- The Incredible Hulk is based on the Marvel Comics character the Hulk.
- It is the second film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and part of Phase One of the MCU.
- After the mixed reception to Universal’s 2003 film Hulk, Marvel Studios reacquired the rights to the character though Universal retained distribution rights.
- Leterrier, who had expressed interest in directing Iron Man for Marvel, was brought onboard and Penn began work on a script that would be much closer to the comics and the 1978 television series of the same name.
- In April 2007, Norton was hired to portray Banner and to rewrite Penn’s screenplay. His script positioned the film as a reboot of the series, distancing it from the 2003 film to give the new version its own identity.
- Norton was ultimately not credited for his writing. Filming took place from July to November 2007, primarily in Toronto, Canada, with additional filming in New York City and Rio de Janeiro.
- Over 700 visual effects shots were created in post-production using a combination of motion capture and computer-generated imagery to complete the film.
- The Incredible Hulk premiered on June 8, 2008, at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California, and was released in theaters on June 13 in the United States, where it opened in 3,505 theaters. It received praise for its action sequences and was considered an improvement over the 2003 film, but it was criticized as lacking in depth. The film is part of Phase One of the MCU. The Incredible Hulk was formatted and screened in IMAX for the first time on August 30, 2018, as part of Marvel Studios’ 10-year anniversary IMAX festival.
- The film grossed $264.8 million worldwide, making it the lowest-grossing film of the MCU.
- MCU director James Gunn expressed interest in doing a film featuring both Hulk and Red Hulk, but the project never entered development due to conflicts with Universal.
- The Incredible Hulk was released by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment on Blu-ray and DVD on October 21, 2008. It includes behind-the-scenes featurettes, audio commentary, deleted scenes, and an alternate opening.
- The film was also collected in a 10-disc box set titled “Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One – Avengers Assembled” which includes all of the Phase One films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It was released by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment on April 2, 2013. Universal released the film on Ultra HD Blu-ray on April 10, 2018. The Incredible Hulk began streaming on Disney+ in the United States on June 16, 2023, after the distribution rights to the film reverted to Marvel Studios and Disney from Universal.
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