We Finally Understand The Incredible Hulk MCU Trilogy

The Hulk has been a popular fixture in the MCU for years. But it wasn't until later films, like Thor: Ragnarok, Infinity War and Endgame, that the Hulk narrative was really let off the leash. Here's a run-down of the Hulk's hidden MCU trilogy.

Hulk kicked things off in the MCU back in 2008 with The Incredible Hulk. The story wasn't exactly a bad one, but it wasn't a great one, either, especially considering the caliber of so many of the Marvel movies that came after it. Part of the issue with Hulk's non-starter in the MCU was the fact that the movie picked up partway into the story and proceeded to go…kinda nowhere.
The movie introduces Banner after he's already become the Hulk, skipping right over his infamous gamma radiation incident in the process. Of course, that doesn't automatically equate to a negative, Captain Marvel also jumps right into the story as it's already developing. The difference, however, is that Carol Danvers' film circles back around to show how she got her superpowers. The Incredible Hulk simply charges ahead, assuming everyone already knows about the whole gamma radiation thing.
Things still could have turned out alright if the film had ended in an appropriate place, but, once again, it manages to drop the ball. While the climactic fight against Abomination is fun, the movie ends with Banner finally coming to terms with Hulk…which would have been great, if Marvel didn't then retcon it in The Avengers.
Sadly, a meandering storyline is just the beginning of The Incredible Hulk's problems. Another issue with the film is its excessively serious nature, which contrasts starkly against Iron Man's light and witty tone. Edward Norton's version of Bruce Banner is sulky, serious, and spends most of the film depressed. While the character is certainly an improvement over the version seen in Ang Lee's Hulk, which came out half a decade earlier, it just doesn't fit the MCU's tone. The movie just feels like it belongs in an entirely different universe than that of Tony Stark.
Another complication that surfaced was the growing tension between Norton and Marvel Studios. That's not to say that Norton wasn't committed to the role, on the contrary, the Academy Award-nominated actor brought a lot of vision and depth to the character. But when the rubber hit the road, things just didn't fit well behind the scenes. In the ensuing fallout, the actor and the studio parted ways, not on the most pleasant of terms, and the Hulk found himself at a crossroads. Keep watching the video because we finally understand the Incredible Hulk MCU trilogy!
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The not-so-incredible Hulk | 0:14
A hot mess | 1:17
The Universal factor | 2:10
Another way | 3:03
Ultron to Ragnarok | 4:14
The Revenger | 5:11
The Infinity War dilemma | 6:24
Showdown | 7:30
A refined personality | 8:25
Hulk snap | 9:21




  • Nothing sucks like Brie Larson's Capitan Marvel

    Werner OberholzerWerner OberholzerGün önce
  • Ultimately it's all about the writing, if you want a strong alpha male hulk then you right him that way if not then you make him Mr Rogers. It seems that MCU only like alpha males as bad guys or jerks not heroes. The hulk could have been like world breaker hulk have intelligence but remain hulk, what we saw was banner in green skin. I also did not like how "professor hulk was embarrassed of his 2012 version from avengers 1 , that is what hulk fans love about him it was insulting to hulks character.

    Mike AMike A2 gün önce
  • Idk why The Incredible Hulk gets such a bad wrap.... It's one of my favorite movies. It does Hulk justice and is awesome. You don't need a massive storyline into how he got his powers, you need fighting, hulk being awesome, and (you guessed it) more hulk fighting.... If anything I'd take The Incredible Hulk over the hulk they gave us in Endgame hands down....

    AngelosWantedAngelosWanted3 gün önce
    • Hulk also looked the best in that movie. No other version of the MCU hulk looks as cool.

      AngelosWantedAngelosWanted3 gün önce
  • Mark raffalo as Banner was terrible🙈

    DonGius1DonGius13 gün önce
  • Ha 'Stark'ly get it cause she is talking about Tony Stark

    Stitcher_33 3Stitcher_33 35 gün önce
  • Anybody else wanna see the true Incredible Hulk, seriously he is the strongest there is!!!

