As one of Marvel’s most famous characters, The Hulk has, naturally, appeared in a lots of other media, including animated TV shows, movies, books and video games. Sometimes, the Green Goliath was the main character, while on other occasions, he had a secondary or even recurring role, depending on the media. He debuted way back in 1966 in the animated series called The Marvel Super Heroes and is today an essential part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), where he is portrayed by Mark Ruffalo.
In today’s article, we are going to give you a list of the movies the Hulk has appeared in in a starring or co-starring role. The list is going to include theatrical, television and animated movies, but will only include those that either focused solely on the Hulk or included Hulk in a co-starring role, which means that the movies where the Hulk a supporting or cameo role are not going to be included.
The list is going to be divided into three section based on the types of films, and the movies are going to be listed in a chronological order, so that you know when in what order you should watch them. So, keep reading and enjoy!
This list includes two solo movies focused on the Hulk, as well as five MCU films where the Hulk played a major role, so, according to our above-listed criteria, they deserve to be a part of this list.
Release Date: June 20, 2003
Director: Ang Lee
Screenplay: James Schamus, Michael France, John Turman
Running Time: 138 minutes
Starring: Eric Bana (Bruce Banner / The Hulk), Jenniffer Connelly (Betty Ross), Nick Nolte (David Banner), Sam Elliott (Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross)
The film begins with a retrospective. David Banner, Bruce Banner’s father, has performed a genetic modification on himself that automatically replaces cells in the body so that wounds heal immediately; so-called Nanomeds. Then David and his wife have a child, Bruce. He has the same quality as David. However, there is a big downside to the genetic change. Anger will turn the person into a very strong monster. David Banner, therefore, wants to kill his son Bruce to protect the world. However, they manage to stop him.
When the military decides to stop the investigation because it is too dangerous, Davidcauses an explosion in a gamma reactor in frustration, killing his wife. He himself is locked up. It all seems to be okay, because Bruce has never turned into a monster.
After 20 years, Bruce works at the University of California at Berkeley. There, he is conducting experiments with gamma rays to achieve the same state as his father had. Then an accident takes place and the genetic abnormality he inherited from his father surfaces. Bruce’s wounds heal automatically, but unlike his father, he becomes a monster, the Hulk, when he’s angry. General Thunderbolt Ross, the father of his colleague Betty, whom Bruce has a crush on, and who years ago was already involved in the abandonment of David Banner’s projects, decides to lock Bruce up.
Meanwhile, Major Talbot, a corrupt military man, wants a piece of his body for his own experiments on the Nanomeds. However, the Hulk manages to escape, but then the whole army is after him again. Meanwhile, David Banner is also looking for Bruce. Knowing that Betty is with the Hulk, David sends three mutated dogs after Betty. The Hulk fights and defeats the beasts. Afterwards, however, he is caught and sedated by Ross.
David acquires a quantity of Nanomeds, giving himself the ability to absorb the properties of everything he touches. Talbot tries to turn Bruce back into the Hulk by bringing back memories of his childhood. This works, but the Hulk then kills Talbot. It’s only thanks to Betty that Bruce becomes himself again. David, meanwhile, decides to turn himself in on the condition that he can see Bruce one more time. In reality, this is a ploy to gain Bruce’s powers. When Bruce refuses to cooperate, David absorbs a large charge of electricity and becomes an electrical monster. Bruce turns back into the Hulk and defeats David. Ross has a gamma bomb dropped on the two. After the explosion, nothing of Bruce and David is found. A year later, however, Bruce appears to be still alive, and now lives in a village in Brazil.
The Incredible Hulk (2008)
Release Date: June 13, 2008
Director: Louis Leterrier
Screenplay: Zak Penn
Running Time: 112 minutes
Starring: Edward Norton (Bruce Banner / The Hulk), Liv Tyler (Betty Ross), Tim Roth (Emil Blonsky / Abomination), Tim Blake Nelson (Samuel Sterns), Ty Burrell (Leonard Samson), William Hurt (Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross)
At Culver University, General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross meets with Dr. Bruce Banner, the colleague and boyfriend of his daughter Betty, regarding an experiment is meant to make humans immune to gamma radiation. The experiment fails. The exposure to gamma radiation causes Banner to transform into the Hulk for brief periods of time, whenever his heart rate rises above 200 beats per minute.
The Hulk destroys the lab and surrounding area, killing several people inside and injuring the General and Betty, and others outside. Banner becomes a fugitive from the U.S. military and Ross, who wants to weaponize the Hulk.
Five years later, Banner works at a bottling factory in Brazil, while searching for a cure for his condition. On the internet, he anonymously collaborates with a colleague known only as “Mr. Blue.” After Banner cuts his finger, a drop of his blood falls into a bottle, which is eventually ingested by an elderly consumer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, giving him gamma sickness. Using the bottle to track down Banner, Ross sends a special forces team, led by Emil Blonsky, to capture him. Banner transforms into the Hulk and defeats Blonsky’s team. After Ross explains how Banner became the Hulk, Blonsky agrees to be injected with a small amount of a similar serum.
Banner returns to Culver University and reunites with Betty. Banner is attacked a second time, tipped off by Betty’s suspicious boyfriend Leonard Samson, causing Banner to again transform into the Hulk. The ensuing battle outside the university proves futile for Ross’ forces, and they retreat, though Blonsky, whose sanity is faltering, attacks and mocks the Hulk. The Hulk severely injures Blonsky and flees with Betty.
After the Hulk reverts to Banner, Banner contacts Mr. Blue, who is actually acellular biologist, Dr. Samuel Sterns, who tells Banner he has developed a possible antidote. Sterns reveals he has synthesized Banner’s blood samples, which Banner sent from Brazil, into a large supply, to apply its “limitless potential” to medicine. Fearful of the Hulk’s power falling into the military’s hands, Banner wishes to destroy the blood supply.
