The Incredible Hulk Halloween Costumes
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The story of Dr. Bruce Banner and his alter-ego The Incredible Hulk has been a fan favorite since 1962. Having appeared in two feature films, Hulk and The Incredible Hulk, as well as staring in his own television series, Hulk returned in 2012's The Avengers. Who better to dress up as for Halloween this year than The Hulk!
Who is the Incredible Hulk?
First there was Dr. Bruce Banner...
First appearing in The Incredible Hulk #1, released in May 1962, the story follows doctor Bruce Banner, a withdrawn and reserved individual who is a physicist. During a test, Dr. Banner is blasted by gamma radiation. The genetic changes caused unleash the impulsive alter ego of Dr. Banner, the transformation involuntary and usually triggered by extreme emotion, such as terror, grief, or anger.
The concept of the Hulk, the creature Dr. Banner transforms into, was inspired by the tales of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Frankenstein. The more angry the Hulk gets the stronger he becomes. The Hulk, in addition to his superhuman strength, is also resistant to most forms of injury. His regeneration and endurance levels are tied to his temper. Due to the destruction caused by the Hulk during these transformations, Dr. Banner is constantly pursued by the US Armed Forces.
The Incredible Hulk TV Series
The Incredible Hulk television series, which was based on the comic books, began as two made-for-television movies in 1977. The series began on March 10th, 1978 and ran for five seasons on CBS, concluding on June 2nd, 1982. Actor Bill Bixby portrayed Dr. David Bruce Banner and Lou Ferrigno portrayed the Hulk.
The series was popular during its initial run and maintains a cult following today. During the 82 episodes, many notable actors and actresses of the day guest starred or appeared in cameos on the show. After the series was cancelled, three more made-for-television movies were created and aired on NBC. These films featured both Bixby and Ferrigno. More movies were planned but cancelled after the death of Bill Bixby in 1993.
The Incredible Hulk - Television Series
Hulk (2003) and The Incredible Hulk (2008)
In 2003, the Hulk received the silver screen treatment in Hulk. The film, directed by Ang Lee, stared Eric Bana as Dr. Bruce Banner, along with Jennifer Connelly, Sam Elliott, and Nick Nolte. The film differed from the comics, as the creation of the Hulk came about through Banner's father's self-experiments, which passed on mutated DNA to Bruce. The death of his mother and the loss of his father greatly affect Banner, but he begins to follow in his father's footsteps by working in genetic research.
After an accident involving radiation and nanomeds, The growing frustration and stress after discovering his father to be alive activates the mutated DNA and Banner transforms into the Hulk. The story then follows Banner reuniting with his ex-girlfriend Betty Ross as well as trying to escape his father as well as Lieutenant Colonel "Thunderbolt" Ross.
The film received mixed reviews and relied on CGI to create the Hulk. Some critics felt the movie ran too long and was rather humorless. Lou Ferrigno made a cameo appearance as a security guard in the film.
In 2008, the Hulk received a second film, as Marvel Studios began to reboot various comic book heroes for the silver screen. The Incredible Hulk, directed by Louis Leterrier, was more of a reboot than a sequel to the 2003 film. Actor Edward Norton took over as Dr. Bruce Banner. Instead of becoming the Hulk through self-experimentation, Banner was an unwilling pawn in a military program that was trying to restart the super soldier creation, this time using gamma radiation.
Now on the run, Banner attempts to control the Hulk as well as find a cure for himself. Collaborating with a colleague through the Internet, Banner is eventually tracked by a British Royal Marine named Emil Blonsky who attempts to capture the Hulk. Blonksy agrees to be injected with some of the super soldier serum, to gain the same physical powers as the Hulk.
Flushed out and forced to make face-to-face contact with his connection, Banner returns to New York City and reunites with Betty Ross. Discovering his colleague has created an antidote as well as a serum with the intent to use it on humans, Banner forces his colleague to destroy the supply but falls into the hands of General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross and Blonksy. Blonsky is injected with some of Banner's blood and begins to transform into what is soon called the Abomination. Banner convinces Ross to release him and transforms into the Hulk, the only creature able to put a stop to the Abomination. After succeeding, Banner flees again, hiding in British Columbia.
The film received more positive reviews than the 2003 film. It was generally praised for embracing the character's original roots and past, and began to establish the line of films in the Marvel Studios line, having been released just after Iron Man. Lou Ferrigno made another cameo appearance as a security guard as well as voicing the Hulk.
In 2012, the Hulk returned to the silver screen in The Avengers. Actor Mark Ruffalo played Dr. Bruce Banner, taking over the role from Edward Norton. Ruffalo will continue to portray Dr. Bruce Banner in 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron.