Originally Posted by Longshot777
I agree TIH is still canon to the "FILM" Universe.
But regular audience will NOT get lost in the Avengers 2012 if they did NOT see TIH.
The films of Ironman, Thor, and Captain America has so much of an impact that everyone has to watch them before they watch the Avengers film to truly experience the whole scope.
TIH, however does not. The movie is NOT BAD but it does not compare to the other 3.
Those 3 were ORIGIN STORIES. TIH is NOT. Unless you count the opening credits.
Hulk's Origin can simply be explain in one line in the Avengers film as a brilliant scientist who is an expert in Gamma Radiation who became the powerful Hulk.
I'm NOT SAYING IT'S NOT CANON.
I'm saying that general audience will not miss anything in Aveners if TIH was never made.
TIH is an AVERAGE Superhero Movie at best
I see your point however my in-laws only saw the previous Iron Man films and still loved avengers. They missed Cap and Thor and still seemed to get the movie. I see your point though, to get the full scope of the film, Thor and Cap are essential setups. I think that's more of a function of writing the films around the same time period. All within a year of each other or so. While Incredible Hulk was made way back in 2008. And its funny but if you watch the Thor Blu-Ray the bonus film "The Consultant" which features agent Colson, nicely frames the scene with Stark at the end of Incredible Hulk and ties it in with Avengers rather brilliantly.