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Multiple Reader Reviews for THE INCREDIBLE HULK!!!

Hey folks, Harry here... I know I'm a crazed geek that can't be trusted... but here's the responses we've gotten thus far from our screening as well as other screenings. Enjoy...

Did he really change into the Hulk? That question asked by Harry's nephew during the Q & A after the screening of THE INCREDIBLE HULK tonight in Austin sums it up pretty well for me. If you can make a child truly believe that a human character has transformed into this huge green superhero, then I think you've accomplished what you set out to do. I was instilled with a love of comics as a young child. My older brother was an avid comic reader and I would read the ones he'd let me. In the Marvel universe, I loved Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk. There were others, but those were the 2 that I remember most vividly. As I watched this movie unfold on the screen in front of me, I was mesmerized. Tim Roth being cast as Blonsky is pure genius. He is such a fantastic villain. From the very first sneer, I couldn't wait for more of him. I actually think he was a more believable villain that Jeff Bridges was in Iron Man and I thought Iron Man was about as close to perfection as you can get with a superhero movie. I was afraid going into this movie that the CGI would take me out of the movie, but it never did. The cinematography and CGI were beautifully shot. I loved the Hulk as much in this movie as I did in the comic books. Ed Norton was incredible as Bruce Banner. But the Hulk? The Hulk truly came to life for me for the first time on film. I liked Ang Lee's Hulk, but it wasn't the Hulk that I fell in love with as a child. This Hulk is. As I watched him in the kick-ass fight with Abomination toward the end of the film, I had tears well up in my eyes. The massive power of the Hulk being compelled to protect the woman he loves and the inner turmoil showing in his eyes was magnificent to behold. That moment when he realized that he could control his inner beast and not become truly evil like Abomination made the entire movie for me and it took me back to my childhood. There are so many small moments in this film that made the audience clap and/or laugh. It helped break the tension and was so well done. From the glimpse of Bill Bixby to the Lou Ferigno cameo to the misuse of a word in Spanish to the lighter moments between Betty and Bruce Banner, all of them added to my enjoyment of this film. Is it as wonderful as Iron Man? No, but it is still a pretty damn good superhero film that continues to give me hope for the future Marvel films in the works. It's a fun action-packed thrill ride that will make you believe that Bruce Banner really does change into the Hulk when he's angry. I can't wait to see this one again on opening weekend with my friends and family. They're going to love it! CheriBomb

Then The Human Burrito saw the film at our screening tonight:

Hey Harry and Co: I just got back from a screening of The Incredible Hulk, hitting theatres at some point this month-I think next Friday? For anyone who was skeptical, excited, or doubtful, I'd like to throw in my 2 cents. Spoilers below, beware beware beware. No, seriously. I spoil it all. Why are you even reading THIS if you don't want to know? If you didn't like Iron Man, you should probably stay away from this one-don't worry, I'm sure that X3, The Punisher, AVP, Ghost Rider, and the theatrical cut of Daredevil are all still available at WalMart. Maybe those are right up your alley. It doesn't matter, really, what your opinion of Ang Lee's Hulk was when considering seeing this flick. Hated his Hulk? You'll find that this one is much more suited to your expectations of Hulk. Loved his Hulk? You'll be pleased to see that it still has real actors carrying the weight and is full of that jolly green giant you love so much. What about the confusion over whether it's a sequel, a remake, a reboot, what have you? It's none of the above and all of the above, really. Yes, the origin is a bit different (as shown briefly over the opening credits, watch for the Nick Fury and Stark Industries references!), but it fits the general origin summary of Hulk's origins-and then the movie picks up in South America where Dr Banner is seeking a cure for his condition, right where Ang Lee's Hulk ended. So, take your pick. Consider this a continuation with a hint of retconning, or consider it a completely new timeline. For fans of the classic TV series, it's stuffed with references-for someone who is actually a fan of the show, I'm sure there are a ton that I didn't catch. Like Iron Man, Hulk picks up steam with an early action sequence and keeps moving, and thankfully never stretches to make a joke-here's hoping "You wouldn't like me when I'm hungry!" becomes geek chic. The first big action sequence, a botched takedown of Banner by Emil Blonsky and crew, demonstrates exactly why Hulk has such broad appeal:he's neither hero, nor villain. When he Hulks out, there is collateral damage, and anyone in Hulk's way is FUCKED. He's not intentionally malicious or fighting for some greater good-he just wants to be left alone. Hulk really is a creature that is merely what you choose to perceive him to be. Really, let's not even worry about the thin plot, the point of anything Hulk is SMASH!, and there's plenty of it for you. The movie only pauses to take a breath when Betty and Banner are reunited, but it's quickly time to hit the road and avoid anything that will let them be tracked-reminiscent of bits of The Terminator, I felt. Each Hulk out gets bigger and more destructive-another military attempt to capture the Hulk only results in having their Humvees picked up and banged into each other like a child with cymbals, and the lengthy battle with The Abomination is brutally violent. Despite the lack of bloodshed, I'm a bit surprised at how much gruesome monster on fugly monster civilian collateral damage they squeezed into a PG13 rating. Of course our hero prevails in the end, and in proper sequel set up escapes to be chased another day... Let's talk about the fun little geeky bits, starting with said sequel(s)! No shortage of setups here, from a lingering shot in a lab sequence, to the apprehension of the Abomination, to Dr Banner's continued search for a cure/control, and of course.....the big one: Did you think that Nick Fury's cameo was cool in Iron Man, did it give you that nerdy tingly rush of "they're really setting it up!"? Tony Stark makes a brief appearance at the end of Hulk and takes that setup one step further...."We're putting together a team." Geekasm! The music. Hulk fans already know what I'm talking about. Great cameos by Lou Ferrigno, playing a security guard (again!) and providing the Hulk's voice (yes, we DO finally get to hear "Hulk smash!"); and by Stan Lee, who haplessly clues General Ross in to Dr Banner's whereabouts. The only real complaint/curiosity I have is with Liv Tyler. When she gets cast in movies, does her agent have to find roles that fit her speech mannerisms, or do they rewrite it for her? Has anyone else noticed that she ALWAYS sounds out of breath and can't seem to push out more than a handful of syllables in one go? In short, the geekiest comparison I can make is to Star Trek:consider Ang Lee's Hulk to be Star Trek:The Motion Picture, a long drawn out effects heavy cerebral film clearly crafted with a fetishistic love; and consider The Incredible Hulk to be The Wrath Of Khan:shorter, faster, pure ass kicking all the way through. Neither one requires the previous film be seen, or any deep familiarity with the franchise. Seriously, pay for this one. Don't pirate it. It's on par with Marvel's best efforts. -The Human Burrito!

