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'''''The Incredible Hulk''''' is a 2008 film based on the character of the same name; following the trend of rebooting a franchise rather than creating a sequel to an unpopular first effort, this film takes place in a different continuity from [[Film/{{Hulk}} the 2003 version]] and is part of the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse.

The story takes place five years after the tragic accident which created the Hulk, glimpses of which are seen in the opening credits. Bruce Banner (Creator/EdwardNorton) has [[DiscontinuityNod taken refuge in South America]] as a worker at a bottling plant, where he keeps a low profile and works on controlling his anger in his spare time. When Bruce accidentally spills blood into one of the bottles, [[Creator/StanLee a man]] falls ill from Gamma poisoning, which is the clue General Ross uses to track Banner down. Along for the ride is Emil Blonsky, who is destined to become one of the Hulk's deadliest foes: the Abomination.

The film received a fair amount of critical success. While it has yet to recieve a sequel, the Hulk later appeared in ''Film/TheAvengers'' alongside Film/IronMan, Film/{{Thor}} and [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger Captain America]] -- although Bruce is portrayed by [[TheOtherDarrin Mark Ruffalo]] instead of Edward Norton.

Unlike ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan'' or ''Film/XMen'', despite that Creator/{{Universal}} produced this movie and still holds distribution rights to this film, the Hulk is still part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Despite not being released by ParamountPictures or Creator/{{Disney}}).
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!!This film provides examples of:

* AdaptationDistillation: The film takes bits and pieces from Hulk's 45 year history and compresses them into a single movie. Everything is covered, from Bruce trying (and failing) to find a cure to Bruce being unable to have sex with Betty to Hulk being incredibly protective of Betty. The only thing not brought up is Bruce's daddy issues, and given the huge amount of focus that got in the Ang Lee movie omitting it entirely may very well be justified.
* AdaptationalHeroism: Samuel Sterns is an eccentric and careless, but mostly harmless scientist in this movie who tries to cure Banner, while in the comics, he is one of the more diabolical villains in that universe. The comic tie-in for this movie shows he did eventually turn evil, however.
* AllThereInTheManual: Characters not seen in the film, such as Nick Fury and Rick Jones, are at least mentioned in print in the opening sequence.
** So, what was [[spoiler:Tony Stark]] after when he went to speak to General Ross? [[spoiler:The World Security Council wanted the Abomination on the Avengers. Stark was sent in the hopes he'd piss Ross off & cause him to refuse to release Blonsky to the team]], as revealed in [[Film/MarvelOneShots a short film included on]] the ''Film/{{Thor}}'' DVD.
** The film's novelisation contains some implications of past [[AbusiveParents parental abuse]] for Bruce. For the most part, it's in the wording, but Bruce's first thought and instinct upon meeting Doc Samson is that Samson is going to punch him.
--> Meantime he approached Banner and put out his hand. It was all Banner could do not to take a step backward in anticipation of Samson endeavoring to belt him.
* AppropriatedAppellation: "Hulk" (coined during a news broadcast of the rampage at the college) and "Abomination" (never actually used to refer to the mutated Blonsky outside of a warning Sterns gives him before the actual mutation and a line from the SHIELD agents in "The Consultant").
* ArmiesAreEvil: Ross tries to imply that he's a WellIntentionedExtremist, but in private he admits proudly that he ''admires'' the Hulk's power, and wishes to "[[TheyWouldCutYouUp cut it out]]" of Banner and turn it loose on America's enemies, despite all the collateral damage Hulk inflicts.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: In this version, Banner says it is an elevated heart rate that triggers his transformation (instead of the traditional fear/anger/adrenaline combo), and later he stops just before having sex with Betty when his pulse monitor goes off. However, there are several times during the film that his heart rate would have been much higher than it would have been during sex, such as ''sprinting'' away from the military at the college, and practically doing Parkour in Brazil.
* ArtisticLicenseMilitary: As a General in the Army, Ross should know that it's not considered appropriate to get [[DrowningMySorrows utterly smashed]] in a bar while in his Class A's. [[JustifiedTrope Of course]], as a General in the Army, ''who is going to stop him?''
* AssholeVictim: The reckless, rude cabbie's vehicle ends up being a weapon of choice for Abomination.
** The three bullies at the factory also count.
* BadassNormal: Blonsky is one the finest soldiers in the British Military long before the transformation. Though the years have taken their toll and he admits he is not even close to his peak level ability before getting the first dose.
