The Incredible Hulk (2008)


Gamma-radiated Bruce Banner (Edward Norton) lays low in Brazil, avoiding the elevated heart rate that transforms him into the mighty green Hulk. With designs on the radiation’s military potential, US General Thaddeus Ross (William Hurt) dispatches Emil Blonsky (Tim Roth), an ageing British Marine hopped up on a small dose of Super Solider serum, to locate and subdue Banner. When Blonsky manages to steal some of Banner’s blood plasma, he becomes the Abomination, a villain first seen in Tales to Astonish #90 in 1967, and only the Hulk can thwart him. After this film, directed by Louis Leterrier, Banner and the Hulk won’t be seen again until Mark Ruffalo assumes the role in Marvel’s The Avengers 2012.

Film still from The Incredible Hulk 2008 / © 2017 MARVEL

During the exhibition ‘Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe’, the Gallery of Modern Art’s Australian Cinémathèque screens all the films from the Marvel Cinematic Universe including The Incredible Hulk 2008. This is a great opportunity to see the films which have inspired the exhibition.

‘I don’t want to control it. I want to get rid of it.’

Bruce Banner


After the film go behind the scenes and experience more than 500 artworks from Marvel’s archives and private collections which offer a glimpse into the work of production designers, storyboarding and pre‑visualisation artists, costume and prop designers, and visual effects artists with iconic objects alongside the original comic books which introduced the characters and influenced the films.

Installation views of ‘Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe’, GOMA 2017 / Photographs: Natasha Harth © QAGOMA
Installation view of the majestic bed of the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) from the upcoming Marvel film Thor: Ragnarok 2017, ‘Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe’, GOMA 2017 / Photograph: Natasha Harth © QAGOMA


Film notes by Dan Cameron
Feature image: Installation view of ‘Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe’, GOMA 2017 / 
Photograph: Natasha Harth © QAGOMA