Before I rewatched this movie with my friends a few days ago I jokingly called this movie the bastard child of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe). While it’s not a bad movie by any means, Marvel Studios has done very little to remind its fans of this movie since the first Avengers movie came out in 2012. The main reason for this is because Edward Norton starred as Bruce Banner/The Hulk, and was unable to reprise the role for any further films in the MCU. Despite the fact that this movie has little to no bearing on what Marvel Studios would do in the years to follow, The Incredible Hulk is still apart of the MCU, no matter how distant it may seem.
Now the plot of the movie is fairly simple and straightforward. The film starts off in Brazil, several years after the accident that gave Bruce Banner the power to transform into The Hulk. Bruce is hiding in Brazil with the hopes of avoiding the US government, while trying to find some way to prevent himself from transforming into The Hulk when we he becomes angry. A minor accident at the soda factory that Bruce works at blows his cover, and soon a task force lead by General Thaddeus Ross, is sent to find Bruce. Bruce is able to avoid the task force on several occasions, but eventually is tracked down and captured by Royal Marine officer, Emil Blonsky. Blonsky is obsessed with tracking down, and defeating The Hulk, and eventually his obsession causes him to inject himself with a sample of The Hulk’s blood in order to obtain the same powers.
Somehow this works, and Blonsky is transformed in a monster that calls itself, Abomination. General Ross seeing the destructive powers of Abomination, allows Bruce to transform into The Hulk, and the two monsters fight one another, until The Hulk is able to get the better of Abomination. Bruce is able to escape any future attempts of being captured by General Ross after defeating Abomination, and the film ends with Tony Stark telling Ross about a new team that is being formed (obviously alluding to The Avengers).
It’s hard for me to know exactly what to make of this movie. On one hand, if you take the movie for what it is, it’s a fun and entertaining smash em up, monster film. The action sequences are fun, and frankly, who doesn’t like watching a green rage monster destroy stuff. What the movie loses points for, are for the repetitive nature of the storyline, and the fact that looking back on this film, it seems almost pointless. The events of this film have almost no relevance on the future of the MCU, so at times it seems like this movie can be skipped all together. So here’s what I’ll say if you’re thinking about watching this movie. Watch it as a stand alone superhero movie. Forget that it’s part of the MCU, because frankly the MCU has forgotten about this movie. Watch it because it’s a fun action movie, but don’t expect anything more from it than that.
Overall Rating: 5/10