A Brit Late Superhero Special: Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk

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Hello there faithful readers! You know I was pondering to myself the other day about the upcoming X Men Origins: Wolverine when I realised that I hadn’t watched last year’s double attack of Marvel movies Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk. Okay not really but I still hadn’t watched either, so I thought it was about time I did. I’m no comic book fan by any means but I’ve got no problem with MOST superhero movies, so I thought I’d give these both a try since they seemed to do alright for themselves, what with both of them having sequels in the works. Besides, The Incredible Hulk couldn’t be any worse than Hulk. Anyway, time to put these two to the test.

Now I’m imagining that like me, not everyone will be coming into these movies being a comic book fan, so here’s a basic summary of what both movies are about. Iron Man is about a rich millionaire named Tony Stark who, after being kidnapped by terrorists and nearly killed, decides that he’s finally found his purpose in the world which is to fight crime. He uses his money to aid him in this by creating an ultra powerful suit. On the other hand The Incredible Hulk is about former scientist Bruce Banner who is in hiding trying to keep his temper because otherwise he turns in a green giant called The Hulk, created in him after an experiment gone wrong. However, a top army official wants to use the DNA inside Bruce to create supersoldiers. That’s the basic idea anyway. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s move on.

I thought both of these movies were pretty enjoyable. They didn’t do anything that broke the mould but they weren’t trying to, both just did a great job of what they do – be an action packed, fun filled movie with superheroes and villains. Iron Man starts off quite slow but once Tony Stark actually builds the first Iron Man suit it’s a fun filled ride from there on. The characters are developed well with both a good villain and an actual proper strong female role for once, who doesn’t actually get kidnapped.  The story is good enough, the CGI is good and it’s all around a pretty cool movie. And they play Black Sabbath’s Iron Man at the end, so nuff said.

The Incredible Hulk is also a pretty cool movie, although I don’t think it’s as good as Iron Man. It’s a bit more serious than the former film, if a movie about a big green giant can be serious and delves more into the fight Bruce Banner faces rather than The Hulk. That being said the movie does set it up at the end for The Hulk to be the main focus, so here’s hoping we get more green giant action in the sequel. I also thought that the ending was a little flat and that the CGI for The Hulk looked a little strange but all in all it’s still an enjoyable movie, still boasting plenty of action and likeable characters. It also has a cameo from the TV Hulk which was pretty cool and even the sad music from the same TV show. (“Famously” parodied on Family Guy)

I’d recommend watching both of these movies, especially since they’re pretty cheap now. They’re fun popcorn films and the promise of sequels for both movies as well as crossovers as seen in both movies, which has helped to set up a Marvel universe in films, which is pretty great in it’s own right. Sorry for the short review, but I’m more brief with media like films.

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