HULK: 10 Pieces Of Crazy Concept Art From Ang Lee's 2003 Movie You Need To See

HULK: 10 Pieces Of Crazy Concept Art From Ang Lee's 2003 Movie You Need To See

Ang Lee's Hulk was a divisive movie when it was released back in 2003, but this newly revealed concept art takes us into the making of the Marvel Comics adaptation...and things end up getting weird!

Hulk was released in 2003 to mixed, but mostly positive reviews. However, it's definitely not fondly remembered, and that's probably because Ang Lee's take on the Jade Giant was a little, well, weird. 

While it hit a lot of the expected beats, Bruce Banner's origin story was far from what anyone expected (especially when his father got involved), and the comic book inspired visuals didn't work for everyone. As for The Hulk, his change in size proved to be particularly strange, especially when he basically became a giant.

Now, some concept art from the movie by James Carson and Michael Anthony Jackson reveals how many of the characters were created, including The Hulk, those Gamma irradiated animals, and even "The Absorbing Man." We also get to see how Eric Bana was transformed into the Marvel Comics hero.

This artwork is all really cool, and you can take a look through it by clicking the "Next" button below!
 

Hulk-9

The Hulk is a transformed version of Bruce Banner, so it goes without saying that the Green Goliath needs to look like him. 

Here, we see the work that went into ensuring that was the case, and given how limited the technology was at the time, Ang Lee definitely managed to get across that The Hulk was also Eric Bana (even if he did end up looking a tad cartoonish in places). 
 

Hulk-1

Here, we get to see how The Hulk went from being Bruce Banner all the way to a 15ft giant. There have been a lot of comic books where the Jade Giant has been massive, but he just ended up looking way too big on screen compared to those around him in the 2003 movie. 

For comparison's sake, the MCU's version of The Hulk is supposed to be around 8'2" in height. 
 

Hulk-2

At the end of the movie, The Hulk ended up battling his father, a weird version of The Absorbing Man from the comic books. 

As you can see above, he looks pretty monstrous, but this CGI-heavy battle didn't really end up working in Hulk, and trying to turn Bruce's abusive father into this superpowered character from the source material was definitely an ill-advised decision. 
 

Hulk-3

As well as The Absorbing Man, David Banner also took on a form similar to Zzzax at one point, but the unhinged genetics research scientist made use of some unique creatures before then.

That included some Gamma irradiated hounds he set on his superpowered son, and we get to see an alternate take on them here. They're undeniably scary...but also more than a little goofy! 
 

Hulk-5

It appears as if Ang Lee considered using a grey version of The Hulk if this concept art is any indication. It's possible this was just used to explore how the hero could look on screen, of course, but the visuals on display here are undeniably impressive. 

Marvel Studios also considered introducing the grey Hulk in Avengers: Age of Ultron when he fell under the control of the Scarlet Witch, but we've yet to see the Joe Fixit version of the hero. 
 

Hulk-4

These storyboards show those Gamma irradiated dogs searching for The Hulk as he's comforted by Betty Ross. This sequence made it into the film, so it's fascinating to see how it was put together.

However, The Hulk was so massive, he has to get down on his knees to interact with Betty. 
 

Hulk-7

Ang Lee was definitely going for a horror movie vibe here, but it didn't quite work in the context of Hulk. Ultimately, using a villain from the comic books arguably would have helped rather than giving the Green Goliath some generic monsters to fight. 

Still, for the first CGI-created Hulk on screen, it was a fun ride for fans of the comic books. 
 

Hulk-6

A closer look at the massive version of the Jade Giant, we're definitely glad Marvel Studios didn't end up heading down this route with 2008's The Incredible Hulk movie.

However, there were hints in that film's opening montage that it was meant to be linked to it in some fashion (which is why it's often described as a "soft reboot" by fans). 
 

Hulk-8

Another of David Banner's experiments, this rat looks like something from a horror movie. Heading down the route of making Bruce's father the villain was certainly unique, and General "Thunderbolt" Ross also made for an exciting antagonist in the film. 

Ultimately, it didn't work that well, but these irradiated creatures were definitely appreciated by kids!
 

Hulk-10

Another shot exploring Eric Bana's transformation into the Jade Giant, the resemblance is definitely there, but the hero still looks perhaps a little too cartoonish to be, well, real! 

The same argument could be made when it comes to The Incredible Hulk, of course, and it wasn't really until The Avengers that the technology was there to achieve that balance.
 

