Wolverine uses his claws and Thor is a punching bag!
You guessed it, I am refering to the soon to be released Hulk Vs. Dvd featuring everyones favorite Canucklehead (Yea Charles I used it), and the Thunder God. After just watching both features I felt I needed to get in there before Charles and give my perspective. So Lets get to it.
Hulk Vs Wolverine
The DVD starts out already hot and heavy into the action which is always a great way to start off an animated feature. The fighting is bloody and brutal which surprised me at first, but not so much as what surprised me as when the fight went to round 2. Get this… WOLVERINE FINALLY USES HIS CLAWS!!! No posing with his claws to try an show how tough he is, no using his claws on doors, walls, gates, etc. Nope, he actually uses his claws to carve into just about everyone he fights in this. Apparently, Marvel finally got the memo and lets Wolverine really slice and dice the way we all had wanted him to. Now I’m not stupid, I know the rating on the shows and the rating on this DVD are way different and for that purpose alone they couldn’t have Wolverine being a butcher, but still its nice to see.
The 37 minute feature goes on to have a plot surprisingly, I originally thought it was just gonna be a slugfest. It involves alot of characters I never would have thought, including Professor Cornelius, Sabertooth, Deadpool(who is actually pretty funny), Omega Red, and even Lady Death Strike, as Logan-less Weapon X Team. Other characters are hinted but not revealed which is a pretty interesting way for Marvel to kind of bridge together them an Wolvie.
The DvD menu’s have nicely animated backgrounds, containing alot of character art and clips from the feature but thats really as glamorous as this dvd gets. Special features aren’t really anywhere to be found. No Hulk/Wolvie documentary, no art concepts, nothing of that nature. Just typical commentary and a trailer/sneak peak at the new Wolverine and the X-Men series which if you ask me and Charles could have been left out.
Hulk Vs Thor
Hulk vs Thor.. Well.. If your thinking that that title alone will inspire a jaw dropping, bone breaking, earth shattering, clash of the titans like battle… you are way off. Through means I wont divulge, Hulk finds his way into Asgard as a pawn in Loki’s scheme to destroy the Thunder God and quite frankly, almost does. Thor proves that when matched up to the Hulk, punching bag is as good a rating as he’s ever gonna get. Considering that Thor is Marvel’s answer to DC’s Superman this was extremely disappointing. Blondy gets in a couple of nice shots, but Hulk really wipes the floor with him. Oh and if you have a hatred for “Thor-speak” as our leader here at Tippingthescales.com does, thats gonna be another irritance. Considering they are in Asgard, thats the only way they talk.
The story continues through out Asgard and to hell and back (literally) as Loki and Thor team up to save the soul of Bruce Banner from Hella, Mistress of Hell. This part gets a little tense as we see things as Bruce would have liked them to be instead of as they are. That part touched me and I felt alot of sympathy for the character. The writers did a great job in that aspect, showing Hulk/Bruce banner as a brooding, conflicted, and sympathetic Hero. That was probably the best thing about this feature because the fighting certainly was not.
Again there is no bonus content to speak of on this feature either, aside from the well animated menu background and commentary. The feature is 45 minutes and probably so because of the extremely long intro credits scene.
All in all aside from missing bonus content, this really was not as bad as I thought it was going to be. Sure the Thor fight was really lame but it wasn’t all bad. If you ask me this was Marvel’s answer to DC’s awesome Superman:Doomsday feature, and they did one hell of a job.
PRO: Wolverine uses his claws, Hulk is a sad man, Deadpool was funny.
CONS: Thor got his @$$ whooped, No bonus content.