The Incredible Hulk Returns

by Alan Rapp on May 11, 2021

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: The Incredible Hulk Returns
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The Incredible Hulk Returns review

Throwback Tuesday takes us back to the wanderings of the presumed dead scientist Dr. David Bruce Banner (Bill Bixby) and the savage creature within him known as the Hulk (Lou Ferrigno). Made six years after The Incredible Hulk concluded with David still haunted by his angry alter-ego, the first of three television movies gives us the scientist working on a a Gamma Transponder under an assumed name at the Joshua-Lambert Research Institute which he believes will offer him a cure and a chance at a normal life with Dr. Maggie Shaw (Lee Purcell). However, bad guys intent on stealing the technology and the unexpected appearance of an old student (Steve Levitt) and his power new friend Thor (Eric Allan Kramer) ruin any chance for normalcy.

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The History of The Incredible Hulk

by Alan Rapp on October 20, 2020

in Essays 

Toy Galaxy looks back at the history of television’s The Incredible Hulk

Avengers: Endgame

by Alan Rapp on April 23, 2019

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: Avengers: Endgame
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Avengers: Endgame movie reviewMore than the culmination of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that began back in 2008 with Iron Man, Avengers: Endgame is the coda to the series that climaxed in the last chapter and now offers an opportunity for one last hurrah, for heroes to take their final bow, and for Marvel to usher out one set of lead characters and set the stage anew.

For my money, the most successful films of the past 11 years have been The Avengers, Avengers: Infinity War, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Excluding Winter Soldier, a great standalone film which cares nothing at all about larger continuity (it basically wrecked Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. after all), both Avengers and Infinity War faced enormous obstacles in pulling together various threads of the MCU into a single story. And both succeeded brilliantly. Avengers: Endgame comes off like their less-successful younger brother. I’m not going to call Endgame the Frank Stallone of the Avengers franchise as it may outshine Avengers: The Age of Ultron, but it’s a messy final chapter that offers plenty of memorable moments while failing to live up to what has come before.

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The Immortal Hulk #1

by Alan Rapp on June 11, 2018

in Comics

The Immortal Hulk #1 comic reviewThe Hulk is dead. Long live the Hulk? Killed off as part of Marvel’s lackluster Civil War II event, the Hulk returns to Marvel in a new series from writer Al Ewing and artist Joe Bennett. Focusing on neither Bruce Banner or the Hulk (or any character that will survive long enough to appear in issue #2), the first issue centers around a gas station robbery and triple homicide. When one of the victims’ bodies goes missing from the morgue through a rather huge hole in the wall to take out vengeance on the man responsible the world gets their wake-up call that the Hulk is back.

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Thor: Ragnarok

by Alan Rapp on November 2, 2017

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: Thor: Ragnarok
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Thor: Ragnarok movie reviewMarvel has struggled with creating a consistent and fully-realized film for either Thor or the Hulk. Sure Thor is okay. And The Incredible Hulk is fine, but neither is likely your favorite Marvel movie. The solution to throw the two together with a Ragnarok (end of Asgard)/Planet Hulk mash-up proves to be just what the doctor ordered. Oh, Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) is here, too. Thor: Ragnarok marks the first time in four films that Thor (Chris Hemsworth) has actually been more interesting than Loki (Tom Hiddleston). Don’t get me wrong, Hiddleston is still charming as hell, but taking Thor away from Earth and (mostly) Asgard frees the character up considerably for one hell of a fun ride that rivals Guardians of the Galaxy for Marvel Studios’ best space adventure.

After defeating the creature prophesied to bring about Ragnarok, Thor returns home only to find Loki (disguised as their father) ruling Asgard. Without giving too much away, the pair head out to find Odin (Anthony Hopkins) only to run into the sister (Cate Blanchett) they never knew existed and get banished to the far end of the universe on a gladiator-style planet run by a smarmy Jeff Goldblum.

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