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The 17-Minute preview of the Guardians of the Galaxy was absolutely phenomenal! I'll be writing a review of it rather soon if you'd like to check it out, but what I'd really like to talk about is something far more important: thought a minor detail, in reality this point struck some major chords with me and I want you guys to tell me whether this is logical or not.

The preview showed an action-packed early scene from the movie for the first perhaps fourteen minutes before moving onto some minor clips. In between one of the scenes, I caught glimpse of something that really got me thinking. The screen read:

From the Creators of:
Iron Man
Captain America
The Avengers

At first, reading it I think one thing: crap, WHO is that fourth Avenger that they didn't include in that list? He got his own solo movie, must be pretty embarrassing to be the only Marvel film not included on that list. Nobody knows better than me that Hulk is the fourth solo film-wielding Avenger, but my ADD and the flashing beautiful IMAX 3D scenery grasped my attention more at the time, so as the nerd I am, I jotted it down in my notebook (yes, I take notes during movies) without breaking eye contact with the screen.

Afterwards, reviewing my notes, I realized that the Hulk is literally THE ONE AND ONLY Marvel Studios franchise not included on that list. Then comes the realization, along with a slight bit of a theory: Marvel Studios has never really regarded Ed Norton's The Incredible Hulk as part of the film series ever since his re-casting for The Avengers. Marvel never actually made it clear whether he was the same Bruce Banner from the Incredible Hulk, or if they had scrapped that movie and had decided to continue on as if that movie didn't exist.

Still, the past few months have been the source of more Hulk solo movie news than we've had since the actual one: Ferrigno claiming that it's coming, Mark Ruffalo admitting that there have "been talks" about a Hulk solo film for him, and now a rumor circulating that Avengers 2 will set the stage for Bruce Banner to carry out the storylines of Planet Hulk/World War Hulk in which the green machine finds himself in orbit, forced to fight some of the baddest intergalactic aliens we've ever seen.

Guardians of the Galaxy hits theaters soon on August 1st, 2014


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