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

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  • For me, the Hulk is a SIDESHOW in the MCU 😡🤬. In the movies (Thor: Ragnarok, The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron and don't even count Avengers: Infinity War because he berally had screentime) he didn't do a lot, it tooked ELEVEN YEARS after The Incredible Hulk untill he FINALY had something to do with the PLOT!

    עמוס ויינמןעמוס ויינמן29 gün önce
  • Who owned fantastic four?

    deadblood 4115deadblood 4115Aylar önce
  • I think if we do get another Hulk movie it'll be about his time on Sakaar and the movie will start off with the Marvel Studios Logo but instead of the music playing it'll be Thor saying to Banner "So Banner I've been meaning to ask you, do you remember your time on Sakaar through the hulk?", then Banner says "No but the Hulk does" and then it clips to the Quinjet crashing onto Sakaar and yeah showing Hulk on Sakaar

    Dom doing his thingDom doing his thingAylar önce
  • I completely agree that the Hulk that we see in the Incredible Hulk is different than Ruffalo's Hulk, but I don't necessarily see that as a total retcon of the character. The way I see it is that, over the course of time between the Incredible Hulk and The Avengers, Banner went through a rough isolation period. For all we know, he practically cut himself off from society for the vast majority of that two year period (because TIH takes place in 2010, but regardless time period does not matter here). He even explains that in Avengers. When he finally came back around, he relearned that being in isolation didn't allow him to learn how to control it when he is in an environment where he can't really control the situation himself. I mean think about it, he didn't need to be afraid about letting the Hulk loose in a cabin in the woods. In a village, let alone a city, that's a different story. Of COURSE he was depressed before Avengers. The only difference between Norton's Hulk and Ruffalo's Hulk is that he learned to be more humorous.

    Scooter be like1436Scooter be like1436Aylar önce
  • Well it completely ruined the movie for me!!! Fans were expecting World Breaker or at least a version with the eyes glowing green or something. It should have been Hulk matching Thanos in one on one, not Captain Marvel!!! Comes the big finale, we get Rune King Thor(fat but still), Nanotech Ironman, Capt wielding Mjolnir, everybody reaching their full potential. Instead of a stronger version of the Hulk we get mcu's professor hulk aka "NO HULK" aka "BANNER ON STEROIDS" aka "BENCH THROWER". He loses his loved one and in his rage he throws a bench up in the air!!!! What a SHAME!!!!!

    Şu TiginŞu Tigin2 aylar önce
  • Aaron virdee this is wonderful

    Muzammil KhanMuzammil Khan2 aylar önce
  • Actually your wrong about 2008 hulk being In the MCU. The Incredible Hulk 2008 is not part of the MCU for me. I think it should have a New edit version with mark rufflo in it and have the original version of the film decanonsied from the MCU and replace it with iron man 2 as the 2nd entry and have the new version of the Incredible Hulk being part of phase 4 and as a prequel

    HeyVideo 2005HeyVideo 20052 aylar önce
  • incridble hulk is better better than stupid brainer in ghaphic

    saroj raisaroj rai2 aylar önce
  • An Incredible Hulk 2 would’ve been worth it with the proper writing directing and actors (essentials) after the mcu had established its capability to produce films worth the hype (money wise)

    Sam Tha ChampSam Tha Champ2 aylar önce
  • I also think the 2008 hulk was the best looking hulk of the MCU

    X-Men's AngelX-Men's Angel2 aylar önce
  • Great video. The one thing I didn’t like is when you said that The Incredible Hulk from 2008 didn’t show how he got his powers. Ummm, yes it did! It shows many flashbacks of Banner in the Gamma radiation labs turning into the hulk, that was actually a very important plot piece in the movie and in the entire MCU. And it’s not that he “came to terms” with the hulk at the end of the film, it’s that he learned to control the hulk(hence the heart rate monitor on his wrist)

    X-Men's AngelX-Men's Angel2 aylar önce
  • Wtf is wrong with those thumbnails

    Jawad AhmedJawad Ahmed2 aylar önce
  • The 2008 Hulk movie doesn't have a back story because we already have 2 other movies with a back story. It's the same thing with Spiderman Homecoming. They just saved two movies

    Connor Payne \the Frozen Doctor/Connor Payne \the Frozen Doctor/2 aylar önce
  • The Hulk looked like an idiot in Endgame. That sh!t eating grin and being a pacifist pu$$y with hipster glasses. What a waste.

    Matt Nes'heimMatt Nes'heim2 aylar önce
  • Looks Like Betty will comeback

    Apple NetworkApple Network2 aylar önce
  • Nothing sucks like Brie Larson's Capitan Marvel

    Werner OberholzerWerner Oberholzer2 aylar 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 aylar 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....

    AngelosWantedAngelosWanted2 aylar önce
    • Hulk also looked the best in that movie. No other version of the MCU hulk looks as cool.

      AngelosWantedAngelosWanted2 aylar önce
  • Mark raffalo as Banner was terrible🙈

    DonGius1DonGius12 aylar önce
  • Ha 'Stark'ly get it cause she is talking about Tony Stark

    Stitcher_33 3Stitcher_33 32 aylar önce
  • Anybody else wanna see the true Incredible Hulk, seriously he is the strongest there is!!!

