Behind-The-Scenes Facts From 'The Incredible Hulk' That Demand A Rewatch

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When the Marvel Cinematic Universe launched, it wasn't really the "Marvel Cinematic Universe." It was more of a shot in the dark with two films released in 2008, Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk. Of the two, Iron Man did considerably better, and while The Incredible Hulk isn't a bad movie, it doesn't rank highly on many fans' top 10 lists of movies from the MCU. Regardless, it's one of the earliest films in the franchise, and a lot of work went into making it tie in with elements of the comics, television series, and more.

Fans have scrutinized the movie, and while most fans know a lot about it, there's always something new to learn about Marvel's giant green monster and some of the impressive battle scenes he's been in over the years. That's especially true when you're looking at some of the things that happened behind the scenes. The Incredible Hulk certainly had a lot going on that wasn't revealed until much later, and when you find out what those things were, you're going to want to go back and rewatch it.

This list compiles some of the most fascinating behind-the-scenes facts from The Incredible Hulk that'll make you want to sit through it all over again! Take a look down below, and don't forget to upvote your favorites before you head back to the couch to chill with Bruce Banner and his angry alter ego for a couple of hours.


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    There's A Cameo Easter Egg Most People Missed

    The Incredible Hulk is the second movie in the MCU, but unlike Iron Man, there were plenty of variations of the character and his story that came before. There was a live-action television show in the 1970s and '80s, several cartoons, and depictions in animated movies and video games. Marvel wanted to throw some callbacks into the film as an homage to what came before, and while most people noticed Stan Lee and Lou Ferrigno, they likely missed out on the gentleman pictured with Norton.

    That's Paul Soles, and he has a long history with the Hulk. In 1966, he voiced both Dr. Bruce Banner and Rick Jones in the Hulk cartoon. That makes him the very first person to portray Bruce Banner in any form outside of the original comic books. Over the years, Soles portrayed numerous Marvel Comics characters in animation, including Hawkeye, Peter Parker/Spider-Man, and many others. In 2008, he played Stanley, the kindly pizza restaurant owner who takes care of Bruce Banner when he's on the run from General Ross.

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    'The Incredible Hulk' Helped Establish The MCU

    The MCU kicked off with Iron Man, and Tony Stark appears at the end of The Incredible Hulk in a post-credits scene that doesn't really go anywhere. Despite that little hiccup, there are several elements within the movie that helped to plant the seeds of the MCU, but you have to look closely to see all of them.

    The movie centers around a scientist who attempts to recreate the Super Soldier Serum via gamma radiation, and things don't go according to plan. This makes The Incredible Hulk the first film to mention the Super Soldier Serum. There's also a reference to Nick Fury, and the sonic cannons used against the Hulk were designed by the good people at Stark Industries.

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    The University Where The Fight Takes Place Is A Callback/Homage

    In The Incredible Hulk, Bruce Banner heads over to Culver University to meet up with Betty Ross, and things don't go the way he hoped. Instead of linking up with Betty, he's ambushed by the Army and gets into a fight with General Ross's "super soldier," Emil Blonsky. Of course, the Hulk gets away without too much trouble, and he puts Blonsky into the hospital, where he's quickly healed before he's given the "good stuff" that transforms him into the Abomination.

    The fight at the university was one of the most important scenes in the film, and while there isn't a Culver University in real life, the name is a callback to the 1978 The Incredible Hulk television series. On that show, Dr. Banner worked at Culver Insitute before becoming the Hulk, so anyone who religiously watched that series likely noticed the similar names. The scene was shot at the University of Toronto campus, so most of the buildings in the shots would appear familiar to anyone who attended the school.

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    There's A Falcon Easter Egg In A Brief Scene

    If you pay close attention to every frame in an MCU movie, there's a good chance you will see something that ties one film to another. Most of the time, these details aren't seen on a first viewing, but people have gone back to the movies and found all manner of "coincidences" that aren't coincidences. In Ant-Man, there's a poster for Pingo Doce soda in a background shot, tying it to The Incredible Hulk, and in The Incredible Hulk, there's a reference to a future Avenger.

    It's incredibly indirect, but during a scene with a student at Culver University being interviewed by the press, the graphic indicates that the student's name is Jim Wilson. If you dig through the comics, you will eventually find that name connected to the Falcon, because Jim Wilson is Sam Wilson's nephew. It's doubtful that this was done accidentally, so it's another example of connecting movies across several years and multiple films.

    There's another student interviewed at Culver University named Jack McGee. That's a nod to the original live-action television series, which featured a reporter by that name who tracked the Hulk across the country throughout most of the series. Another link to a different movie in The Incredible Hulk involves another student bribed with pizza. Eventually, that same character returns as one of Peter Parker's teachers in Spider-Man: Far From Home.

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    A Deleted Scene Includes A Captain America Cameo

    When Mark Ruffalo first plays the Hulk in Marvel's The Avengers, he mentions that he once tried to take his own life. He says, "I didn't see an end, so I put a bullet in my mouth... and the other guy spit it out!" While that scene didn't make it into the final cut of The Incredible Hulk, the scene was filmed. The deleted scene shows Bruce Banner hike into the Arctic to get as far away from civilization as possible in case he changes. In the scene, he doesn't get the chance to put the gun in his mouth before "the other guy" takes over, destroying a large shelf of ice.

    The scene would have taken place at the beginning of the movie, but it was swapped out for the one that made it into the film. You can check it out here, and if you pay extremely close attention, you can see an Easter egg that hints at another Avenger's existence in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment, as the ice begins to crumble, you can make out a red, white, and blue body frozen in the ice, and that's Captain America.

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    The Late Bill Bixby Cameos In The Film

    There are tons of interesting cameos and Easter eggs thrown into The Incredible Hulk, and most of them pass by the viewer's eyes without being noticed. Edward Norton is the second person to play Bruce Banner/the Hulk in a feature film, and he's the third person to play him in live action. The very first person to play Bruce Banner... well, David Bruce Banner, was Bill Bixby on the 1978 television series, The Incredible Hulk.

    Sadly, Bixby couldn't play a cameo in The Incredible Hulk, as he passed in 1993. Despite this, he does have a cameo (of sorts) in the 2008 film. He appears very briefly in a scene with Bruce Banner watching television. He's watching The Courtship of Eddie's Father, which starred the late Bill Bixby. In a roundabout sort of a way, Bixby, who played Banner for the first time in live action, appears alongside his former co-star (Lou Ferrigno) and several others connected with the Hulk in Norton's movie.

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