After months of disappointed tourists being unable to ride, The Incredible Hulk roller coaster is back and more pissed off than ever. Last September, the big green giant closed for a massive refurbishment. After sixteen years of thrilling park guests, Universal Studios figured that it was about time the attraction got a face-lift. Everything from the track to the trains to even the entrance would get a fresh coat of paint and give riders a relatively new ride experience to the same track layout. So after nearly a year of fine-tuning and fixing up the ride, how do the new changes hold up? Let’s find out. (more…)
We know that we’re not going to get another solo Hulk movie till sometime after 2019, which means that The Avengers and any other movies between now and The Inhumansin the summer of 2019 will be the only places to see the character get all green and angry. That’s okay, there’s plenty of action for the Hulk to smash through, and from the sounds of previous statements of the cast and crew, Avengers: Age of Ultron will another – ahem – banner moment for grumpy green goliath. The guy that plays the Hulk, Mark Ruffalo, agrees and has added his two cents about where the Hulk’s mind is at, and where he’ll be going next in a new interview. (more…)
I didn’t like director Ang Lee’s ‘Hulk’ because it was boring and the title character should’ve never grown substantially in size the angrier it got. That was just one of many Lee mistakes, though star Eric Bana was fine as Bruce Banner. I was, however, thrilled to see Marvel take back the rights and create a better movie with Edward Norton. That’s not saying much because it still wasn’t great. Just better. But bad blood seemed to boil within the comic camp and issues concerning creativity between star and studio hit the news. Ugly words were said, Norton and Marvel would disastrously part ways. With Oscar buzz about his recent performance in ‘Birdman,’ Norton’s doing interviews and giving a very whitewashed version of why he let the MCU ship sail without him. (more…)
*** Warning: Spoilers For Films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Follow ***
I need to get this out of the way up front: I’m not a “comic book guy”.
That’s probably weird for you to read, as this site is called “Nerd Bastards” after all; complete with a smattering of classic funny books comprising the logo alongside what appears to be a homeless man who mugged Darth Vader for his Camel Lights (doesn’t that dude have asthma?). The truth is: I’m pretty much a strict “cinephile”, my education (formal and otherwise) rooted in both classic and contemporary film history. That’s not to say I’m a complete ignoramus when it comes to comics. I collected when I was a kid, frequenting my local shop at least once a week, hooked on the books whose stories fascinated me. It’s just that this main vein habit didn’t follow me into adulthood like cinema did — a hobby that I chose to turn into a career of sorts.
I don’t bring this fact up to distance myself from the NB audience; more to illustrate that I probably view the films adapted from the stories they so love through a different prism. Where they’re looking for consistency of character and adherence to the established mythologies, I’m motly hoping to sit down with a (hopefully more than) competently constructed work of filmic language that not only brings our diligent defenders to life, but does so with a focus on pleasing more than just the established fan base. In no way is one method of evaluation better than the other — it’s just a different value system with which to rate a specific subsection of the form. To be honest, the best critics of “comic book cinema” are those who can do both, dropping knowledge about the “mis-en-scène” as easily as they can break down why this particular iteration of Captain America is the most faithful to its four-color creators. I strive to do both, but my limitations with the source material keep me from going full-blown FilmCritHulk most of the time.
To wit, I introduce to you my very own take on the Marvel Cinematic Universe. At this point in the sprawling franchise’s history, everybody seems to have their own personal rankings of the films leading up to and beyond Joss Whedon’s Avengers. As much as the snobbier cinema goers would like “comic book filmmaking” to evaporate completely into the ether, it’s time to start recognizing that the genre is far too profitable to disappear anytime soon. These movies need to be treated like bona fide works of art and evaluated as such, so I present my own personal, cinephilic take on the MCU, from worst to best…
Mark Ruffalo got a lot of positive reaction to his portrayal as Bruce Banner/The Hulk in last summer’s The Avengers, and while some have said that his iteration of the character is “The Best” ever put to screen, is Ruffalo truly the best Hulk?
Well one other actor who played the Hulk is staking a claim. Lou Ferrigno played the Green Goliath in the 1977-82 TV series The Incredible Hulk, as well as in a number of follow-up TV movies. Ferrigno says that no one can play the Hulk like he could because Eric Bana, Edward Norton and Mark Ruffalo’s Hulks were all brought to life through CGI and motion capture, and not because the actors themselves bulked up and slathered on green pant. The difference, according to Ferrigno, is that feeling of reality.
“I was the first to bring superhero muscles to the screen and to make it more believable. There’s still people who prefer to watch the old show over the newer things because it’s real, not CGI,” Ferrigno told The LA Times. “The Hulk was the beginning of me, a platform as an actor to grow. I don’t think anybody else can play the Hulk like I could. I was able to show emotions even with all of the makeup. I don’t think it can be duplicated.”
He may have a point, but then again ask anybody if motion capture can’t render (pun intended) a great performance and they’ll point you to Andy Serkis as Gollum in the Lord of the Ring movies among others. Still, Ferrigno deserves some credit for being the first live-action Hulk, and for doing it without computer graphics assistance.
