himself. And does it with all the cool swagger you would expect.
6. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones – Clueless (1995)
I can’t say that I was a massive fan of this teen comedy at the time. The plot revolves around Alicia Silverstone’s character giving her friend a makeover. The premise doesn’t sound like it lends itself to a cool band cameo. You’d be wrong, though. There’s a scene where the lead characters go watch a gig. The band that are playing are The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. The Boston ska-punk legends are only on stage for a moment, but it’s a slick clip. It certainly brings the film up a level on the cool stakes.
7. Daft Punk – Tron: Legacy (2010)
This sequel to the original sci-fi classic is a cracking movie. The visuals and effects are stunning, as is the atmosphere of the film. The music to the film is also rather special. A futuristic and dystopian movie could only have one act doing the score, and that’s Daft Punk. It works a treat. The music is intertwined into the movie and becomes a part of it. The delicious electronica is the perfect complement to the visuals. The French electronic masters also have a cameo at the end of the movie. They’re spinning the decks in a blink-and-you-miss-it scene.
8. Aerosmith – Wayne’s World (1993)
We’ve already had an appearance from the first film further up our list, and the second doesn’t disappoint either. The plot revolves around Wayne and Garth putting on their own music festival. Book them and they will come, is the advice given. And they certainly did. The headline band for the festival were none other than Aerosmith themselves. They do a sterling effort on stage as performers. And Steven Tyler also shows that he can handle his own on the acting front too.
9. Reel Big Fish – BASEketball (1998)
Trey Parker and Matt Stone star in this bizarre and hilarious sports comedy. Written by the king of spoof David Zucker, it’s become a cult classic. The soundtrack heavily features ska-punkers Reel Big Fish. They do a brilliant rendition of A-HA’s Take on Me, which they also perform in the movie. The band are the entertainment at the stadium where Parker and Stone are competing. You can tell by the footage that the band are clearly enjoying themselves. They add a touch more fun to an already hugely funny film.
That’s our list of nine bands who played themselves in movies. Did we miss any of your favourites? Let us know in the comments below.
Check out our list of actors in bands HERE.
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