DISCLAIMER: Comic Book Movie is protected under the DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) and... [MORE]
Related Headlines
THE INCREDIBLE HULK: Marvel Studios Initially Feared That Universal Was Not Marketing The Movie Well

THE INCREDIBLE HULK: Marvel Studios Initially Feared That Universal Was Not Marketing The Movie Well

The Incredible Hulk was famously plagued by production issues. Now, a new book has revealed that Marvel Studios was concerned that its distribution partner, Universal, would not market the movie well.
Kevin Feige Reveals The Origin Of The Term Marvel Cinematic Universe

Kevin Feige Reveals The Origin Of The Term "Marvel Cinematic Universe"

The MCU has been a staple of pop culture for many years. The franchise is instantly recognizable by millions, but how exactly did its name come to be? A new book has just revealed all.
WORLD WAR HULK Movie Rumored To Be In Active Development At Marvel Studios

WORLD WAR HULK Movie Rumored To Be In Active Development At Marvel Studios

We're not going to put too much stock in this one for the time being, but a new rumor is claiming that Marvel Studios is actively developing a solo Hulk movie based on the World War Hulk comic series.
PLANET HULK VFX Artist On Building The Arena, THOR: RAGNAROK Parallels, & Inspiring MCU Storylines (Exclusive)

PLANET HULK VFX Artist On Building The Arena, THOR: RAGNAROK Parallels, & Inspiring MCU Storylines (Exclusive)

Speaking with Thomas D. Moser about his newest movie, we touched on his Marvel animation work. He explained the process of building the arena for Planet Hulk, the parallels in Thor: Ragnarok, and more.
HULK Star Eric Bana Reveals Whether He'd Return As Bruce Banner Or Take On Another Superhero Role

HULK Star Eric Bana Reveals Whether He'd Return As Bruce Banner Or Take On Another Superhero Role

Hulk star Eric Bana has opened up on his time as the Marvel Universe's Bruce Banner, revealing whether he would be open to reprising the role and how interested he is in the superhero genre as a whole...
Latest Headlines
THE AVENGERS Concept Art Reveals Ryan Meinerding's Earliest ULTIMATES-Inspired Designs For Hawkeye

THE AVENGERS Concept Art Reveals Ryan Meinerding's Earliest ULTIMATES-Inspired Designs For Hawkeye

Marvel Studios Head of Visual Development Ryan Meinerding has revealed his earliest designs for Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye in The Avengers, and you can definitely see how The Ultimates inspired his work...
HAWKEYE: Disney Officially Releases New Holiday-Themed Banner; Fan-Poster Spotlights Clint & Kate As Ronin

HAWKEYE: Disney Officially Releases New Holiday-Themed Banner; Fan-Poster Spotlights Clint & Kate As Ronin

Disney+ has released an official version of the Holiday-themed banner that was utilized for the third episode of Hawkeye, while an awesome fan-made poster combines both incarnations of Ronin.
DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS LEGO Set Reveals New Look At America Chavez And Gargantos

DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS LEGO Set Reveals New Look At America Chavez And "Gargantos"

A new LEGO set for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has been revealed, and it teases an epic battle in New York, while also showcasing the movie's four leads thanks to some awesome promo art.
HAWKEYE Star Hailee Steinfeld Becomes IMDb's Most Popular Actor Following Disney+ TV Show's Debut

HAWKEYE Star Hailee Steinfeld Becomes IMDb's Most Popular Actor Following Disney+ TV Show's Debut

The world is buzzing about Hailee Steinfeld's performance as Kate Bishop in Hawkeye, and the show has generated so much interest in the actress that she's now the most popular search on all of IMDb.
SHAZAM! FURY OF THE GODS Star Zachary Levi Reveals Why The Sequel Is Better Than 2019's SHAZAM!

SHAZAM! FURY OF THE GODS Star Zachary Levi Reveals Why The Sequel Is Better Than 2019's SHAZAM!

By the time Shazam! Fury of the Gods arrives in theatres, it will have been four years since the first instalment was released. Now, Zachary Levi has hyped up the sequel with some very interesting remarks.
SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME - Daily Bugle Video Teases Electro And Sandman's Marvel Cinematic Universe Arrival

SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME - Daily Bugle Video Teases Electro And Sandman's Marvel Cinematic Universe Arrival

The latest DailyBugle.net video features Angourie Rice's Betty Brant recapping the arrival of Electro and Sandman in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, putting their appearances down to some weird weather...
THE FLASH: Armageddon Part 3 Finally Reveals The Circumstances Behind [SPOILER]'s Shocking Death

THE FLASH: "Armageddon" Part 3 Finally Reveals The Circumstances Behind [SPOILER]'s Shocking Death

The second part of "Armageddon" revealed that a key character from The Flash had been killed off screen, but the latest instalment of the event finally explained the circumstances surrounding their demise.
ANT-MAN AND THE WASP Star Hannah John-Kamen Is Staying Quiet About Ghost's MCU Future

ANT-MAN AND THE WASP Star Hannah John-Kamen Is Staying Quiet About Ghost's MCU Future

Reflecting on her experience in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Ghost in Ant-Man and The Was, Hannah John-Kamen remains surprisingly tight-lipped when asked when we could see the character again...