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The Incredible Hulk Returns (1988)

TV Movie  -   -  Action | Drama | Adventure  -  22 May 1988 (USA)
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It's been two years since the Hulk has surfaced, and Dr David Bruce Banner is on the verge of curing himself of the Hulk. A device he helped create, the Gamma Transponder, will rid him of ... See full summary »

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It's been two years since the Hulk has surfaced, and Dr David Bruce Banner is on the verge of curing himself of the Hulk. A device he helped create, the Gamma Transponder, will rid him of his own Gamma radiation, among other uses. Enter Don Blake, a former colleague of Banner's, who is now in possession of a mystic hammer which can summon Thor, an ancient Viking warrior. When the Gamma Transponder is nearly stolen and Banner's girlfriend is kidnapped, Banner must abandon the hope of being cured and rely on the Hulk and Thor to save the day. Written by Chris Holland <stomptokyo@aol.com>

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Our Superhero Is Back In A Brand New Action Packed Adventure.


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Charles Napier, who plays the role of Mike Fouche, guest-starred twice on the original Hulk TV series as other characters. Additionally, he provided the growling sounds of The Hulk on the show. See more »

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In the fight on the beach when Thor and Hulk fight the goons from the copter, the green make-up on the Hulk's face is noticeably lighter than that used on his body. See more »

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Doctor David Banner: [tape-recording himself] Nearly two years of concentrated research, hard work, and the very real possibility of curing my... problem... seems at last to be here.
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A rare live-action superhero team-up
21 February 2000 | by (Vero Beach, FL) – See all my reviews

Marvel Comics loves to team its superheroes up far more than DC ever does. In the comics, this means frequent crossovers, enough to make you wonder whose book you're reading. On TV, it means guest heroes who don't have their own shows.

This often happens in the cartoons, but this TV movie -- the first of the post-cancellation Hulk specials -- was actually the first time Marvel tried it in live action. And it was only the second team-up of ANY live-action superheroes. (The first was Green Hornet guesting on the 1960s Batman show, an episode viewed more often than the actual Green Hornet series!)

I liked the Hulk series, even though his powers were limited for a TV budget. Bill Bixby's acting as Banner compensated for any change to the hero's motif. But he still was a gamma-charged powerhouse whose appearance was triggered by rage. Thor didn't survive as well with the Hulk's writers. He's not a Norse god here, just a revived Viking warrior. Donald Blake doesn't become Thor, he summons him from the hammer like a genie, with lightning instead of smoke. And Thor doesn't even get to fly. Or wear a red cape. And the acting doesn't compensate for these changes.

Apparently the writers were envisioning Thor as a "buddy" series spinoff. If Hulk was "The Fugitive," then maybe Thor would have been "Route 66"? I think the writers should have spent more time with comic book themes than with 1950s TV shows.


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