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The Incredible Hulk Returns (1988)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Drama | TV Movie 22 May 1988
Hopefully on the verge of curing his Hulk condition, Banner meets his colleague, Don Blake, who is mystically linked to a Viking warrior, Thor.


Nicholas Corea, Bill Bixby (uncredited)


Stan Lee (character), Nicholas Corea




Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Bixby ... David Banner
Lou Ferrigno ... The Hulk
Jack Colvin ... Jack McGee
Lee Purcell ... Maggie Shaw
Charles Napier ... Mike Fouche
John Gabriel ... Joshua Lambert
Jay Baker ... Zack Lambert
Tim Thomerson ... Jack LeBeau
Eric Allan Kramer ... Thor (as Eric Kramer)
Steve Levitt Steve Levitt ... Donald Blake
William Riley William Riley ... Sgt. Lindsey
Tom Finnegan ... Capt. Brills
Donald Willis Donald Willis ... Elwood
Carl Ciarfalio ... Barner (as Carl Nick Ciafalio)
Bobby McLaughlin Bobby McLaughlin ... Roarke (as Bobby Travis McLaughlin)


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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His pent-up anger has been seething for 6 long years! See more »


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Did You Know?


When the Hulk runs away from the Joshua Lambert Institute after his battle with Thor, you can see that is actually wearing blue slippers. This also happened in the first season of The Incredible Hulk (1977) when the Hulk runs through the streets of Times Square. See more »


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 »


[Thor looks around the Joshua Lambert Institute laboratory and then he looks at Donald Blake and David Banner]
Thor: Your century's version of hell, eh, Blake?
Donald Blake: Is *this* a hallucination?
[David, still shocked, shakes his head]
Thor: And this must be Banner the Warlock. All in good time.
[Thor holds out his hand, Blake gives Thor his hammer and Thor walks off to a control panel]
Thor: First things first.
Donald Blake: What're you doing?
Thor: I'm thirsty.
Donald Blake: What're you doing?
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A rare live-action superhero team-up
21 February 2000 | by henricus-2See 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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