Originally Posted by Master Zik
One thing I think we should keep in mind is all this Hulk stuff had to be made sense of after mistakes.
The only reason gray Hulk exists is cuz of issues with coloring back in the 60s. Hulk was suppose to always be green. Then they had to make sense of that. Notice how they ditched the whole phases of the moon and making the Hulk like a werewolf though.
Then some writer brought back gray Hulk and gave him the personality of Mr. Fixit.
Same with the inconsistency with Hulk's speech. At first he just talked like an uneducated hoodlum (a 60s hoodlum). There wasn't any Hulk isn't smart, he only did the Hulk smash stuff when fighting. He could understand and carry on a convo. Then that moon stuff came in and writer's who took over (I think Stan as well) found it easier for Hulk to be a child like brute. Later on even that got explained away through his powers about the angrier he gets the more other stuff get diminished to focus on making him stronger.
Later on that growing theory of Bruce's id and ego and being abused, possible multiple personalities all ended up leading to the multiple Hulk's in his head that suddenly became more than a mental problem. I think Peter David is responsible for a lot of that (good stories). Now we are where we are with continuity.
The only reason Bruce's full name is David Bruce Banner is cuz Stan Lee made a mistake (given he was basically the sole writer and co-writer for like a dozen comics and growing throughout the 60s) like he's done before like with calling Peter Parker Peter Palmer. Instead of ditching it they made it stick.
I'm pretty sure you're incorrect on a couple of points.
First of all (both), Hulk was always supposed to be GRAY, but the coloring technology of the time made it difficult to have him "pop" from the comics, so they went with the color green.
Secondly, "Bruce" was considered a "gay"* name, so Stan Lee ran with David to make the character more appealing to the masses.
*The PC police can try to go back and change history, but that was the social climate of the time.
I stopped collecting comics in the mid-90s, but the MCU is literally a dream come true. I appreciate what Fox did with X1 and X2, and I appreciate what Sony did with SM1 & 2, but it was easy for me to tell that neither studio ever really saw the potential of the source material.
Once I saw Cap1, I understood why it wasn't an outright box office smash, but I left the (German) theater thinking "damn, these guys know what they're doing". I NEVER liked Cap as kid but i came to respect him as an adult based on his first movie alone.
My ultimate dream is to have Wolverine cast properly and brought into the MCU fold. Jackman was satisfactory for the first 2 films, but they never truly got the character right if I'm being honest.
The over saturation of Avengers 2 promotion was nearly cringe-worthy, but understandable. The wanted NO ROOM for DC or the Marvel affiliates to breathe and they did a good job on that front (particularly with the acquisition of some rights to Spiderman). However there was absolutely NO desire for me to see A2 twice as I had already seen enough. I went to see Ant Man twice, and thoroughly enjoyed both viewings because there were some surprises.
With that said, it absolutely warms my heart to hear that the box office numbers were viewed as a disappointment to the Marvel execs. It tells me that they realize the potential of the source material and blame themselves with how they handled it.
Blah... Blah-blah... Blah... More Marvel movies.