The introduction of the Hulk in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has captivated audiences with his incredible strength and ability to increase his power as his anger grows. Hulk, also known as Bruce Banner, is a strong and durable superhero. He first appeared in “The Incredible Hulk” (2008), directed by Louis Leterrier. This film showcased the character’s origins and struggled to control his rage-induced transformations into the green-skinned behemoth. The Hulk movie received positive reviews for its action sequences and impressive visual effects.
In recent years, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has experienced an overwhelming proliferation of superhero movies, captivating audiences worldwide. Among these films, the Hulk franchise stands out as a compelling embodiment of raw power and internal struggle. This article aims to objectively analyze all Hulk movies released to date, offering insights into their narrative structure, character development, and thematic elements.
By examining the entire collection of Hulk films, we will explore the evolution of this iconic character on the silver screen and delve into the various directors’ interpretations. We will also consider critical reception and box office success to gauge their impact on popular culture.
- 1 How many Hulk movies are there?
- 2 All Hulk Movies & Appearances in Order
- 3 Conclusion
- 4 All Hulk Movies & Appearances By IMDB Ranking
- 5 All Hulk Movies & Appearances Box Office Collection
- 6 FAQs
How many Hulk movies are there?
Released at different points in time, a number of cinematic depictions have been dedicated to the iconic green superhero. Regarding Hulk movies, two standalone films specifically revolve around the character. The first one, titled Hulk, hit the theaters in 2003 and featured Eric Bana portraying Bruce Banner/Hulk. The second standalone movie, The Incredible Hulk, was released in 2008 & starred Edward Norton as Bruce Banner/Hulk. However, it is important to note that these films are not part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and hold little significance for the character within the context of the MCU.
Besides these standalone movies, Hulk has appeared in various other films as part of the MCU. These include The Avengers (2012), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Thor: Ragnarok (2017), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Avengers: Endgame (2019), and most recently She-Hulk: Attorney at Law (2022). Additionally, Bruce Banner appeared briefly in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings through a post-credit scene. It’s also worth mentioning that outside of movies, Hulk appears in Disney+’s “She-Hulk” series.
Beyond his involvement in the MCU and standalone movies, Hulk has also appeared in other mediums, such as animated films like “Hulk: Where Monsters Dwell” and television shows like “The Incredible Hulk,” which aired from 1978 to 1982. Furthermore, several live-action TV movies featured the character during the late 1980s, including “The Trial of the Incredible Hulk” and “The Incredible Hulk Returns.”
All Hulk Movies & Appearances in Order
Director: Ang Lee
Writers: James Schamus, Jack Kirby, Stan Lee
Stars: Eric Bana, Sam Elliott, Jennifer Connelly
Genres: Sci-Fi, Action
The film follows the story of Dr. Bruce Banner, a brilliant scientist working in the field of genetic research. Bruce is exposed to gamma radiation during an experiment involving nanomeds, which causes a genetic mutation in his cells. Unbeknownst to him, this exposure has unlocked a hidden power within him that transforms him into a giant green-skinned creature whenever he experiences intense anger or stress.
As the movie progresses, we learn about Bruce’s traumatic childhood and the strained relationship he had with his father, David Banner (played by Nick Nolte), who was also a scientist conducting dangerous experiments on himself. Bruce’s father experimented with altering his own DNA, which eventually led to his incarceration and the accidental death of Bruce’s mother.
Meanwhile, Betty Ross, a cellular biologist and Bruce’s love interest, is involved in the research of nanomeds and becomes entangled in the unfolding events. Bruce and Betty had a romantic relationship in the past, but their personal lives became complicated due to the presence of Bruce’s father and the dangerous experiments he conducted.
As Bruce struggles to come to terms with his newfound abilities, he is pursued by the military, represented by General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross. The military wants to harness the Hulk’s power for military applications, leading to confrontations between the Hulk and the military forces.
