While The Hulk is one of Marvel’s most famous heroes, he’s never really been one of my favorites. I’ve never disliked him, but prefered Spider-Man, Wolverine, Captain America, and other super-heroes much more. I had seen all the films in the Avengers-related movies except for Hulk. I really liked Mark Ruffalo’s portrayal as Bruce Banner/Hulk in the Avengers, but I was a little hesitant to see The Incredible Hulk as Banner is portrayed by another actor.
The film starts off with a very fast-moving origins story with Bruce Banner already affected by the experiment with gamma radiation. When he transforms the first time, his alter-ego leaves much havok for those around him. He flees to Brazil in an effort to suppress his anger (which causes the transformation), and give him time to find a cure.
However General Ross initially mislead Banner in re-creating the Super Solider program (which gave Captain America his strength), and chases Banner across the world to figure out how to use his super-strength as a tool for the army. The general is also aided by a skilled British officer who is power-hungry and obsessed with defeating Bruce Banner’s super-self. He eventually takes an offer to be a new super-solider but transforms into a monster that rivals not only General Ross’s forces but the Hulk as well.
I honestly thought The Incredible Hulk was much better than I expected. It’s about par with the other Avengers movies, though out of all them this is my least favorite. I thought Edward Norton did a great job as Bruce Banner, and I heard he actually changed the script to make it more true to the comics. I hope a second movie surfaces, because I would be delighted to see it.