* BarbieDollAnatomy: Blonsky transforms into the Abomination. Unlike the Hulk, none of his clothes stay on, but he doesn't need them anyway. The commentary, by the director and Blonsky's actor, have them pointing out that since the Hulk has pants, he's got to have something under them, but the Abomination does not.
** Whilst were on the subject of Tim Roth's audio commentary, the absence of visible external genitalia only gets a passing mention. When compared to Roth's complaints towards Abomination's anatomy and the lack thereof, with regard to the [[spoiler:ears.]] Whether this is a true subversion or Roth had his tongue firmly in his cheek answers on a postcard, please...
* BeastAndBeauty: The scene of the Hulk and Betty in the cave definitely invokes this.
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: If you ignore the green skin and the increased size, the Hulk is a pretty hot (and ''ripped'') WalkingShirtlessScene. If you ignore the yellow skin and the increased size, Abomination... is a ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' MonsterOfTheWeek.
** A bit of FridgeBrilliance for those who've seen ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' - Erskine's formula "brought out what was within," which is why the Red Skull was... well, a red skull. Abomination's inhuman appearance might be at least partially due to the same effect.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Somehow, all that fire after [[spoiler: the helicopter crash]] never touched Betty's long, beautiful, ''extremely flammable'' hair.
* BloodKnight: After surviving the MookHorrorShow below, Blonsky is downright ''eager'' for a rematch.
* BodyHorror: Emil Blonsky's slow transformation, which is reminiscent of ''Film/TheFly.'' One scene especially, where you can see his spines protruding out of his back.
** Also Bruce's transformation to the Hulk is incredibly painful and at times asymmetrical. The top half of him will sometimes transform before the lower half catches up.
* BookEnds: We see green beverages at the beginning and end - the guarana sodas and that stuff General Ross keeps knocking back--which are, in fact, a real-life drink named "The Incredible Hulk."
* BroadStrokes: The movie is technically a ContinuityReboot, doing a quick revisit of the origin story and having General Ross further explain their version of the backstory details. Still, it uses elements of the '03 movie in that it starts 5 years after Banner's FreakLabAccident, as even with major details changed it would retread the same basic story (Banner is irradiated, learns what he has become and fights against the military). The '03 movie also ends with Banner hiding from the government in South America, which is where this movie picks up his story. The major details that were changed include that the Hulk doesn't get larger the angrier he gets, General Ross was not a sympathetic figure and Bruce's project was tied directly to the military instead of just attracting their attention when things went crazy.
** Some even consider this a straight-up sequel that simply changes/adjusts aspects of the backstory ala Evil Dead 2 or Superman Returns. Some handwave the opening as an inaccurate nightmare that Banner is having, or even consider that Banner potentially cured himself after the first film, and resumed his work with Gamma radiation and unfortunately became the Hulk again in the opening of this film.
* BullyingADragon: "Is that it? Is that all you've got?" *kick* *splat*
* CaliforniaDoubling: Toronto standing in for Harlem.
* TheCameo: Lou Ferrigno plays a security guard at Culver University (his second such appearance in a Hulk movie to date). He also voices the CGI Hulk. Stan Lee continues his pattern of appearing in every Marvel movie, playing as the old man who gets gamma poisoning from the soda laced with Bruce's blood. Bill Bixby (Banner in [[Series/TheIncredibleHulk the series]]) gets a posthumous one as a scene from his earlier TV series ''The Courtship of Eddie's Father'' is shown on a television in the opening. [[spoiler:Finally, Robert Downey, Jr. appears towards the end as [[Film/IronMan Tony Stark]].]]
* CantHaveSexEver: The movie sort of makes a point that, rather than simply getting angry, it's an elevated heart rate that triggers his transformation--making sex off limits.
* CatchPhrase: [[spoiler:"HULK '''SMASH'''!" is inserted at the climax of the fight between Hulk and Abomination; it doubles as a PreAsskickingOneLiner.]]
* ChekhovsGun: Several are briefly glimpsed in the opening sequence (e.g. the name of Doc Samson and other characters who would appear later). For a more literal case, the plans for the sonic Humvees used at the university appear, and are seen to be provided by [[Film/IronMan Stark Industries.]]