As the movie reaches its climax, Bruce’s father, David Banner, manages to release a pack of mutated dogs on Bruce, triggering his transformation into the Hulk. The Hulk escapes and goes on a rampage, with Betty and the military attempting to track him down and stop the destruction. Bruce’s father also undergoes a dangerous transformation, becoming a powerful and monstrous creature himself.
Ultimately, Bruce must confront his father and deal with his unresolved issues from the past to gain control over his Hulk persona. The movie concludes with a dramatic battle between the Hulk, his father, and the military, leading to a resolution that sets the stage for the continuing adventures of the character.
The Incredible Hulk
Director: Louis Leterrier
Writers: Stan Lee, Zak Penn, Jack Kirby
Stars: Edward Norton, Tim Roth, Liv Tyler
Genres: Adventure, Action, Sci-Fi
The film follows the story of Dr. Bruce Banner, a brilliant scientist who, in a failed scientific experiment, was exposed to a high dose of gamma radiation. As a result, Bruce transforms into a giant, green, superhuman creature whenever he experiences intense anger or stress. Bruce is now on the run, trying to find a cure for his condition and elude General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross and his military forces, who want to capture him and weaponize the Hulk’s power.
The movie starts with Bruce hiding in Brazil, where he works in a bottling factory and learns ways to control his anger through meditation. He avoids contact with others, trying to prevent his transformations and stay off the military’s radar.
However, his cover is blown when he accidentally cuts himself and transforms into the Hulk during an accident at the factory. General Ross becomes aware of his location and sends a team, led by British Royal Marine Emil Blonsky, to capture him.
In the pursuit that follows, Bruce manages to escape to the United States, where he seeks out Dr. Samuel Sterns, a cellular biologist who might be able to help cure him. Sterns offers some hope by suggesting that he can reverse Bruce’s condition using gamma radiation.
Meanwhile, Blonsky, who becomes obsessed with the Hulk’s power, willingly undergoes an experimental treatment that makes him stronger but also begins to transform him into an Abomination, a more monstrous and uncontrollable creature.
As Bruce and Sterns work on a cure, General Ross and Blonsky close in on them. The situation escalates, leading to a massive showdown in Harlem between the Hulk and Blonsky’s Abomination.
In the final battle, the Hulk defeats the Abomination, saving the city from further destruction. General Ross finally realizes the danger of trying to control the Hulk and allows him to escape, knowing that Bruce Banner will continue to search for a cure.
The movie concludes with Bruce Banner on the run once again, continuing his journey to find a way to control his transformations and ultimately redeem himself for the destruction caused by the Hulk. The film also includes a post-credit scene where Tony Stark, a.k.a. Iron Man, approaches General Ross to discuss the formation of a team, teasing the eventual creation of the Avengers.
Director: Joss Whedon
Writers: Joss Whedon, Zak Penn
Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans
Genres: Action, Sci-Fi
The film starts with the powerful cosmic artifact, the Tesseract, stolen by the exiled Asgardian god Loki from the research facility, S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement, and Logistics Division), led by Nick Fury.
Recognizing the threat Loki poses, Fury decides to assemble a team of extraordinary individuals to stop him and prevent a catastrophic event. The team consists of Tony Stark/Iron Man, Steve Rogers/Captain America, Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Bruce Banner/The Hulk, Clint Barton/Hawkeye, and Thor.
The Avengers initially struggle to work together due to their differing personalities and abilities, but they soon begin to put aside their differences for the greater good. They track Loki to a remote location where he plans to use the Tesseract’s power to open a portal to another world, allowing an extraterrestrial army called the Chitauri to invade Earth.
As the Chitauri invasion begins, the Avengers battle the alien forces in New York City. The heroes work together using their unique skills and powers to fight off the threat. During the battle, the Avengers face numerous challenges and setbacks, including internal conflicts and the arrival of a massive Chitauri Leviathan.