Then there's this review from New York:

I just got back from a preview screening of Incredible Hulk here in New York. And, well... was great! A spoiler-free mini-review follows - but if you want to remain completely unaware, you can probably skip on by. But that's a qualified 'great'. Incredible Hulk does exactly what it says on the can. If you've seen the trailers, you know the plot - Bruce Banner is on the run; he gets found; hilarity and smashing ensues. The thing is, I still loved it. This was the Hulk movie that should have been made five years ago - action packed, not so ponderous and surprisingly funny. Yes, funny. From Banner's awkward Portugese, to an unexpected side-effect to him getting excited, it was a funny movie - and I think that's why it works. Ed Norton is great, selling the desperation of a man who's trying to live his life as best he can while controlling the beast inside - and the last shot of him is killer. Liv Tyler is...well, I'm not a fan but she's okay, I guess - sadly, she's no Jennifer Connelly but who is? Then there's new Thunderbolt Ross, William Hurt. It's funny but I had a hard time seeing the actor behind the mustache and contacts, and I think that's great - like Iron Man's Jeff Bridges, he inhabits the role completely. The real surprise for me was Tim Roth - he's not been this good for years and he's great as special forces soldier Emil Blonsky, even if his character does get lost a bit towards the end and he does look a bit like Harry Potter's Dobby at one point. There's one sequence in particular that has me drooling at the prospect of Marvel's upcoming Captain America movie. There is an inevitable elephant in the room, and it's the CGI - yes, the Hulk looks CGi-y but short of painting a man green I'm not sure how you're going to get away from that. The thing is, the CGI doesn't really distract on the whole - there are a few shots where you kind of get pulled out of the movie, but not too many. Nice touches abound; watch out for the names of two college students who capture the green goliath on their cameraphone, a familiar name or two in the opening credits (and not of actors), a Stan Lee cameo that actually furthers the plot, a familiar theme, a TV show that Banner watches, the real project that Banner was working on when he was turned into the Hulk, what turns Blonsky into a - er - super-soldier, a familiar logo in a computer system a great cameo from Lou Ferrigno - and, yes, a scene at the end of the movie that's been confirmed for a while which features a certain billionaire inventor. In the cut I saw, it was before the credits but I'm not sure if it'll stay that way. On the directing front, Transporter's Louis Leterrier does a good job. The three set-piece action sequences are fluid without being choppy, and he gets that sometimes less is more. The first of these sequences, in a factory, reminds me a little of a sequence in Predator 2 only without Gary Busey chewing the scenery. A barely-seen Hulk makes mince meat of an army team, striking from the shadows. There were a few bits and bobs from the trailers that didn't make the cut I saw; for example, the psychiatrist's role is trimmed down and he goes nameless in the movie (I think) which I guess leaves the door open for another Doc Samson down the road. There were also a few weird cuts which I suspect were made for rating reasons - Hulk and Blonsky's confrontation on the grass is abruptly cut, and Blonsky's final transformation feels like it's missing a few seconds. I'm hoping there's a chance to re-edit this for the DVD because I suspect it's too late for the movie's release. And I haven't even mentioned the surprising bit (to me, at least) - namely the identity of Mr Blue and the set up for the another character, which I loved. The Incredible Hulk is a fun summer movie; just don't expect too many twists and turns. Like I said, it does exactly what it says on the can. rjl1138

Then there's this review from a screening abroad. Enjoy...

Dear AICN, It’s been 3 years since my last confession. It’s not that anything hasn’t grabbed me. I saw KUNG FU PANDA back in March (Capone is right, it is all that, and then some, highly recommended), the brilliant IRON MAN (with unfinished effects) some time early April (if DeLorean on my desk would be big enough for me to fit in and working properly, one of my first destinations would be 2010 to see the next one Favreau and 2008 Man Of The Year Downey will be serving us then) and PRINCE CASPIAN (Andrew Adamson, you’re taking the franchise in the right direction), the magnificent pot ad PINEAPPLE EXPRESS (good weed indeed!) a long time ago, but I never wrote, just thinking that there are plenty of people in your ranks who can do this much better. But I wanted to write about my biggest surprise of the year so far, THE INCREDIBLE HULK. I wasn’t afraid of the film, I just had near zero expectations. Shrek’s steroid-loving brother, directed by the guy who directed all the painfully boring non-action bits in Transporter movies and Danny the Dog (aka Unleashed on that side of the pond). With all due respect, mr. Ferrigno (and his intimidating physique) and lovable and brilliant Ang Lee, James Schamus and Eric Bana, there was nothing in Hulk’s past that made me look forward to this film. In fact, after Ang Lee’s Greek tragedy with that DUI guy from The Deep as Hulk’s evil dad, the whole idea of another Hulk movie seemed as good as PG-13 Die Hard or Terminator from the director of Charlie’s Angels… I was, however, always intrigued, how did they get Jack’s Bleeding Ulcer to star in it. Therefore I was hoping that there might be something in there after all. And boy, was there. Marvel should have done this a long time ago, starting doing justice to their own heroes. Because Iron Man and this is two for glowing two so far. Hell, after seeing this I hope that Marvel will some day find non-retarded writer(s) to give us a good, cool, kick-ass Elektra movie that the character deserves (I love you, Jen Garner, it wasn’t your fault, but the film was, well, abomination, no pun intended. OK, actually feeble attempt at pun detected, so … me). It is a very good hero story, a fresh start that makes you look forward to next meeting with this guy whom you'd best keep in a good mood.; Now, if you don’t mind, I will just be throwing random little bits of praise in deserving directions. Norton – inspired choice, tortured soul, you really root for Banner (especially in a scene, where his rapidly rising pulse… ok, you’ll see). Excellent opening credits bring those in who have zero knowledge of the green guy. And the great action scene in Brazil sets the tone perfectly, going the Alien/ Jaws less-is-more route you don’t see that often these days. Tim Roth as Emil Blonsky is a determined fearless bad-ass, a relentless pitbull who simply won’t stop. When asked why he doesn’t get out of the trenches, the guy says: I’m a fighter, I’ll be one as long as I can. If I could take what I know today and put it into the body I had 10 years ago, that’d be someone I wouldn’t want to fight. To which gen.Ross kindly answers: I could arrange something like that (that is not a spoiler, you’ve seen the guy getting huge needles stuck into him since the first trailer). By the way, I would have never guessed, but William Hurt as Gen. Ross is much cooler than mighty man-god Sam Elliot was in Ang Lee’s version. Again, goes to show that there was nothing in 2003 movie that this one doesn’t do better. Almost forgot, Stan Lee’s cameo is by far the best the man has done so far (lightyears from the slightly embarrassing mailman in Fantastic 4 or the impatient pedestrian in Daredevil, to name a few), surpassing even his fake-Hef moment in Iron Man. And the final scene, that sends you out with a really broad smile on your face, guaranteed. The same goes for the mighty monster punch up in the finale that has to be seen, I won’t even try to describe this. (I bet Bay is paying close attention and taking notes so that next Summer geeks wouldn’t say after his next robot orgy: well, sadly not as good as Hulk vs. Abomination showdown. It is good and most importantly, it gives Hulk an actual purpose, he’s not just a big green blunt instrument throwing tanks (apologies go out to all die hard Hulk fans, but that has been my impression on the guy so far), the man’s got so much at stake. Thank you Zak Penn, Norton, Marvel guys and, who knew?, Louis Leterrier! Pardon for doubting you could pull this off, Monsieur. With this as good as it is and Wanted, Hellboy and Dark Knight all coming up, looking mighty shiny, this is indeed turning into a really good Summer. Despite the fact that there’s a new Rob Schneider movie lurking somewhere on the horizon. Pleasure, as always, when the subject is movies, Dashing Don Lockwood

