Since we first met the Hulk in 1962, we have followed him through comics, TV shows, computer games, and in a large number of movies.
This brings with it a problem.
How to watch the Hulk movies in order?
To watch all the Hulk movies in order we have to first accept that not all of them have the same overall reality and to try and make all these realities fit into a greater structure is a sure way to reach insanity. They were never made to connect with one another and should be regarded separately.
Sequences of Movies
First of all, we will look at the various sequences of films that have taken place over more than 50 years.
We can then explore the sequences and look at individual movies.
The best way to view all the films is to work your way through each sequence before starting on the next.
There may be a disjoint between each sequence as they take place in different timelines, but here follows our suggestion of the order you should watch the series of movies:
- 1970s – The Incredible Hulk TV Movies
- Ang Lee’s Hulk
- Lionsgate Animated Movies
- The Marvel Cinematic Universe
- Lego Marvel Movies
- Iron Man & Hulk Movie
- Where Monsters Dwell Animation
Series 1 – 1970s – The Incredible Hulk TV Movies
The movies all started in the 1970s with the first-ever Live Action movies.
Way back in the 1970s CBS had decided to invest in a major TV show based on the Hulk.
To see if it was going to work, CBS made two TV pilots, which they showed to test the waters.
 The Incredible Hulk (1977) – TV Pilot
This TV movie reached the CBS Network in 1977 This pilot gave us an introduction to Dr. David Banner, a scientist who turned into the Hulk.
 The Return of the Incredible Hulk (1977) – TV Pilot
This pilot, which aired three weeks after the first one, looked at Dr. David Banner in more detail and gave us his story.
The pilots proved to be popular and on that basis, CBS launched a Television show starring Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno as the leading roles.
This TV show is acknowledged to be one of the greatest adaptions of any superhero story ever made and is well worth watching if you have the time.
The series spawned a further three movies based on the TV series.
 The Incredible Hulk Returns (1988)
Dr. Banner almost managed to cure himself of the Hulk.
Of course, this is not the case, and instead of that, he meats Thor, and they have to fight together to save the dangerous situation.
 The Trial of the Incredible Hulk (1989)
Hulk as David Banner is a witness of a woman being attacked in a subway.
This makes him angry, he turns into a Hulk and saves the woman.
He is however arrested and the woman is accusing him that it was him who attacked her – and the trial begins.
 The Death of the Incredible Hulk (1990)
Thanks to CBS, this was just the beginning for the Hulk as a Movie adaption.
Other production companies soon began to consider their own versions.
Series 2 – 2003 – Ang Lee’s Hulk
Some thirteen years later Director Ang Lee brought out a Hulk movie, simply called Hulk.
I include it as a series because that was the original intention.
 Hulk (2003)
Bruce Banner, a researcher into genetics, who has a difficult past, is involved in a laboratory accident that means he morphs into a raging giant green monster whenever he becomes angry.
It had been the intention that this movie was going to be the first of a whole series of Hulk movies that would feature Eric Bana in the lead role.
However, it was not the success they had hoped and the concept of the series was never continued.
Series 3 – Lionsgate Animated Movies (2006)
We now move on to a series of animated movies that were produced by Marvel Films and were based on the lives of the Avengers.
They were distributed by Lionsgate as direct to Video movies.
Eight movies were made in the period stretching from 2006 to 2011, five of these featured the Hulk with other Marvel characters.
Those five movies are:
 Ultimate Avengers: The Movie (2006)
When Earth is threatened by Aliens, General Fury forges a team of ultimate superheroes (including the Hulk) and led by Captain America.
 Ultimate Avengers 2: Rise of the Panther (2006)
The Chitauri Invaders are reported to be in the African Kingdom of Wakanda (home of Black Panther), The Avengers secretly enter the kingdom to have a look.
 Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow (2008)
The children of the Avengers, all with special powers, gather and go against the enemy who killed their parents.
This is based on an alternate reality where the Avengers, who had all opted for family life, are killed by Ultron.
 Hulk Vs (2009)
This movie contains stories of how the Hulk had encounters with the X-Man, Wolverine, and the God called Thor.
 Planet Hulk (2010)
Having been ejected from Earth on a spaceship, the Hulk crash lands on an alien world that is presided over by a dictator who has a coliseum where he forces the Hulk to fight against other superpowered creatures.
The Hulk makes friends with the other captives.
Series 4 – The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Once again we are back with Live-Action Films that all take place in the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe).
MCU is a media franchise and a Universe that contains the setting for a series of superhero movies from Marvel.
The concept was similar to the comic book universe created in the 1960s.
In 2020 because of COVID, there was a lot of disruption regarding the other MCU films in various stage of production and backup plans to release them on Disney Plus instead of the cinema was considered.
 The Incredible Hulk (2008)
Bruce Banner, now a fugitive from the United States Government, must find a cure for the condition he acquired in a laboratory accident, which causes him to become a giant green monster whenever he gets angry.