Meanwhile, Bruce Banner struggles to control his anger and transform into the Hulk intentionally, but when the situation becomes dire, he unleashes the Hulk to aid in the fight. Ultimately, the Avengers manage to close the portal, preventing further Chitauri reinforcements from entering Earth.
In the final confrontation, Loki is defeated and taken into S.H.I.E.L.D. custody. Thor takes him back to Asgard, and the Tesseract is returned to its secure location. The Avengers officially disband, but they form a strong bond through their shared experiences and their willingness to protect the world when needed.
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Director: Joss Whedon
Writers: Joss Whedon, Jack Kirby, Stan Lee
Stars: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo
Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
The film starts with the Avengers – Tony Stark/Iron Man, Steve Rogers/Captain America, Thor, Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Clint Barton/Hawkeye, and Bruce Banner/The Hulk – storming a Hydra base in Eastern Europe to recover Loki’s scepter, which was lost during the events of the first movie.
Upon retrieving the scepter, Tony Stark and Bruce Banner, with the help of artificial intelligence, begin experimenting on it to harness its power for a global defense program known as “Ultron.” However, things go awry as Ultron, an advanced sentient AI, becomes self-aware and concludes that the only way to ensure peace on Earth is to eradicate humanity. Viewing the Avengers as obstacles, Ultron attacks them and escapes.
Ultron allies himself with Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch and her twin brother Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver. Both of them harbor a grudge against Tony Stark for his involvement in their past tragic experiences.
The Avengers face internal conflicts and personal challenges as they struggle to deal with Ultron’s threat. Natasha Romanoff and Bruce Banner develop a romantic relationship, while Clint Barton’s personal life and family are revealed.
Ultron’s plan involves the creation of a humanoid body made of vibranium to house his consciousness permanently. To achieve this, he enlists the help of the arms dealer Ulysses Klaue to obtain the necessary vibranium.
The Avengers track down Ultron to Sokovia, where he is attempting to lift a large chunk of the city and cause a global extinction event. The team faces numerous battles against Ultron’s army of robots and struggles to prevent the city from being annihilated.
In a surprising turn of events, Ultron betrays his former allies, the Maximoff twins, and upgrades himself to a more powerful form. However, the Avengers, with the help of Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, manage to evacuate the city’s civilians to safety.
The Avengers ultimately defeat Ultron, but at a great cost. During the final battle, Pietro Maximoff sacrifices himself to save Hawkeye and a civilian child.
With Ultron defeated and the city safe, the Avengers go their separate ways, but not without acknowledging their role as Earth’s protectors. Thor returns to Asgard to investigate the vision he had of impending cosmic threats, and Tony Stark plans to leave his Iron Man persona behind to focus on a peaceful life with Pepper Potts.
The film concludes with a new Avengers lineup: Captain America, Black Widow, War Machine, Falcon, Scarlet Witch, and Vision. They vow to continue the mission of safeguarding the world and defending it against any future threats.
Director: Taika Waititi
Writers: Craig Kyle, Eric Pearson, Christopher L. Yost
Stars: Tom Hiddleston, Chris Hemsworth, Cate Blanchett
Genres: Adventure, Action, Sci-Fi, Comedy, Fantasy
The film begins with Thor captured by the fiery demon Surtur, who reveals that the prophesied event called “Ragnarok” is imminent. Ragnarok is the destruction of Thor’s home world, Asgard. Thor manages to escape and returns to Asgard to find that his mischievous brother Loki has taken their father Odin’s place and is impersonating him.
With the help of Doctor Strange, Thor locates Odin, who reveals that he is dying. Odin warns Thor that their long-lost sister, Hela, the Goddess of Death, will return to claim the throne of Asgard upon his passing.
Hela does indeed return, and she proves to be a formidable adversary. After a brief confrontation, Hela overpowers Thor and Loki, banishing them to the desolate planet Sakaar. There, Thor is captured by a hard-drinking Valkyrie and sold to the eccentric Grandmaster to participate in his gladiatorial games.
