THE INCREDIBLE HULK Is Finally Coming To Disney + And It's Happening Way Sooner Than Expected

THE INCREDIBLE HULK Is Finally Coming To Disney + And It's Happening Way Sooner Than Expected THE INCREDIBLE HULK Is Finally Coming To Disney + And It's Happening Way Sooner Than Expected

There have been rumblings for a while that The Incredible Hulk might finally join its fellow MCU movies on Disney+, but it's now been confirmed, and you really don't have very long to wait. Check it out!

By JoshWilding - Jun 15, 2023 11:06 AM EST
Filed Under: The Incredible Hulk

Iron Man launched the Marvel Cinematic Universe in style and The Incredible Hulk followed a few short months later.

Unfortunately, the movie didn't receive the same overwhelmingly positive critical and commercial response, making it something of a black sheep in the Marvel Studios family. Not helping matters was the backstage drama that ensued with star Edward Norton. 

He'd later walk away from the role, opening the door to Mark Ruffalo taking over as Bruce Banner four years later in The Avengers (becoming an MCU mainstay in the process). 

The 2008 blockbuster has rarely been referenced by Marvel Studios, though that finally changed in She-Hulk: Attorney at Law. Several characters from the movie will also return in next year's Captain America: Brave New World with the prevailing theory being that it's going to set the stage for a World War Hulk project. 

While The Incredible Hulk was made available on HBO Max early last year, Disney+ has announced that the movie will finally be added to its streaming platform starting tomorrow

This is great news, especially for newer MCU fans who may not have had the chance to watch the Jade Giant's solo outing before now. While by no means perfect, there's a lot to enjoy about the blockbuster, including an epic battle between The Hulk and Abomination (which was a key plot point in She-Hulk). 

Marvel Studios teamed up with Universal Pictures to make the movie, and it's because of that we haven't seen the Jade Giant take centre stage in his own movie since. The two sides clearly reached an agreement to bring The Incredible Hulk to Disney+, though, so here's hoping it stays there. 

Check out the announcement below. 

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mountainman - 6/15/2023, 11:46 AM
This movie is ok. Not great. Not terrible. But it’s certainly good news that it can join the rest of the MCU.

Speaking of New World Order, it’s quite odd that so many Hulk adjacent characters have been announced and Hulk hasn’t been. They might be keeping his inclusion secret for now, but if he isn’t in it that will be a very odd decision.
MosquitoFarmer - 6/15/2023, 11:49 AM
@mountainman - Brave New World.
Matador - 6/15/2023, 11:51 AM
@mountainman - I enjoyed The Hulk very much even with it's minor issues I'd say enjoyed it as much as MoS.

It was 10x better than Ang Lees version of Hulk.
Fogs - 6/15/2023, 12:35 PM
@mountainman - I like it. Back when the MCU had a more serious, grounded tone.

And see, I'm not a "must be dark and gritty" kind of dude, but the MCU got carried away. GoTG and Winter Soldier being released in the same year represented the perfect balance to it IMO.
mountainman - 6/15/2023, 12:41 PM
@Fogs - I appreciate a more serious tone. Winter Soldier is still my favorite MCU movie.

I don’t dislike this movie, it’s just a bit boring at parts.
AmySabadini - 6/15/2023, 12:44 PM
@mountainman - I appreciated the homages to the 70s television show.
mountainman - 6/15/2023, 1:15 PM
@AmySabadini - Things I liked:

- Great displays of Bruce’s internal torment
- Thunderbolt being a militant a-hole
- Everything about Blonsky
- Betty’s ability to soothe Bruce
- The Leader’s origin
- The final battle

Lots of good. I just think it drags a bit. 7/10 movie for me but I don’t find myself wanting to rewatch it often.
AmySabadini - 6/15/2023, 1:26 PM
@mountainman - I’m a big Phase One fan, so I’ve probably seen it too many times. When I think of Hulk, I think of Ed Norton. LOL
mountainman - 6/15/2023, 1:30 PM
@AmySabadini - He was better in the role than Ruffalo for sure. Ruffalo plays the scientist angle well, but he doesn’t play the inner demon part of the role well at all. We got a small glimpse of it in both Ultron and Ragnarok, but Norton was miles better in that regard.
Tonic24k - 6/15/2023, 2:49 PM
@mountainman - I agree completely. Not as bad as some make it out to be. But also not a upper tier MCU entry. And btw, I’m thinking this could be indicative of the distribution rights reverting. I looked into it and found this…

“Incredible Hulk SEC filing: 6. Distribution Term: Paramount shall have the right to exercise its Paramount Distribution Rights with respect to each Picture for an initial period of 15 years commencing on the initial Theatrical Exhibition of such Picture (the 'Initial Distribution Term');"

So last Hulk movie was 15 years ago this month so technically if no new deal is set, the rights go back to Disney
mountainman - 6/15/2023, 3:04 PM
@Tonic24k - That would be great news. A Hulk movie is much needed. If that happens though, we really need a more savage Hulk back. I really hope the Smart Hulk era is over. I haven’t enjoyed the character since Ragnarok.
StSteven - 6/15/2023, 3:16 PM
@Tonic24k @mountainman - Well now isn't THAT interesting... So if that's the case and Disney officially has the rights back, it could explain why we've only been hearing rumors about a World War Hulk movie but nothing official from Marvel so far. They couldn't say anything until the deadline had officially passed for Universal to make something. It might also explain why they gave us, like, one day's notice before putting it on D+. Just a sec, lemme look something up...