 The Avengers (2012)
The evil Loki and his army of aliens are intending to enslave humanity.
The Avengers stand up for humanity and try to become a team so that they can defeat these plans.
The Hulk is one of the Avengers.
 Iron Man 3 (2013)
Industrialist Tony Stark (Iron Man) has his life destroyed by a powerful enemy.
He has lost everything but must fight back and recover his position.
This film only has a post-credits cameo containing Bruce Banner.
 Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Tony Stark and Dr. Bruce Banner try to boot up a dormant peacekeeping program called Ultron (do they never learn), and things do not go to plan.
It is going to take the most powerful heroes on Earth, working together to stop Ultron from his evil plans.
 Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
Thor is in prison on the planet Sakaar, which is not good, as he has to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarök, the total destruction of his world.
He is going to need to defeat Hela.
 Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Thanos has a plan, a plan that involves putting an end to the universe.
The Avengers and their allies must work together to defeat the powerful Thanos before he completes his plan. It is not going to be easy.
 Avengers: Endgame (2019)
After the events shown in the Infinity Wars, the universe is now in ruins, and all that is left is for the remaining allies and the Avengers to try and reverse the actions of Thanos to bring back order to the universe.
Series 5 – Lego Marvel Movies
The famous toy-based franchise made a number of Lego short movies and starting in 2013 the Hulk was featured in three of these short movies.
Lego movies became somewhat a cult genre in the 2000s.
 Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Maximum Overload (2013)
Spider-Man, together with Marvel’s superheroes, has to combat the mischievous and villainous Loki, with his own team of super-villains.
 Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Avengers Reassembled (2015)
A weird scenario where the Avengers are reluctant partygoers with Ultron as he seeks to take the team apart through the control of Iron Man’s armor, as part of yet another attempt to take over the world.
 Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Black Panther – Trouble in Wakanda (2018)
Back in Wakanda, Ulysses Klaue and Eric Killmonger, are intent on looting the famous Vibrainium mines.
This time they have the help of Thanos. Black Panther has to try and thwart these plans, but for that, he needs the help of the Avengers.
Series 6 – Iron Man & Hulk Movie
In 2013, Marvel Animation and Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment released a direct-to-video movie featuring Iron Man & Hulk.
It was an animated movie that might have been the first of a series, but it was not a success and now stands alone.
 Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes Unite (2013)
In this direct-to-video special, the Incredible Hulk and Iron Man join together to fight off a new threat to Earth, which is quite possibly its greatest yet.
Series 7 – Sony Direct to Video
In 2014, madhouse, together with Sony Pictures, chose to release a new animated movie.
 Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher (2014)
S.H.I.E.LD arrest the Punisher after he interfered in a top-secret investigation.
Series 8 – Where Monsters Dwell Animation
Another attempt by Marvel and Walt Disney Studios to make an Animated direct-to-video movie.
 Hulk: Where Monsters Dwell (2016)
Dr. Strange and a bunch of monsters must assist the Hulk.
He needs to overcome his dream self to defeat Nightmare on Halloween night.
The problem with the Hulk is that Marvel is not able to make solo Hulk movies.
The reason is that they have a deal with Universal Studios that gives them first refusal on distribution rights for solo Hulk Movies.
This is a bit like the agreement they have with Sony Studios on Spider-Man solo movies.
These agreements mean that they are going to split the profits if they make such a movie, which is not an attractive proposition.
Mark Ruffalo had a six-movie contract with Marvel to play Hulk and only three movies have been made Many other Avengers characters have finished their six movie contracts and this gives us the possibility that we may see Hulk in future multi hero movies.
The Hulk has got a fair bit of life left in him as a character and it is likely that he will be brought into the next round of movies that are planned.
The series of movies that ended with the Avengers: Endgame (2019) had been following a storyline that had been going on since 2012.
We are now looking at a future where the MCU sees new story-lines emerging and it is likely that Hulk will be part of this.
There is already a planned Black Widow movie on the cards and since the Hulk had a romantic interest there some time ago, it would be the ideal vehicle to bring Hulk back out again.
Finally – The Past
We have taken a journey through 24 Hulk Movies stretching back to the early 1990s.
Hulk has had a long run in the movies, and as we saw in the last section there is every likelihood that we will see him again, once the COVID-19 situation has been resolved and the movie industry is back in full production.
If we go back to where it all began with the CBS TV series, The Incredible Hulk, we have already looked at the five Movies that sprung from the series, but we should not forget the eighty-one-hour episodes that were made.
That is a lot of material and this ground-breaking series is very highly regarded by the Marvel community, who saw it as an excellent example of just how well a comic book character could be brought to life on the screen.
Binge-watching the entire library of CBS one-hour episodes could be quite a challenge and keep you entertained for 16 days of viewing time if you watched 5 hours a day.
Many people remember those early Hulk episodes, and I am sure that watching them again would bring back a lot of memories.