What do you Bastards think, is their a better Hulk than Ferrigno, or is it reality for the win?
Everyone loved Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk in The Avengers right? So why can’ t The Hulk seem to work in a film of his own?
Well, Avengers director Joss Whedon has some thoughts about that at a recent Q&A. And via Geek Chocolate, here’s what he said about whether or not it’s possible to make a good Hulk movie:
“Yes. But it would be very, very hard. Hulk is a tricky son of a bitch. He’s the Claudio of superheroes. Because the problem is it’s a very popular character, but it’s not a superhero. Half of it’s a superhero, half of it’s a werewolf. And you can’t structure it like a superhero movie, you can’t light it like a superhero movie. How do you develop that? It would be extremely difficult. The one thing you would have in your favor would be Mark Ruffalo. But right now I don’t know if they have plans to do that or not, because he works so well as part of a greater whole, but by himself, it’s tough. I don’t envy the guys who went before.”
Whedon forgot to mention that any Hulk movie is also part-Fugitive, so that’s at least three different genres you have to mesh together into order to create a decent Hulk flick. I think The Incredible Hulk came pretty close to getting that mixture right, but it wasn’t perfect.
What do you Bastards think? Did Whedon nail it on the head, or is he way off?
As preciously reported, MCU:P1 will contain all 6 of Marvels ‘Phase One’ films (Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, and The Avengers) the mysteriously named Item 47 short and of course hours upon hours of commentary tracks, behind the scenes documentaries, deleted scenes, printed thingys, a doodad or two and more (the stuff we don’t need, yet must have anyway.)
But wait, that’s not all! With the delay pushing the release back a couple of months, Marvel Studios will now be adding teaser footage, concept art, and Easter eggs for the ‘Phase Two.’ Reportedly the set will give us a good look at Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Guardians of the Galaxy and they aren’t even going to jack up that price tag!
NerdBastards brought you the announcement of the ten disc Avengers Boxed Set: “Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One – Avengers Assembled”a couple of weeks ago. Marvel has just released the first trailer for the ten disc set to give fans a peek at what comes with this Massive Marvel Madness collection.
• Marvel’s The Avengers (Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray)
• Captain America: The First Avenger (Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray)
• Thor (Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray)
• Iron Man 2 (Blu-ray)
• The Incredible Hulk (Blu-ray)
• Iron Man (Blu-ray)
• Bonus Disc – “The Phase One Archives” (Blu-ray)
• Collectible packaging with exclusive memorabilia from the Marvel Cinematic Universe
What’s this monstrous set gonna cost?
Yep, that’s a retail listing of $219 reduced to $152.99, that’s $15 dollars a disc. There is a pretty damn cool set box replica of the Cosmic Cube case used by Fury that the discs come in though. That may be the tipping point for many collectors in the decision on digging deep for this purchase.
Many of the younger set may not even recognize the name Lou Ferrigno, but this guy was the Hulk before the Hulk was as cool as he is today. A painted Ferrigno once graced the television screen in The Incredible Hulk TV series for five seasons. And though he didn’t get any lines (aside from some grunting and growling), he did get to smash things up and throw people around a bit.
Now that the former Mr. Universe has been replaced by bigger and badder CGI effects, he has moved on to other things. Aside from a 7-year run on CBS’s “The King of Queens,” Ferrigno has been working on a number of other celebrity undertakings. He’s also been spending some of his free time fighting crime.
As of Friday last week, Ferrigno is officially a reserve deputy with the San Luis Obispo County Sherriff’s Office. This is not the first time he’s decided to battle criminals without green paint on his skin, however. He has been a reserve deputy for the Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department since 2006.
Ferrigno’s father was a Lieutenant with the New York Police Department and instilled a certain amount of respect for law enforcement officers in his son. In a sense, Ferrigno is following in his father’s footsteps.
His goals now are to spend as much time as he can bouncing between the two departments and helping put bad guys away. So, he’s still kinda like the Hulk, wandering the Earth looking for villains to combat, but now he just does it in a small section of Southern California and wears a uniform instead of green make-up. Probably a little more comfortable at least.
While Marvel’s The Avengers is still doing well in theaters across the world, an interesting teaser has appeared about the upcoming DVD and Blu-ray release. Although an official release date is still unconfirmed, Amazonhas posted something called the “Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One – Avengers Assembled” Blu-ray collection. The tentative list of content for the ten-disc set reads as follows:
Marvel’s The Avengers (Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray)
Captain America: The First Avenger (Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray)
Thor (Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray)
Iron Man 2 (Blu-ray)
The Incredible Hulk (Blu-ray)
Iron Man (Blu-ray)
Bonus Disc – The Phase One Archives (Blu-ray)
Collectible packaging with exclusive memorabilia from the Marvel Cinematic Universe
The listing also includes the above image, perhaps the discs come in a replica of the briefcase that Nick Fury uses to transport the Cosmic Cube. Whatever is under the S.H.I.E.L.D. cloth, though, is said to be revealed on July 15th.
Now the big question . . . how much will this monstrous collection of superhero movies cost and how much would you be willing to spend? Give NerdBastards your best guess in the comments section below.