The Incredible Hulk is a 2008 film based on the incredible "Hulk" character. This is the second film of the New Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Bruce Banner is on the run from the military while searching for a cure for the Hulk, and after being caught and escaping a few times, he and Betty Ross finally meet with Samuel Sterns, the man who will help Bruce but instead plans to use the Hulk as means of curing people and other things. When soldier Emil Blonsky breaks in and uses the Hulk's blood to become a monster himself, Bruce decides to embrace the Hulk in order to save the world from a powerhungry Blonsky, with the latter being arrested by SHIELD following his defeat. Sterns, meanwhile, has been accidentally exposed to Gamma Radiation and undergoes his own transformation while Bruce escapes from the military and arrives to British Columbia, Canada where he learns to control his other side.
In the post-credits scene, it cuts to S.H.I.E.L.D. where Blonsky is inside of his prison cell, having being changed back into human form. Whilst being guarded, his skin is turning green while the guard mocks him. The guard stops mocking him upon seeing a green fist punching through Blonsky's jail cell.
- Edward Norton as Bruce Banner/Hulk
- Liv Tyler as Betty Ross
- William Hurt as Thaddeus Ross
- Tim Roth as Emil Blonsky/Abomination
- Ty Burell as Leonard "Len" Samson
Universal planned a sequel to their 2003 film Hulk, with the Abomination as the villain because he posed an actual threat to the Hulk unlike General Ross. Following Marvel's deal in 2006 to independently produce films, they put up a deadline for Universal which they failed, resulting in Marvel's personal reboot. The film was released on June 13, 2008 and was made the second film in the MCU due to the Hulk being popular following Iron Man since that character was obscure. However, ironically Iron Man ended up being more popular and successful.
- Edward Norton is back as Bruce Banner/Hulk and replaces Mark Ruffalo.
- Nelson returns in the sequel as the Leader as his transformation was teased in this film.