    Nadia KhamoNadia Khamo2 aylar 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

    SEPT LUXURESEPT LUXURE2 aylar önce
  • End game was a complete let down after an already unsteady infinity wars !!

    Peter BurkePeter Burke3 aylar önce
  • Ha ha! Contrasts *Starkly* against Iron Man's tone... I see what you did there...

    Ethan KellermanEthan Kellerman3 aylar önce
  • The incredible hulk did tell how he got his powers because it's the sequal to the hulk

    Chase MascioChase Mascio3 aylar önce
  • Sulky, serious and depressed, how can anyone try living with the hulk.

    EL Natho waz hereEL Natho waz here3 aylar önce
  • F the Russo brothers for destroying hulk. Wtf, smart hulk?? Gtfoh 🤓😡🖕🏾

    P BalixP Balix3 aylar 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 Nickel3 aylar 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 Earnest3 aylar önce
  • She said "Lord of Thunder". Mmmk.

    Woody HartwickWoody Hartwick3 aylar önce
  • go Hulk

    Jairus TuckerJairus Tucker3 aylar önce
  • Endgame was garbage

    Ryan ThompsonRyan Thompson3 aylar 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 Tabba3 aylar önce
  • B.S. the Edward Norton version was the best it kept closest to the original story line

    Randall ReedRandall Reed3 aylar önce
  • He only had one movie in the MCU so there ain't no 3

    Gabe SteinGabe Stein3 aylar önce
  • So who is the baby with hulk eye?? Is that next hulk?? Guysss

    meme 24hoursmeme 24hours3 aylar önce
  • Hulk in the first Avengers and Ultron was the best. He was savage in those film.

    Mickey JohnoMickey Johno3 aylar önce
  • Next vid. Why thanos's chin looks like a ball sack

    dog cat ytdog cat yt3 aylar 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

    DeokSelatDeokSelat3 aylar önce
    • actualy 2 hulk movies ... but more actualy .. ZERO hulk movies ... blame universal ... not marvel ...

      MrTBSCMrTBSC3 aylar 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 Raptor3 aylar önce
  • And thus the wolverine

    Bapon RSBapon RS3 aylar önce
  • MCU, if you make the Hulk turn back into his old self from 2008 I will watch your movies again.

    Trevor AllenTrevor Allen3 aylar önce
  • No matter what that ed Norton hulk is the best looking in my opinion

    Byron McKenzieByron McKenzie3 aylar 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

    YazarastsuYazarastsu3 aylar önce
  • If we got a Hulk Disney + series, would it likely take place in the 5 year time jump???

    Tyler ChinneryTyler Chinnery3 aylar önce
  • I wanted world breaker hulk.

    Rhys CoryRhys Cory3 aylar önce
    • Rhys Cory same

      Rayyan TabbaRayyan Tabba3 aylar 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 Boomin3 aylar önce
  • Lol the grand finale hulk was... Doctor hulk. Wow what a let down

    azertu2u2azertu2u23 aylar önce
  • GOD of Thunder

    Jay's Brick Co.Jay's Brick Co.3 aylar 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 Miller3 aylar önce
  • They ruined hulk...

    Eugen SpäthEugen Späth3 aylar önce
  • That was NOT Professor Hulk That was badly written twee Hulk - a complete sham of what Professor Hulk should be

    KoroWhekeKoroWheke3 aylar 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 Hulk3 aylar 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 Tabba3 aylar önce
  • More like professor shriek.

    Strange FootStrange Foot3 aylar 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 rod3 aylar 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.

    K2theAblamK2theAblam3 aylar önce
    • K2theAblam I personally did not like the hulk character arc and I think they ruined him

      Rayyan TabbaRayyan Tabba3 aylar önce
  • They totally sissified Hulk in Endgame and turned him into "Shrek". This review is ridiculous.

    Epic MichaelEpic Michael3 aylar 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 Almanza3 aylar 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 Midomiya3 aylar önce
  • THat's HULK?????? Looks more like Shreck ! What a wuss ! Since when doe she speak like that ?

    Hikaru MidomiyaHikaru Midomiya3 aylar 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 Marshall3 aylar önce
  • Worst character arc. Hulk wasn't in endgame. Only banner with muscles

    Angel OrtizAngel Ortiz3 aylar önce
  • nice. now he's gunna get his own film; hulk vs banner! lol

    Maverick SudonomMaverick Sudonom3 aylar önce
  • wait ... 1:33... are you serious?? 2003 hulk waaaaay cooler than 2008 hulk lol

    Maverick SudonomMaverick Sudonom3 aylar önce
  • 75th endgame related video. The movie has only been out for a month

    VibranCELEVibranCELE3 aylar önce
  • Tony did tell him he was alive for a reason. Even if Bruce couldn't yet see it back in 2012. :)

    SunScourgeSunScourge3 aylar önce
  • smash!

    Vladimir MonteiroVladimir Monteiro3 aylar önce
  • 5:06 god of thunder

    Prashant ThapliyalPrashant Thapliyal3 aylar 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 appshole3 aylar 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.3 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

    PrecisionAccPrecisionAcc3 aylar önce
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