A recovered Blonsky joins Ross’ forces for a third attempt to take Banner into custody. They succeed, and Banner and Betty are taken away in a helicopter. Blonsky stays behind and orders Sterns to inject him with Banner’s blood, as he covets the Hulk’s power. The experiment mutates Blonsky into the Abomination, a creature with size and strength surpassing that of the Hulk. He attacks Sterns, who gets some of Banner’s blood in a cut on his forehead, causing him to begin mutating as well.
Realizing that the Hulk is the only one who can stop the Abomination, Banner convinces Ross to release him. After a battle throughout Harlem, the Hulk defeats the Abomination by nearly strangling him to death, but spares his life. After having a peaceful moment with Betty, the Hulk flees New York.
A month later, Tony Stark approaches Ross at a local bar and informs him that a team is being put together.
Marvel’s The Avengers (2012)
Release Date: May 4, 2012
Director: Joss Whedon
Screenplay: Joss Whedon
Running Time: 143 minutes
Starring: Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark / Iron Man), Chris Evans (Steve Rogers / Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner / Hulk), Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow), Jeremy Renner (Clint Barton / Hawkeye), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Stellan Skarsgård (Erik Selvig)
Loki encounters the Other, the leader of an extraterrestrial race known as the Chitauri. In exchange for retrieving the Tesseract, the Other promises Loki an army with which he can subjugate Earth. Nick Fury and his lieutenant Agent Maria Hill arrive at a remote research facility, where physicist Dr. Erik Selvig is leading a research team experimenting on the Tesseract. Agent Phil Coulson explains that the object has begun radiating an unusual form of energy. The Tesseract suddenly activates and opens a wormhole, allowing Loki to reach Earth. Loki takes the Tesseract and uses his scepter to enslave Selvig and a few other agents, including Clint Barton, to aid him in his getaway.
In response to the attack, Fury reactivates the “Avengers Initiative”.
In Stuttgart, Barton steals iridium needed to stabilize the Tesseract’s power while Loki causes a distraction, leading to a brief confrontation with Rogers, Stark, and Romanoff that ends with Loki’s surrender. While Loki is being escorted to S.H.I.E.L.D., Thor, his adoptive brother, arrives and frees him, hoping to convince him to abandon his plan and return to Asgard. After a confrontation with Stark and Rogers, Thor agrees to take Loki to S.H.I.E.L.D.’s flying aircraft carrier, the Helicarrier. Upon arrival, Loki is imprisoned while Banner and Stark attempt to locate the Tesseract.
The Avengers become divided, both over how to approach Loki and the revelation that S.H.I.E.L.D. plans to harness the Tesseract to develop weapons as a deterrent against hostile extraterrestrials. As the group argues, Barton and Loki’s other possessed agents attack the Helicarrier, disabling one of its engines in flight and causing Banner to transform into the Hulk. Loki escapes after killing Coulson and ejecting Thor from the airship, while the Hulk falls to the ground after attacking a S.H.I.E.L.D. fighter jet. Fury uses Coulson’s death to motivate the Avengers into working as a team.
Rogers, Stark, Romanoff, Barton, and Thor rally in defense of New York City. Banner arrives and transforms into the Hulk, and together the Avengers battle the Chitauri while evacuating civilians. The Hulk finds Loki and beats him into submission. Romanoff makes her way to the wormhole generator, where Selvig, freed from Loki’s mind control, reveals that Loki’s scepter can be used to shut down the generator.
Meanwhile, Fury’s superiors attempt to end the invasion by launching a nuclear missile at Midtown Manhattan. Stark intercepts the missile and takes it through the wormhole toward the Chitauri fleet. The missile detonates, destroying the Chitauri mothership and disabling their forces on Earth. In the aftermath, Thor returns Loki and the Tesseract to Asgard, while Fury expresses confidence that the Avengers will return if and when they are needed.
In a mid-credits scene, the Other confers with his master about the failed attack on Earth.
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Release Date: May 1, 2015
Director: Joss Whedon
Screenplay: Joss Whedon
Running Time: 141 minutes
Starring: Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark / Iron Man), Chris Evans (Steve Rogers / Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner / Hulk), Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow), Jeremy Renner (Clint Barton / Hawkeye), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), James Spader (Ultron), Paul Bettany (J.A.R.V.I.S. / Vision), Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Pietro Maximoff / Quicksilver)
In the Eastern European country of Sokovia, the Avengers—Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, Thor, Bruce Banner, Natasha Romanoff, and Clint Barton—raid a Hydra facility commanded by Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, who has been experimenting on humans using the scepter previously wielded by Loki. They encounter two of Strucker’s test subjects—twins Pietro, who has superhuman speed, and Wanda Maximoff, who has telepathic and telekinetic abilities—and apprehend Strucker, while Stark retrieves Loki’s scepter.
Stark and Banner discover an artificial intelligence within the scepter’s gem, and secretly decide to use it to complete Stark’s “Ultron” global defense program. The unexpectedly sentient Ultron, believing he must eradicate humanity to save Earth, eliminates Stark’s A.I. J.A.R.V.I.S. and attacks the Avengers at their headquarters. Escaping with the scepter, Ultron uses the resources in Strucker’s Sokovia base to upgrade his rudimentary body and build an army of robot drones. Having killed Strucker, he recruits the Maximoffs, who hold Stark responsible for their parents’ deaths by his company’s weapons, and goes to obtain Wakandan vibranium. The Avengers attack Ultron and the Maximoffs, but Wanda subdues them.
The Avengers fight amongst themselves when Stark and Banner secretly upload J.A.R.V.I.S.—who is still operational after hiding from Ultron inside the Internet—into the synthetic body. Thor returns to help activate the body, explaining based on his vision that the gem on its brow is the Mind Stone, one of the six Infinity Stones, the most powerful objects in existence.
In Sokovia, the Avengers fight Ultron’s army while Fury with S.H.I.E.L.D. agents to evacuate civilians. Pietro dies when he shields Barton from gunfire, and a vengeful Wanda abandons her post to destroy Ultron’s primary body, which allows one of his drones to activate the machine. The city plummets, but Stark and Thor overload the machine and shatter the landmass. In the aftermath, the Hulk, unwilling to endanger Romanoff by being with her, departs in a Quinjet, while Vision confronts and seemingly destroys Ultron’s last remaining body.