And that's what I have so far! Sounds like people are loving it!

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  • June 5, 2008, 2:11 a.m. CST


    by Han Cholo

  • June 5, 2008, 2:11 a.m. CST

    by DigitalBeachWar


  • June 5, 2008, 2:12 a.m. CST

    God Damn cat was in my way while typing...

    by Han Cholo

  • June 5, 2008, 2:15 a.m. CST

    by juice willis

    good thing i decided to stay up and have another manhattan.

  • June 5, 2008, 2:16 a.m. CST

    Not FIRST!!

    by GivenToFly

  • June 5, 2008, 2:17 a.m. CST

    Does it have Hulk dogs?

    by theBigE

    Cause they were kind of cool in the last movie.

  • June 5, 2008, 2:17 a.m. CST

    Hulk Out

    by tygrus2000

    maybe first

  • June 5, 2008, 2:18 a.m. CST

    Refuse to believe...

    by ILostMyDrumSet

    There is no way this movie can be as good as they all said it is. And there is no way that I believe Kung Fu Panda is going to be any good either. I simply refuse!

  • June 5, 2008, 2:19 a.m. CST


    by DigitalBeachWar

    pretty promising. I have yet to see Iron Man.. sadly i saw Indy 4 for some lame reason... but yes I will do a back to backer with Iron Man and Hulk.

  • June 5, 2008, 2:21 a.m. CST

    can we get a review from someone who hates iron man


    I feel like the only person who hated iron man, it was corny, too long and the action sucked. I want a new hulk review from someone who hated iron man, or atleast from someone who is willing to call ang lees mess the wreck it was. I can't trust fanboys oppinions.

  • June 5, 2008, 2:21 a.m. CST


    by DigitalBeachWar

    i agree Kung Fu Panda looks lame as hell.. like Beverly Hills Ninja rewritten for kids. i think WALL*E will take the cake over all.

  • June 5, 2008, 2:28 a.m. CST

    that trailer that showed you the first 40 minutes in five


    the iron man trailer which condenced the origin into like 5 minutes is a great example of how the start of iron man goes on for soo long for no reason, we get it, he's building a suit, I don't give a crap about your indian scientist friend.that part is soo long, it didn't need to be, the trailer did it better in 5 minutes then it did in 40.

  • June 5, 2008, 2:31 a.m. CST


    by greigy just wanted to say

  • June 5, 2008, 2:35 a.m. CST


    by ewokstew

    That so many positive reviews have come in. I'm still skeptical, though.

  • June 5, 2008, 2:37 a.m. CST

    by BadMrWonka

    "can we get a review from someone who hates iron man?"<p>no, because anyone that stupid can't string together words into a coherent thought. you your posts.

  • June 5, 2008, 2:46 a.m. CST

    The word needs to get out...

    by hegele

    this one needs to make a good dollar if we want more independent marvel films!

  • June 5, 2008, 2:47 a.m. CST


    by supersize

    Is it because you lost your drums?

  • June 5, 2008, 2:54 a.m. CST

    Thor's still going to suck.

    by Baked

    But I'll keep my fingers crossed that they figure out a way to do something cool with that steaming pile.

  • June 5, 2008, 2:57 a.m. CST


    by ChiefRoberts

    what the Hulk character deserves, a fucking damn good movie! Can't wait to see this sumbitch! Bring on June 13th!

  • June 5, 2008, 3:01 a.m. CST

    by ChiefRoberts

    you are a cunt! Why are you even on here you dick! 'I can't trust fanboys oppinions' (correctly spelt opinions!) You're on the wrong fucking site then.

  • June 5, 2008, 3:02 a.m. CST

    by Bones

    Take some Ritalin and slow down. There is this thing called DRAMA. It is where actors inhabit characters and try to evoke emotion and tell a story. In Iron Man, it was important to show how Tony Stark changed to become the man who would build the Iron man suit. It is not about the suit--it is about the Man in the Suit.<p> So, it is all about metamorphosis. That is a big, complicated word for change. The suit is the icing on the cake.