    Nadia KhamoNadia Khamo5 gün önce
  • Bullshit hulk only got one standalone movie and they nerfed the fuck out of him they should have never used hulk at all after doing that to a omega level mutant who is the strongest avenger I mean they even admit it in ragnorok

  • End game was a complete let down after an already unsteady infinity wars !!

    Peter BurkePeter Burke7 gün önce
  • Ha ha! Contrasts *Starkly* against Iron Man's tone... I see what you did there...

    Ethan KellermanEthan Kellerman7 gün önce
  • The incredible hulk did tell how he got his powers because it's the sequal to the hulk

    Chase MascioChase Mascio8 gün önce
  • Sulky, serious and depressed, how can anyone try living with the hulk.

    EL Natho waz hereEL Natho waz here11 gün önce
  • F the Russo brothers for destroying hulk. Wtf, smart hulk?? Gtfoh 🤓😡🖕🏾

    P BalixP Balix11 gün önce
  • Uh...everyone already knows how Hulk gets his powers. There’s no need for an origin. It would have made it contrived and redundant. Then people would have lambasted it.

    The Double NickelThe Double Nickel12 gün önce
  • Eric Banna reintroduced hulk before the Ed Norton hulk. That explained the accident with gamma radiation. Also Jennifer Connelly , Sam Elliot and Nick Nolte played in it as well. Kind of need to get your movies in order before you attempt to have a TRvision opinion.

    Matt EarnestMatt Earnest13 gün önce
  • She said "Lord of Thunder". Mmmk.

    Woody HartwickWoody Hartwick15 gün önce
  • go Hulk

    Jairus TuckerJairus Tucker16 gün önce
  • Endgame was garbage

    Ryan ThompsonRyan Thompson16 gün önce
    • Ryan Thompson only the hulk parts ruined endgame for me I liked the rest of endgame but I cannot forgive what they did to hulk

      Rayyan TabbaRayyan Tabba9 gün önce
  • B.S. the Edward Norton version was the best it kept closest to the original story line

    Randall ReedRandall Reed16 gün önce
  • He only had one movie in the MCU so there ain't no 3

    Gabe SteinGabe Stein16 gün önce
  • So who is the baby with hulk eye?? Is that next hulk?? Guysss

    meme 24hoursmeme 24hours17 gün önce
  • Hulk in the first Avengers and Ultron was the best. He was savage in those film.

    Mickey JohnoMickey Johno20 gün önce
  • Next vid. Why thanos's chin looks like a ball sack

    dog cat ytdog cat yt20 gün önce
  • Iron Man: 3 Movies Hulk: 1 Movie Thor: 3 Movies Captain A.: 3 Movies Hawkeye: 0 Movies Black Widow: 0 Movies Black Panther: 1 Movie Spider-Man: 1 Movie / 2 Movies Dr. S: 1 Movie Black Widow Hawkeye and Hulk: Am I a Fucking Joke to you

    Son GokuSon Goku22 gün önce
    • actualy 2 hulk movies ... but more actualy .. ZERO hulk movies ... blame universal ... not marvel ...

      MrTBSCMrTBSC21 gün önce
  • Second Hulk movie was the best portrait of Hulk, it stays true to the comics. Mark Ruffalo's version of the Hulk is like a parody. If anyone has ever read a comic of this character they will see that the story is very grim and depressing which in my mind make them awesome.

    Slorm RaptorSlorm Raptor22 gün önce
  • And thus the wolverine

    Bapon RSBapon RS23 gün önce
  • MCU, if you make the Hulk turn back into his old self from 2008 I will watch your movies again.

    Trevor AllenTrevor Allen23 gün önce
  • No matter what that ed Norton hulk is the best looking in my opinion

    Byron McKenzieByron McKenzie25 gün önce
  • They didn’t show you his origin because he already had his origin in the first movie and they didn’t retcon anything the Incredible Hulk was cannon to the mcu and the hulk and banners relationship goes back and forth even in the comics

    YazarastsuYazarastsu25 gün önce
  • If we got a Hulk Disney + series, would it likely take place in the 5 year time jump???

    Tyler ChinneryTyler Chinnery26 gün önce
  • I wanted world breaker hulk.