In a mid-credits scene, Thanos, dissatisfied by the failures of his pawns, dons a gauntlet and vows to retrieve the Infinity Stones himself.
Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
Release Date: November 3, 2017
Director: Taika Waititi
Screenplay: Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle, Christopher L. Yost
Running Time: 133 minutes
Starring: Chris Hemstowrth (Thor), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner / Hulk), Cate Blanchett (Hela), Anthony Hopkins (Odin), Tessa Thompson (Valkyrie), Jeff Goldblum (Grandmaster), Idris Elba (Heimdall), Karl Urban (Skurge)
Two years after the battle of Sokovia, Thor is imprisoned by the fire demon Surtur, who reveals that Thor’s father Odin is no longer on Asgard. He explains that the realm will soon be destroyed during the prophesied Ragnarök, once Surtur unites his crown with the Eternal Flame that burns in Odin’s vault. Thor frees himself, defeats Surtur and takes his crown, believing he has prevented Ragnarök.
Thor returns to Asgard to find Heimdall gone and his estranged brother Loki posing as Odin. After exposing Loki, Thor forces him to help find their father, and with directions from Stephen Strange at the Sanctum Sanctorum in New York City, they locate Odin in Norway. Odin explains that he is dying, Ragnarök is imminent despite Thor’s efforts to prevent it, and his passing will free his firstborn child, Hela, from a prison she was sealed in long ago.
Hela was the leader of Asgard’s armies, conquering the Nine Realms with Odin, but Odin imprisoned her and wrote her out of history after fearing that she had become too ambitious and powerful. Odin dies as Thor and Loki look on, and Hela appears, destroying Thor’s hammer Mjolnir. She pursues the two as they attempt to flee through the Bifröst Bridge, forcing them out into space. Arriving in Asgard, she defeats its army and kills the Warriors Three. She then resurrects the ancient dead who once fought with her, including her giant wolf Fenris, and appoints the Asgardian Skurge as her executioner. Hela plans to use the Bifröst to expand Asgard’s empire, but Heimdall sneaks in, takes the sword that controls the Bridge and begins hiding other Asgardians.
Thor crash-lands on Sakaar, a garbage planet. A slave trader designated Scrapper 142 subdues him with an obedience disk and sells him as a gladiator to Sakaar’s ruler, the Grandmaster, with whom Loki has already ingratiated himself. Thor recognizes 142 as a Valkyrie. Thor is forced to compete in the Grandmaster’s Contest of Champions, facing his old friend Hulk. Summoning lightning, Thor gets the upper hand, but the Grandmaster sabotages the fight to ensure Hulk’s victory.
The Grandmaster orders 142 and Loki to find Thor and Hulk, but the pair come to blows and Loki forces her to relive the deaths of her Valkyrie companions at the hands of Hela. Deciding to help Thor, she takes Loki captive. Unwilling to be left behind, Loki provides the group with the means to steal one of the Grandmaster’s ships. They then liberate the other gladiators who, incited by two aliens named Korg and Miek, stage a revolution. Loki again attempts to betray his brother, but Thor anticipates this and leaves him behind, where Korg, Miek, and the gladiators soon find him.
Thor, Banner, and 142 escape through a wormhole to Asgard, where Hela’s forces are attacking Heimdall and the remaining Asgardians. Banner transforms into Hulk again, defeating Fenris, while Thor and 142 fight Hela and her warriors. Loki and the gladiators arrive to rescue the citizens, and a repentant Skurge sacrifices himself to enable their escape. Thor, facing Hela, loses his right eye and then has a vision of Odin that helps him realize only Ragnarök can stop her. He sends Loki to retrieve Surtur’s crown and place it in the Eternal Flame. Surtur is reborn and destroys Asgard, killing Hela and himself, as the refugees flee.
Aboard the Grandmaster’s spaceship, Thor, now king, reconciles with Loki and decides to take his people to Earth. In a mid-credits scene, they are intercepted by a large spacecraft. In a post-credits scene, the overthrown Grandmaster is confronted by his former subjects.
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Release Date: April 27, 2018
Director: Anthony and Joe Russo
Screenplay: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
Running Time: 160 minutes
Starring: Chris Evans (Steve Rogers / Captain America), Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark / Iron Man), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow), Jeremy Renner (Clint Barton / Hawkeye), Tom Holland (Peter Parker / Spider-Man), Paul Rudd (Scott Lang / Ant-Man), Paul Bettany (Vision), Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch), Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa / Black Panther), Anthony Mackie (Sam Wilson / Falcon), Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier), Benedict Cumberbatch (Stephen Strange / Doctor Strange), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Chris Pratt (Peter Quill / Starl-Lord), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Karen Gillan (Nebula), Bradley Cooper (Rocket Racoon), Vin Diesel (Groot), Dave Bautista (Drax), Josh Brolin (Thanos)
Having acquired the Power Stone, Thanos and his lieutenants—Ebony Maw, Cull Obsidian, Proxima Midnight, and Corvus Glaive—intercept the spaceship carrying the survivors of Asgard’s recent destruction. As they extract the Space Stone from the Tesseract, Thanos subdues Thor, overpowers Hulk, and kills Loki. Thanos also kills Heimdall after he sends Hulk to Earth using the Bifröst. Thanos and his lieutenants depart, destroying the ship.
Hulk crash-lands in the Sanctum Sanctorum in New York City, reverting to the form of Bruce Banner. He warns Stephen Strange and Wong about Thanos’ plan to destroy half of all life in the universe, and they recruit Tony Stark. Maw and Obsidian arrive to retrieve the Time Stone from Strange, drawing the attention of Peter Parker. Maw is unable to take the Time Stone due to an enchantment and captures Strange instead. Stark and Parker sneak aboard Maw’s spaceship while Wong stays behind to guard the Sanctum.
