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Captain America cut from Hulk

Hulk.jpgAfter the story I wrote this morning about Hulk apparently having some seventy minutes cut from it and the director reported Captain America scene missing from the previews, Louis Leterrier has come clean about the film and reported that the cameo has indeed been removed.

It seems that the scene he specifically appears in was cut as it was a little dark for teenage audiences. Yes, Hulk is being made kid friendly, and that could explain both Edward Norton's annoyance at the first cut and the announced seventy minutes of removed footage.

If you don't want to read about the scene where Captain America appears and what Bruce Banner is up to at the time then I would suggest you look away from the screen now...

SOS Hollywood interviewed Louis Leterrier and managed to get the truth out of him. Not only does he talk about the appearance of Captain America but he describes an entire scene which would look as though it represents a strong emotional turning point for the character, possibly assisted by Captain America himself:

"There’s a point when Bruce Banner gives up on his quest for the cure and decide to kill himself. So he travels far North and reaches the Arctic Circle. You might have seen bits of it in some of the promos. The result was a very dark and strong scene, which Marvel, me and everyone else’s considered to be too hard to young audiences to take, so we’ve cut it. Having that said, when Bruce arrives at his destination he meets up with Captain America! At some point this week, we will make it available on the internet – but I cannot tell you where or when – and the material will definitely be on the DVD."

Now it's just conjecture at this moment, but it does sound as though he goes there intending to kill himself and Captain America appears to turn him round, perhaps to tell him that Hulk could serve some good after all...who knows, it looks like we'll have to wait until the DVD for the full story, but we might also catch The Incredible Hulk Captain America reveal on the internet in the coming few days, if Leterrier has anything to do with it.

That scene aside, they've obviously cut scenes from the Hulk to make it more "young audience" friendly, and if there's a story that does not need watered down it's The Incredible Hulk. Still, this does raise a lot more excitement and interest in the uncut version of the film surely.



Damn young audiences .. they make me angry!!! Grrrrrrrr

what a shame... how do you think this will affect its overall review?

What a question Steve C., and one that opens up a minefield. It's so difficult to say because Leterrier does suggest that the majority of those cuts are made for good reasons and with their involvement, so you have to think that this version is better.

However we so often hear after the release that cuts were made against the better judgement of those making the film and we see a directors cut appearing.

I'm not really sure which way this is going. I think we might see a decent teen-friendly Hulk film that people will enjoy and accept much more than the original and come the DVD release we'll see a much darker and more complex characterisation of the Hulk and Banner.

It's what it seems so far. However knowning that so much has been cut from a film should not affect a review unless the film feels disjointed and missing character and plot development, and even then it should be an observation that there's more material out there.

I'll certainly review the film without thinking about those missing seventy minutes, even if I do mention it in the review.

What do you think? Will it affect your viewing of it?

Well as you say, its us geeks that know about it, not every Joe Bloggs will & so as long as it hold up without appearing disjointed, its all good, but for us , even if it is slightly disjointed, we'll note it since the news will always be at the back of our mind.

Makes me wonder sometimes if it ruins my experience of watching film 1st hand, no news, scoop, etc - just watch.


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