To his shock, Thor discovers that his opponent in the arena is none other than his old friend and fellow Avenger, the Hulk. Thor tries to convince Hulk to help him escape and save Asgard, but Hulk refuses, as he is content living as a gladiator on Sakaar.
Thor forms a plan to escape with Hulk, Valkyrie, and a rock creature named Korg. They manage to escape Sakaar with the help of the Hulk’s alter ego, Bruce Banner. Together, they make their way back to Asgard to confront Hela.
Meanwhile, Hela has already conquered Asgard and unleashed her army of the undead. As the prophecy foretells, she will use the Eternal Flame to trigger Ragnarok and bring about the total destruction of Asgard. Thor and his allies face tremendous odds as they battle Hela and her forces.
In a desperate attempt to stop Ragnarok, Thor decides that the only way to defeat Hela is to unleash Surtur by placing the crown on the Eternal Flame. As Surtur is reborn, he destroys Asgard and Hela along with it, fulfilling the prophecy.
With Asgard destroyed and its people saved, Thor assumes the role of King and makes the decision to lead his people to a new home, which he refers to as “Asgard” – not a place, but a people. They set course for Earth, with the surviving Asgardians onboard.
Avengers: Infinity War
Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Writers: Stephen McFeely, Christopher Markus, Stan Lee
Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo
Genres: Adventure, Action, Sci-Fi
The film picks up shortly after the events of “Thor: Ragnarok” and “Black Panther.” Thanos, a powerful and ruthless intergalactic warlord, is on a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones, which are immensely powerful artifacts that grant the wielder control over reality, time, space, mind, soul, and power. With the full set of stones, Thanos can carry out his plan to wipe out half of all life in the universe, believing it necessary to bring balance and prevent overpopulation.
As Thanos begins to gather the stones, he sends his loyal followers, the Black Order, to Earth to retrieve the two stones currently located there. This leads to a series of confrontations between the Avengers and the Black Order in New York City, Edinburgh, and Wakanda.
Meanwhile, the Avengers are still reeling from the aftermath of the events in “Captain America: Civil War,” and the team has disbanded into various factions. Tony Stark/Iron Man is on Earth with Bruce Banner/The Hulk and Doctor Strange. Steve Rogers/Captain America is with Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow and Sam Wilson/Falcon. Thor is traveling through space with the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Recognizing the immense threat that Thanos poses, the various factions of the Avengers and their allies must put aside their differences and work together to stop him. They form a plan to prevent Thanos from acquiring all the Infinity Stones.
However, despite their valiant efforts, Thanos proves to be an almost unstoppable force. He acquires each of the stones one by one, causing devastation and loss along the way. The Avengers face significant challenges and personal sacrifices as they try to thwart him.
In the film’s climax, Thanos arrives in Wakanda, where the Avengers and the Wakandan forces are making their final stand to protect the Mind Stone, which is embedded in Vision’s forehead. Despite their best efforts, Thanos manages to complete his Infinity Gauntlet, and with a snap of his fingers, he activates the stones’ power.
The film ends with the surviving Avengers left in despair and defeat, with Thanos having achieved his goal and vanished. The stage is set for the follow-up film, “Avengers: Endgame,” which will explore the aftermath of Thanos’ actions and the remaining heroes’ efforts to undo the catastrophic event known as “The Snap.”
Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Writers: Stephen McFeely, Christopher Markus, Stan Lee
Stars: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo
Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
The film begins in the aftermath of “Avengers: Infinity War,” where the villainous Thanos succeeded in his plan to use the completed Infinity Gauntlet to snap half of all life in the universe out of existence. The surviving Avengers and their allies are left devastated and mourning the loss of their friends and loved ones.