  • June 5, 2008, 3:10 a.m. CST

    Now, about the Hulk...

    by Bones

    I cannot wait. My first comic book was the Marvel Treasury Edition #17 - featuring The Incredible Hulk from 1978 (well, besides the 3-pack reprint Star Wars comics that we all had).<p> It was oversized, full-color and had Hulk battleing Rhino, The Leader, Havok, and a swamp thing rip-off called the Glob. I have been collecting comics for 30 years now, 25 of which I have been a serious collector. Thanks, Hulk! See you at the movies!

  • June 5, 2008, 3:27 a.m. CST

    These reviews are plants: Only one mentioned the crap CGI..

    by wowsah156

    Really. To sum up why i wont see the new film. I dont like Ed Norton. Hes just a gimp. The CGI is rubbish. Why no Jennifer Connolly? And they used the music from Bill Bixby's TV show in the trailer. HOW DARE THEY. No i am not paying money to watch this crap.

  • June 5, 2008, 3:43 a.m. CST

    Hulk's cool

    by a rolling stone

    And I will give this one a shot in theaters. I like Marvel's patience at building a team, rather throwing it at us in one out-of-continuity lump (cough-JLA-cough), but the Dark Knight will own the summer. He'll beat Indy, he'll beat Speed, and yeah, I'll say it, he'll beat Tony. Maybe that's because of Heath. Maybe it'll just be that good. I dunno, but my money's on Bats. Hulk does sound good, though.

  • June 5, 2008, 3:44 a.m. CST

    I have a good feeling about this one

    by Antz

    ...well better than the "Other" one, but I kind of liked the first 2/3rds of the other one.

  • June 5, 2008, 3:47 a.m. CST

    I won't believe till I read Harry's review

    by BenBraddock


  • June 5, 2008, 3:50 a.m. CST

    I'm concerned about the fact

    by barnaby jones

    that these guys are saying it's not as good as Iron Man, when really any level headed movie fan will tell you it's a solid 3 star movie. Still i'm holding out hope.

  • June 5, 2008, 3:53 a.m. CST

    "I won't believe till I read Harry's review"

    by random dude

    AAAHHHHHAHAHHAHHAHAHAHHA. Funny shit *wipes tears*

  • June 5, 2008, 4:15 a.m. CST


    by TOTEFA


  • June 5, 2008, 4:19 a.m. CST

    Forget the thin plot?

    by Outlaw

    A good story being balanced by good action are pretty important to the success of comic book movies, last I heard! I'm going into this one with low expectations, but so far it looks like a ho-hum action movie!

  • June 5, 2008, 4:20 a.m. CST

    I´ll see the movie for the actors

    by CuervoJones

    But i don´t shiver with anticipation.

  • June 5, 2008, 4:25 a.m. CST


    by TOTEFA


  • June 5, 2008, 4:29 a.m. CST


    by TOTEFA

  • June 5, 2008, 4:30 a.m. CST

    The Human Burrito is definately a plant.

    by smackfu

    For one thing, real reader reviews don't start off by telling you when the movie hits the theatres. Secondly, his whole review smacks of a used car salesman's pitch. <br> the crap CGI not being mentioned is not indicitive of anything in the other 2 reviews though. Honestly, every time I see clips of the film, I immediately notice how cartoony Hulk looks, but then immediately chastize myself due to the fact that well...Hulk looking 'real' was never an expectation when reading the comics, or watching cartoons. I figure I'm going to be watching this from the perspective of 'this is the most realistic Hulk cartoon made to date' rather than 'this 10ft tall green skinned man with a fundamentally unrealistic look to begin with, does not look realistic'. I know what a green skinned mr universe in purple shorts look like. Lou Ferrigno. Any attempt to make Hulk actaully look realistic would make him look 100x more absurd than he does in CGI cartoon form. Just count your blessings it's not Nicholas Cage painted green in a black leather trenchcoat fighting a mechanical spider.

  • June 5, 2008, 4:31 a.m. CST


    by TOTEFA


  • June 5, 2008, 4:36 a.m. CST

    George Bush does not care about Hulk Poodles

    by smackfu

  • June 5, 2008, 4:38 a.m. CST


    by TOTEFA


  • June 5, 2008, 4:40 a.m. CST


    by TOTEFA


  • June 5, 2008, 4:43 a.m. CST

    Thank God.

    by Knuckleduster

    One step closer to The Avengers, baby!<p> Now, if only DC/Warner would wake the fuck up.

  • June 5, 2008, 4:46 a.m. CST

    Yeah, I'm definitely a plant....

    by TheHumanBurrito

    ...because plants start off by telling you why you should avoid the movie. Dumbass.

  • June 5, 2008, 4:50 a.m. CST

    So how much of the action have we seen in the trailers?

    by redtom

    Some? All?

  • June 5, 2008, 4:51 a.m. CST

    These aren't plants

    by barnaby jones

    They're reviews from Harry's screening aren't they ??

  • June 5, 2008, 4:54 a.m. CST

    "how much of the action"

    by TheHumanBurrito

    My review came from the Austin screening, not sure about the rest of them. Redtom:You've seen tiny bits of all the action scenes in the trailers, but I promise you that you didn't see anywhere NEAR "the whole thing". Every action scene is densely packed! Reason that I'm a plant #2:I insulted the lead actress and her "talent". Totally plant behavior, right?

  • June 5, 2008, 5:02 a.m. CST

    I am a big film and comic book fan

    by bender7

    But these reviews where people have 'tears in their eyes' at things like seeing Indy on screen again, or the The Hulk transforming weird me out. Anyway this looks pretty good

  • June 5, 2008, 5:07 a.m. CST

    James Marsden would make a good Cap..

    by Lemming

    ..would be a nice little fuck you to whoever holds the rights to the X-men franchise as well...

  • June 5, 2008, 5:19 a.m. CST


    by BenBraddock


  • June 5, 2008, 5:26 a.m. CST

    Thor as part of the Avengers

    by cripeman

    Stark Industries is a huge weapons manufacturer. Banner gets doused by gamma radiation as a result of a military gamma bomb test. Steve Rogers is a injected with the super soldier serum. Thor comes from Norse Heaven. I can't wait to see how they fit these guys together for an Avengers movie.

  • June 5, 2008, 6:08 a.m. CST

    New York Screening

    by rjl1138

    My review (third one down) was from a New York screening last night, not Harry's screening. Crowd was reacting well apart from annoying sods behind me who talked all the way through the movie. Anyway, the review was cross posted over at my blog I'm not a plant but I'm not averse to pimpin'!

