The Incredible Hulk Theory

The Incredible Hulk Theory

A Theory that is said to See what kind fan you really are! Also a theory that involves Hulk how could that be a bad thing?

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By Parker2017 - 1/25/2013
The Incredible Hulk Theory: How Fans divide and concurred.

A few weeks after this article gets posted, I was talking to my friend Jeff, we always get into these lengthily conversations about Comic books, films, and all in between. He told me this theory that eerily works, he calls it the incredible Hulk theory; to explain how to spot which type of fan’s are out there. Now he uses Hulk for the theory and I shall demonstrate. The theory breaks fans into Three Type’s:



THE COMIC BOOK FAN: These fans read the material, either never watching the shows or rarely in some cases, but they love the stories, the art, etc. this fan expects the material in films to be exact. Not a surprise really they aren’t fair enough to other material and complain of it not being “close enough to the comic book.”


THE TV SHOW FAN: They either never read the comic book or found out about it after watching the show and like comic fans only love the incredible Hulk TV show. Thinking David banner IS the one true and real Hulk. They complain the comic books are wrong or find them from okay to awesome, but really imprinted on the show more. They also think Bruce wasn’t abuse and never know who General Ross is, Who Betty is, they are confused because of this. This also introduce a new generation of fans to the hulkdom. They will complained if the film “isn’t close enough to the TV Show”.


THE MOVIE FAN: For this demonstration I’ll be using Ang Lee’s Hulk. These fans only take on movie logic, they never read or heard of the Hulk TV show , Comic or never had interest and are going off this film as there gateway drug into the Hulk Mythos. They only know about this incarnation and all others suck in comparison. [Well until the Avengers came out, but come on it’s the Avengers!]



Fan’s can be merciless and metrical so The Next time you get into a debate with fans think to yourself which one of the three types of fan they are, and try to understand form their Perspective, other examples can range from every hero out there the flash, superman even wonder woman. So when you read the six part spider-man film retrospective I would like you all to keep this aspect in mind, I mean what introduce you to the world of superheroes? Was it the Comics? Was it The Television Series? Or was it the Films themselves? So when I hear people say things like “oh this is MUCH closer to the comics”, [when in hindsight it’s not] it really makes me use this theory and it works every time.
Take Spider-Man, You have fans of the ASM comic, The Animated series (and Spectacular Spider-Man) finally fans of The Rami’s Films. The fact of the matter is, it proves just what type of fan you are and how much you’ll complain and say “NYAAAAAAAAAAH!“ However it also shows how you where introduce to the character, and why they hold a special place in your heart and your standards for the character.

Tune in Next Month as I go into Part Two of the spider-man Film retrospective that will cover & Kick off with: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [1977], The Cannon & Cameron years. See yeah soon folks 





What do you guys think of The Incredible hulk Theory? What was your introduction to your favorite superhero?
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Parker2017 - 1/25/2013, 12:56 AM
I Think the Hulk Theory works, it explains a lot of the times when fans bicker a lot with others. Plus My introduction to Superman was the animated series, and comics, my intro to spider-man was Sam Rami's Spider-Man and the 90's Animated series.
Christuffer - 1/25/2013, 1:16 AM
No gray area? I do a lot of each. I am fine with the movies being not exact, and I read the comics too
Parker2017 - 1/25/2013, 1:25 AM
@Chrisstuffer yeah it's not the most PERFECT theory in the world [hence theory] but it cover's the basic types of general fan's i.e. "its not like the comics NYAAAAAH.",etc etc. I'm sure theres a gray area though.
aresww3 - 1/25/2013, 4:23 AM
what christuffer said as long as they don´t take complete liberties and tell a good story.
marvel72 - 1/25/2013, 4:29 AM
this theory definitely works i believe i'm a bit of all three.

1st comic fan the hulk is my favorite character been reading comics for years & he has always been in my top three favorite characters through the good & bad years.

2nd tv show loved the show as well,great casting of bixby as banner the shows theme tune was great very sad.

3rd movie the avengers was the first true time the hulk was captioned on screen how he was in the comics,the incredible hulk movie was pretty good as well with the hulk taking on general ross & a proper hulk villain i.e the abomination for the first time.as for the ang lee hulk movie only one scene was good in that movie hulk vs the army.
nerdman81 - 1/25/2013, 6:03 AM
What about those of us who have read the comics, grew up with the TV show, watched the animated series', are just fine with many of the changes made to suit the movie universe, and STILL think that Ang Lee's Hulk was a complete piece of overlong, ridiculous, boring, cartoonish garbage? You missed a whole faction of us in your theory! However, there is plenty of justification in the things you HAVE mentioned. Although flawed (to a degree,)the points you have made are valid enough to make someone think. That makes this a fairly good, and well thought out editorial. :)
Tainted87 - 1/25/2013, 6:32 AM
I loved Ang Lee's Hulk, and I'm the first to defend it. It had great rmotionzl depth, Sam Elliot, the BEAUTIFUL Jennifer Connelly, and some nice ideas that were lost on most people. I watched the 70s/80s show later, and never read the comics predating Planet Hulk.
Orphix - 1/25/2013, 8:29 AM
It's a cool theory - but I think it can be simplified.

There are those who are love comics and there are those who love films. Most of us live in that grey area of the sliding scale between the two.

Admittedly it doesn't take into account tv shows and animations but it all goes in to the bubbling cauldron of debate.

Thats how I have always seen it.
AC1 - 1/25/2013, 11:19 AM
It's an alright theory but a bit too basic - most people, like me, would be in the gray area. I've recently started reading comics far more than I used to and I love them. I'm also a huge movie fan, far more than I'm a fan of anything else. I understand completely that certain things work in comics but don't work in movies, and I respect this and enjoy this.

I'm going to start reading Incredible Hulk comics soon, I already have a basic knowledge so I'm looking forward to it. I didn't like Ang Lee's Hulk because I found it boring and slow and monotonous, didn't like the comic-booky editing gimmick, and didn't like their version of Hulk. I did like how they dug a bit into Bruce's psychology, but they seemed to forget it for the sake of melodrama by the end. Connelly was the only saving grace for the movie. I enjoyed Incredible Hulk though, as it seemed far more inline with what Hulk should be while disregarding the stuff that wouldn't work - it was a good balance between the comic stuff and what should be done in a movie.
TheHawkWithin - 1/25/2013, 4:42 PM
The TV series was a joke, it was the same plot every single episode repeated over and over again.
Tainted87 - 1/25/2013, 6:54 PM
@cipher
Badassfully: Do not make me angry, you would not like me when I am angry...

With barely contained sexual frustration: big man in a suit of armor, take that away and what are you?

Flippant reply: genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist?

Genuine surprise: you people are so petty, and tiny.

Happy11 - 1/26/2013, 8:17 AM
What about animation I started reading hulk comics after the 80s cartoon.
Parker2017 - 1/27/2013, 9:41 PM
@everyone sorry for my rush explanation but the GA [Grey Area] isn't the main focus here, but the three type of fans that are mainly there. Does the grey Area come into play? well, you'll find out soon.


@nerdman81 What gave you the idea that I like ang Lee's Hulk? I used that to explain the type of fan's who where introduce to the Hulk/Bruce banner character like How i was, doesn't mean I would read comics on a charter I had no interest in,(besides its the frist movie ever of the Character) I got into the comics form watching the MCU incarnation in the incredible Hulk, and while I can understand why Mark Rufo's Banner is "perfect" to comic fan's, and i loved how Hulk kicked a chitari, the journey he goes on is pretty nice, plus his mentor/janitor is Henry Dean Williams From Alien, how kickass of a cameo can you really get form that?

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