Midnight and Glaive ambush Wanda Maximoff and Vision in order to retrieve the Mind Stone in Vision’s forehead. Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanoff, and Sam Wilson rescue them and they take shelter with James Rhodes and Banner at the Avengers compound. Vision asks Maximoff to destroy him and the Mind Stone to keep Thanos from retrieving it, but Maximoff refuses. Rogers suggests they travel to Wakanda, which he believes has the resources to remove the Stone without killing Vision.
The Guardians of the Galaxy respond to a distress call from the Asgardian ship and rescue Thor, who surmises that Thanos is currently going after the Reality Stone, which is in the possession of the Collector on Knowhere. Rocket and Groot accompany Thor to Nidavellir, where they and Eitri create Stormbreaker. On Knowhere, Peter Quill, Gamora, Drax, and Mantis find Thanos with the Reality Stone already in his possession. Thanos kidnaps Gamora, his adopted daughter, who reveals the Soul Stone is on Vormir in order to save her captive adopted sister, Nebula, from torture. On Vormir, the Stone’s keeper, Red Skull, tells Thanos that he can only acquire it by sacrificing someone he loves. Thanos kills Gamora, earning the Stone.
On Titan, Thanos’ homeworld, Doctor Strange uses the Time Stone to view millions of possible futures, seeing only one in which Thanos loses. The group forms a plan to subdue Thanos and remove the Infinity Gauntlet, which he uses to house the Stones. Thanos appears and justifies his plans as necessary to ensure the survival of a universe threatened by overpopulation. Nebula arrives soon after, and helps the others subdue Thanos until she deduces that Thanos has killed Gamora. Enraged, Quill attacks Thanos, inadvertently allowing him to break the group’s hold and overpower them. Thanos grievously wounds Stark, but spares him after Strange surrenders the Time Stone to him.
In Wakanda, Rogers reunites with Bucky Barnes before Thanos’ army invades. The Avengers, alongside T’Challa and the Wakandan forces, mount a defense while Shuri works to extract the Mind Stone from Vision. Thor, Rocket, and Groot arrive to reinforce the Avengers. Midnight, Obsidian, and Glaive are killed and their army is routed, but Shuri is unable to complete the extraction before Thanos arrives. Maximoff destroys the Mind Stone and Vision, but Thanos uses the Time Stone to reverse her actions and rips the repaired Mind Stone from Vision’s forehead, killing him. Thor severely wounds Thanos with Stormbreaker, but Thanos activates the completed Gauntlet by snapping his fingers before teleporting away.
Half of all life across the universe disintegrates, including Barnes, T’Challa, Groot, Maximoff, Wilson, Mantis, Drax, Quill, Strange, and Parker, as well as Maria Hill and Nick Fury, although Fury is able to transmit an emergency signal on a modified pager. Stark and Nebula remain stranded on Titan while Banner, M’Baku, Okoye, Rhodes, Rocket, Rogers, Romanoff, and Thor are left on the Wakandan battlefield. Meanwhile, Thanos watches a sunrise on a peaceful planet.
Avengers: Endgame (2019)
Release Date: April 26, 2019
Director: Anthony and Joe Russo
Screenplay: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
Running Time: 182 minutes
Starring: Chris Evans (Steve Rogers / Captain America), Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark / Iron Man), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow), Jeremy Renner (Clint Barton / Hawkeye), Tom Holland (Peter Parker / Spider-Man), Paul Rudd (Scott Lang / Ant-Man), Paul Bettany (Vision), Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch), Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa / Black Panther), Anthony Mackie (Sam Wilson / Falcon), Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier), Benedict Cumberbatch (Stephen Strange / Doctor Strange), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Chris Pratt (Peter Quill / Starl-Lord), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Karen Gillan (Nebula), Bradley Cooper (Rocket Racoon), Vin Diesel (Groot), Dave Bautista (Drax), Brie Larson (Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel), Josh Brolin (Thanos)
Twenty-three days after Thanos used the Infinity Gauntlet to disintegrate half of all life in the universe, Carol Danvers rescues Tony Stark and Nebula from deep space and returns them to Earth, where they reunite with the remaining Avengers—Bruce Banner, Steve Rogers, Thor, Natasha Romanoff, and James Rhodes—and Rocket. Locating Thanos on an uninhabited planet, they plan to use the Infinity Stones to reverse “the Snap”, but Thanos reveals he destroyed the Stones to prevent further use. Enraged, Thor decapitates Thanos.
Five years later, Scott Lang escapes from the quantum realm. At the Avengers’ compound, he explains to Romanoff and Rogers he experienced five hours, not years, while trapped. Theorizing the quantum realm could allow time travel, they ask Stark to help them obtain the Stones from the past to undo Thanos’ actions in the present. Stark refuses, thinking about his wife, Pepper Potts, and daughter, Morgan, but relents after musing on the death of Peter Parker. Stark, Rocket and Banner, who has since merged his intelligence with the Hulk’s strength, build a time machine. Banner notes changing the past does not affect their present; any changes instead create branched alternate realities. He and Rocket visit the Asgardian refugees’ new home in Norway—New Asgard—to recruit Thor, now overweight and drinking heavily, despondent over his failure to stop Thanos. In Tokyo, Romanoff recruits Clint Barton, now a vigilante following Thanos’ disintegration of his family.
Banner, Lang, Rogers, and Stark travel to New York City in 2012. Banner visits the Sanctum Sanctorum and convinces the Ancient One to give him the Time Stone. At Stark Tower, Rogers retrieves the Mind Stone, but Stark and Lang’s attempt to steal the Space Stone fails, allowing 2012 Loki to escape with it. Rogers and Stark travel to S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters in 1970, where Stark obtains an earlier version of the Space Stone and encounters his father, Howard. Rogers steals Pym Particles from Hank Pym to use in returning to the present, and spies lost love Peggy Carter.
