Bryce Johnson, Steve Blum and Matthew Wolf
January 29, 2009
Hulk Vs. is a combination of two made-for-TV-movies in which the Hulk battles either Wolverine — in continuation of their long struggles — or Thor; fresh from victories in Asgard. Running a combined time of 80 minutes these movies offer a large cast of characters all duking it out to be the last one standing.
Steve Blum, the quintessential voice of animated Wolverine, returns to the role and is sent to a small Canadian town of Elkford (Freaky side note but this town actually does exist about an hour’s drive from the BC/Alberta border and my home town) to investigate its destruction at the hands of the Hulk.
Eventually they come to realize that the Hulk didn’t destroy the town, but instead it was Weapon X, a secret government team composed of Omega Red, Sabretooth, Lady Deathstrike and the insane, but lovable, Deadpool — voiced by Nolan North.
This one features a lot of great writing, particularly in regards to the jokes and lunacy of Deadpool. (“I shot him right in the ass….What I did?) and for the first time that I know of an animated using his claws to slash and gore his enemies instead of merely cutting apart their weapons.
The second segment is slightly weaker. The characters, which many fans will recognize from the 2011 Thor, are much more numerous in this one and thus don’t get as much time to shine outside of Loki, Thor and Bruce Banner. However what this one does right is show the role Bruce has in actually reining in the Hulk and after hearing some girls gushing about Hemsworth it does feel nice watching a Thor get his bottom handed to him like he does. (I’m a petty man).
When all is said and done this is a fine production that many would enjoy. It would make for a great stay at home movie night. I rate this a 7/10 with the Wolverine portion being highly recommended but the Thor portion could be skipped if desired. To find search Hulk Vs. on Netflix.