* ComicBookMoviesDontUseCodenames: Played with. The Hulk is called so very sparingly, with only Blonsky and the Hulk himself ever using it in a non-ironic fashion. Also, the Abomination is never directly called that, except for one off-handed remark by Samuel Sterns. General Ross is not referred to as "Thunderbolt" Ross, though a deleted scene has him referred to as "T" over the phone.
* ConfusedBystanderInterview: There's an interview that doubles as a MythologyGag: the two college students interviewed about the Hulk's appearance at Culver University are Jack [=McGee=] (Banner's InspectorJavert from [[Series/TheIncredibleHulk the TV series]]) and Jim Wilson (one of Hulk's {{Kid Sidekick}}s from the comics). [=McGee=] even mentions hoping to become a reporter some day.
* DangerousPhlebotinumInteraction: Blonsky makes Sterns infuse him with [[spoiler:Bruce Banner's blood]] so he can gain the Hulk's power. Due to his own Super Soldier Serum reacting with it [[spoiler:he undergoes a one way transformation to the stronger (and uglier) Abomination]].
* DieOrFly: Having taken [[spoiler:an antidote to his powers, when he needs them back Bruce jumps out of a helicopter.]] DoubleSubverted, with an OhCrap moment when it looks like it's not going to work.
** Also a MythologyGag, of sorts. the Bill Bixby ''Series/TheIncredibleHulk'' died when falling out of an airplane at the end of a TV movie.
* DoNotTauntCthulhu: A normal human, even one with a failed super soldier serum, should NOT walk up to an enormous [[BuffySpeak green rage monster]] and say 'Is that all you got'?
* DrivenToSuicide[=/=]AteHisGun: A DeletedScene for the alternate opening had Bruce Banner putting his gun into his mouth, feeling that this was the only way to get rid of the Hulk for good. He then shot himself, only for him to transform and spit the bullet back out. It was deleted for its dark tone, although it was later referred to in ''Film/TheAvengers''.[[note]]The cutting of this scene is a reason that Edward Norton gave when he stated he would not return for any sequels or ''The Avengers''. He felt the scene was cut in order to make the gag listed above in Die or Fly work, at the cost of an important character moment for Banner.[[/note]]
* DrivesLikeCrazy: When going to New York to track down Blue, when given the choice between the subway and the taxi, Banner and Betty decided on the taxi. To put it simply, cramped or not, they really should have chosen the subway instead. Hilariously, Bruce manages to keep calm for the most part, Betty is the one who freaks out, and she screams in the driver's face when they come to a stop. [[note]]This makes sense, considering that Bruce has been practicing staying calm with breathing exercises and whatnot, and Betty is freaking out because she knows just how close they came to a disaster.[[/note]]
* DrowningMySorrows: [[spoiler:What General Ross ended up doing in the ending before Tony Stark meets up with him with the proposal of forming a team.]]
-->"Reload." ''*shoots*'' "Reload."
* DrunkOnTheDarkSide: Blonsky by the end.
-->'''Blonsky''': I want more.
* EnemyMine: [[spoiler:Ross's forces support the Hulk after the Abomination starts ripping apart New York. Notably, the general looks just as surprised as everyone else when a military helicopter starts chasing Banner after Blonsky's defeat, ending their brief alliance.]]
* EvilBrit: Blonsky is changed to one, although unlike other examples, he is not cultured or refined (speaking with a heavy Cockney accent).
* EvilCounterpart: While the Hulk is a destructive monster that Bruce can't quite control, the Abomination is far more of a menace. He's also bigger, stronger and faster than the Hulk thanks to the combination of the Super Soldier Serum and the gamma radiation which created the Hulk in the first place. Hulk has two advantages: first, Abomination's strength is more or less static, while Hulk's increases the angrier he gets, and second, Hulk is significantly better at using his strength in new ways, while the Abomination is much more focused on direct applications of power.
* EvilPlan: Ross wants to capure Banner and reverse engineer hulk blood for super soldiers. As the movie progresses, Blonsky's desire for an even fight with the Hulk overtakes this plan.
* EyeAwaken: Blonsky beginning to recover from his injuries. Prefaced by a...
* FingerTwitchingRevival: [[spoiler:Emil Blonsky indicates his impending revival by his fingers coming to staccato life as Gen. Ross is walking away from his hospital bed. Even though his fingers are almost fully wrapped up in bandages and his whole arm and hand are in a suspension cast. Now ''that'' is a commitment to that trope.]]
