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- "An oversimplification, but yes. We decided to dust it off, and give it another go, aiming to create the better soldier. Banner's work was very early-phase. It wasn't even weapons application, he thought he was working on radiation resistance. I would never have told him what it was really for, but he was so sure about what he was doing he tested it on himself. And something went very wrong... or it went very right."
- ―Thaddeus Ross
It is a reboot of the 2003 film Hulk. It is directed by Louis Leterrier and stars Edward Norton as Bruce Banner/Hulk, Liv Tyler as Dr. Betty Ross, Tim Roth as Emil Blonsky/Abomination, and William Hurt as General Thunderbolt Ross.
Bruce Banner recalls the events in which he was transformed into a monster and hospitalized his lover Betty Ross. Ross' father, General Thaddeus Ross, forced Banner go on the run for 5 years, as he is now a fugitive of the US Army. Banner finds a home in Rocinha, Brazil, where he works at a soft drink bottling factory and has learned breathing techniques and martial arts to ward off his transformations. He is trying to find a cure with the help of "Mr. Blue", whom he met online. Banner has not had an "incident" for 5 months.
When Banner has a cut, his blood drips into a bottle at the factory and is ingested by an ill-fated consumer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Ross uses this incident to pick up on Banner's trail and sends British special-ops expert Emil Blonsky with an attack team to capture Banner. Banner then makes an escape to the bottling factory he works in. During the run, he bumps into a gang of thugs, one who was his former enemy at the bottling factory. During the confrontation, Banner transforms into the Hulk at the bottling factory and takes out the thugs and everyone on the team. Blonsky survives and takes a good look at the Hulk, before sparing him.
Banner escapes and goes to Guatemala, and then the US, where he finds the now recovered Betty Ross at Culver University, dating psychiatrist Leonard Samson. Banner's friend Stanley Lieber (a pizzeria owner) gives him a job as a delivery boy. He uses this job to continue his research by sneaking past a security guard at the university.
Ross sees Banner at the pizzeria, and they later reunite.
Ross is informed by Blonsky that Banner escaped because of a green monster. Ross continues to explain that Banner was the monster, created by a failed experiment meant to replicate the "Super-Soldier" program. Blonsky volunteers to be given a small dose of the original Vita-Ray serum that increases his strength and agility. Blonsky leads a second attack on Banner at Culver University, where he and his team encounter the Hulk and are defeated. Hulk saves Ross from an explosion and he takes her to the Smoky Mountain National Forest.
Banner and Ross go to Grayburn College in New York City to meet Mr. Blue, who is revealed to be Samuel Sterns. Sterns invented a potential antidote, and Banner accepts it, despite the risks. Banner is restrained and a transformation is induced, but was successfully reversed through Sterns' antidote. Sterns revealed that he synthesized Banner's blood into a large supply, in hopes of using it in the next stage of human evolution. While Banner tries to convince him otherwise, he is suddenly shot by one of Ross's snipers, who shoots him with a tranquilizing dart.
Ross and Banner are taken into custody, while Blonsky confronts Sterns and asks him to give him a sample of Banner's blood to add to his power. Sterns warns that the Super Soldier serum and Gamma Radiation together could create an "abomination", but Blonsky doesn't change his mind. The procedure transforms Blonsky into a Hulk-like monster who knocks Sterns into a sample of Banner's blood, and goes on a rampage through Harlem looking for something that could challenge his new strength.
Despite his fears that he has cured himself of Hulk permanently, Banner is given permission to fight Blonsky and jumps from General Ross' helicopter in an attempt to re-trigger his transformations. Banner emerges from a crater in the street below as Hulk, and proceeds to face Blonsky. Hulk manages to defeat Blonsky, while also protecting Betty and General Ross, who had been put in harm's way, but is again forced to run from the US Army.
- Edward Norton as Bruce Banner/Hulk
- Liv Tyler as Betty Ross
- Tim Roth as Emil Blonsky/Abomination
- William Hurt as General Thaddeus Ross
- Tim Blake Nelson as Samuel Sterns
- Ty Burrell as Leonard Samson
- Christina Cabot as Major Kathleen Sparr
- Peter Mensah as General Joe Greller
- Lou Ferrigno as voice of Hulk/Security Guard
- Paul Soles as Stanley Lieber
- Débora Nascimento as Martina
- John Carvalho as Plant Manager
- Martin Starr as Amadeus Cho
- Nicholas Rose as Jack McGee
- P.J. Kerr as Jim Wilson
- Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark (uncredited)
- Stan Lee as man poisoned by Hulk's blood in a drink (uncredited)
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Bella Coola, British Columbia, Canada
- New York City, New York
- Willowdale, Virginia
- Arlington, Virginia
- Everglades, Florida
- Smoky Mountain National Forest
- Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- Chiapas, Mexico
- Idaho (mentioned)
- Rome, Italy (mentioned)
- Gamma Ray Projector
- Pingo Doce
- Super Soldier Serum
- Stark Sonic Cannon
- Vita Radiation (mentioned)
- United States Armed Forces
- British Armed Forces
- WHiH World News
- New York City Police Department
- S.H.I.E.L.D. (mentioned)
- CIA (mentioned)
- Stark Industries (mentioned)
- Mossad (mentioned)
- Project Rebirth
- Elliot Litton
- Officer Hodgson
- Christopher Sanchez
- Rick Jones
- Nick Fury
- Joseph Reinstein
Culver University Academic Staff
- John Alexander
- Donald Barrington
- Michael Dillen
- Robert Dixon
- Kenneth Frisson
- David Harp
- Mark Harwood
- Lester Kim
- Ewth Lawson
- Scott Petersen
- Lester Richards
- Quinn Scott
- Morgan Sharp
- Thomas Shaw
- Ryan Stanley
- Murray Steeles
- Frank Victoria
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