Of all the comic book characters that feature in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s arguably the treatment of The Incredible Hulk that makes the least sense.
This icon of popular culture was the focus of the second instalment in the juggernaut franchise – 2008’s The Incredible Hulk – but has essentially been relegated to the status of supporting role ever since. Along with Thor, the Hulk was entirely absent from Captain America: Civil War, having flown off into the sunset as Sad Hulk at the end of Avengers: Age Of Ultron.
His absence will soon be explained in Thor: Ragnarok – due for release on November 3rd – but the frustration of Hulk fans around the world continues to grow. Yes, the sight of the character in gladiatorial garb is an exciting prospect – as is the incorporation of plot threads from the Planet Hulk story from the comic books – but, isn’t it time that Hulk took centre stage for a change, with a solo movie that’s actually a true representation of the brilliant, but consistently underused source material?