Hulk Vs. (2009) is a Direct to Video animated film from Marvel Animation and Lionsgate, featuring the Incredible Hulk in two short film battles, one against Wolverine, the other against The Mighty Thor. Madhouse produced the animation for both shorts with South Korean subsidiaries DR Movie and Moi Animation.
Hulk vs. Thor
In Hulk vs. Thor, Bruce Banner (Bryce Johnson) is abducted by Loki (Graham McTavish) and brought to Asgard with the help of the Enchantress (Kari Wahlgren). Loki angers Banner to induce the Hulk transformation, at which time the Enchantress magically separates the Hulk (Fred Tatasciore) from Banner, giving Loki control over the Hulk. With his newfound pawn, Loki charges the gates of Asgard to try to claim Odin's realm during the week when he is resting. Only Thor (Matthew Wolf) has a chance of stopping him...
Hulk vs. Wolverine
In the segment Hulk vs. Wolverine, Department H sends Wolverine (Steve Blum) to hunt down a mysterious beast known by the US Military as the Hulk, who is rampaging across the Canadian wilderness. Tracking the beast by a distinctive toxic scent left at the wreckage of a small town, Wolverine soon finds Bruce Banner sitting and crying at the edge of a small lake. Noticing the same toxic scent clinging to Banner, Wolverine starts to violently interrogate him, ignoring Banner's warnings until... oops. Hello, Hulk. And this is only the beginning of Wolverine's problems.
This is also the first time Deadpool has a speaking role in an animated appearance, as well as his first non-cameo role in an animation.
Both segments contain examples of:
- Popularity Power: Hulk vs Thor consists of Hulk going One-Man Army on Asgard, and Loki's army of frost giants without breaking a single sweat. Hulk vs Wolverine has what's close to a stalemate.
- Oh, Crap!:
Sabretooth: Oh, no! *Screams Like a Little Girl*
- Sabretooth when Bruce hulks out.
"My head? Oh, crap."
- The standard response to any Hulk-based rampage. "Hulk tear off talking-man's head!" got a very straight usage from Deadpool.
Thor: LOKI!! I would have words with you!
- Loki when Thor arrives at his sanctum.
- Versus Title
The "Wolverine" segment provides examples of:
- Adaptational Villainy: While not necessarily a very moral person, comic!Deadpool has standards he won't break. In this film, he's more Ax-Crazy than usual, even suggesting shooting babies, something Deadpool would never do.
- Adaptation Distillation: Wolverine's origin from Weapon X is included through small snippets of every major scene and it's just as rich in horror as the original story.
- X-23's three second cameo ignores pretty much everything about her comic origin.
- Animesque: Jeff Matsuda, who did most of the character designs for Jackie Chan Adventures and The Batman did the design for the Wolverine segment and thus, like those shows and his stuff in general, falls into this trope.
- Ass Kicking Pose: After Wolverine and Bruce Banner escape captivity, the Weapon X team all strike ass-kicking poses before running off to hunt them down. Deadpool lampshades this by shouting "Strike a pose!"
- Anti-Hero: Wolverine is a Type IV, in the height of his pre-X Men days and similarity to the Weapon X stooges. Hulk is a Type III. He saves passersby and only fights back when provoked, but Lord help you if you make him angry...
- Body Horror: People are stabbed, arms are ripped and sliced off, and other assorted not-so-Bloodless Carnage. Made funny when Deadpool spends about a minute re-attaching his Logan-severed arm pieces!
- Blatant Lies: Sabretooth slashes The Professor from behind due to both him and Lady Deathstrike wanting to kill Wolverine, which their boss wouldn't allow. When Omega Red and Deadpool find them after Wolverine's escape Sabretooth tries to claim that Wolverine was the one who attacked The Professor and that the last thing he said before passing out was for them to kill Wolverine. Neither one of them believes it, but both go along with it anyway because they want to kill Wolverine.Deadpool: Really? Hmm. You buy that? Y'know, I would think the last thing he said was, "AHHHH SABRETOOTH!"
- Bloodless Carnage: Averted. The Wolverine segment is the first non-comic appearance of the character to not use it.
- Child Hater: Deadpool states babies creep him out and expresses a desire to kill the infant Weapon X clones.
- Continuity Snarl:
- According to Word of God, the Wolverine short takes place in the same universe as Wolverine and the X-Men (2009). However, a number of things contradict each other. In the series, Wolverine doesn't remember Weapon X or Sabretooth when he runs into Sabretooth after years, whereas in the short, he does remember them and Deadpool, Lady Deathstrike, and Omega Red well. Also, on WatXM, Bruce Banner, after transforming from the Hulk, has no idea who Wolverine is, whereas in the short, Wolverine's first meeting with Bruce is while he's Bruce and Wolverine is the reason for his two main Hulk-outs in the short.
- It gets worse as The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! is apparently in the same universe with no proof except Wolverine having sporadic appearances. ...Well some of the staff say that, whether or not they all agree is up for debate.
- Plus, in the DVD commentary they explicitly say at the end that Sabretooth is dead.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: The Hulk versus most of the characters he fights - some put up a decent fight at first, but once Hulk gets a single hit in they are very soundly and brutally beaten down. Omega Red gets the worst of this.
