Ahead Of Their Movie, The Avengers Have Already Defeated The Hulk

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While rumors about the role of the Hulk in the Avengers movie are still suggesting that the rest of Marvel's movie heroes will be spending their team-up screen time fighting the jade giant, there's one place where Earth's Mightiest Heroes have already put a stop to the Hulk's rampaging: The television screens of the future.Website Marvel Animation Age is reporting that all work on announced animated series Hulk: Gamma Corps has been stopped, with existing work being folded into the upcoming Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes animated series:

Joshua Fine, Director of Animation Development for Marvel Animation [said that e]ven though the creative team was well into pre-production of Hulk: Gamma Corps, with scripting underway, they saw the chance to tell bigger stories that reached far beyond Hulk's universe. "It became apparent to us that the creative work that was being done to bring Hulk’s world and his villains to life was too good to relegate to his universe alone, and would be much better suited as part of an full-on Avengers scenario," says Fine.


A more realistic reason for the change was the underperformance of this summer's Hulk movie; when Gamma Corps was initially announced, the show's existence was defined as being "contingent on the movie’s performance." The cancellation of the project may be a blessing in disguise for the Green Goliath; the concept was a surprising departure from familiar takes on the Hulk, instead giving us a Bruce Banner who teamed with other gamma-ray-powered characters like She-Hulk and Doc Samson to fight "deadly threats" (Probably traditional Hulk badguys like the Abomination, the Leader and... um... Zzzax), which seems to rob the character of both his "tragic loner" and "misunderstood monster" traits. Sticking him in the Avengers cartoon gives him more of a chance to act out... as well as more chance for audiences to get ready to see him as the kind of threat that the movie Avengers will have to stop. Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes is due to be broadcast in 2011. "Hulk: Gamma Corps" Status Confirmed, Update On "The Avengers: Earth's Greatest Heroes" [Marvel Animation Age]

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AGAIN with this myth that the 2008 Hulk movie was an 'under-performer'. I'm really not sure what that claim is based on. It made $262 million at the box office. It's first week of Bluray/DVD sales were $51 million. Expectations for the film were that it would less successful than the 2003 film, so it actually OUTPERFORMED expectations and grossed more than the 2003 film.

Marvel itself called it a 'rousing' success and suggested that the main reason they haven't set a date for a Hulk 2 is that the Avengers movie is coming and that they want to fill the schedule with other characters, since the Hulk has had two movies in 5 years.

The only way you could possibly try and color The Incredible Hulk as a failure is stacking it against Iron Man and The Dark Knight, which is hardly a fair comparison, given that one has grossed over $750 million and the other will cross a $1 billion after DVD/Bluray sales hit.