TV-MOVIES

Rules The
Hulk Has To
Follow In
The MCU

By MILES SCHNEIDERMAN

THIS STORY CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR “The Incredible Hulk,” “Thor: Ragnarok,” and all four Avengers movies, so if that will transform you into an unstoppable rage beast, stop reading now!

SPOILER WARNING!

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Unlike, say, Iron Man, the Hulk has been a pop culture phenomenon since Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno portrayed him in the hit CBS TV show. The Hulk is so entrenched in American pop culture that there's no need to waste time on introductions, evidenced by the fact that his origin story was knocked out in the opening credits of “The Incredible Hulk.”

Needs No Introduction
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While Marvel was able to cut a deal with Universal to release “The Incredible Hulk,” they've thus far been unable to produce a standalone sequel, since Universal must distribute any film in which Hulk is the star. As a result, since 2008, Hulk has operated under the rule that he must forever be a side character.

Pushed To The Side
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Just because Hulk is no longer a leading man, that doesn't mean he has to strike out with the ladies. In fact, Bruce Banner is one of the only characters in the almost entirely sexless MCU to have multiple romantic attachments, which rear their head in every film he appears in.

Love Interests
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We don't make the rules here, we just point them out, and we dare you to find an MCU movie involving the Hulk where he doesn't fall from someplace high. It's a great way of turning Bruce Banner into the Hulk, but it’s an extremely common occurrence.

Must Fall Off Something
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No matter how often he falls, there's one inescapable truth about Hulk, he’s the strongest Avenger. While the current iteration of the MCU arguably include characters that are more powerful — Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, and Wanda Maximoff come to mind — the movies are still largely structured around the idea that there is little, if anything, stronger than the Hulk.

He’s The Strongest
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