* FiveRoundsRapid: Lampshaded.
--> '''Soldier 1:''' ''*firing several rounds at the Abomination*''
--> '''Soldier 2:''' You think a ''rifle's'' gonna hurt that? Come on! ''*gets a rocket launcher*''
* FlashbackEcho: Banner gets PTSD-esque ones from his time as the Hulk.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Betty's new boyfriend is pretty obviously Doc Samson, while the doctor working with Bruce is Samuel Sterns, destined to be The Leader. [[spoiler: During the climax, a bit of Bruce Banner's blood falls into a head wound that Sterns has. His head than starts pulsing and expanding as he gives a sinister smile...]]
** When General Ross is speaking to Blonsky:
--> '''Ross:''' You must realize that what I'm about to tell you is very sensitive, both to me and to the Army. You know that we have a Bio-Force Department, [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger and that we had a bio-force enhancement research project developed during World War II...]]
* FragileSpeedster: See WeakButSkilled below.
* FreakLabAccident: The Hulk's origin was changed to this from his comic version's exposure to a gamma bomb. Apparently he was taking some sort of [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke genetic cocktail]] (designed by Betty) which allowed him to survive the exposure. These same elements were present in the 2003 version, but didn't strain suspension of disbelief as much here.
* GeneralRipper: Ross. Shows no compunction or contemplation about weaponizing something as unruly and savage as the Hulk in order to maintain America's military might.
* GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke: Literally, since, as noted above, the Hulk's very origin was changed to reflect genetic mutation rather than pure gamma exposure. Also applies to the genetic experiments that Blonsky undergoes in his quest to become strong enough to face the Hulk.
* GoneHorriblyWrong[=/=]GoneHorriblyRight: General Ross can't decide which applies to the accident that created the Hulk. Same with Blonsky. Oh sure, now he's strong enough to take down the Hulk. He's also so insane by this point that no one wants him to win.
* GilliganCut: The Taxi scene is a played version of this trope. Bruce and Betty begin with him declaring that he's not going on a subway and so they go on a cab, which is just as bad.
* HealingFactor: Blonsky after taking the Super Soldier Serum; it's enough to completely recover from having the Hulk reduce every bone in his body to 'gravel'.
* HellishCopter: Military helicopters get taken down via unconventional means twice in this film.
* HomelessHero: Bruce is forced to stay on the run because of the government forces chasing him. Following his transformations, Bruce is often left with nothing but the [[MagicPants pants he is wearing]]. At one point, he is forced to beg in order to survive.
* HulkSpeak: But of course; "HULK SMASH!"
* HulkingOut: Two words: "Hulk... [[HulkSmash smash]]!".
* IAmVeryBritish: Averted. Blonsky retains Tim Roth's Cockney accent.
* IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim: [[spoiler: Betty stops Hulk from strangling The Abomination to death with a chain, most likely for this reason.]]
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: This is Emil Blonsky's motivation. (To be expected, given that he's the EvilCounterpart to [[IJustWantToBeNormal Bruce Banner]].)
* ImmuneToBullets: They literally ''bounce off'' the Hulk.
* InMediasRes: The Hulk's origin is conveyed in a three minute flashback sequence during the opening credits. When the film starts properly, it's several years later.
* InterruptedCooldownHug: Happens during the College scene but uninterupted in the Cave scene.
* IronicEcho: The earlier mentioned phrase "Is that all you've got?" is repeated by Blonsky in the final confrontation, complete with kicking and subsequent splatting. This time, the Hulk is on the receiving end.
* IsThatTheBestYouCanDo: Blonsky before and after his transformation (see above).
* {{Jerkass}}: General Ross is called out for being an ass by Samson..
* KickTheDog: Almost literally. During the raid on the favela, Blonsky shoots Banner's dog because its barking annoyed him. [[spoiler: Thankfully, it was a tranquilizer round, but still.]]
* LeParkour: One of the chase sequences involves Banner doing this to avoid pursuit.
* LivingLieDetector: As mentioned above, Doc Samson claims that he can tell when people are lying to him since he's a psychologist, stating that General Ross is lying when he says he cares about Betty.
* LoudOfWar: Ross tries out sonic cannons against the Hulk.