Meanwhile, Rocket and Thor travel to Asgard in 2013, extracting the Reality Stone from Jane Foster and retrieving Thor’s hammer Mjolnir. Barton and Romanoff travel to Vormir in 2014, where the Soul Stone’s keeper, the Red Skull, reveals it can only be acquired by sacrificing someone they love. Romanoff sacrifices herself, allowing Barton to obtain the Soul Stone. Nebula and Rhodes travel to Morag in 2014 and steal the Power Stone before Peter Quill can. Rhodes returns to the present with the Power Stone, but Nebula becomes incapacitated when her cybernetic implants link with those of her past self, allowing 2014 Thanos to learn of his fate at the hands of the Avengers. Thanos replaces present-day Nebula with 2014 Nebula.
Reuniting in the present, the Avengers place the Stones into a technological gauntlet Stark, Banner, and Rocket have created. Banner, the most resistant to the Stones’ gamma radiation, is chosen to wield the gauntlet and reverses the disintegrations. Meanwhile, 2014 Nebula uses the time machine to transport 2014 Thanos and his warship to the present, where he attacks the Avengers’ compound looking for the Stones. Present-day Nebula convinces 2014 Gamora to betray Thanos but is unable to convince 2014 Nebula and is forced to kill her. Confronted by Stark, Thor, and a Mjolnir-wielding Rogers, Thanos outmatches them and summons his army from his warship to retrieve the Stones, intent on using them to destroy the universe and create a new one. Stephen Strange arrives with other sorcerers, the restored Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy, the Ravagers, and the armies of Wakanda and Asgard to fight Thanos and his army. Danvers arrives and destroys Thanos’ warship, but Thanos overpowers her and seizes the gauntlet. Stark steals the Stones and uses them to disintegrate Thanos and his army, at the cost of his own life.
Following Stark’s funeral, Thor appoints Valkyrie as the new ruler of New Asgard and joins the Guardians. Rogers returns the Infinity Stones and Mjolnir to their original timelines and remains in the past to live with Carter. In the present, an elderly Rogers passes his shield and mantle to Sam Wilson.
This section includes six television movies that are part of the same fictional universe as The Incredible Hulk television series starring Lou Ferrigno. They were released to expand the plot of the popular television series and also to provide a proper conclusion of the narrative.
The Incredible Hulk (1977)
Release Date: November 4, 1977
Director: Kenneth Johnson
Screenplay: Kenneth Johnson
Running Time: 94 minutes
Starring: Bill Bixby (David Banner), Lou Ferrigno (The Hulk), Jack Colvin (Jack McGee), Susan Sullivan (Dr. Elaina Harding Marks)
An accidental overdose of gamma radiation creates a mutation in David Banner’s DNA, and whenever he gets angry he transforms into a giant green creature 1,94 m tall and 145 kg. The reporter, Jack McGee begins a search and his investigation leads to the lab that Banner was using. A laboratory explosion kills her friend Dr. Elaina Marks. McGee, who renames the creature the “Hulk”, believes the latter killed David and his partner. Unable to explain the truth, nor control his transformations, David flees and tries to find a cure for himself, and hoping to have a normal life someday. This was the pilot of The Incredible Hulk TV series.
The Return of the Incredible Hulk (1977)
Release Date: November 27, 1977
Director: Alan J. Levi
Screenplay: Kenneth Johnson
Running Time: minutes
Starring: Bill Bixby (David Banner), Lou Ferrigno (The Hulk), Jack Colvin (Jack McGee), Susan Sullivan (Dr. Elaina Harding Marks)
David continues the escape from Jack McGee and the police, making it appear that he was killed along with Elaina. Trying to find a cure, David accidentally finds himself in the middle of a plot to kill a crippled girl, so his unscrupulous family can inherit the fortune. This was the second pilot movie for The Incredible Hulk TV series.
Release Date: September 22, 1978
Director: Kenneth Johnson
Screenplay: Kenneth Johnson
Running Time: 95 minutes
Starring: Bill Bixby (David Banner), Lou Ferrigno (Hulk), Mariette Hartley (Dr. Carolyn Fields)
David travels to Hawaii to enlist the aid of Dr. Carolyn Fields, a psychiatrist who he believes will be able to help him, through hypnosis, to control his transformations into the Hulk. When David learns that she is stricken with a terminal illness, he agrees to offer his expertise in exchange for hers. As the two work closely together, they begin to form a bond and fall in love. This is actually the Season 2 premiere of The Incredible Hulk TV show that aired as a television movie.
The Incredible Hulk Returns (1988)
Release Date: May 22, 1988
Director: Nicholas Corea
Screenplay: Nicholas Corea
Running Time: 100 minutes
Starring: Bill Bixby (David Banner), Lou Ferrigno (The Hulk), Jack Colvin (Jack McGee), Steve Levitt (Donald Blake), Eric Kramer (Thor), Tim Thomerson (Jack LeBeau), Charles Napier (Mike Fouche)
Dr. David Banner was employed at the Joshua Lambert Research Institute (as David Bannion), where he and a team of scientists are putting the finishing touches to a gamma transponder that he will use to cure his turning ability into the Hulk. He hasn’t transformed into the Hulk in two years since he met a young widow, Maggie Shaw, with whom he is romantically linked. By chance he is recognized by a former student of his, Donald Blake.
Blake reveals that while on an expedition in Norway he was bound in possession of an enchanted hammer containing the soul of Thor, an immortal warrior banished to earth by Odin. Thor is reluctantly forced to serve Blake, who is irritated by it. Thor damages the equipment and annoys Banner until he transforms into the Hulk who easily fends him off and leaves. In the morning, Banner scolds Blake for resetting his experiment and tells him and Thor to make it up to him.
Journalist Jack McGee hears about the sighting of the Hulk and tries to track him down. Thor laments his exile from Valhalla and connects with Blake in a bar to briefly entertain the possibility that Thor is using his crime-fighting powers. A criminal organization within the Joshua Lambert Institute tries to hijack Banner and the transponder, but the Hulk dispatches them effortlessly. Mob leader Jack LeBeau targets Dr. Shaw instead of on banner.