  • June 5, 2008, 6:20 a.m. CST

    shia labouf as rick jones

    by bacci40

    only this time, the hulk doesnt see him as a pal, and rips his friggin head off

  • June 5, 2008, 6:26 a.m. CST

    gotham_night: caring about the characters

    by rjl1138

    You're right about why Iron Man worked: you give a shit about Tony Stark. This works because you give a shit about Bruce Banner. Ed Norton used to be touted as the Greatest Actor of His Generation (TM) before he went and did shit like The Illusionist. This isn't going to get him any oscars and its a lot more subdued and subtle than Downey's performance, but he's still pretty fucking good. Can't wait to see Downey and Norton exchanging tech speak as they try to design stuff.

  • June 5, 2008, 6:31 a.m. CST

    @cripeman. My money on Thor being the spirit of the Hammer.

    by Damien Chowder

    An everyday Joe will find the hammer and there we go. I could watch a true to comic film but nobody caters for original readers.

  • June 5, 2008, 6:34 a.m. CST

    "there are a few shots where you kind of get pulled out of the m

    by Trazadone

    Just like every scene in Spider-Man. Thanks, I'll skip it.

  • June 5, 2008, 6:55 a.m. CST

    Friday June 13

    by j2talk

    12:35 the Hulk will be getting my $5......can't think of a better way to spend some time on a boring son has been waiting for this since he saw the first preview before Ironman...

  • June 5, 2008, 7:02 a.m. CST

    8 secret cameo spottings

    by geraldbeans

    that 3rd reviewer, with his 8 different secret cameo spottings, had absolutely nothing to do with the producion of this film. none at all. because any average audience member is going to spot all those on the fly and then remember them to put in a list later.

  • June 5, 2008, 7:10 a.m. CST

    So why not a SHIELD Movie?

    by j2talk

    so has more film projects lined up, why not a SHIELD movie? The GI JOE Film stills showed that Blackbody suits can work...SHIELD could be done as a modern spy film ala Casino Royale-Great Film, just (Sorry People)-Craig isnt Bond

  • June 5, 2008, 7:12 a.m. CST

    i didn't like iron man

    by geraldbeans

    that movie sucked. and yes, the beginning did go on for waaaay too long. and no, I don't like Michael Bay movies. I actually like slow films. but not films that slowly do nothing. The slowness has to serve a point. He's making a suit. we fucking get it. he's still making the suit. we fucking get it. so drawn out. they could've put so much more action in that movie. oh, and the action was pretty basic in that film. why did people like iron man again?

  • June 5, 2008, 7:13 a.m. CST

    Will it do better than the original?

    by stvnhthr

    I think the main thing that got audiences into theatres to see the first one was the leaked work print online. It showed enough promise and some truly great cgi to get people excited. Without that going for this version I'm afraid people will stay home.

  • June 5, 2008, 7:35 a.m. CST

    if you liked Iron Man, you should like this

    by Magic Rat

    there's no reason not to, I get the same vibe. Both cast A-list actors in their roles as the main characters. I'm getting the same vibe from this movie as I got from Iron Man. BTW, my fiancee loved Iron Man and I'm sure she'll love this too.

  • June 5, 2008, 7:38 a.m. CST

    I am THOR!!!!!

    by Yeti HURTS.

  • June 5, 2008, 7:39 a.m. CST

    Box office trackers are showing a $50-60 Milion opening

    by bingcrosbyb

    and I think they are on track for Hulk. Plus, they say "The Happening" is going to bomb hard. And by hard, I mean mean $12-15 million opening weekend.

  • June 5, 2008, 7:52 a.m. CST

    But, am I going to COME?

    by Abominable Snowcone

    I'm not super-hyped for Hulk, but I'll go see it. Sure.

  • June 5, 2008, 7:53 a.m. CST

    geraldbeans - fair point -

    by rjl1138

    - on the list I put in there. But it was originally written for my blog and I'm a comic geek. Wish I did have something to do with the production of the film because I'd be patting myself on the back right now instead of working the day job.

  • June 5, 2008, 7:56 a.m. CST

    Box office wise

    by tomdolan04

    I reckon a third behind Indy and Iron, but not by a great amount.

  • June 5, 2008, 7:56 a.m. CST

    I don't think I'll get to see this one opening weekend.

    by rev_skarekroe

    Which is probably fine, because the opening weekend middle-school idiots ruined much of Indiana Jones for me.

  • June 5, 2008, 8:01 a.m. CST

    I want to see it but... man Anal Lee's verion really sucked.

    by wowsucks

    After that crap Anal Lee put out man its tough to separate even a quarter for the chances of that shit again. I believe this will be better but still that last one left such a bad taste.

  • June 5, 2008, 8:02 a.m. CST

    Question for anyone who saw it:

    by mrfan

    Is there a small bit after the credits? Haven't heard anything about it.

  • June 5, 2008, 8:04 a.m. CST

    CGI gophers = Face on HK

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    That's all that matters.

  • June 5, 2008, 8:07 a.m. CST


    by Series7

    I was worried about reading too many spoliers. Luckily though the spoilers were more of a warrning. There is a new Rob Schneider movie coming out soon! Better go stock up on twinkies and canned goods because thats always a sign that the end is near.

  • June 5, 2008, 8:07 a.m. CST

    she's no Jennifer Connelly but who is?

    by Wee Willie

    Um... Jennifer Connelly is.

  • June 5, 2008, 8:09 a.m. CST

    mrfan - after the credits...

    by rjl1138

    ...there's nothing. Unless they shift the Downey Jr/Hurt scene there for main release in a week but I think that's a bit late now.

  • June 5, 2008, 8:12 a.m. CST

    The biggest question everyone has

    by Abominable Snowcone

    and still unanswered, is does Liv Tyler get NUDE SUPINE AKIMBO?

  • June 5, 2008, 8:12 a.m. CST

    Thanks rjl1138...

    by mrfan

    for the reply. I like those bits but if the movie is done then I like to get out of there.<p>Looking forward to seeing this. I like the Hulk. Hope it is a good movie.