* MagicPants: Justified, Bruce specifically looks for pants that can stretch just in case. The Hulk's well-known purple shorts are [[MythologyGag given a nod]] when Betty brings Bruce a pair of purple sweats, answering his skeptical look by saying they're the stretchiest she could find.
* MasterOfYourDomain: Banner learns meditative breathing techniques from a martial arts master played by Rickson Gracie in order to suppress his transformations. Several times he's shown lowering his pulse rate, [[spoiler: and the final scene shows him ''inducing'' a transformation through meditation (presumably because he doesn't want to have to [[DieOrFly jump out of a helicopter]] every time).]]
** [[spoiler:Which returns as a ChekhovsGun in ''The Avengers'' when he induces a transformation and goes from Bruce to The Hulk in the space of a second, showing his control over the process.]]
* MissingTrailerScene: The trailer had a scene where Bruce explains his condition to Leonard.
* MookHorrorShow: General Ross sends a special ops team to capture Bruce Banner, and a trio of bullies catch up to same at the same time and decide to teach him a lesson. They both fail. This occurs in a creepy, darkened bottling plant and includes such moments as two men being dragged into the shadows while screaming, the view through a soldier's night vision goggles an instant before they short out, tranquilliser darts bouncing off and then being crushed beneath the footfalls of a certain somebody, and everyone involved freaking right the hell out.
* MuggingTheMonster: The douchebag factory workers who try to rough up Bruce at the beginning.
* MythologyGag [=/=]ShoutOut:
** The scene in which the Hulk tears a car in half and uses the pieces as impromptu boxing gloves is a direct nod to the "Steel Fists" move in the video game ''[[VideoGame/TheIncredibleHulkUltimateDestruction The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction]]''. He also uses the Sonic Clap, and the Earthquake Smash, both from the same game.
** Betty buying Bruce stretchy purple shorts, only for Bruce to refuse to wear them.
** Several to the [[Series/TheIncredibleHulk television series]]:
*** During the montage of Bruce's travels after his first "HulkOut" the ending theme of ''The Incredible Hulk'' TV series can be heard.
*** Bill Bixby (that version's Banner) even makes a "cameo," via a clip from his earlier series ''The Courtship Of Eddie's Father'' playing on a television near the beginning. Also, when said {{Hulk Out}}s occur, [[GlowingEyesOfDoom his eyes turn green]], just like in the series.
*** During the last scene we see Bruce in, he opens mail addressed to "David B." In the series, "David" was Banner's first name, not "Bruce."
*** Lou Ferrigno, the Hulk to Bixby's Banner, makes a genuine cameo as a security guard. Also, he provides the Hulk's voice.
** When Ross' team is tracking Bruce's correspondence to Mr. Blue, his email runs through a database that briefly flashes the S.H.I.E.L.D logo.
*** The Mr. Green/Mr. Blue email correspondence itself is a reference to the comics written by Bruce Jones around 2003/2004.
** The strike team isn't sure if the Hulk is green or grey in the dark, a reference to the coloring issue in the original comic that led to the Hulk's current color.
*** Also, there is a scene where Hulk is shouting in the rain, and each time the lightning flashes, his skin looks gray in the light.
** One of the students who witnesses the fight at the university is named Jack [=McGee=], a reference to the investigative reporter from the TV series.
**** And the university is the Culver University obviously a shout out to the Culver Institute in the live action series that starred Bill Bixby
*** Similarly, the novelization identifies the student in the computer lab as Amadeus Cho, now better known as [[ComicBook/TheIncredibleHercules Hercules' buddy]].
** Paul Soles played Bruce Banner in ''The Marvel Super Heroes'' and Spider-Man in ''WesternAnimation/SpiderMan1967'', now is the pizzeria owner Stan.
** Blonsky's slide into madness after taking the serum mirrors that of the 1950s Captain America.
*** In fact, since the ''Captain America'' movie is in the same continuity as this one, it's entirely possible that the serum that is given to Blonsky is precisely the same one. It's stated in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' that the super serum strengthens the user's main personality traits. For Cap, it was his heroism, for Red Skull, it was his evilness, and for Blonsky, it was his [[BloodKnight love of fighting]].
*** Confirmed in ''Film/TheAvengers'', where it's also mentioned that Bruce's accident was the result of attempting to recreate Erskine's work by using gamma radiation instead. It's possible therefore in this continuity, Banner also took a version of the serum which brought out his repressed anger.