Mob members disguised as police officers ambush Banner and Shaw and kidnap Shaw despite the joint efforts of the Hulk and Thor. LeBeau blackmailed banners to hand over the transponder in return for Shaw’s life. Banner sabotages the transponder so that it cannot be used as a weapon, eliminating its chance of recovery. Hulk, Blake and Thor raid the gang’s hideout and battle a legion of armed men to rescue Shaw. McGee is again ridiculed for his obsession with the Hulk and Thor.
Blake and Banner agree that Shaw likely figured out that Banner and the Hulk are one and the same and that Banner should go to protect them. Thor and Blake, now at peace with each other, say goodbye to Banner. Forced to end his relationship with Shaw, Banner goes again to seek a cure.
The Trial of the Incredible Hulk (1989)
Release Date: May 7, 1989
Director: Bill Bixby
Screenplay: Gerald Di Pego
Running Time: 95 minutes
Starring: Bill Bixby (Dr. David Banner), Lou Ferrigno (Hulk), Rex Smith (Matt Murdock / Daredevil), John Rhys-Davies (Wilson Fisk), Marta DuBois (Ellie Mendez), Nancy Everhard (Christa Klein), Richard Cummings Jr. (Al Pettiman)
After the events of the previous TV film, a disappointed and overwhelmed David Banner is on the run again under the name David Belson. A bully pushes him around and David is tempted to fight him, but knowing he will turn back into the Hulk he walks away. Later, David makes his way to a big city with the hope of renting a room and staying incognito. Unknown to him, the city he arrives in is under the control of a powerful underworld crime boss named Wilson Fisk, but is also protected by a mysterious black-clad crimefighter named Daredevil. When two of Fisk’s men get on the subway after a jewel robbery, one of them is interested in a woman who is also on the train, but she turns him down.
David witnesses the attack and transforms into the Hulk, resulting in the usual disruption and chaos. A short time later, David is arrested by the police and wrongly charged with the crime. While waiting for trial, blind defense attorney Matt Murdock is tasked with David’s case. David is not cooperative, but Murdock believes he is innocent and is determined to prove it. One night while David is sleeping in prison, he has a nightmare about his impending trial and dreams of turning into the Hulk on the stand. The stress causes him to turn into reality and the Hulk gets angry and breaks himself out of prison.
On later events, David Banner works with Daredevil, who reveals his identity as Matt Murdock. Matt tells David about his origins, which David finds difficult to accept at first. Daredevil also reveals that he has a police ally who provides him with information about criminal activity. Daredevil goes to investigate a tip from his informant, but the tip was planted by Wilson Fisk, and Daredevil is seriously injured in an ambush by Fisk’s men. David rushes to save Matt, but he’s too late. but he transforms and the Hulk saves Matt in time from Fisk and his men, who flee the scene. Matt, barely conscious, traces the Hulk’s face as he transforms back into David and learns David’s secret.
Meanwhile, Fisk witnesses events in the subway that have been kidnapped from protective custody to have her killed, but she charms Fisk’s assistant who rescues her. Fisk plans a large meeting of the underworld crime lords to propose consolidating their operations into a syndicate with himself chaired. David trained as a doctor, treating Matt’s injuries and spreading a cover story about Matt’s injuries sustained from falling stairs. While Matt’s confidence is seriously shaken, David’s confidence was restored by seeing Matt accept his unique gifts, also caused by radiation exposure.
After Matt persuades David a little, he begins to recover and retrain his body. The two soon return to work and rescue the captured woman. The two engage Wilson Fisk and his men and ultimately manage to defeat him without the Hulk showing up. Fisk and his assistant escape, but the prisoner is released. David and Matt split up as friends. David continues his search for a cure for himself and Matt stays in town to protect it.
The Death of the Incredible Hulk (1990)
Release Date: February 18, 1990
Director: Bill Bixby
Screenplay: Gerald Di Pego
Running Time: 95 minutes
Starring: Bill Bixby (Dr. David Banner), Lou Ferrigno (The Hulk), Elizabeth Gracen (Jasmine), Andreas Katsulas (Kasha), Philip Sterling (Dr. Ronald Pratt), Barbara Tarbuck (Amy Pratt)
David Banner disguises himself as David Bellamy, a mentally retarded caretaker for access to a scientific research facility in Portland, Oregon. He believes the studies by one of the scientists there, Dr. Ronald Pratt, could hold the key to curing his gamma-induced condition that turns him into a superhuman green creature known as the Hulk during stressful times. One night after a transaction at the bank, David is caught and beaten and robbed by street thieves. The stress of his injuries leads to another transformation. The Hulk does short work with the criminals but gets the authorities’ attention before escaping.
The next day, bypassing security, Banner enters Pratt’s laboratory and examines the formula on his board to make corrections. At the same time, a Russian spy named Jasmin, who believes he has completed her latest act of espionage, is approached by former boss Kasha for one last job: infiltrating Pratt’s laboratory and stealing the files of his experiments. When she refuses, Kasha blackmailed Jasmin with the life of her sister Bella. Jasmin then disguises herself and receives a fingerprint from one of the security guards. The next morning, Pratt examines the formula on his blackboard and finds that it is now correct.
Determined to find out who is leading him, he hides in the laboratory and waits for his secret helper. He catches David red-handed and asks him to say something that would prevent him from setting off the security alert. Banner reveals his true identity and recounts the events that led to his self-experiments that led to the Hulk. He notes that his condition also dips into Pratt’s own research into a person’s ability to heal, because in Hulk form David’s accelerated metabolism closes any wound in seconds and leaves hardly a scar. Pratt believes he can heal David, but he must study the creature first.
Over the course of a week, both scientists, with the help of Pratt’s scientist Amy, construct a force field cage and sensors to track Banner’s vital signs. On the night of the observation, David is manipulated with a sedative to calm him down once the readings are recorded. Banner shocks himself with an electric baton and transforms into the Hulk. The energy cage holds the Hulk back until Pratt has his readings and Amy activates the sedative. The banner returns to normal and Pratt and Amy take photos of the sedative stab wound as it closes. Banner later watches the video of his transformation – claims it is the first time he has seen the Hulk – and, despite Amy’s beliefs, sees no humanity in him.
