ByFlint Johnson, writer at
An historical SciFi author who sees comic heroes as the modern myths and integrates them into his stories.
Flint Johnson

Strength: In excess of 100 tons; abilities, accelerated healing, superhuman strength, durability, and speed. The general storyline (there have been so many versions) is that of a scientist doing experiments with gamma radiation and getting a lethal dose and surviving. As a result, every time he gets too excited he transforms into a large, green, unpleasant creature.

As a very young boy I remember watching reruns of the television program The Incredible Hulk. The storyline was simple; softspoken man wandering the country, attempting to understand what has happened to him as a curious reporter tracks him down and the nation's resources follow him. As I'm sure Stan Lee had intended, I identified with the lonely, misunderstood character who was hated for qualities he could not control; a man who simply wanted to fit in.

As I grew older, the repetitive plots bored me, even the emergence of the green monster of limitless strength became less fun. It was a genuine joy to hear when the first movie in a reboot came out, and a true disappointment to watch it. There was more to the second one, better acting and more depth in the plot, but there was still more promise to the movie than payoff.

Then The Avengers came out, and I finally got a good idea of what I wanted to see; a frustrated man who hates the world and is still trying to help people; a complex, good monster. Some comic applications I had not seen before also emerged; at Thor and then Loki's expense (will "Puny god!" be one one those lines that become immortal?) The action was great, the development of the character from the first two movies gave continuity, and "tough love/no respect for anyone" attitude made me want to see more.

And now I have read that they are working on a reboot for the television series. I understand that they will never get the actors cast in the same roles as the movie, but I would love to see what they come up with (and whether or not Joss Whedon has or wants to have input).

What would you think of a reboot of the Bill Bixby/Lou Ferrigno classic?


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