- Empathy Doll Shot: A single lonely teddy bear is left behind after the Hulk's rampage... though it's shown later that it's thanks to the Hulk that the girl and her father weren't made into Swiss cheese by Deadpool.
- Darker and Edgier: Than almost all other Marvel animations, what with all of Wolverine's semi-mild cursing and not-so-Bloodless Carnage...
- Evasive Fight-Thread Episode: We never do get to see who wins the titular match in Hulk vs. Wolverine.
- Feed It a Bomb: Deadpool tries this on the Hulk. It ends badly.
- Fragile Speedster: Lady Deathstrike can run circles around the Hulk. He ends the fight with a single Shockwave Clap.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: A very good thing for pretty much all of the major characters.
- Hulk Speak: "Hulk smash little man!" Okay, Wolvie's only 5'2, but there's no reason to go on about it.
- Improbable Infant Survival: X-23 survives the Hulk ripping the Weapon X facility apart.
- Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Anytime somebody shoots at Wolverine, though he's shown to be Immune to Bullets when Deadpool shoots him in the head at point blank, though that would be a given since he could also get back up after a beating from the Hulk.
- Laughably Evil: Deadpool, as a result of Adaptational Villainy (sorta).
- Lean and Mean: Deadpool's incarnation in the Wolverine segment, whom fans have dubbed "Skinnypool".
- Let's Get Dangerous!: After Logan receives a major asskicking from the Hulk, he wakes a few seconds later and proceeds to open his own can of whupass.Wolverine: Okay, bub. Let's try that again.
- Moment Killer: Deadpool in general, really.
- Mythology Gag: The entire premise of the short is a throwback to Wolverine's first appearance as an anti-heroic enemy of the Hulk. His costume even harkens back to the original design. At one point, the short recreates the iconic cover◊ to Incredible Hulk #340 with Hulk being reflected in Wolverine's claws◊.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: It's the only way Wolverine can get an even fight with Hulk.
- Orgasmic Combat: Lady Deathstrike seems to orgasm as she's tearing into Wolverine.
- Only Sane Man: Ironically enough the Hulk. Considering that everyone else is a Ax-Crazy Blood Knight (Wolverine included) whose in it only for the sake of violence or revenge, the Hulk looks positively saintly in comparison, given that he goes out of his way to save people from Weapon X. The worst thing he does is attack Wolverine, and given that Wolvy threatened to gut him and stabbed him in the chest, it's hard not to argue that he had good reason.
- People Jars: The Weapon X cloning program.
- Screams Like a Little Girl:
- The normally deep-voiced Sabertooth gets a noticeably higher voice when being charged by the Hulk.
- It also happens when Deadpool loses half an arm.
- The Starscream: Sabretooth expresses lasting distaste for The Professor's decision to keep Logan alive, which eventually leads him to betray him to take over Weapon X himself, in part because he really wants to help Deathstrike kill Logan. Amusingly, when he attempts to lie to the others about who attacked the Professor in order to deflect blame onto Wolverine and keep their loyalty they don't buy it for a second, but join up with him anyway because they really like the idea of killing Wolverine.
- The Stinger
- Shooting Superman: Deadpool tries shooting Hulk with his guns, which works as well as you would expect.
- The Worf Effect: A rare variation where it's the villains and not Wolverine who suffers from this. Probably helps that he can actually stab people. Wolverine is shown to kick Deathstrike, Sabretooth and Deadpool around with relative ease (in the comics one is normally enough to slow him down at least, and the only thing that stops his fights with Deathstrike being complete stalemates is her lack of a healing factor). Omega Red is the only one really capable of holding his own, but that's at least true to the comics.
- Would Hit a Girl: Wolverine attacks Lady Deathstrike with the same ferocity as the other Weapon X team.
The "Thor" segment provides examples of:
- Balancing Death's Books: Hela eventually sends Bruce Banner back to the mortal plane after claiming him and takes Loki instead, since he tricked her in the first place.
- Bloodless Carnage: Played straight. Possibly due to the Asgardians being immortal.
- The Cameo: You can spot classic Thor villains like Malekith and Surtur in the hordes attacking Asgard.
- Intimate Healing: Amora heals Thor with a kiss.
- Jobber: All of Asgard takes this role.
- Magic Pants: The Hulk always has these, but this time it's taken to an extreme: When Banner and the Hulk are separated, both are wearing the trademark purple pants. Of course, gods and magic were involved.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Sadly, the Hulk vs Thor fight is ruined by turning into this from the very start. The rest of the segment features the Hulk delivering this to all of Asgard.
- One-Man Army: Hulk.
- Only the Chosen May Wield: Even with the Hulk's strength, Loki can't claim Mjolnir for himself.
- Smoke Shield: Following Thor's only major attack.
- The Worf Barrage: After getting the crap beat out of him repeatedly by the Hulk, Thor finally decides to get serious and launch a powerful lightning attack complete with a hammer throw. After the smoke settles, the Hulk gets up unharmed and wipes the floor with Thor.
- The Worf Effect: Thor is stated to be Asgard's greatest warrior who can crush entire armies and if he cannot defeat something then the rest of Asgard doesn't have a chance. In both his battles with the Hulk he barely fights back and in the first literally lays there as the Hulk SLOWLY pounds on him before trying to fight back and once again starts running into the Hulk's fists forgetting the basics of fighting.