No, this is not about Jason Giambi.
My wife and I went to see The Incredible Hulk (movie) today. Granted, I went in with moderate expectations. But, I liked it. In fact, I liked it more than Iron Man (which we saw last month). Of course, any movie with Ed Norton is usually good. And, Norton gives The Incredible Hulk some legs – as he attracts and keeps your attention. Tim Roth and William Hurt did a good job in this one as well. Liv Tyler was sort of…blah. But, it didn’t ruin the film. If you’re a fan of the Marvel Studio films, I recommend checking this one out.
In terms of all the Marvel Studio theatrical releases that I’ve seen, here’s where I would place The Incredible Hulk:
1. Blade: Trinity (2004)
2. Spider-Man (2002)
3. Blade (1998)
4. X-Men (2000)
5. Blade II (2002)
6. Spider-Man 2 (2004)
7. X2 (2003)
8. The Incredible Hulk (2008)
9. X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
10. Spider-Man 3 (2007)
11. Fantastic Four (2005)
12. The Punisher (2004)
13. Daredevil (2003)
14. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)
15. Iron Man (2008)
16. Hulk (2003)
17. Ghost Rider (2007)
18. Elektra (2005)
Ghost Rider and Elektra are on the list because I saw them. But, they were pretty bad.
What about films based on DC Comics? The only ones there, that I truly liked – in the sense that I would want them in my DVD collection – are: Batman (1989), The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003), and Batman Begins (2005).
If I had to place them in the list with the Marvel Studio films, I would rank “Batman Begins” between “Blade II” and “Spider-Man 2.” (Yeah, it’s that good.) And, I would place “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” between “X2″ and “The Incredible Hulk.” (Many would disagree with this – but, for some reason “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” just sits well with me.) Lastly, I would sit “Batman” (from 1989) between “Spider-Man 3″ and (the) “Fantastic Four.”
Hellboy (2004) – taken from Dark Horse Comics – was a pretty good film. (And, the sequel, coming out soon, looks promising.) If I were to place “Hellboy” on the list above, I would squeeze it in just outside the ‘top ten’ – right around where “Fantastic Four” sits.