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Fun with Franchises: Our Favorite Images from The Marvel Universe – The Incredible Hulk

One of the recurring features that we do in Fun with Franchises (a feature within a feature) is, after we finish watching a film, we go through and pick out our favorite images from that film. These images could be anything from really famous images from the film or franchise, really beautifully composed shots, shots that are funny to us because of the facial expressions being made in them or because of what we said about them in the article in which they appeared, or simply because they have boobs in them.

How we do this is, in the same way we watch the films, Colin and I separately pick out about ten to fifteen shots that we really liked. (This typically ends up being him picking out around 30 and me having around 70.) Then we compare lists, and whichever ones we both chose automatically make our final list. Everything else we talk through. We have it down to a science by now. Within four total emails, we’re left with a final list of ten images we liked the best, along with ten honorable mentions, which were also as good, but just missed out on making the list proper. (And then more we just work in. Just cause.)

It’s not very complicated (like most things we do here at B+ Movie Blog), and is just a way for us to point out shots that we really liked in the films, especially since we tend to pick stuff that’s not always on the beaten path. (We also don’t officially rank the list of shots. We just put them in chronological order. Simply picking them is hard enough. We don’t want to make our lives any harder. Plus, we’re lazy.)

That said — here are our favorite images from The Incredible Hulk:

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1. This

You’ll notice a trend throughout this list — a lot of shots we liked are ones that could theoretically be from any movie. And that’s because this movie doesn’t look very good at all. This shot takes all of like, four frames, during the rushed montage origin story beginning, but it’s cool because it could be from anywhere. Hell, this could be like that Feature Presentation intro from the 60s that Tarantino loves to use. And we have demonstrated a love for the abstract in these articles. (Mostly me, I’ll admit.) But seriously… anything that doesn’t look like this movie is preferable to anything that looks like this movie.

Colin:

See? If I look at this shot, my word association is ‘Will Robinson.’

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2. This shot

Colors. That’s pretty much it. The rest of this movie is devoid of color (except green. Which Colin loved). This is the most personality this movie has. Right here. Give me an hour in this favela, and this movie would have been way better.

Colin:

These people are poor, but they paint things bright colors. So I guess we’re good. 

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3. Favela: A Brazilian Tail

Because look at this place. I really don’t know why they didn’t have more of it. They could have gotten a lot out of this. Plus, again, these could be from any movie that’s not this one, which makes it preferable.

Colin:

This sort of location is begging for more, and you gave us like six shots total, you jerks. We had more establishing shots of a stupid college campus in Virginia than we had of the favelas. 

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4. Canada

Again, could be any movie. And it’s a nice shot of foliage. We like those. Especially in movies like this, without many good shots to choose from. Remember Twilight?

Colin:

That was a shit werewolf. This is a shit Frankenstein.

Also, I’d like to point out, that these are the only four shots that Colin and I both chose. Usually we get 10 no problem. Here, these were the only ones we both said, “Yeah, those.” After that it’s like, “I guess, okay, whatever.” Says a lot. Pretty sure we got more for The Phantom Menace than we did for this.

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5. Brazilian Betty

Cause look at her. Any shot with her in it is a good shot. And also because, what the hell else do we have? At least she’s something we both responded to in this movie. (And something Edward Norton should have responded to.)

Colin:

This is one of those shots that I saw when I was going through making my picks, and I specifically DIDN’T choose it after I stopped for a second, because I thought, “Nah, come on. There’ll be more. Don’t waste a pick on this. Have some integrity.” And then I got to the end of the movie with like….11 shots total.

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6. This shot

I love abstraction and color distortion. My choice completely. And also, could be from anything. Not a lot of yellow in Marvel, is there?

Colors, not actors.

Though maybe both.

(Though they do have Ming Na. She’s nice.)

Colin:

There’s a large foot in the shot. 

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7. Bloody hand

Because it’s a funny image. The man holding up the bloody hand, the color distortion.

I’m gonna start responding to people with this.

“Hey, how was Vegas?”

