Re: TIH vs. Ang Lee's Hulk
So Ang Lee's "Hulk" was on AMC last week and I decided to DVR and watch it. I hadn't seen it since I saw it in theaters and hated it immensely.
Looking back at the film I wanted to answer the following questions:
1) Was it as bad as I remembered?
2) Could it fit into the MCU?
The short answers: 1) Not quite and 2) No.
The longer answers:
1) It is certainly not a good movie IMHO. I'm not even sure what it is to be honest with you. The tone kind of jumps back and forth throughout; and it's guilty of taking itself far too seriously. The one thing I do know for sure is that it's not a good Hulk movie. It just seems to me that Ang wanted to tell a different story and he just shoehorned Hulk characters into it. It's uneven, it's dry, and it really does nothing with the Hulk himself. However I did enjoy some of the characters (except Ross he was awful in this one IMHO and Banner's father was a terrible plotline) and emotions more this time than I did in the first go round.
2) To those who question if this could still be considered a quasi-prequel to the MCU; I'd have to say no. Aside from the obvious continuity errors it would introduce: the relationship between the Ross', Betty's injury during the first Hulk out, the fact that the original Hulk out took place at a completely different laboratory, and the manner of Banner gaining his powers...it still doesn't fit. Why? Because the entire tone and characterization doesn't fit with TIH/Avengers at all. It clearly just doesn't go.
My overall summation, this film is just best off forgotten.
The Avengers..The New Avengers
The Guardians of the Galaxy..The Defenders
MARVEL'S THE INFINITY WAR