The next day, the facility’s board of directors announced to Pratt that they were withdrawing his funds for his lack of results, forcing him to press ahead with his proposed cure for David. An Eastern European espionage network devoted to using Pratt’s (and Banners) work for corrupt purposes breaks into the laboratory, stops the experiment, and kidnaps the Pratts. Banner has fallen in love with Jasmine, who returns his affection, and with her help, he rushes to the aid of the Pratts. While pursuing the kidnappers, Banner and Jasmin learn that their sister Bella is the true leader of the espionage network, and Banner transforms into the Hulk who tries to protect Pratt and Jasmin.
The Hulk runs towards the plane where Bella and Zed are trying to escape and breaks it open. He gets on board before takeoff. Bella tries to shoot the Hulk, but ends up shooting at the fuel tank below. As a result, the plane explodes, killing the bad guys. The Hulk is thrown into the night and falls on the concrete. After a final reverse transformation, Banner tells Jasmin that he is free and then succumbs to his injuries. Jasmin, Pratt and Amy mourn him.
This is a very diverse section that includes a variety of animated movies from different narrative continuities. We have given our best to filter all of Hulk’s appearances and give you a list of the animated movies where the Green Goliath had a more substantial role.
Hulk Versus (2009)
Release Date: January 27, 2009
Director: Frank Paur, Sam Liu
Screenplay: Christopher Yost, Craig Kyle
Running Time: 45 minutes (Hulk vs. Thor), 33 minutes (Hulk vs. Wolverine)
Starring: Fred Tatasciore (Hulk), Bryce Johnson (Bruce Banner), Steven Blum (Wolverine), Matthew Wolf (Thor), Nolan North (Deadpool), Mark Acheson (Sabretooth), Janyse Jaud (Lady Deathstrike/Hela), Graham McTavish (Loki), Grey DeLisle (Lady Sif)
Hulk vs. Thor
Odin sleeps in a rejuvenating sleep and Asgard, in his momentary absence, must be protected from possible invaders. During these days all the enemies of the kingdom try to penetrate its walls, but are stopped by the valiant Asgardian warriors, including the mighty Thor, son of Odin himself, armed with his hammer Mjolnir. The evil Loki kidnaps Bruce Banner with the intent of using his alter ego, the Hulk, to penetrate the walls of Asgard. Thanks to the help of the evil Amora, the Enchantress, Banner is separated from the Hulk, whom Loki is now able to control thanks to a spell. The Hulk, under the control of Loki, manages to first beat the Three Warriors (Fandral, Volstagg and Hogun) and later also Balder.
Arriving at the scene, Thor engages in battle against the Hulk, begging Banner to stop. He soon discovers that Loki is in control of the monster and not Bruce Banner. The creature’s aggression and power cause Loki to lose control of the Hulk. With extreme joy, however, Loki discovers that the Hulk, a creature now devoid of any reason, continues to fight Thor even without being controlled. Disgusted by all this, Amora returns to Asgard. Thor falls under the blows of the unstoppable Hulk and the latter makes his way to Asgard.
Amora manages to rescue the God of Thunder and tells him where he can find Loki, who, in the meantime, has killed Bruce Banner. Thor reaches Loki and together they make their way to Hell to retrieve Bruce Banner’s soul. Meanwhile, the Hulk, after beating Valkyrie too, has reached the royal palace and engages in a fight with both Lady Sif and Amora. Thor and Loki manage to convince Hela to get Bruce Banner’s soul back in exchange for the Hulk’s. Thus, Banner is torn from his idyllic dream which finally saw him at peace with his wife Betty Ross and a son. Unhappy with this, he refuses to help Thor.
Just as the Hulk is about to kill Odin, he is catapulted into Hell, where he attacks Banner. Even by joining forces, the half-brothers Loki and Thor are unable to stop the green giant, who defeats them again. Hela discovers that the Hulk is an indisputable force and would end up destroying her kingdom; so they reunite the Hulk with Bruce Banner and send him back to Earth. Hela asks for another soul in exchange and decides to take Loki’s, promising it won’t be forever. Odin wakes up and congratulates the Asgardians for having protected Asgard from danger, reserving a special thanks to Bruce Banner, whom he defines as a “great hero” and who in the meantime resumes his solitary journey.
Hulk vs. Wolverine
The government of the United States of America contacted the Canadian mutant Wolverine after a monster called the Hulk wiped out an entire city in Canada, including civilians. Wolverine searches, in vain, for the monster. After days of walking, he meets Dr. Bruce Banner on the street and realizes that he and the monster are the same people. Banner transforms and the two begin to fight furiously. Hulk gets the better of Wolverine and seems to start to relax, but Logan recovers and they begin to fight, when both are sedated by a mysterious assailant. A flashback shows the young James Howlett, then known as Logan, was the subject of experimentation of the Weapon X program and was equipped with adamantium claws.
After numerous phases of training, Wolverine decided to rebel against the program and ran away. Wolverine wakes up and notices, with regret, that he is tied up in the base of Weapon X. The “Professor” who performed the experiments on him explains that he will erase his memory again so that, when he wakes up, Wolverine will be part of Weapon X and will not rebel. He also explains that they captured the Hulk with the same purpose: to turn him into a ruthless Weapon X agent. In fact, one of the members of Weapon X, Lady Deathstrike, wants to eliminate Wolverine. With Sabretooth’s help, he knocks out the “Professor” and attempts to kill the clawed mutant. Wolverine manages to escape and take Bruce Banner with him.
Later, he asks Bruce Banner to turn into the Hulk to help him, but the scientist explains to him that Weapon X must have drugged him and, therefore, the transformation will take place very slowly. Wolverine then decides to hurt Banner to make him angry and stressed, thus speeding up the transformation into the Hulk. Wolverine is facing the Weapon X team in full: Lady Deathstrike, Sabretooth, Omega Red, and Deadpool. The team gets the better of Wolverine but, just as they are about to kill him, Banner transforms into the Hulk. In a short time, the Green Goliath knocks out the Weapon X team, and then destroy the base.
