It’s inherently difficult to portray the Incredible Hulk on screen and actually create something fun out of the experience. At its core, the story of Bruce Banner/The Hulk is an inherently tragic one, with both the Hulk and Banner trapped by their condition and a desperate search to end everything once and for all. But that doesn’t mean there haven’t been decades of comic books that done lighthearted, entertaining things with the character.
To begin my series of talking about the Marvel Cinematic Universe from the beginning; We dig into 2008’s Iron Man. The first big movie release from Marvel Studios, when the wider MCU was but a glint in their collective eye.
There is a lot I could dig into when talking about this movie. But the most appropriate point feels like how this movie was acted as the springboard that launched the thing that altered the course of movies for the coming decade. And how we ended up losing something along the way.
We’re living the dream. By we, I mean the nerds who grew up reading comics and being the stereotypical unpopular kids. And by dream, I mean it’s a time where characters like Doctor Strange, Ant-Man and god damn Rocket Racoon are showing up in well made, popular mainstream movie franchises.
And as overwhelming as it can feel for some of us. This train that seems to keep gaining speed with no sight in end, so much so that it will either result in a huge fireball or the train passing through dimensional barrier, transcending known genre and entering a new plain of existence… Erm. I’m saying super hero movies aren’t going anywhere for a while.