I recently watched both movies The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man, in that order. My wife is a big Edward Norton fan, but personally I think he could do with a bit more chin. Robert Downey Jr is way more appealing in my humble, non-sexual, “man crush” kind of opinion. However, that is neither here nor there. After watching The Incredible Hulk, I was slightly surprised to see a clash of two hulks at the end, but then again, what better battle can be there to have two similar entities (one slightly bigger and meaner than the protagonist) battling to the death. Good versus Evil played out while mere mortals could only stand and watch as they smashed and pounded each other, and everything around them.
A couple of weeks later I found myself watching Iron Man, and was entertained from start to, well, almost to the finish. RDJ’s character was extremely likeable and watchable, and all the characters and scenes kept me well entertained. However, much to my disillusionment, the ending entailed once again, two similar entities (one slightly bigger and meaner than the handsome protagonist) battling to the death. It made we wish I hadn’t seen The Incredible Hulk, because otherwise I would have enjoyed it more completely. Comic book based movies have always spurned my interest, but maybe a little more creativity and less formula would be nice. Still, the final press conference scene almost made up for it.
As an addendum, let me just say that no comic book based plot debacle compares to Spider-man 3 where Harry’s trusted family butler suddenly reveals that Peter (Spider-man) was not responsible for the death of Harry’s father – just in time for them to put much pent-up malice towards each other aside and conveniently join forces against a common enemy.
You’re fired Bernard. I think Richie Rich is looking for a new butler.