I have to admit, I wasn’t very happy when I first found out that Jessica Alba and Ioan Gruffudd were cast to play Sue and Reed Richards but they both look passable in these pictures, if still a bit too young. Chiklis as Thing and Evans as the Torch both look perfect though.
I’m cautiously optimistic about this now… let’s just hope it’s all flash and no substance like The Hulk was though.
I agree with smiling bandit. I thought The Hulk had a surprising amount of depth. My only real complaint with it was the ending, which was impossibly contrived, even by the standards of a superhero comic. They should have had Hulk smash his way into that military base, instead of Banner just waltzing in to talk with his dad. Besides, the pacing really needed one more big fight scene.
I’ll admit, I think Chiklis is inspired casting. But that costume looks horrendous. Sorry, but Thing is much, much taller. And he’s ginormous! That just looks like a guy in an orange Slim Goodbody suit.
Sure. Basically, the source of Banner’s bottomless anger is his hatred of his dad. When his dad becomes Absorbing Man, he tries to absorb his son’s hatred to make himself more powerful, but there’s literally no end to it: he tries to drain the Hulk but the anger just keeps coming, until it’s more than he can contain and he blows up like a neutron bomb. I thought it was a great ending, because it shows how strong Banner has always been, that he’s been able to keep this anger inside of him without cracking. Stronger than his father, even, who created that anger in the first place.
Actually, I’m inclined to think that his blowing up like a neutron bomb had more to do with the, you know, neutron bomb the military jet dropped on them at right around that point. I think that the biggest flaw was that it should have been two movies, to handle the two main plots (Hulk vs. the military and Hulk vs. Absorbing-freak Dad) and to make room for more exposition. As an example, at the beginning of the movie when Freak-Dad isn’t freaky yet and still working, he’s trying desperately to find a cure for little Bruce. Um, a cure for what? Until he also got dosed with the nano-thingies and zappified by the gamma rays, Bruce was apparently perfectly normal.
With that said, I don’t see any problems with the Thing’s proportions (he looks about like I’d expect a walking boulder to look), but then, I never read the comic books.