Originally Posted by DrCosmic
Do you know what a big difference between Ang's Hulk and TIH was? The same difference between Superman Returns and Man of Steel. Hulk had an equal to smash and get smashed back by. He wasn't just swatting flies having an existential crises, he was a hero, going up against a superior force and winning with an old fashioned beatdown.
Any successful Hulk movie will also have this. Now Leader can be there in the background, but Hulk has to fight another gamma monster whom the audience cares about and respects and thinks is menacing. Gamma Dogs won't do.
So unless you can come up with a better answer (Avengers had Thor and an alien invasion), Red Hulk is your ticket to success. Sorry.
There are loads of opponents in the Hulk mythos that can be used for a showdown with ole Jade Jaws before we HAVE to get to Rulk. The Cube episodes of EMH showcase a ton of Hulk baddies that in a team up or in solo outings could be used to thrash the Hulk.