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The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags are used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.

For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb's Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for The Incredible Hulk can be found here.

The Incredible Hulk is based on a fictional character created by American comic book artists and writers Stan Lee and Jack Kirby for a Marvel Comics comic book series of the same name. The Incredible Hulk #1 first appeared in May 1962.

Yes and No. Depending on how you look at it, this can be a "reboot" of the Hulk movie franchise, much like Batman Begins (2005) was to the Batman film franchise. However, there are references to the previous film. For example, The Incredible Hulk begins in Brazil, which is where Hulk (2003) leaves off. This is because the script that was used for The Incredible Hulk was originally supposed to be a sequel, until Marvel decided against it, and Edward Norton re-worked the script to firmly establish it as a "reboot". So basically, it is a sequel in that it continues from where Hulk ended. The flashback to the character's origin is slightly different to what happened in Hulk. The reason for the "reboot" hoopla seems to stem from Edward Norton's inability to take over another actor's role without it being considered sloppy seconds and/or the studio's wanting to separate itself from the wrongly criticized 2003 film, thus the idea that its the first of a series instead of a sequel. You can also look at the "new origin" as Banner actually returning after the main events of the first film so that Betty and he could try to get rid of "it", unwittingly unleashing it again, hurting Betty, with General Ross pissed more than ever after giving him another chance.

While the filmmakers and cast felt that the contributions Edward Norton made to the screenplay were significant, the WGA felt differently and gave sole credit to Zak Penn. The WGA tends to favor plot and structure, rather than dialogue and character changes, much to many screenwriters' chagrin. It's also possible that Norton requested not to be credited, as he has done uncredited re-writes on quite a few of his films, most notably American History X (1998).

The opening montage of The Incredible Hulk takes place prior to the events of Iron Man 2 (2010) . The latter half of Iron Man 2 runs concurrent to the first half of The Incredible Hulk as the news report for the aftermath of the Hulk's battle on the university campus is on the news near the end of Iron Man 2. The final scene of The Incredible Hulk takes place after the events of Iron Man 2 as Tony Stark is just joining the Avengers by the end of the second Iron Man film.

The Obvious: Bruce Banner / The Hulk (main character) and Emil Blonsky / The Abomination (main Villain).

The not-so-obvious: Tony Stark makes a cameo appearance at the end of the film to talk to General Ross about the "Avenger Initiative." Stark Industries products are all over this film as well. Nick Fury's name appears briefly during the opening credits on a government document, hinting that, like in the comic books, he is behind the Hulk task force.

Sequel Hints: Samuel Sterns / The Leader tries to help Banner cure his condition. Sterns' transformation into the Leader begins to happen when Banner's blood drips into an open cut on Stern's forehead. His head begins to pulse and grow, setting up a sequel with The Leader as the superintelligent supervillain.

Allusions to: (1) Captain America when Ross talks to Blonsky about the super-soldier serum that was tested in WWII and was put on ice. There is a scene that didn't make the cut where Banner goes to Antarctica to kill himself. When he attempts to shoot himself, he becomes the Hulk and smashes an iceberg--the same iceberg which is supposed to contain Captain America. (2) Doc Samson: The psychiatrist whom Banner talks to about his "problem" (i.e., the Hulk transformations). In the comics, Dr. Samson is a long-time supporting character and becomes a superhero in his own right when he attempts to cure Banner by draining out the gamma radiation that turns Bruce into the Hulk and bombards himself with it.

He has a cameo. He tells General Ross that they are assembling a team, which we all know to be The Avengers. He knows about it because in Iron Man, Nick Fury visits him at the end. There seems to be a trend in the new Marvel movies. Marvel have gained the rights back to Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, Thor and Ant-Man. These characters, along with Wasp, were the classic line-up of the Avengers. Marvel wants to make the individual movies (which reference each other and establish that these characters all live in the same world), then cross them over into a multi-character super-hero epic. Sources - Re: Stark's cameo. Re: The Avengers film series.

In the end of the recent Captain America movie, it shows that Nick Fury already formed The Avengers and The Hulk had already been recruited. In Marvel One-Shot:The Consultant it is shown that Stark was sent by agent Coulson to retrieve The Abomination from Ross for The Avengers. But, unbeknownst to both Stark and Ross, the real reason Stark was sent was because Coulson knew that Stark would irritate Ross so much that there would be no chance that Ross would give them Blonsky.

Yes. In Hulk, he was 15-25 feet tall, becoming taller the more angry he became. In The Incredible Hulk, he will not grow over nine feet tall, which is closer to his comic book counterpart's height of seven feet. Read more here.

- A whole sub-plot with Betty and Leonard, implying that they live together, his implication on the attack on the Hulk in the Campus, his relationship with Betty and his feelings towards Bruce Banner.

- Blonsky describes the Hulk to General Greller: "8 foot, 1500 pounds easy... and green. Or grey, sir. Greenish grey.. It was very dark, I couldn't tell."

- General Greller gets angry about General Ross's "bioforce project".

- Banner walks along a snowy hillside where he is going to attempt suicide. - Banner delivers pizza.

Louis Leterrier said "all of the footage will be on the DVD", so most likely there will not be a director's cut.

According to Kevin Feige, due to positive reactions to Mark Ruffalo's Banner in The Avengers, a sequel will be made after Avengers 2.

No, but there is one scene prior to the end credits that actually was meant to play AFTER the credits. Tony Stark finds General Ross in a bar and asks for his help about a "special team [they are] putting together".

Yes and no. All films made under the Marvel Studios banner (i.e., Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor and Captain America) are all set in the same universe, with the characters crossing over, culminating in The Avengers (2012) movie which will tie these films together. Marvel also owns Punisher and Blade, and most recently acquired Daredevil, Ghost Rider, and Spider-Man. But Daredevil (2003), Punisher (2004), Punisher: War Zone (2008), Blade (1998), Blade II (2002), Blade: Trinity (2004), Ghost Rider (2007) and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011) are all not in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Also, because Marvel acquired the rights to use Spider-Man in February of 2015, none of the Spider-Man movies up to that point are in the MCU. Other Marvel-based films owned by other studios are NOT set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, due to differing ownership. This includes the X-Men and Fantastic Four, franchises which are both owned by Fox.


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