Well waddaya know? It seem that the film was released on June 13th, 2008. AND here's an article from Variety posted about an hour and a half ago saying that the rights have indeed reverted back to Disney:,the%20film%27s%20release%20on%20Disney%2B.

So I guess it's official. Now we just need that "WWH" movie announcement...

Thank for checking into that, BTW.
StSteven - 6/15/2023, 3:29 PM
@mountainman - I agree. And for as much as I've liked Smart Hulk as a departure from Savage Hulk, I think it's time to get back to "Hulk Smash". I understand that you don't want the characters to get stale, hence why he evolved to Smart Hulk (which was a logical step in his character arc), but on that same token you need to keep evolving the character, so moving away from Smart Hulk, if even for a while, would be good.

You could have something in a "WWH" movie that causes him to lose control of Smart Hulk, like the Leader kidnapping Skaar and/or Jen and Betty, and he either loses control of has to let himself give up control in order to save them. Which would be a great emotional moment for him because he spent 5 years or longer trying to figure out how to get to Smart Hulk and he would be giving all that progress up and regressing to Savage Hulk to save his family. Tragic sacrifice. And after that he kinda walks off down the road alone like in the 70's show, which brings him full circle with the "IH" movie.

Then he can be Savage Hulk for a while BUT still trying to get himself back to Smart Hulk and in the process ends up as Joe Fixit just in time for... Wolverine and Madripoor (although obviously we'd need to see those two meet first when he's still Savage Hulk for that classic fight).

See? Got it all figured out. I just turned my ringer on, Marvel, so feel free to gimme a call (or should I say "gamma call" ba-da-ching").
mountainman - 6/15/2023, 3:32 PM
@StSteven - Also, getting Hulk rights back just before Wolverine comes to the MCU 😉

I know that an MCU Wolverine isn’t likely until post Secret Wars, but man would it be cool to see him battle the Hulk.
HulkisHoly - 6/15/2023, 4:42 PM
@StSteven -

Hmm not bad ideas! 👍
StSteven - 6/15/2023, 4:49 PM
@mountainman - Well, if they have Jackman back for "SW" they could totally have him battle Ruffalo Hulk, although if he's still Smart Hulk at that point (which he probably will be) it's not going to be the same. That being said, something could happen before "SW" to cause him to revert to Savage Hulk, like in "BNW" or even "Thunderbolts". Or even a "She-Hulk" season 2. So you never know. One nice thing about Marvel stretching out their release schedule now is that it gives time for other stuff to happen prior to the "big events".

Otherwise, there's still plenty of time for a Hulk/Wolvie fight to happen after "SW" as they head into the "Mutant Saga" or whatever they're going to call it. And if they do do a type of anthology Wolverine D+ series (which I'm REALLY hoping they do), they could easily have the Hulk/Wolvie fight in there somewhere. Either way, I'm sure that Feige knows how much the fans want to see that onscreen (himself as well I would imagine).
StSteven - 6/15/2023, 4:50 PM
@HulkisHoly - Thanks. I have those from time to time 😊.
HulkisHoly - 6/15/2023, 6:27 PM
@StSteven -

mountainman - 6/15/2023, 7:20 PM
@StSteven - My dream would be the introduction of the new Wolverine would be Weapon X, escaping from the facility, then the rest of the show or movie be wandering around the candian wilderness with appearances from Hulk, Wendigo, and possibly Alpha Flight.
StSteven - 6/15/2023, 7:52 PM
@mountainman - Yep, thinking the same thing. Like the first episode could be a brief recounting of his past (basically a better version of "Origins"), which ends with him going into the Weapon X program. The second episode is the actual adamatium bonding process, him escaping, and from that point on it's kinda like the 70s Hulk show, where he's just wandering around with no memory of his past or what happened to him. And along the way he has these different encounters in each episode all while trying to figure out who he is. You could have him join Dept. H and be sent to hunt down Wendigo and/or Hulk. Then, of course, you HAVE to introduce Alpha Flight and possibly set up an AF spinoff/series/special presentation/movie. And finally you end the season with him meeting Xavier, leading into the second X-Men movie (along with Storm, Colossus, etc.) And they can have this show on D+ after the first X-Men movie with the OG 5 leading up to the second one.

