Avengers Minisodes: Episode 2 – The Incredible Hulk

In the run up to the latest hotly anticipated Marvel blockbuster Avengers: Age of Ultron, Steve and Owen have been busy putting together a series of short 20-25 minute long minisode podcasts. With clips from the films, trailers, retro reviews taken from our archived podcasts as well as brand new retrospective reviews featuring a varied mix of different guests for each episode, we’ll be running through all of the MCU movies thus far in chronological order.

Our second episode funnily enough takes a look back at the second in Phase 1 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Hot on the heels of their first film, The Incredible Hulk was released just one month after Iron Man in the summer blockbuster season of 2008. Whereas John Favreau’s take on Tony Stark was an overwhelming success, Hulk did not SMASH it at the box office.

One of the key contributing factors in The Incredible Hulk‘s perceived under-performance at the box office ($134,806,913 domestic compared to its $150 million budget) has been attributed to a cinematic hangover from the unsuccessful Ang Lee film Hulk some five year’s previous. Whilst the films do not have any crossover at all, it’s arguably the reason why the cinema-going public at the time were understandably skeptical. The plot to Louis Leterrier’s movie (starring Ed Norton as Bruce Banner, a scientist in hiding after being exposed to a high dosage of gamma radiation resulting in his mutation into the giant raging green-skinned Hulk whenever he’s hungry angry) isn’t a traditional origins story either, which only confused the matter further for those unaware.

During this minisode podcast, we’ll feature clips and trailers for the film, as well as taking a deeper look into what might have worked and what didn’t. In our retro review, taken from one of our archived podcasts, we listen to James Diamed experience the film for the first time. Whereas in our new retrospective look at the film, we have special guest and walking comic book encyclopedia Brian Plank, who sheds some much needed light and interesting theories on the past, present and possible future of Hulk’s participation in the MCU.

Join us again for our next episode as we look at the first sequel to make its way into the series with Iron Man 2.

You can keep up with all of the episodes released so far and those to come here.

Warning: These minisodes may contain spoilers

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