    Rhys CoryRhys Cory27 gün önce
    • Rhys Cory same

      Rayyan TabbaRayyan Tabba9 gün önce
  • That's one thing I hate they did with this new Hulk. Hulk isn't supposed to funny he's supposed to be a fucking monster they did hulk dirty in endgame, don't get me wrong I still like the new hulk but he's no where near as serious or as mean as he should be. Should've brought on world breaker Hulk... didn't even get a fucking rematch with thanos smh

    Nick BoominNick Boomin27 gün önce
  • Lol the grand finale hulk was... Doctor hulk. Wow what a let down

    azertu2u2azertu2u228 gün önce
  • GOD of Thunder

    Jay's Brick Co.Jay's Brick Co.29 gün önce
  • Plant Hulk & World War Hulk are the movies that should have happened for the character. Making Planet Hulk a sub plot in the shit storm that was Thor : Ragnarok was just insulting to the fans as well as the character and history.

    Shane MillerShane Miller29 gün önce
  • They ruined hulk...

    Eugen SpäthEugen Späth29 gün önce
  • The Incredible Hulk (2008) ISN'T IRON MAN (2008). Making comparisons between the two is stupid! Thor isn't Captain America. The Avengers aren't The Guardians of the Galsxy. ETC The Bruce Banner in 2008 is a man wanting to rid himself of the Hulk and return to Betty. By the time we see him again in Avengers (2012) we meet a Banner more at peace with his curse. It's called character development. This Looper video is fucking asinine.

    supermanscottforeversupermanscottforever29 gün önce
  • That was NOT Professor Hulk That was badly written twee Hulk - a complete sham of what Professor Hulk should be

    KoroWhekeKoroWheke29 gün önce
  • The Incredible Hulk movie was fantastic. Recasting Norton with that idiot Ruffalo was a BAD idea. Not all of us who are huge Hulk fans liked the recast. The Russo's screwed over The Hulk. The way they used him in Avengers Endgame was TERRIBLE.

    The Credible HulkThe Credible Hulk29 gün önce
    • The Credible Hulk in my opinion mark ruffalo was fine but it was the Russo brothers who failed to understand hulk and professor hulk and ruined him , they probably did this because Incredible Hulk didn’t make a lot of money so they didn’t consider hulk to be part of the main avengers even though he is part of the original 6 the main three have always been Ironman captain America and Thor even though hulk also got his own movie

      Rayyan TabbaRayyan Tabba9 gün önce
  • More like professor shriek.

    Strange FootStrange Foot29 gün önce
  • So, the conclusion of Hulk's story arc is a smaller, weaker non-violent Hulk with absolutely no action or fight scenes or any sort of physical confrontation/revenge scene with Thanos. Golly, just what all us Hulk fans dreamed of.

    blagoyavich rodblagoyavich rodAylar önce
  • Marvel is the gift that keeps on giving. We saw a full character arc between the movies that was immensely fulfilling, yet never ever once pushed center stage. amazing.

    K2theAblamK2theAblamAylar önce
    • K2theAblam I personally did not like the hulk character arc and I think they ruined him

      Rayyan TabbaRayyan Tabba9 gün önce
  • They totally sissified Hulk in Endgame and turned him into "Shrek". This review is ridiculous.

    Epic MichaelEpic MichaelAylar önce
  • the incredible hulk wasn't really retconned the "i'm always angry" line was the connect to the end of that movie. in the norton movie small things still set him off and the whole point of brazil and jiu jitsu was to use those breathing techniques so he had some sort of control. without it he'd be like in the old bixby hulk would be triggered by flat tires or smashing his finger on something, everything set him off. ruffalo hulk was very much in control of when the hulk emerged but didn't like unleashing him. he wasn't stressed by shield trying to ambush him, the prick by stark didn't set him off. what accidentally made him lose control was loki and the scepter but that was by design everyone was acting aggressively. i know it's been a long time since that movie came out but i think people who say it's retconned or not really part of the mcu didn't really watch it or don't remember it. also applies to people thinking that thunderbolt ross wasn't corrupt as fuck in civil war, he wanted to use the avengers as a hit squad or have them in jail (caps distrust in him was spot on). the hulk movie made it clear he's not a good guy, he wants power so bad he never cared who he hurt, he just uses the military to seem legitimate. i think his use was specific, they could use a random general, but they brought him back i think to inform the audience that the accords where not legitimate and we should understand he's part of the problem not some benevolent patriot who is concerned with these supers out of control, but i digress.