Also, being as Logan has a history of going off and doing his own thing in the comics (hence his own title), even after his joining the X-Men, you could still have additional seasons of his own solo show, and the occasional movie if there is reason to. But I think his character is better served as being in an anthology kind of series in between the X-Men movies because you can show those smaller stories, kinda like that Madripoor time period that I was referencing above.

AND, nothing says that he has to regain his memories right away after meeting Charles. That could be his overall driving factor in his ongoing series: finding out who he is. So he's like following these different threads which lead him to different places and different characters in the X-Universe. Occasionally he joins back up with the X-Men for some big threat, but otherwise he's following clues and faint remembrances of things.

I dunno. Sounds pretty compelling to me. I'd TOTALLY watch that every week. It'd be like "Ooo, which Wolvie story are they going to pull from the comics this week. BTW, my ringer's still on Marvel!
mountainman - 6/15/2023, 8:16 PM
@StSteven - I like this outline. Personally I’d like to see his Japan story (told better than The Wolverine) before he joins the X-Men team as well.
StSteven - 6/15/2023, 10:20 PM
@mountainman - Oh, yeah, forgot that part. Ideally, I'd like to see the first season of his series be 6-8 hour-long episodes (preferably 8), with each episode be a chapter of his life, and with a character like his with that much backstory it would be pretty easy to write (and probably not that costly as far as VFX goes). Basically the wandering Ronin story.I mean, it practically writes itself.
Tonic24k - 7/24/2023, 5:05 PM
@mountainman - I'm late to responding but just wanted to say I agree with the Smart Hulk bit. There's a time and place for him -- just as there was in the comics -- but we just didn't at all get enough savagery out of him yet. Dude needs to be an absolute terror to villains.
mountainman - 7/24/2023, 5:24 PM
@Tonic24k - The post multi-year stint on Sakaar scared Bruce and Smart Hulk made sense for Endgame. I disliked more the “performance anxiety” version in Infinity War. But yeah I’d like to see him evolve again. Hulk is just more fun as a rage monster to me.

Maybe we will get it with the seeming setup of World War Hulk. I hope he’s in Cap 4. Maybe The Leader does something to him to unleash the beast. And hopefully we do get an adaptation of WWH. It would be the most fun the character has been in a while.
Tonic24k - 7/24/2023, 5:53 PM
@mountainman - Agreed!
AllsGood - 6/15/2023, 11:47 AM
MosquitoFarmer - 6/15/2023, 11:48 AM
Now that we've all seen it countless times already, yippee. But really, nice to have the black sheep of the MCU given its proper standing as of late.
LukeCage2155 - 6/15/2023, 2:04 PM
@MosquitoFarmer - Hell yeah.
UrbanTheEmcee - 6/15/2023, 11:50 AM
This movie is over-hated. It's main issue is it's boring.
DudeGuy - 6/15/2023, 11:52 AM
@UrbanTheEmcee - 💯
Fogs - 6/15/2023, 12:37 PM
@UrbanTheEmcee - I love how they brought the 70's series Bruce in this. His origin and the lonely scenes. The sad theme even plays once when he wakes up in Colombia or wherever that is, after the 1st action scene.
LukeCage2155 - 6/15/2023, 2:04 PM
@UrbanTheEmcee -
LenSkivorskiJr - 6/15/2023, 2:18 PM
@UrbanTheEmcee - I do think the film could’ve used more action/bad guys

In particular these two…

The Glob could’ve been fought and died in the jungle/forest before the first transformations ended

The Crawling Unknown could’ve been fought and died during that cave scene with Betty, before that second transformation ended

LenSkivorskiJr - 6/15/2023, 2:32 PM
**𝐖𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐜𝐚𝐦𝐞 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐛𝐞𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐰𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐟𝐚𝐢𝐥𝐞𝐝 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐨𝐟 ‘𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐈𝐧𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐇𝐮𝐥𝐤’ 𝐛𝐲 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐋𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐢𝐜𝐜𝐞𝐝 𝐨𝐧 𝐁𝐚𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐫.

DudeGuy - 6/15/2023, 11:53 AM
Don’t need to care about streaming dates when you’ve own it
santoanderson - 6/15/2023, 11:56 AM
I occasionally come across some weirdo on social media who insists that Ed Norton is simply playing a variant Bruce Banner from another universe, and it was Marvel Studio’s plan all along to replace him with another actor so Norton could return in some future crossover event film… and not because Norton is a control freak who got too hands-on with his Hulk movie, made several uncredited rewrites to the script, threw a tantrum when he learned he wouldn’t get a writing credit for the film, and childishly refused to promote the film which ultimately hurt the film’s box office.
LSHF - 6/15/2023, 2:14 PM
@santoanderson - It's true! They are doing the same thing with Terence Howard!

It's all connected!

MCUKnight11 - 6/15/2023, 11:58 AM
Still the best Hulk movie.
RolandD - 6/15/2023, 12:15 PM
@MCUKnight11 - I don’t know how you can say that.
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