  • June 5, 2008, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Marvel, start X-Men over!

    by Judge Briggs

    Please, please start the X-Men series over... fucking waste that last one was... not to see the sentinels and fully realize the full word of X-Men makes ABSOLUTELY no fucking sense both financially and creatively... and keep that asshole Ratner away from it...! Blurgh!

  • June 5, 2008, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Thor - If he can ditch the Southern accent again...

    by Mosquito March

    ...I'd cast Josh Holloway as Thor.

  • June 5, 2008, 8:35 a.m. CST

    What's so good about Iron Man?

    by Sithdan

    Exactly what was so great about this film? It's just your standard run-of-the-mill comic book flick.

  • June 5, 2008, 8:36 a.m. CST

    "HULK SMASH!!!!"

    by Gihaadwarts

    I can't wait to see this, I have been scowering the movie sites and 99% are possitive reviews, MARVEL KEEP EM COMING!

  • June 5, 2008, 8:47 a.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    More like CherryTree. Seriously: <p> "It's a fun action-packed thrill ride that will make you believe that Bruce Banner really does change into the Hulk when he's angry. I can't wait to see this one again on opening weekend with my friends and family. They're going to love it!" <p> Greener than the fucking Hulk.

  • June 5, 2008, 8:50 a.m. CST

    Iron Man was good, this may be good too, but....

    by Cletus Van Damme

    ...there can be only one. That "one" this summer is The Dark Knight.

  • June 5, 2008, 8:54 a.m. CST

    What if both Iron Man and Hulk are pretty good....

    by bingcrosbyb

    but the Dark Knight blows? Talk about the twilight zone...

  • June 5, 2008, 9 a.m. CST

    Gary Busey as THOR!

    by Bob Cryptonight

    'Nuff said! Make Mine Marvel!

  • June 5, 2008, 9:06 a.m. CST

    Don't make jack's beelding ulcer angry

    by g-ride9000

    or as the Chinese say "don't make me ang-lee"

  • June 5, 2008, 9:06 a.m. CST

    Judge Briggs, its called a reboot...

    by Gatsbys West Egg Omlet

    and yeah, X-Men could use one. but i think MARVEL sold the rights.

  • June 5, 2008, 9:09 a.m. CST


    by hank henshaw

    Iron Man was an ok movie, that had a very fun performance (no brooding) from a great actor like Robert Downey Jr. I think that's the reason why it is superior to the Spiderman movies, X-Men et al. Now, for some reason I'm not surprised Hulk is getting glowing reviews here.

  • June 5, 2008, 9:13 a.m. CST

    i'll ask this here, too.

    by Gatsbys West Egg Omlet

    what happens when all these leads end up in the same movie and MARVEL can't afford to pay them all?<p>Norton, Downey Jr, Sam Jackson, and whoever big name dudes they get to play Cap, Thor, and all these other parts. Thats like the cast of Oceans 11, in a comic movie. Thats a lot of money being dropped on actors. Will the effects be shorted? will the story, because you have to give each of them equal screen time?<p>believe me, i'm as stoked as anyone (well, maybe not as stoked as Harry) to see a fleshed out, cohesive MARVEL U on film, but thinking about the logistics of it all kind of scares me.

  • June 5, 2008, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Don't Pirate It!

    by Klytus_I.m_Bored

    That REALLY makes this guy sound like a plant. That's like Bush telling the Iraqis to not burn their oil fields.

  • June 5, 2008, 9:22 a.m. CST

    Its funny

    by JulesVega

    I am not looking forward to the Hulk but I just think its funny that on this site when someone writes a decent review for a movie that people expect and hope to be good everyone gets very excited but when people write good reviews for a movie everyone expects to be bad the reviewer is labeled as a plant. Just something i've taken note of.

  • June 5, 2008, 9:28 a.m. CST


    by Gatsbys West Egg Omlet

    its because its fashionable to be pessimistic and bitter.

  • June 5, 2008, 9:30 a.m. CST

    Norton, Downey Jr, Sam Jackson...

    by tomdolan04

    If it's a quality product, and I may be being naieve here, I think the people they're getting into this new breed of Marvel flick actually are doing it because they have a caring for the material (as well as naturally an interest in a healthy payday). <p> Listening to Downey and Norton esp in interview, they seem to have a genuine enthusiasm that is rubbing off on the quality of the movie. Likewise (unrelatedly) Bale appears to be enjoying the Batman project with Nolan. Sure the logistics is a practical and large concern, but perhaps not as much as it used to be for this kind of film. In the same way the principles took a cut to appear in Oceans, hopefully the same will happen here (although i realise the circumstances are very different)

  • June 5, 2008, 9:35 a.m. CST

    could Batman beat the Incredible Hulk in a fight

    by Magic Rat

    that's what I want to know.

  • June 5, 2008, 9:35 a.m. CST


    by Gatsbys West Egg Omlet

    i would love for that to be true. it would be cool if people put their egos on hold and let the story drive their involvement, not their paycheck or their agent.<p>fingers crossed.

  • June 5, 2008, 9:35 a.m. CST

    And also...

    by tomdolan04

    they don't look bored in the movie! I loved Spidey 2 like most other peeps, but in that to an extent and definitely in 3 he was going through the motions to such a degree it was embarassing.

  • June 5, 2008, 9:36 a.m. CST

    Maguire obviously, but Dunst too

    by tomdolan04

  • June 5, 2008, 9:36 a.m. CST

    Magic Rat:

    by Gatsbys West Egg Omlet


  • June 5, 2008, 9:38 a.m. CST

    Is Mr. Magee in it????

    by picardsucks

  • June 5, 2008, 9:45 a.m. CST

    No single film ends anyones career.

    by knowthyself

    As dramatically as anyone at AICN wants that to be. Lady in the Water didn't end his career. Shymalan live to direct another day. Plus R rated horror is doing pretty well this summer. It truly is the summer for films that attract an adult audience.

  • June 5, 2008, 9:48 a.m. CST

    and the Iron Man cameo...

    by knowthyself

    ..isn't all that. Saw it at the NYCC.

  • June 5, 2008, 9:50 a.m. CST


    by dr sauch

    Fuck the new Hulk. Ang's is perfect.

