Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, and William Hurt replace Eric Bana, Jennifer Connelly, and Sam Elliott, Louis Leterrier replaces Ang Lee, nobody replaces Nick Nolte (thank goodness), and yet the basic plot remains depressingly the same. The great superhero movie rewatch is deeply disappointed by 2008’s The Incredible Hulk.
This may be the only MCU movie in which the villains are significantly more interesting than the heroes. William Hurt—for all that he’s nowhere near as perfect for the role as Sam Elliott was—does an excellent job showing Ross’s obsession and single-mindedness. Tim Roth shows Blonsky’s eagerness to be the powerful soldier he was in his youth, though he stops being interesting the moment he turns into the Abomination. And Tim Blake Nelson’s goofball mien beautifully obscures Sterns’s sociopathy, and my one regret in our never getting a sequel is I would love to see Nelson do the Leader.