Hulk Vs (2009) is a Direct to Video animated film from Marvel Animation and Lionsgate, featuring the Incredible Hulk in two short film battles, one against Wolverine, the other against The Mighty Thor.
Hulk Vs. Thor
In Hulk vs. Thor, Bruce Banner is abducted by Loki and brought to Asgard with the help of the Enchantress. Loki angers Banner to induce the Hulk transformation, at which time the Enchantress magically separates the Hulk from Banner, giving Loki control over the Hulk. With his newfound pawn, Loki charges the gates of Asgard to try to claim Odin's realm during the week when he is resting. Only Thor has a chance of stopping him...
Hulk Vs. Wolverine
In the segment Hulk vs. Wolverine, Department H sends Wolverine to hunt down a mysterious beast known by the US Military as the Hulk, who is rampaging across the Canadian wilderness. Tracking the beast by a distinctive toxic scent left at the wreckage of a small town, Wolverine soon finds Bruce Banner sitting and crying at the edge of a small lake. Noticing the same toxic scent clinging to Banner, Wolverine starts to violently interrogate him, ignoring Banner's warnings until... oops. Hello, Hulk. And this is only the beginning of Wolverine's problems.
This is also the first time Deadpool has a speaking role in an animated appearance, as well as his first non-cameo role in an animation.
Both segments contain examples of:
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Fred Tatasciore continues his tenure as the Hulk, which started in the Ultimate Avengers movies.
- Madhouse: Did the animation for both shorts with subdivisions DR Movie and Moi Animation.
- Versus Title
The "Wolverine" segment contains examples of:
- Adaptation Distillation: Wolverine's origin from Weapon X is included through small snippets of every major scene and its just as rich in Nightmare Fuel as the original story.
- Animesque: Jeff Matsuda, who did most of the character designs for Jackie Chan Adventures and The Batman did the design for the Wolverine segment and thus, like those shows and his stuff in general, falls into this trope.
- Asskicking Pose: After Wolverine and Bruce Banner escape captivity, the Weapon X team all strike Ass Kicking Poses before running off to hunt them down. Deadpool lampshades this by shouting "Strike a pose!"
- Anti-Hero: Wolverine is a Type IV, in the height of his pre X Men days and Not So Different from the Weapon X stooges. Hulk is a Type III. He saves passers by and only fight back is provoked, by lord help you if you make him angry...
- Body Horror: People are stabbed, arms are ripped and sliced off, and other assorted not-so-Bloodless Carnage. Made funny when Deadpool spends about a minute re-attaching his Logan-severed arm pieces!
- Real Nightmare Fuel when Hulk rips off Deathstrike's arms. The fact that she is a cyborg does nothing to reduce the effect.
- Bloodless Carnage: Averted. The Wolverine segment is the first non-comic appearance of the character to not use it.
- Continuity Snarl: According to Word of God, the Wolverine short takes place in the same universe as Wolverine and the X-Men. However, a number of things contradict each other. In the series, Wolverine doesn't remember Weapon X or Sabretooth when he runs into Sabretooth after years, whereas in the short, he does remember them and Deadpool, Lady Deathstrike, and Omega Red well. Also, on WatXM, Bruce Banner, after transforming from the Hulk, has no idea who Wolverine is, whereas in the short, Wolverine's first meeting with Bruce is while he's Bruce and Wolverine is the reason for his two main Hulk-outs in the short.
- It gets worse as Avengers: The Earth's Mightiest Heroes is apparently in the same universe with no proof except Wolverine having a very short cameo.
- Plus, in the DVD commentary they explicitly say at the end that Sabretooth is dead.
- Fridge Brilliance. Wolverine lost the battle and developed memory loss due to that.
- Darker and Edgier: Than almost all other Marvel animations, what with all of Wolverine's semi-mild cursing and not-so-Bloodless Carnage...
- Direct-to-Video: In practice, this is more of an OVA...
- Empathy Doll Shot: A single lonely teddy bear is left behind after the Hulk's rampage... though it's shown later that it's thanks to the Hulk that the girl and her father weren't made into swiss cheese by Deadpool.
- Evasive Fight Thread Episode: We never do get to see who wins the titular match in Hulk vs. Wolverine.
- Something that draws complaints when one compares it to Hulk vs. Thor.
- Though the fact that Banner is still the Hulk during The Stinger probably implies that he was the winner.
- Laughably Evil: Deadpool
- Feed It a Bomb: Deadpool tries this on the Hulk. It ends badly.
- Foe Yay: Lady Deathstrike and Sabretooth each appear to have their own brand of heat for Wolverine during their fights.
- Fragile Speedster: Lady Deathstrike can run circles around the Hulk. He ends the fight with a single Shockwave Clap.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: A very good thing for pretty much all of the major characters.
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Steve Blum continues his tenure as Wolverine which started with the X-Men Legends games.
