The Hulk has always been a character close to my heart. What could be better than being a superhero that ultimately is a super excuse for his violence? Whenever Bruce Banner has gotten ticked off at a situation, he turns into the green muscle man and destroys the problem. When he recovers, he ducks blame for his green altered states damages. He gets to scapegoat the people that unwittingly unleashed the Hulk. Hes a retaliation wrecking ball. Since hes such an uncontrollable object, its easy to have him mixing it up with other heroes without viewing him as supervillain. He doesn’t lose fans by bashing on Thor or Wolverine as seem on the two films on Hulk Vs.
Hulk Vs. Wolverine (36:56) has the Hulk rampaging through Canada. Hes wrecking the quaint countryside towns and scenic beauty. The locals cant allow an American to cause havoc. Thats job is dedicated to native born hockey goons. Department H gives Wolverine the job to either stop or kill the Hulk. The case could have been closed quickly when Wolverine finds wimpy and worn out Banner. But he has to be the bad cop and thus brings out the green smashing machine. Its a massive battle in the snow covered slopes of the Great White North. A third party arrives to break up the brawl. This leads to a Wolverines origin flashback sequence. Quickly the story becomes about a certain professor wanting to get Wolverine back in the program. His evil creations aren’t so happy about this move. This leads to tag-team action inside of a pure showdown.
Hulk Vs. Thor (45:26) takes us to the mythological realm. When Odin takes a nap to rejuvenate his powers, the realm of Asgard is unprotected. Its up to the other Viking gods to protect their space. Loki decides to make a major power move by tapping the power of the Hulk to kick Thors butt. Who can win in a battle between a God and the most destructive of mortals? Its a supernatural beatdown.
Hulk Vs is a revolutionary approach to bringing comic book characters to animation. These two shorts are far beyond whats been done in adapting these characters for Saturday morning audiences. The action isnt watered down to protect small eyes. The plots havent been simplified to appeal to the non-comic book reader. They dont toss in a stupid kid character to make the superheroes accessible. This is what the geeks hanging around Foundations Edge used to wish could be done with Marvel characters. By keeping them under an hour, the stories play out like flipping the pages to a comic book. Hulk Vs smashes the boundaries set by previous Marvel animation projects.
The video is 1.78:1 anamoprhic. The image is sharp with bright colors showing off the green. Theres an occasional interlace problem during motion. The audio is Dolby Digital 5.1. The voices and Foley work make the soundtrack seem like a live action film. This doesnt sound like a kiddie show. Theres a Spanish dub. The subtitles are in English and Spanish.
Audio Commentaries are given on both films. Both films include tracks from screenwriters Craig Kyle and Chris Yost. They talk about how they came up with the scripts. Vs. Wolverine also has a track from Frank Paur, Kevin Altieri, and Butch Lukic. They talk more about what goes into making these films than giving blow by blow background detail. Vs. Thor has Frank Paur chatting with Sam Liu and James Peters about the Norse superhero.
This Is Gonna Hurt: The Making Of Hulk Vs. Wolverine (20:09) takes us through the evolution of the project. They breakdown the fight sequence when the clawed one goes after the Green Muscles.
Of Gods And Monsters: The Making Of Hulk Vs. Thor (18:24) details how this battle came about. The various crew discuss their passion for comic books. They are thrilled they were to make a cartoon that matches the comic book.
Jack Kirby and Thor (4:46) gives credit to the legendary Marvel writer and artist. He created the character. Nice to see Jack get props instead of just claiming Stan Lee did it all at Marvel.
Fan Frenzy (8:02) gives us highlights from the Hulk Vs. Wolverine premeire at last years San Diego Comic-Con. The fans seem rabid. They talk about how by going direct to DVD, they can stick close to the comic books without having to follow network standards. They only show the panelists. They hint that there might be X-Men Vs. the Avengers.
First Look: Wolverine and the X-Men (5:45) gives plenty of highlights. They want to amp up the energy and action that they couldnt do on the network show.
First Look: Thor: Tales of Asgard (4:41) is Craig Kyles favorite upcoming project. Theres not much finished animation in the sneak peak. Its due out in the Fall of 2009.
Hulk Vs. has two short films that are more entertaining than both of the live-action feature films. Nothing is watered down as Hulk smashes Wolverine and Thor. For fans of the Marvel Universe, this is a must-watch experience. They finally made an animation that matches their comic book action.
Lionsgate presents Hulk Vs. Starring Hulk, Thor and Wolverine. Contents: 2 movies on 2 DVDs. Released on DVD: January 27, 2009. Available at Amazon.
Tags: Hulk, Jack Kirby, Thor, Wolverine, X-Men