** The [[CaptainAmerica Super Soldier Serum]] used in the movie is shown to have been developed by an organization known as Weapon Plus. Weapon Plus had several programs working on supersoldiers, the most famous being [[{{Wolverine}} Weapon X]].
** Earlier Banner mistranslates one of the Hulk's {{catchphrase}}s, "You won't like me when I'm... hungry?"
** The device Banner exposes himself to in the flashback of his origin is identical to the one used in the Incredible Hulk TV show.
*** Not only that, but aside from the addition of a few glimpses of his LoveInterest, the origin-flashback is a shot-for-shot ''recreation'' of the TV series' opening-credits sequence.
* NextSundayAD: A detailed timeline of the Marvel Cinematic Universe shown on FilmBuffOnline reveals that the events of this film take place in 2010, as the film was released in 2008.
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Justified. Emil Blonsky was born in Russia, but spent most of his life in England, so Tim Roth can use his normal voice.
* OhCrap: After Bruce [[spoiler: jumps out of the heli and realizes he can't HulkOut.]] ''"[[CurseCutShort SH-]]"''
** "Test subjects?!?"
* OneDimensionalThinking: Subverted. A soldier running from a huge water tank Hulk threw at him tries to jump out of his path but it's moving so fast it catches on his legs and drags him.
* PietaPlagiarism: The battle on the college campus. The Hulk saves Betty, then he carries her away.
* PreAsskickingOneLiner: [[spoiler:"HULK... ''SMASH''!" He proceeds to do so to the Abomination in about twelve different ways.]]
* PsychoSerum: Sorta. [[spoiler:The injections Blonsky takes throughout the movie are SuperSerum that turn him into a better soldier. However, these simply make him more able and driven rather than powerful AND crazy. His PsychoSerum turns out to be Bruce Banner's own gamma-enhanced blood samples, which finally cross him over into The Abomination and cause him to lose direction and morality (he's willing to kill General Ross for no viable reason other than enslavement to madness).]]
* PunchPunchPunchUhOh: [[IronicEcho "Is that all you've got?"]]
* TheReveal: [[spoiler: The very ending shows Banner consciously inducing a Hulk episode, but cuts off immediately, leaving the circumstances and Banner's new direction ambiguous. In the ''Avengers'' movie, Banner reveals that anger management isn't much of an issue anymore, and he is in a constant state of TranquilFury. He can control the Hulk transformation to some extent, and the Hulk himself is slightly tamer, less mindless, and more amenable to cooperation with others.]]
* RomanticRunnerUp: Doc Samson. An all-around nice guy who just had the bad luck of dating Betty Ross when the love of her life walked back into town. He doesn't begrudge Banner for it either, mostly because the Hulk saved Betty's life from General Ross's goons.
** In one of the deleted scenes, he does admit he kind of wished Banner was dead, not out of hate of him, but for love of Betty, since she so clearly still held a torch for him. He's still quite civil and polite, though he's also [[DrowningMySorrows pretty drunk]].
* RuleOfThree: Emil Blonsky fights the Hulk three times. [[spoiler:...And ''loses'' three times.]]
* SequelHook: The same genetic cocktail that created the Abomination [[spoiler: seeps into a wound on Dr. Samuel Sterns forehead, causing his transformation into the Leader.]] Where exactly this will end up now is unknown, since the sequel seems to have been abandoned, though the fate of Samuel Sterns was sort of given in the lead-in comic for ''Film/TheAvengers'', "Fury's Big Week."
** Also, in TheStinger, [[spoiler:Tony Stark]] mentions that he is "putting a team together", which meant that it was probably a sequel hook to ''The Avengers'' movie (which was an idea when it was first made.)
** [[spoiler:The final shot is Bruce HulkingOut by willpower alone, foreshadowing something that happens in ''Film/TheAvengers''.]]
* ShockwaveStomp: "Hulk... SMASH!"
* SociopathicSoldier: Blonsky starts out as a mild example. [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity Then things get worse.]]
* TheStinger: [[spoiler:Tony Stark]] appears shortly before the credits and converses with General Ross (who is [[DrowningMySorrows drowning his sorrows]] at a bar). [[spoiler:Stark]] reprimands him on the consequences of the supersoldier project that resulted in its prior cancellation, and tells him that they are putting together [[Film/TheAvengers a team.]] [[spoiler: ''[[Film/MarvelOneShots The Consultant]]'' (featured on the ''Thor'' Blu-Ray) reveals that SHIELD sent Stark specifically so he'd piss Ross off and cause him to ''refuse'' to let the Abomination be on the team, something the WSC were pushing for.]]