    Carlos Alfonso  AlmanzaCarlos Alfonso AlmanzaAylar önce
  • That Hulk movie was TERRIBLE ! Also, who the fuck cares about Capt. feminazi denvers... She can go back to being UNKNOWN and uncared for by all!

    Hikaru MidomiyaHikaru MidomiyaAylar önce
  • THat's HULK?????? Looks more like Shreck ! What a wuss ! Since when doe she speak like that ?

    Hikaru MidomiyaHikaru MidomiyaAylar önce
  • Hulk got to do the snap which brought the "dusted" back, so there's that at least. But the maddest he got in Endgame was tossing a bench in the wake of Black Widow's death, and we never got to see him have a rematch with Thanos, which is a travesty. If you cut through the "three-arc storyline" bull that the Russos hyped up dating back to Thor: Ragnarok, it really boiled down to getting Mark Ruffalo more facetime (even if partly digital). Sorry, but a wisecracking Shrek wannabe who didn't even have a moment doing what Hulk does best (SMASH) during the entirety of the culmination of the Avengers saga was a Fox/Fantastic Four-level mishandling of the character and really hurt Endgame in hindsight, at least for me.

    Aaron MarshallAaron MarshallAylar önce
  • Worst character arc. Hulk wasn't in endgame. Only banner with muscles

    Angel OrtizAngel OrtizAylar önce
  • nice. now he's gunna get his own film; hulk vs banner! lol

    Eric DugasEric DugasAylar önce
  • wait ... 1:33... are you serious?? 2003 hulk waaaaay cooler than 2008 hulk lol

    Eric DugasEric DugasAylar önce
  • 75th endgame related video. The movie has only been out for a month

    KerpaDerpDerpKerpaDerpDerpAylar önce
  • Tony did tell him he was alive for a reason. Even if Bruce couldn't yet see it back in 2012. :)

    SunScourgeSunScourgeAylar önce
  • smash!

    Vladimir MonteiroVladimir MonteiroAylar önce
  • 5:06 god of thunder

    Prashant ThapliyalPrashant ThapliyalAylar önce
  • ragnarok hulks my fav but i think averngers hulk with all the rage and what not would have wiped the floor with thanos ,and if they go with the comics gama radation make hulk stronger so why didnt the gauntlent do that in end game he says its mostly gama rays it admits so wtf!

    brian appsholebrian appsholeAylar önce
  • OK you picked on the wrong reason why Incredible Hulk wasn't so great. You didn't like it because it didn't show the origin? Everyone knows how Hulk got his powers, it's BORING to see it retold over and over and over again. That's not what was missing in the hulk movie.

    Gene Natale, Jr.Gene Natale, Jr.Aylar önce
  • 8:44 No, "gratuitous" was used to when the Cap and Tony had Hulk take off his shirt so he would blend into 2012 more

    PrecisionAccPrecisionAccAylar önce
  • I'm a Marvel fan of the 90's so I was super hype when Professor Hulk appeared. Now we just need Joe Fixit and Maestro .

    JayJayAylar önce
  • how to spoile it

    Itstrue mammanonItstrue mammanonAylar önce
  • Love how Hulk is getting a story arc through other Hero's movies. So clever. Can't wait to see what happen next.

    WindsoWindsoAylar önce
  • I wish Hulk would go apesht on the white house. Just stomp all the evil into the ground until even the toupee is dust.

    HighDukeNHighDukeNAylar önce
  • Professor Hulk is awesome! He's smart and strong . He will be cool until some douche starts messing with him and tries to degrade him. Then he will lose his sht and kill all the pitiful humans.

    Sk OmSk OmAylar önce
  • Hulk is going to become Maestro. Only true fans realize this.