Managing to escape, Wolverine watches the base of Weapon X fall apart, but is joined by the Hulk, who, having a score to settle with him, lashes out at him and begins the rematch.
Planet Hulk (2010)
Release Date: February 2, 2010
Director: Sam Liu
Screenplay: Greg Johnson
Running Time: 81 minutes
Starring: Rick D. Wasserman (Hulk), Kevin Michael Richardso(Korg), Mark Hildreth (Red King), Marc Worden (Iron Man), Sam Vincent (Miek), Paul Dobson (Beta Ray Bill)
The Hulk wakes up in a spaceship and the Illuminati (Mister Fantastic, Black Bolt, Iron Man, Doctor Strange) appear on the monitor. Iron Man says that they had to expel the Hulk from Earth due to the danger of his actions. The ship was supposed to land on a plant planet without sentient beings, but the enraged Hulk, smashing the engines, knocks down the missile’s course, and it crashes on the inhabited planet Sakaar. The locals take the Hulk prisoner and make him a gladiator.
He meets other gladiators: Miek, Hiroim, Korg and Elloe. In the arena, they have to fight the Korg brothers, and later with a giant octopus-like monster, which the Hulk kills with one blow. The Red King – ruler of Sakaar – leaves the gladiators alive. The next battle was with hermit bots and their king, which the Hulk easily ripped to pieces. The next night, the king’s bodyguard, nicknamed the Shadow, invited the Hulk to escape, so as not to dishonour the King. The Shadow told the Hulk her story.
It turned out that the Thorns invaded the land of Sakaar long ago, turning everyone into monsters when touched, and almost killed her, but the king saved Shadow and Sakaar, while still small. But the Hulk refused to run. At night, the rebels come to the gladiators and offer to escape, but only Elloeagrees, and when she leaves the door, shots are heard. The next rival of the gladiators was Beta Ray Bill, whom the Hulk beat to a pulp, after which the gladiators asked to be released. The Red King responds by demanding that they prove their loyalty by killing the captive Elloe, but the gladiators refuse and arrange an escape.
After this, the Hulk decides to leave the others and they separate. It is soon revealed that Thorns are summoned by the Red King. After speaking with him, Shadow saw the infected Hulk. But he turned out to have a strong mind, and instead of killing the Shadow, the Hulk rescues the gladiators by closing the cave with a boulder. Then part of the city was burned, but the Shadow remained alive. She saw the lifeless body of the Hulk and informed the Red King that he was dead. The shadow said where the gladiators are and the King decides to carry out the execution. The next day, residents of the city gathered to watch the convoy. The Hulk who turns out to be alive destroys the King’s armour and gives it to the Shadow, who released the Thorn on him, after which the King dies at the hands of his guards.
Iron Man and Hulk: Heroes United (2013)
Release Date: December 3, 2013
Director: Eric Radomski, Leo Riley
Screenplay: Brandon Auman, Henry Gilroy
Running Time: 71 minutes
Starring: Adrian Pasdar (Iron Man/Tony Stark), Fred Tatasciore (Hulk/Bruce Banner), Dee Bradley Baker (Zzzax/Dr. Cruler), David Kaye (J.A.R.V.I.S.), Robin Atkin Downes (Abomination/Dr. Fump)
The Invincible Iron Man and the Incredible Hulk must join forces to save Earth from its greatest threat. When two Hydra scientists try to upgrade an Arc reactor with the gamma energy of the Hulk and Abomination (the latter was sent to capture the Hulk), they create a being of pure electrical energy called Zzzax – and he is hungry for destruction. Together, Iron Man and Hulk are the only force holding back the Zzzax planetary blackout. But first, the super heroic duo must overcome Wendigos, deadly robots (mandroids) and the scaly powerhouse, Abomination.
Hulk: Where Monsters Dwell (2016)
Release Date: October 21, 2016
Director: Mitch Schauer
Screenplay: Marty Isenberg, Dave McDermott
Running Time: 75 minutes
Starring: Fred Tatasciore (Hulk), Jesse Burch (Bruce Banner), Liam O’Brien (Doctor Strange), Matthew Waterson (Nightmare), Chiara Zanni (Vampire by Night / Nina Price)
On Halloween, Doctor Strange asks the Hulk to help him curb four monsters. Four teenagers – Benito, Ana, Gail and Eric – are enslaved by the Nightmare in the world of dreams and their bodies have turned into the monsters they fear most. At the most inopportune moment, the Hulk turns into a sleeping Bruce Banner.
Doctor Strange believes that this is the machinations of the Nightmare and together with Banner they go to the world of dreams, leaving S.H.I.E.L.D. agents to look after their bodies and four monsters: War Wolf, Nina Price, Jasper Sitwell and Leshy. In the dream world, Strange and Banner are suddenly attacked. It turns out that in this dimension, both personalities can coexist. Under the influence of the Nightmare, the green Avenger accuses Bruce of taking human form from time to time and trying to kill Banner.
At this point, in New York, Bruce Banner turns into the Hulk and begins to destroy Manhattan. The S.H.I.E.L.D. agents catch him and return him in human form to Strange’s house. There they learn that four monsters are roaming free, and each of the agents finds and returns the monsters to their place. Meanwhile, in the dream world, the Hulk fights Banner in the Hulkbuster armour designed by Tony Stark, and the Nightmare enslaves Doctor Strange. Bruce manages to reason the Hulk and together they free Strange and the teenagers.
The nightmare confronts each of them with their own fear and everyone, except Ana, overcomes it. Trying to protect the girl from the effects of the Nightmare, Benito takes the form of the Minotaur forever. Waking up as a monster, Benito helps the wizard, the Avenger and the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents to capture and neutralize the Nightmare that has entered the Earth. Hulk invites the Minotaur to become a member of S.H.I.E.L.D.
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