- Likewise, Tom Kane reprises the role of Professor Thornton from Wolverine and the X-Men.
- This was also the start of Nolan North becoming Marvel's go-to guy for Deadpool's voice (much in the same vein as the aforementioned Blum and Tatascoire are to, respectively, Wolverine and the Hulk), given he was set to reprise the role for Wolverine and the X-Men before it got cancelled and will reprise the role from Marvel VS. Capcom 3 and Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions.
- Though this came after, don't forget his role as Nathan Drake in both Uncharted games.
- Sabretooth is Boris and Unicron.
- Likewise, Omega Red is Quickstrike and Red Menace
- Hulk Speak: "Hulk smash little man!" Okay, Wolvie's only 5'2, but there's no reason to go on about it...
- Lean and Mean: Deadpool's incarnation in the Wolverine segment, whom fans have dubbed "Skinnypool".
- Let's Get Dangerous: After Logan receives a major asskicking from the Hulk, he wakes a few seconds later, says, "Ok bub, let's try that again" and proceeds to open his own can of whupass.
- Moment Killer: Deadpool... in general, really.
- Orgasmic Combat: Lady Deathstrike seems to orgasm as she's tearing into Wolverine.
- Oh Crap: The standard response to any Hulk-based rampage, "Hulk tear off talking-man's head," got a very straight usage from Deadpool.
"My head? Oh Crap."
- Well tearing off Deadpool's head is one of the few ways to stop him (from fighting, anyway).
- Only Sane Man: Ironically enough the Hulk. Considering that everyone else is a Axe Crazy Blood Knight (Wolverine included) whose in it only for the sake of violence or revenge, the Hulk looks positvely saintly in comparison, given that he goes out of his way to save people from Weapon X. The worst thing he does is attack Wolverine, and given that Wolvy threatend to gut him and stabbed him in the chest, it's hard not to argue that he had good reason.
- People Jars: The Weapon X cloning program.
- Popularity Power: While the final battle is not shown, at the end of Hulk vs. Wolverine, the Hulk is the only one left standing (and squishing Deadpool). In Wolvie's defense, he had just finished kicking everyone else's ass immediately before that.
- The Stinger
- Word of God: Hulk vs Wolverine is set in the same universe as Wolverine and the X-Men.
- It's a bit more than just Word of God; the WATXM episode Wolverine vs. Hulk has flashbacks to this movie, from both combatants. Though it gets kind of foggy when Logan has no clue who or what Weapon X is later on...
- Furthermore, the floating babies in test tubes includes X-23, Wolverine's Opposite Gender Clone. As we see in a future-set episode of Wolverine and the X-Men, Wolverine and all his clones (each one identical, but apparently with different names) are working together against the Sentinels.
- The Worf Effect: A rare variation where it's the villains and not Wolverine who suffers from this. Probably helps that he can actually stab people. Wolverine is shown to kick Deathstrike, Sabretooth and Deadpool around with relative ease (in the comics one is normally enough to slow him down at least). Omega Red is the only one really capable of holding his own, but that's at least true to the comics.
The "Thor" segment contains examples of:
- Balancing Death's Books: Hela eventually sends Bruce Banner back to the mortal plane after claiming him. She eventually takes Loki instead (since he tricked her in the first place.)
- Bloodless Carnage: Played straight. Possibly due to the Asgardians being immortal.
- Curb Stomp Battle: All of Hulk vs. Thor. Despite fighting one of Marvel's most powerful heroes, a race of war gods, and other badasses from mythology the Hulk is never in any danger or even really tested. By the end you can tell they're just going through the motions.
- Hello, Nurse!: The Enchantress.
- Hey, It's That Voice!:
- The Jimmy Hart Version: The ending theme to The Hulk's live-action TV show gets one during the final scene.
- Jobber: All of Asgard takes this role, with Thor being the most prominent, and for his fans, angering example.
- Magic Pants: The Hulk always has these, but this time it's taken to an extreme: When Banner and the Hulk are separated, both are wearing the trademark purple pants. The things can duplicate themselves? Of course, gods and magic were involved...
- Oh Crap: Loki when Thor arrives at his sanctum.
"LOKI!! I would have words with you!"
- Smoke Shield: Following Thor's only major attack.
- The Worf Barrage: After getting the crap beat out of him repeatedly by the Hulk, Thor finally decides to get serious and launch a powerful lightning attack complete with hammer throw and obligatory HAM. After the smoke settles the Hulk gets up unharmed and beats Thor around like a rag doll.
- Worf Effect: Thor suffers from this in the Marvel Animation films. He is pumped up early on by being declared as Asgard's mightiest warrior, only hope, capable of crushing entire armies, etc. Yet whenever he fights the Hulk he barely fights back instead serving mainly as the Hulk's punching bag. When he does bother his attacks barely register. Compare that to Wolverine who was as outpowered if not more so than Thor and is able to be about even.