    F-1zF-1zAylar önce
  • 'Hulk: Future Imperfect' for Phase 5

    T JonesT JonesAylar önce
  • Hulk had no testosterone in the. Last movie pathetic

    farakan Cartmanfarakan CartmanAylar önce
  • Soy boy hulk lectures us in the next installment how bad toxic masculinity is.

    Paleoprimal9000Paleoprimal9000Aylar önce
    • your insecurities are showing.

      F-1zF-1zAylar önce
  • It's not a character arc when the biggest change happens off-screen.

    Guy RGuy RAylar önce
  • If you really needed the story recapped and retold, you are a complete turd. The first Hulk movie was the best portrayal. Mark Ruffalo was ok in the first film, the rest of it was trash. Stop riding MCU dick and the need for comedy, the best movies are winter soldier, civil war and infinity war, the rest are just comic book movies, very similar to toby maguires spider-man movies.

    staticjumpstaticjumpAylar önce
  • I understand perfectly, they promote woke feminism with horrible personalities,mary sue type characters like Captain Marvel as 'the most powerful in the MCU' heroes list, so that leaves the issue, but Thors very likeable and god like powers, and so is Hulk? I know, let's make Thor a fat assed depressed bum, and have Hulk weaker and full of doubt because he lost one fight?

    Snapdragon 9600Snapdragon 9600Aylar önce
  • Also can someone explain whatever happend to blue man or whatever his name was-The scientist in the scene at 1 minute. He had a head bubbly from gamma radiation but that possible sequel material was never followed up on

    Tyrone SmithTyrone SmithAylar önce
  • Did you watch hulk? it talks about gamma radiation and eventualy gives you a scene of how it happened with the general being horrifed and the daughter being unconscious and hurt. Its not as good as Captain Marvel but it definetly clues you in and goes "full circle" Edit: Says that there is no origion explanation and yet 9:45 it shows the scene in the incredible hulk where it shows how Bruce became the hulk

    Tyrone SmithTyrone SmithAylar önce
  • ive wanted a new standalone hulk film for years now! but i think what didnt help was the actor change, from ed norton to mark ruffalo. people love the hulk now but seeing as hes now "professor hulk" i doubt we will get what we wanted years ago....

    billa381billa381Aylar önce
  • Complementing Captain Marvel and insulting The Incredible Hulk, how dare you

    Lord MegawinLord MegawinAylar önce
  • I actually wish the Doctor Strange Movie had a tone similar to The Incredible Hulk. And also with more horror elements.

    Julian FoxJulian FoxAylar önce
  • The problem with making comics into movies is that anything goes... You can't make sense out of it. Think about this: In Avengers Hulk arrives in NYC and his first takedown is one of those flying Leviathans... A massive beast wearing armor... Then he fights Thanos a being that's his size and strength and gets his ass beat so bad he won't come out any more? It's comics... Not real life...

    Donald MousseauDonald MousseauAylar önce
  • I liked Ang Lee's Hulk better than Norton's version... But they both could have been better...

    Donald MousseauDonald MousseauAylar önce
  • I actuallky really loved the 2008 Hulk movie, it was my favorite! After I found out they switched his character I've hated the newer Hulk movies ever since, even if it does fit the MCU plot.

    Taylor LaumerTaylor LaumerAylar önce
  • The Incredible Hulk 2008 was perfect! Avengers Endgame Hulk looks wtf

    LaufieldLaufieldAylar önce
  • THe directors have hated the hulk since childhood so thay decided to pussify him

    C WhitingC WhitingAylar önce
  • Wow, only 1 minute in and you make a MASSIVE error that undermines half your points. Banner did not "come to terms with Hulk" after fighting Abomination, the VERY scene you show of him meditating at the end of the film has him open his eyes ready to Hulk out.

    Philip YatesPhilip YatesAylar önce
  • Next Vid: How Black Widow playing hide the zucchini with Hulk lead to Endgames Victory

    Chris LeeChris LeeAylar önce
  • The hulk in Endgame was Grey Hulk, but apparently Hollywood decided that it would be to hard to explain to the audience.... darn Hollywood...

