When the Ang Lee Hulk movie came out, the reactions were mostly negative. Five years later there was a reboot and it ran a little better (although it was just a glorified flop). Since Edward Norton was fired, Mark Ruffalo had to replace him. With "The Avengers" came success and a brand new Hulk. The result was:
- Two different background stories
- Two different Hulk origins
- Three different Bruce Banners
- Two different Generals
- Two different Bettys
- Two different plots
- Three fundamentally different Hulk designs
- Three different Hulk personalities
- Three different Hulk power levels
- A big, heavy guy who could turn into a giant (sad and angry)
- A small, ugly, emaciated, dried-out sporty model with emo hair (only roaring and beastly)
- An old, green, pensioner who behaves like a shaved gorilla (roaring and funny)
- No cinematic continuity
(Please do not take my hard words too seriously :-)
Now we have a large, three-part mess that can not decide what it should be. You might have the feeling that it was more about money than good movies. On the other hand, the whole mess has something good: The three Hulks can be seen and used as a test run. This means: now we know what is good and what must be avoided. (Interestingly, fans always know exactly what they want, the film industry apparently do not.) Here are some of my thoughts:
- Bruce Banner invents a gamma bomb and must test it for the military. There is an incident. Bam! It is beyond me why the gamma bomb was not integrated into any of the two movies. Instead, they fantasized about technologies with utopian genetic engineering, nanotechnology and strange gamma devices from the 70s.
- Hulk's size remains the same. The idea of a growing Hulk was not accepted and nobody wanted a giant.
- Hulk must have a good proportionate amount of body fat. He may not be too muscular or thin.
- The standard feats must be preserved: leaping, jumping, running, invulnerability, unlimited strength.
- The green of his skin may not be too bright or too dark.
- His face should be neither simian nor caveman-like.
- The body proportions should be as human as possible. Only the bones of the face, hands and feet may turn out a little exaggerated. Thus it seems much more realistic. One should say: "Wow, look at the heavy guy", and not: "Wow, better CGI."
- The conflict between Banner and the Hulk and the relationship with Betty should be the most important part of the movies.
- General Ross should be Hulk´s archenemy.
- All stories must be connected.
PS: This thread is just a thought experiment. It's all about: What if ...?
So, what would you change? How would your Hulk reboot look like?
Let your creativity run wild.