  • June 5, 2008, 9:58 a.m. CST

    bring on SHIELD

    by j2talk

    Marvel has more film projects lined up, why not a SHIELD movie? The GI JOE Film stills showed that Blackbody suits can work...SHIELD could be done as a modern spy film ala Casino Royale-Great Film, just (Sorry People)-Craig isnt Bond

  • June 5, 2008, 10:02 a.m. CST

    j2talk has the hiccups

    by Gihaadwarts

    This guy wrote the same post about 2 hours ago.

  • June 5, 2008, 10:03 a.m. CST


    by jackofhearts29

    Don't worry, they'll just cgi their faces onto second-string actors

  • June 5, 2008, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Too Late, Got the DVD Screener.

    by kenichi tanaka

    Too late, I already pirated the movie .... DVD Screener.

  • June 5, 2008, 10:09 a.m. CST

    or recast like a soap opera.

    by Gatsbys West Egg Omlet

    "the part of Thor will now be played by Casper Van Dien."

  • June 5, 2008, 10:12 a.m. CST


    by messi

    FUCK YEAH! This gets my few times in the theatre.

  • June 5, 2008, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Reason why Tony Stark cameo before credits

    by messi

    Marvel realized that just about nobody but fans who already know about the avengers stayed back after Iron Man. pretty dumb idea to put that Nick Fury cameo after the end, should have been just after the credits started and then cut off then go back.

  • June 5, 2008, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Glad to here Norton, Roth and Hurt are bringing

    by CrichtonAstronut

    their A game. Sound good to me.

  • Avi Arad is just a businessman who has no soul, he gives not one shit, every franchise outside of marvel studios needs to be rebooted because it isn't completely true, all this bullshit from him about characterization being important in spidey, what characterization? that is not peter parker or spidey not is it mary jane. and all this bullshit about tobey maguire being in cider house rules, who gives a shit, he failed as peter parker.

  • June 5, 2008, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Thor's Norse Heaven

    by zinc_chameleon

    Is explained in quantum physics terms in A.A. Attanasio's 'The Dragon and the Unicorn'. Yggdrasil, which Gods don't like iron, the works. Makes me wish I'd paid more attention in the physics lab.

  • June 5, 2008, 10:51 a.m. CST


    by messi

    hahah don't make me ang-lee

  • June 5, 2008, 10:51 a.m. CST

    Solid entry into developing Marvel film universe.

    by earl of sandwich

    I saw it, and most of the reviews are pretty spot on. Roth is solid, Hurt is reigned in hammy, Tyler makes me wonder where her elf ears were the whole time (she really does whisper every damn line) and Norton was great. I always ssem to forget where the hype around him comes from, until I see him on screen. He really does have a unique presence (maybe it's just his super cool voice, rewatch Kingdom of Heaven if you doubt me), but he does make you empathise with a "normal" man dealing with an unspeakable power lurking inside that he wants to be rid of. And he does it much better than Bana did (no disrepect to Eric Bana). The CGI fine, and by fine I re-iterate what countless others have said. We all have a pretty good idea what a guy in a red, black, or blue would look like bombing around in. Hulk is really the only super hero to have non human proportions, and DOES look a little weird. You know why, cause he's 8 fucking feet tall and 6 fucking feet wide of solid green muscle! As for the end bit with Stark & Thunderbolt, if you have any attachement to the Marvel Universe (and I wholeheartly do) you cannot be anything but geeked at what they are laying the ground work for. Suck on that Warner/DC.

  • June 5, 2008, 10:53 a.m. CST


    by Gatsbys West Egg Omlet

    somehow i doubt his explanation would hold up in a physics lab.<p>but what do i know, i was an art major.

  • June 5, 2008, 11:12 a.m. CST

    Warner Bros hit back with the Gay directed Green Lantern

    by messi

    Cos that's what their most potential franchise with DC's manliest hero needs. A director who made an awful gay romantic comedy and who adds gay into every pansy show he does. Hey Bryan Singer was gay when he made X-men but he didn't try to put gay elements into everything he did and he had the usual suspects on his resume, not the broken hearts club. Greg Berlanti directing Green Lantern is like Michael Bay directing Sex and the city.

  • June 5, 2008, 11:14 a.m. CST

    WB has Green Lantern, the new Star Wars and they decide

    by messi

    to give it to the showrunner of Brothers and Sisters and the director of The broken hearts club starring Dean Cain. Fucking Idiots. GIVE IT TO SPIELBERG, CAMERON OR RIDLEY SCOTT! AND FOR FUCKS SAKE HIRE GEOFF JOHNS TO WRITE IT! He's the only one who has ever made Hal Jordan interesting and you hire Marc Guggenheim, who doesn't even write decent comics? Fucking fucking hell.

  • June 5, 2008, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Hulk can't mess with Bat-suit-nips

    by Heckles

    I just hope there is an Elektra cameo. Garner needs to show off that fat ass.

  • June 5, 2008, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Stan Lee Cameo

    by The Funketeer

    You though Willie Lumpkin was embarassing? The FF cameos were his best since they had him playing an actual character from the book and in the second one, the same damn part he played in the book when Sue and Reed got married. Embarassing indeed.

  • June 5, 2008, 12:01 p.m. CST

    This will be better than Iron Man.

    by thebearovingian

    At least I hope so. Iron Man was a bit limp. Ouch!

  • June 5, 2008, 12:04 p.m. CST

    In other news..."FIRST" poster Han Cholo has a cat!

    by thebearovingian

    What a pussy!

  • June 5, 2008, 12:32 p.m. CST

    I'll check it out...and speaking of green...

    by Sinister187

    I dunno how new this news is, but I just heard that Seth Rogen is writing and starring in the Green Hornet film. He will be starring as, the Green Hornet. x_x

  • June 5, 2008, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Aragorn = Thor

    by Sanuro

    Who's with me???

  • June 5, 2008, 12:51 p.m. CST

    i went to ready harrys review but then

    by Lloyd Bonafide the Korean War Veteran

    i saw this post and decided to read it first because harry's a crazy geek that cant be trusted...then harry admitted he's a crazy geek that cant be trusted. Bravo, My friend.