  • What the fuck were they thinking going from the incredible hulk to the hulk in avengers????

    LexLexAylar önce
  • The fact that The Hulk is a gamma magnet (Banner/Hulk knows this) and the stones largely emit gamma radiation, SHOULD mean that Hulk should have absorbed that energy without his arm atrophying. Which is why he said he was made for it. At the very least it should have thrown off the balance he struck with the 18 months of gamma bombardment and caused the rage machine to re emerge. We would have liked that even more. I swear movie execs like knowing about each reaction to what makes a movie bad. Incredible Hulk didn't bomb because Hulk can't carry a solo movie... It bombed because it was a bad script and had Ed Norton juice (over intensity) all over it. If we got a Hulk movie like what we saw in his Avengers appearances... Or say I don't know, let Ragnorok be a Thor movie and gave us a PROPER planet Hulk movie with either Beta Ray Bill or Silver Surfer we would have LOVED that. That could have been the trilogy, planet Hulk in 2 parts with World War Hulk being the finale after Thanos. It would also have been a good way to end the first phase of characters because he essentially destroys all of them.

    XxsteamerxXXxsteamerxXAylar önce
  • Maybe watch the Eric Bana Hulk first.

    SlickXSlickXAylar önce
  • It would of been much more interesting if hulk didn’t show up after he got beat in IW was because hulk was scared, embarrassed n was finally beaten... then he would of got his shit together n worked with banner to take thanos down...

    Midnite MonstaMidnite MonstaAylar önce
  • What Captain Marvel tells her story and show how she get her powers?

    Joe NorthstarJoe NorthstarAylar önce
  • Honestly, Ruffalo said his hulk is continuing Nortons

    Charlie AndrewsCharlie AndrewsAylar önce
  • I say restart the hulk and have Mark ruffulo do him

    Kayden FosterKayden FosterAylar önce
  • Mark instantly ruined the hulk for me. He’s just terrible as the hulk I mean even his hulk face looks stupid.

    EverlostEverlostAylar önce
  • My takeaway out of this video is that Universal and Marvel/Disney needs to get their shit together for an all new Professor Hulk film. 🙏

    Andy DiazAndy DiazAylar önce
  • WOW, You guys... lol nice video like normal.. but 6 ads in a 9min video?! lol

    Cpt. CrashCpt. CrashAylar önce
  • WE HATE what MCU did with Hulk!!!! Friggin awful. This video is a straight up lie.

    Henry GarzaHenry GarzaAylar önce

    alienindaclosetalienindaclosetAylar önce
  • In the first Avengers movie when Stark tells Bruce that the "other guy" saved him from the radiation, Bruce asks why he would have saved him. Tony replies that they would find out. Endgame gives the answer to Bruce's question as he was the only one who could use the gauntlet to snap everyone back.

    jrpc2000jrpc2000Aylar önce
  • A truer explanation: To various filth at Disney, Hulk represents "Toxic Masculinity", and thus needs to be repressed. Hence his turning into an oversized asparagus.

    StudSupremeStudSupremeAylar önce
  • Next video: How Thor's beard was suddenly braided, and what that means for the MCU.

    Ryan & Katrisha HawksRyan & Katrisha HawksAylar önce
  • If only hulk could still smash as professor hulk than he would be revived

    More subs than Pewdiepie without videos challenge !More subs than Pewdiepie without videos challenge !Aylar önce
  • At the end of incredible hulk, banner learns how to control the hulk while calm. This is exactly where they picked up in The avengers. They didn't retcon anything.

    Dave SemachDave SemachAylar önce
  • This was a waste of hulk. Smaller than usual, less greener than usual, weaker than ever.....

    Savan RajputSavan RajputAylar önce
  • Too bad - I couldn't watch more than 59 seconds of this video. It makes inaccurate statements as fact, and praises the weakest Marvel film to date, Captain Marvel. Couldn't even get to the supposed analysis. Oh well.

    J. Raymond LavoieJ. Raymond LavoieAylar önce
We Finally Understand The Incredible Hulk MCU Trilogy