After their defeat on Titan, Tony Stark/Iron Man and Nebula find themselves stranded in space. They manage to return to Earth aboard a salvaged spaceship, where they reunite with the remaining Avengers – Steve Rogers/Captain America, Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Bruce Banner/The Hulk, Thor, and Clint Barton/Hawkeye.
The Avengers track down Thanos, who has retreated to a remote planet, only to discover that he used the power of the Infinity Stones to destroy them, preventing anyone else from using their power. Enraged, Thor beheads Thanos in retaliation for his actions.
Five years pass, during which the world continues struggling with the Snap’s aftermath. However, Scott Lang/Ant-Man returns from the Quantum Realm, where time passes differently, and he proposes a daring plan to the Avengers. Using the Quantum Realm, they can travel back in time to retrieve the Infinity Stones before Thanos got hold of them and use them to undo the Snap.
With the help of Tony Stark, Bruce Banner, and Scott Lang, the Avengers devise a time heist, splitting into smaller teams to various points in the past to collect the Stones. Their mission takes them back to previous MCU films, including the Battle of New York in the first “Avengers” movie.
Meanwhile, Nebula from the present accidentally links her memories with her past self, allowing Thanos from the past to discover their plan. Thanos captures present-day Nebula and sends the past Nebula to impersonate her, infiltrating the Avengers’ headquarters.
Despite these setbacks, the Avengers successfully retrieve the Infinity Stones from the past and return to the present. However, when Bruce Banner uses the Stones to reverse the Snap, he unintentionally brings Thanos and his entire army from the past to the present.
A massive battle ensues in and around the Avengers’ headquarters. The Avengers, joined by numerous other heroes from across the universe, fight desperately to stop Thanos from using the Stones again. Tony Stark manages to steal the Stones from Thanos and uses them to snap the villain and his forces out of existence, sacrificing himself in the process.
In the aftermath, the world mourns the loss of Tony Stark, who is hailed as a hero. Steve Rogers decides to return the Infinity Stones to their proper places in time but chooses to stay in the past to live a life with Peggy Carter. He then passes his shield and the mantle of Captain America to Sam Wilson/Falcon.
The Hulk movies have left an indelible mark on the superhero genre, showcasing this iconic character’s immense power and strength. With their thrilling action sequences and engaging narratives, these films have become must-watch entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The three main Hulk movies provide an exciting cinematic experience that will leave fans eagerly awaiting future installments in this beloved franchise.
All Hulk Movies & Appearances By IMDB Ranking
- Avengers: Infinity War – 8.4 with 1.1M Votes
- Avengers: Endgame – 8.4 with 1.2M Votes
- The Avengers – 8.0 with 1.4M Votes
- Thor: Ragnarok – 7.9 with 784K Votes
- Avengers: Age of Ultron – 7.3 with 893K Votes
- The Incredible Hulk – 6.6 with 509K Votes
- Hulk – 5.6 with 274K Votes
All Hulk Movies & Appearances Box Office Collection
- Hulk – $245.4 million
- The Incredible Hulk – $264.8 million
- The Avengers – $1.519 billion
- Avengers: Age of Ultron – $1.403 billion
- Thor: Ragnarok – $855 million
- Avengers: Infinity War – $2.052 billion
- Avengers: Endgame – $2.799 billion
The actor who played Hulk in the movie is Mark Ruffalo. He portrayed the character in several Marvel films, including The Avengers series.
The first Hulk movie, released in 2003, made a substantial box office haul, accumulating over $245 million worldwide.
There are currently no official announcements or plans for future Hulk movies. However, as the Marvel Cinematic Universe evolves, the character may appear in future films or TV shows.
Hulk has appeared in several superhero movies, including The Avengers (2012), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Thor: Ragnarok (2017), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and Avengers: Endgame (2019).
The portrayal of the Hulk character in movies differs from the comics as it often emphasizes his destructive nature and physical strength while downplaying his intelligence and inner struggle with his dual personalities.