  • June 5, 2008, 12:55 p.m. CST

    harry did you not like my review from the NYC screening?

    by thareign23

    common man I worked hard on it my girl was like god your such a nerd but I did it on my iPhone right after the movie was over in chipotle on 72nd. Well whatever the movie was awesome and it sets up the sequel and next villian better than any other movie , more subtle than the joker reference its something only comic fans probably will get sort of like the ten ring army references.

  • June 5, 2008, 1:16 p.m. CST

    Iron Man was

    by Nabster

    not that great. It was a solid comic book film at best, nothing beyond that. The love for Iron Man is a testament to the terrible summer films we have become used to watching.

  • June 5, 2008, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Second Try

    by Second Try


  • June 5, 2008, 2:13 p.m. CST

    Capt. America Idol

    by samurai sark

    Wentworth Miller (Prison Break)<br> Matt Damon<br> Brendan Frasier is a risk (age). I'd rather see Eric Bana. I know, I know. But he was very much kicking ass in Blackhawk Down. <br><br> And Sanoro, I'm with you. Aragon for Thor

  • June 5, 2008, 2:29 p.m. CST

    samurai sark

    by rjl1138

    I'd rather see Matthew McConaughey or Paul Walker as Cap. Assuming the first remembered how to act and the second learned...

  • June 5, 2008, 2:32 p.m. CST

    oh, nice burn

    by samurai sark

    Paul walkers got the look. but i worry abt a ww2fast2furious.<br> McCounaghey I like.

  • June 5, 2008, 3:09 p.m. CST

    Capt America Idol

    by samurai sark

    Matthew Fox

  • June 5, 2008, 3:10 p.m. CST

    Capt America Idol

    by samurai sark

    My bad, the above should have read: <br>"Matthew Fox?"

  • June 5, 2008, 4:27 p.m. CST

    If Stan Lee is in every movie

    by s0nicdeathmonkey

    won't that totally fuck up their continuity?

  • June 5, 2008, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Ironman was racist, sexist, pro-military fascism

    by s0nicdeathmonkey

    but damn was it entertaining.

  • June 5, 2008, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Iron Man and Hulk

    by RKO2285

    Finally i'm not the only one that thought Iron Man was not the second coming.. like above posters have said it was an ok movie helped by Downey's awesome performance as stark... there really wasn't that much action in it and the orgin could have been shorter imo.... here's hoping that the hulk is as good as these reviews say...

  • June 5, 2008, 5:42 p.m. CST

    Finally, people are seeing the light about Iron Man

    by barnaby jones

    I wouldn't say it's bombed in the U.K, but the box office numbers haven't been huge, and probably more significantly, i don't know a single person who enjoyed it, all i hear was alright.

  • June 5, 2008, 5:43 p.m. CST

    Ironman was racist, sexist, pro-military fascism?

    by classyfredblassy

    I guess you liked it better if was anti-white, ant-manhood and pro-islamic terrorism? Yeah for beheadings!

  • June 5, 2008, 6:22 p.m. CST


    by KneelBeforeZod1


  • June 5, 2008, 7:30 p.m. CST

    Well Marvel is stupid for renewing the spidey rights

    by messi

    that was one of the most asinine business decisions of recent times, why they didn't just opt to not renew the rights and take them back is beyond me.

  • June 5, 2008, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Grant Heslov as Captain America

    by Elcabio

    That is all

  • June 5, 2008, 8:03 p.m. CST

    Why do I still not care...

    by MJohnson

    I think it's because the Hulk still looks like a big green computer generated graphic.

  • June 5, 2008, 8:53 p.m. CST

    when is Downey's cameo?

    by waites

    sorry if this has been answered but I have a job and cannot sit here all day! so when does Tony Stark appear.. is it at the end of movie or after the credits like they did in Iron Man. And stop bashing Iron Man! it was great!! Jesus... I cannot remember when I was so entertained. So ok. can someone answer my question?

  • June 5, 2008, 9:44 p.m. CST

    Hulk will be great, & Iron Man was superb!

    by CeejayNightwing

    I live in the UK and the film was a smash, everyone I know who saw it thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Two things going against the movie unfortunately that will mute its overseas box office is the "Americanism" of the whole thing, it's pretty much looks like a propaganda flick from the surface and when you add the fact that he's not a well known character like Batman, Superman or Spiderman then you realize most people simply won't discover this film until it hits home video. That in mind the movie has still managed to perform remarkably well and in the US it's still holding the 3rd spot after 5 weeks. - I wish people who nit-pick about CGI would just piss off, CGI is nothing but a tool just like Blue Screen, Model Work, Minatures etc. We grew up watching tons of fantasy and sci fi using theseold techniques that didn't look real but looked good enough to tell the story. CGI simply needs to do the same thing so I can't fathom where they suddenly got this bee in their bonnet about it needing to be perfect as hell in order for them to engage their imagination. Every whiny emo who goes on about the Hulks CGI needs to get of the "Perfection-expectation" bandwagon and step into the A.M! This movie will not Bomb simply because they want it to, the reviews will not all be damning simply because they expected it to. People who give it a thumbs up review are not all plants simply because they disagree with your assumption. And fans of Ang Lees Hulk need to understand, his movie was simply beneath the requisite of what people expected from a Hulk movie. Nobody cares about Hulks father or Banner's family abuse. It was a nice movie but it had very little punch and zero repeat viewing factor, in fact it put a lot of people to sleep. This movie is giving the people what they want, its not dumbed down, it simply is what its supposed to be in the first place. Well paced action and dramatic fantasy for all the family; not all the art house lovers!

  • June 5, 2008, 9:44 p.m. CST

    Zak Penn also wrote X3....

    by KongMonkey

    So attributing him to anything remotely successful with this flick is wrong.

  • June 6, 2008, 4:45 a.m. CST

    Green Lantern = New Star Wars? lewl

    by smackfu

    Green Lantern pitch meeting: "There's this guy with a green hornet mask and a green suit with a picture of a lantern on it, just so you know...he's the guy you're supposed to be watching...anyway he has this ring, also with a lantern on can see where I'm going here...and get this...he shoots stuff out of the ring...but not like lasers or missles...he shoots like...chairs, socket wrenches, whatever he needs at the time. Oh yeah, plus he can pick shit up with it and like...levitate it...or set it back down...whatever he wants."