Number 16: The Incredible Hulk
As the years go by this film loses a little more of its relevance. But for those who remember the disaster that was Ang Lee’s Hulk, Incredible Hulk had to do a massive job in restoring some of the shine to the tainted Hulk franchise. And as beloved as the Lou Ferrigno/Bill Bixby TV show was, it never could adequately showcase the Hulk as a walking sometimes talking weapon of mass destruction.
It’s too bad Edward Norton couldn’t stick around as his take on Bruce Banner came off vulnerable and unsure as the genius scientist turned paranoid fugitive, which would have played off the more assured Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark beautifully.
Director Louis Leterrier understood Hulk movies need a ton of action and didn’t waste time making just another origin film.
My biggest gripe with the film was the uninspired and overly generic design for Abomination. No tights or web ears made him look too simple. And the advancements in CGI dramatically improved since 2008 so the effects don’t fully hold up. Still, this was light years ahead of Ang Lee’s ill-fated version.