Mark Ruffalo’s “Professor Hulk” in ‘Avengers: Endgame’ was mostly a crowdpleaser and brought some needed humor to the film, which was so centered around death. But not everyone was a fan, and among the detractors is Lou Ferrigno, who brought Marvel’s Green Giant to life for the first time, in the hit 1970s-80s TV series, ‘The Incredible Hulk’.
Appearing at Canada’s Hamilton Comic Con, the veteran said:
“What’s happening is that the first two Hulk movies, the CGI was improving, but the last one, Endgame, I was disappointed. Because the Hulk needs to be hideous, he needs to be a creature. You see in Endgame, Mark Ruffalo — I think it has a lot to do with him and Disney — I didn’t like the way it portrayed [Hulk]. It took away that beauty, that quality of the Hulk. That’s why a lot of people liked the series.”
There is something to be said for the Jekyll and Hyde, rampaging rage beast version of the Hulk, which is what Ferrigno played to great success. But on the other hand, the Hulk has been around in the comics since the ’60s and has been depicted with personalities that have fallen all over the spectrum. After all, in the first issue of ‘The Incredible Hulk’, the brute was gray, not green, and his transformations were triggered when the sun went down, not when he became angry. Sometimes he is such a monster that he can’t even talk. (Also the Ferrigno version.) Other times he has retained his Bruce Banner personality and intelligence, while at other times, he has had a childlike level of intelligence, allowing him to speak, but not likely to win any science fairs.
Unfortunately, Ferrigno shifted over to the old fart zone when he went on to trash ‘Endgame’, saying it was too “extreme with the spaceships, the shooting, the outer space” and continuing:
“We need good stories. Good elements, good messages about life. Because when you see the series, even like The Twilight Zone, the original Twilight Zone, you learn something from every episode. The CGI, I mean, it’s all different. People like it that way because it’s bigger entertainment on the screen.”
I sometimes have trouble understanding how people that haven’t been fans of the Marvel movies from the start react to movies like ‘Endgame’ and ‘Infinity War’. Do they still carry the same emotional impact? I guess not for someone like Ferrigno. But seeing ‘Endgame’ in the theater, the gasps of joy and sobs of heartbreak were audible, and none of those people were crying because of how great the CGI was!
‘Avengers: Endgame’ is now available to stream on Disney+ and on DVD and Blu-Ray.