* StealthPun: The Sikorsky MH-53 helicopter used by Ross has a nickname; the "Jolly Green Giant".
** Also, in the final scene:
---> '''General Ross''': [[spoiler:[[Film/IronMan Stark]], you always wear such [[PoweredArmor nice suits]].]]
* SuperHumanTrafficking: Bruce/Hulk are "property" of the US.
* SwallowTheKey: Having dropped his computer the last time he was chased, the second time it happens Bruce swallows an important data stick. Amazingly, it still worked after he... retrieved it.
* TechnologicalPacifist: Banner. Ross seems to imply that this position is common in the MarvelCinematicUniverse, and that "scientists" are not to be trusted with military matters in any way, shape, or form.
-->'''Ross''': ''[[WithUsOrAgainstUs Hes a scientist. He is NOT one of us.]]''
* TooDumbToLive: Emil Blonsky deserves special mention. He held his own in a battle with Hulk, mainly because of how quick he was, due to the super soldier serum he'd been given. After he and the rest of his military division have thrown everything they have at Hulk, and he is still walking, Ross tells Blonsky to fall back. Blonsky then rips off his earpiece, drops his gun and attempts to stare down the Hulk, saying "Is that all you've got?" Cue Hulk-powered thrust kick to the chest, followed by being smooshed all over a tree. Said smooshing breaks every bone in his body, which would have killed him if not for the super soldier serum.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: There was a TV spot that spoiled [[spoiler:Robert Downey Jr.'s cameo as Tony Stark]] towards the end of the film.
* TroubledFetalPosition: Banner enters this after a particularly nasty FlashbackEcho hits him in the bath.
* UnstoppableRage: This is Hulk's main superpower, though it seems more centered on general heart rate (the "Hulk rate" being 200 BPM) than rage this time around, and can be released initially by extreme stress.
* UpgradeVsPrototypeFight: There's a form of this with Hulk versus the Abomination. The former is the meek scientist Bruce Banner with an inferior version of the Captain America formula. The latter is the veteran marine Emile Blonsky with a more advanced version of the formula ''and'' the Hulk's blood. Consequently the Abomination is larger and stronger.
* WeakButSkilled: Blonsky's second encounter with the Hulk (after he's been enhanced but before he becomes the Abomination) where he's smaller and weaker but more agile and has greater skill. This is in comparison to the Hulk. He's outrunning soldiers YEARS younger. It's only when he stops and tries to stare the Hulk down he gets splatted.
** Even before the treatment, Blonsky notes that "if I could take everything I know now and put it in the body I had ten years ago, that would be something I wouldn't want to face."
* WhatTheHellHero: Doc Samson [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech chews out]] General Ross after Betty got caught in the crossfire at the College.
--> '''Doc Samson''': He ''protected'' her. You almost got her ''killed!''
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Blonsky seems like an overly gung-ho soldier but a relatively decent guy who's loyal to his work and his men in the beginning, but after doses of failed super-soldier serum and exposure to gamma radiation he slowly goes more and more power mad, until he goes completely destructively insane in the end.
** A deleted scene emphasizes the potential for mental instability as a byproduct of the serum. Prior to the injection, Ross outright threatens to remove Blonsky from active duty if he starts to act strange.
* WorthyOpponent: Subverted. Emil Blonsky views the Hulk this way and goes out of his way to become strong enough to face him in combat but when he finally reaches that level in the end, he decides that Bruce doesn't deserve his power.
* YouWouldntLikeMeWhenImAngry: Given that this is an adaptation of the TropeNamer, of course this makes an appearance. Rather cleverly inserted too, as Bruce messes up the line while speaking Portuguese.
-->You wouldn't like me when I'm... hungry? Wait, that doesn't sound right.
** Doubles as a ShoutOut to ''MarvelZombies''.
---> "HULK HUNGRIEST THERE IS!"
** May also be a shout out to ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', which used the line in an episode parodying the Hulk.
** The trailer also had a variation on the phrase which was pretty good.
--> "There are aspects of my personality that I can't control, and when I lose control, it's very dangerous to be around me."