(This shot)

Look at all the blood!

Colin:

There’s always a bloody hand. I laughed at this myself, but again — it was early in the film and I was trying to be selective. 

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8. (Sad Hulk Walking Away Music)

Lonely man, walking the streets, barely holding onto his pants.

We’ve all been there.

Colin:

This made me try to remember where I had seen this shot elsewhere. It’s not usually great when a movie makes you stop to try to remember which other movie you’d probably rather be watching.

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9. Kick

This was one of those shots that Colin and I both reacted to. And since we needed to fill out a top ten list, I felt it should go here. Because the long shot is nice, him staring down the Hulk. It’s a nice image in and of itself. But then he just kicks him in the chest and sends him flying, and it’s hilarious. Comedy done in long shot is always good.

Colin:

That’s fair. I like a kick. And the size of his foot is funny, since it’s basically Roth’s entire torso.

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10. Red light

It’s an expressive use of light. That’s nice.

And also, “Goddamnit, Roxanne, again?”

Colin:

Can’t say I even remember seeing this or what part of the movie it was from. So a job well done, Hulk people!

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Honorable Mentions:

  • This shot

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Framing, shapes, favelas. And also, shifty motherfucker looking at a bottling plant. This is the Brazilian Watergate.

Colin:

This is one I think I picked because it was dark and shadowy and had framing. Good enough. 

  • Mama said these were…

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This is my version of a shot that’s gonna appear soon that was a Colin choice. One, could be any movie, plus, I like the idea of a shoe in focus in the foreground and someone running off in the background. There’s so much of a story that can be there, and it makes you wonder how it got there. Like a short story contest or something. I’m thinking poetically, of course, but mostly I like that we can’t pinpoint this shot to this movie.

Colin:

This is such a sad article. Marvel, look what you’ve done to our Saturday. 

  • Green recognize Green

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Ah, Lou!

Colin:

This is probably my favorite shot in the movie cause he doesn’t care. He got pizza, he’s flashing the eyes. I laughed out loud at this.

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Colin picked this one, and it fit with the theme. Could be any movie. Doesn’t immediately call this one to mind. But I’m also figuring there’s a little bit of, “I hope someone gets Psycho’d” in there too. (It was really hard, getting to 20, guys.)

Colin:

That’s exactly what this was. I picked it because it was JUST this. These movies fatigue you because they’re usually just these regular shots with one of the characters in them. Sometimes two characters. But there’s never a shot where you get to look at something almost abstractly like this. The bad Marvel movies are shot half like rom-coms and then switch to post-Bourne action movie. 

  • Soda rain

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Ignoring how sticky all that is, I like rainy shots.

And I had nothing else.

Mostly the second part.

Colin:

There are no shots. Only Zuul. Which is what I want to pretend this Brazilian soda is called.

  • Pizza

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Because it looks like something out of Dick Tracy. Look at all those colors. This is the most color in the movie, right here.

Colin:

This makes me want pizza. I have nothing to say. Do you all sufficiently hate Marvel right now, seeing what this movie has reduced us to?

  • Funvee

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I love the way all these humvees just burst the fuck out of the trees. It’s like teenagers taking their teacher’s car for a joy ride in an 80s movie.

Colin:

The best part is that you can actually do that with a Humvee. Things are crazy. I got to ride in one, and with tree trunks under a certain diameter, they just hit them.

  • Overhead

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Quite literally showtime at the Apollo.

Colin:

This is one I chose because of the angle and the neon. We had a whole slew of shots like this in the Matrix movies. We got one here. Thanks, guys.

  • So the presumption is that he kills these people, right?

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Because it’s simple. And also, this.

Colin:

There’s lens flare…I’m sorry, I haven’t been this checked out on a movie since Twilight. Seriously. I have nothing for this movie. I never want to see it again. 

  • This face

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Speaks for itself, really.

Colin:

This is the face for when you see a really ugly woman at the bar put her fist in her mouth. She’s probably trying to make herself throw up after watching this movie.

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Tomorrow we give our final thoughts on the film.

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