Right off the bat, I have not seen Thor 2: Electric Boogaloo. My podcast partner, Mr. Gene, tells me that Thor 2 makes up for the shit Agents of SHIELD has given us. I, for one, have stopped watching this show all together. This show is not worth my time and the upcoming Thor tie-in episode will not make me rush to see the new Thor movie just to watch another SHIELD episode. ‘Nuff said.
Before the Avengers movie, when the other Marvel heroes were making their mark – namely Thor and Captain America, there was discussion of no Hulk movie after the Avengers came out. Ok, I’ll wait as I don’t have any choice in the matter. Well, reading this article today and I wondering what gives? Does Disney/Marvel not believe in the strength of another Hulk movie? Did Ang Lee and Edward Norton scared them off? Personally, Lee’s version of the Hulk made Daredevil look like the Godfather. Even bad movies have something to watch and there’s nothing. The major scene where the Hulk is being calmed by Betty in San Francisco, (oh my, I was born there) and he begins to shrink down to normal hu-man size. At the same time, his pants begin to shrink down as well and that moment just gave me a major facepalm.
What about Norton’s version of the Hulk? Norton’s Hulk is as close to a great Hulk movie can get. I love Edward Norton as Bruce and the Hulk action was spot on. The reports I’ve read was that Norton was a pain during production and this may have cost the role in the Avengers movie. While Mark Ruffalo did an admirable job as playing the meek and timid Banner. However, Mark’s moment to shine was near the climax where he revealed before turning into the Hulk that he was always angry – hence the quick change. Still, I would have loved to have seen Norton again in the role.
As Phase 3 is being prepared with Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man and possibly Dr. Strange???, where is the Hulk in all this? Nowhere. My thinking on this, the first two Hulk movies may have missed audiences that failed to get their heads around ol’ mean green like they did with Iron Man. The Avengers movie used Hulk in the proper fashion with nice touches of comedic elements. Basically, when Cap tells Hulk to go smash, that’s what we get. There’s nothing wrong with it but is there nothing more to Hulk?
Bill Bixby portraying Dr. Banner was the perfect every man actor. He made us feel that pain of losing his wife in the car accident. We saw his obsession in his research to find ways to call on super strength and when with the overdose of gamma radiation, he is left with a terrible burden of controlling the Hulk from within. Banner tries to live an isolated life and as many of episodes end, Banner walks alone with a subtle and sad piano piece playing in the background. Now, are we going to get that in a movie; especially now? Thor is noble. Iron Man is cool. Captain America is patriotic. Hulk is…green? I think the studio doesn’t want to touch this somber and reluctant hero. If they do a Hulk movie, you need to have the human element include and not just SMASH all the time. On the same token, please don’t do another origin movie ala The Amazing Spiderman with Andrew Garfield.
In the course of writing this, I started to remember, in the comics, Hulk was booted off world because he was deemed too uncontrollable by the Illuminati. What if the Hulk plays a bigger part in the next Avengers movie and this is not to say we’ll get World War Hulk in Avengers 2 but I could see by Avengers 3 this being blown up big time. We could have Hulk off world to tie-in with the Guardians of the Galaxy as a crossover or just look at a Planet Hulk movie. I would love to see this happen but then again, what do I know?
The Hulk may be one of Marvel’s signature characters, but Thor’s theatrical dominance makes him the more important contributor to Walt Disney’s (NYSE: DIS ) fortunes right now, Fool contributor Tim Beyers says in the following video.
History just isn’t on the Hulk’s side. Through two films — The Hulk and The Incredible Hulk — Marvel’s green giant earned $508 million at the worldwide box office. Thor, by itself, took in $449 million and its successor, Thor: The Dark World, appears on track for at least $600 million in gross receipts. Add it up, Tim says, and Disney investors have good reason to expect another Thor film before the Hulk gets another solo big screen adventure.