'Hulk' Too Big for Mere Movies

Marvel Comics latest comic-turned-matinee-idol won't be limited to the big screen. Look for TV specials, DVD releases and an interactive game looking to capture some of the wave from "The Hulk's" June 20 release.
Marvel Comics latest comic-turned-matinee-idol won't be limited to the big screen. Look for TV specials, DVD releases and an interactive game looking to capture some of the wave from "The Hulk's" June 20 release.

Comic book stores are already making room on their shelves for the different versions of the Hulk that date back over 40 years to his first appearce 1962., and Marvel is releasing a full color book, "The Incredible Hulk Hardcover," as well as a new comic series that is slated to debut in 2004.


"The Hulk: The Game" (Vivendi Universal Games, $46.88) for PlayStation 2, creates a virtual world that the player can experience as either the Hulk himself or scientist Bruce Banner. Every object encountered can be manipulated, broken or used as a weapon.

"Hulk" actor Eric Bana voices Banner for the game as well and takes the story one year ahead of where the movie leaves off with Banner having been betrayed by longtime mentor Professor Crawford who captures the Hulk's essence into an orb that evil villain The Leader wants to unleash as a relentless army of Gamma creatures. Banner must chase down The Leader through the streets of San Francisco and Alcatraz's famous prison.

Game review magazine Play says "The Hulk: The Game" is an extension of the film "meant to further the experience after you leave the theater, charged, wanting to rip things from the ground and use them as bats." Wizard magazine adds that "players will get the distinct impression that they're actually playing a Hulk movie, which makes for a smashing good time."

For more information go to www.vugames.com.

Over on DVD, 20th Century Fox has just released "The Incredible Hulk: Death of the Incredible Hulk" ($14.98), the third and final Hulk telefilm that aired after the five-season fun of the popular TV series. "Death of the Incredible Hulk" shows Banner's ultimate effort to rid himself of the green beast within and captures the last appearance of stars Lou Ferrigno (who has cameo in the new movie) and the late Bill Bixby as Banner.

Look for new Hulk lunch boxes, green Hulk soap, a big line of Hulk trash bags, a Hulk ceramic bank, a Hulk Pez dispenser and, of course, new action figures to be released throughout the summer. Costume shops are also stocking up on Hulk masks for the kiddies in anticipation of a Halloween run.

"The Hulk" opens in theaters nationwide on Friday, June 20.
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6/11/2003
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