In Preparation For: Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk

With Avengers: Age of Ultron coming out this weekend, a lot of (crazy) people are trying to do the ultimate Marvel movie marathon, watching Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avengers, The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy all in a row. Well, we're crazy too. Yes, me and our other writer, Rob, will be watching all 10 movies, 20 hours and 48 minutes, in preparation for Age of Ultron, and we will be doing reviews for each film as we go. Some reviews may come out at 3 o'clock in the morning, but that's just how it's going to be. Keep in mind, we both seen these movies before. So, let's get started!

Iron Man


Iron Man kicks off the Marvel Cinematic Universe, giving us not just a comeback for Marvel Studios, but for Robert Downey Jr. as well. RDJ gives us one of the best comic book performances to date in this awesome, fun movie. What I like so much about this movie is that they got the ratio of dark and gritty to fun and humorous perfect. We're dealing with a man's personal crisis, a failed heart and terrorists while also laughing our asses off at his jokes. Jon Favreau did a fantastic job directing in probably one of the best directed films in the MCU. It's my third favorite of the films. The music is perfect for this movie, giving Iron Man one of the best theme music in superhero movies. The film also has a great villain in Jeff Bridges as Obadiah Stane/Iron Mongerer, who is often overlooked when it comes to Marvel cinematic villains. Overall, this is a fun, action-packed movie that introduces a lot of heavy themes without being over-weighed by them.



In the first official movie of the MCU, Iron Man over achieved people's expectations (including mine) and became a huge blockbuster. It is still my favorite MCU movie at this time. The reason I like it is not only for Robert Downey Jr.'s spot-on performance as Tony Stark or the brilliant direction from Jon Favreau, but it's Jeff Bridges as Obadiah Stane that puts this movie over the top for me. I believe that he is the most underrated villain in the MCU and when people say that Marvel's only good villain is Loki I bring him up. Most importantly, though, the action is awesome and keeps you fully entertained throughout. I'd have to say my favorite part is when  he is in the Middle East and he's first building the suit, as Obidah said: "Tony Stark built this in a cave! With a bunch of scraps!!" Overall, this was a great re watch and I encourage you to check it out again.


The Incredible Hulk


The Incredible Hulk is the second film from Marvel Studios. What's interesting about this movie is that it is very different in tone from the other Marvel films. It is not as colorful and light and funny as the others, and is probably one of the more dark and serious of them. Edward Norton is great as Bruce Banner, and does a great a job of carrying the film. Tim Roth is great as the villain. At first, he is just a super soldier (like Captain America), but then he becomes the Abomination. I wish the Abomination was used more as a villain, but it makes sense to have their showdown at the end of the movie. Overall, I think it's a pretty good film. It's one of the weaker Marvel movies, but it still holds up as a good film. The only truly, noticably weak spot is the CGI. But you can't hold it against it, since it came out seven years ago.



This was my first time watching The Incredible Hulk and I have to say it was not a bad superhero movie. While some of the writing and acting was a little spotty, the action and Edward Norton as the hulk were what carried this film. Don't get me wrong, this isn't one of the stronger Marvel films, but for the second one they made it was pretty good. I would have liked to see them use a little more of the Abomination, played by Tim Roth, because I would add him to the list of good villains in the MCU. I would definitely be interested to see a sequel to this movie or at least bring some of these characters into the universe. I feel like Marvel likes to pretend like this movie is its own thing except for the cameo by Robert Downey Jr. at the end. Anyhow, this movie is a good summer movie and I wished I saw it in theaters first, but at least I finally experienced it after 7 years.


What do you think? Do you like Iron Man? What about The Incredible Hulk? Are you looking forward to Avengers: Age of Ultron? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

Written by: Nate 
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