RULK REVIEW : “Nightmare in Red” Season 2, Episode 9 of AVENGERS : Earth’s Mightiest Heroes – Red Hulk’s Television debut!
“Nightmare in Red” marks the thrilling television debut of the monstrous Red Hulk, which is the 9th episode of the second season of the immensely popular animated series AVENGERS : Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. While this landmark episode will not air in the United States until Sunday, June 24th, the crimson giant’s debut has already premiered in other countries (as well as streamed online), enabling this advance review… which does indeed contain spoilers to a degree that varies depending on the reader’s previous knowledge of the Red Hulk’s true identity and lore. So how did the Red Hulk’s television premiere measure up?
The episode begins with an airborne General “Thunderbolt” Ross and Major Glenn Talbot arriving on the landing pad of a S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier. The decorated officers have flown there to argue their case with Maria Hill that the U.S. Military needs the sample of Hulk’s blood, currently stored in a secure chamber of the helicarrier, in their effort to militarize it. They also express their utter disdain for allowing the Avengers to harbor a monster such as the “Hulk” under the protection and guise of a heroic teammate.
During this heated exchange, unbeknownst to Hill, the blood sample of the Hulk is stolen… and later mixed with an unknown reddish component and ultimately injected into the arm a mysterious person on board: his identity hidden by shadows. The injection transforms the figure into the raging Red Hulk, who begins to dismantle the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier and his crew.
It’s soon obvious that the Rulk is not the one calling the shots however and there is a master plan afoot to capture Bruce Banner. But the Red Hulk has a plan of his own… a plan to finally defeat the Incredible Hulk and prove he is no longer the strongest one there is.
There has been a lot of creative changes made to Red Hulk’s origin in “Nightmare in Red”. Some are due to time constraints. Others are due to the nature of being a children’s television show. Yet some key changes were made simply because the show’s creators are trying to tell a larger tale over a great deal of episodes (like the looming Skrull invasion) versus many self-contained more origin accurate stories told in one or two part episodes. The show’s writers opted to take a creative license (or uncreative license) and made changes to the Red Hulk continuity to make the character fit within the series current “big picture”. The result is an initial level of frustration, like when the realization is made that neither Leader, M.O.D.O.K, nor any member of the Intellegencia seem to be involved with the Red Hulk’s creation. This really doesn’t do the character justice.
Not all of the Red Hulk comic history was discarded for the sake of this television series’ continuity however. The SHIELD Helicarrier attack and the assault on Agent Quartermain was ripped from the pages of HULK Issue #2. Doc Samson appears to be playing a role in duality again… and the theme “Who is the Red Hulk” is honored here, never revealing that General Ross is the Rulk in this episode (which pretty much all but guarantees this is not the last we’ve seen of crimson giant this season.)
And while his absorbing powers are nowhere to be found, the Rulk’s radioactive heat core is on display numerous times. The Red Hulk also has a scene where he expresses an oh so enjoyable sinister, arrogant laugh (that gets to the core of why we find the red villain so enjoyable.)
As with the AVENGERS : EMH series as a whole, the animation suffers from a subpar quality, yet it’s offset by some terrific voice acting and enjoyable action scenes that are pretty well choreographed.
Even with all the disappointing origin changes, it was extremely exciting to finally see the Red Hulk grace the small screen. Let’s hope the Rulk’s next appearance is even better.. and more faithful to the character we’ve grown to love!
3.5 out of 5 Stars
A general falls. A red monster rises. Stay tuned.
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RULK TV : Red Hulk’s Televison debut arrives earlier on June 24th in “Nightmare in Red” episode of AVENGERS : Earth Mightiest Heroes!
Originally reported HERE that the Rulk’s first television appearance would occur this August in an episode titled “Code Red” on the hit television show AVENGERS : EARTH’S MIGHTIEST HEROES, new upcoming solicitations have indicated the Red Hulk will appear much sooner… debuting in the episode “Nightmare in Red” this June! Here is the solicitation:
[ Airs June 24th 2012 – DisneyXD ]
When S.H.I.E.L.D. is attacked by the Hulk, the Avengers rush to the scene. When they arrive, the rampaging Hulk is RED! The hunt is on for Bruce Banner as the Avengers try and unravel the mystery of ‘Who is the Red Hulk?’
While this anticipated episode will air in June (after a one month hiatus for the series in the United States), lucky Australian Red Hulk fans will not have to wait that long! They will be able to watch the Red behemoth’s television debut this Wednesday, May 30th!
The one remaining question is what of the “Code Red” episode? Is “Nightmare in Red” the same episode with a mere name change? Will the “Code Red” episode still air in August and feature a second appearance of the Red Hulk this season, along with his team of villains… Deadpool, The Punisher, Thundra, Electra and Crimson Dynamo (all featured in the “Code Red” comic storyarc)? Or is that episode just featuring the Vision… an episode originally titled “Behold… the Vision”? Only time will tell.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, ABC Network President Paul Lee still wants to bring the Hulk Television Series to ABC (which will smash the hopes of fans rooting for a revived interest in another theatrical solo film). Here’s the lowdown:
The network’s entertainment president told reporters Tuesday during a conference call ahead of his formal upfront presentation to Madison Avenue ad buyers in New York that he’d still like to “see some Marvel projects come to television.”
“Hulk is in development,” he confirmed. “It wasn’t going to be ready this season but we hope it’s going to be ready for next season.”
Oscar nominee Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labrynth) is developing the project for the Disney-owned network after ABC’s parent company purchased Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion in late 2009.
RULK TV : Red Hulk’s Television Debut “CODE RED” Avengers Earth’s Mightiest Heroes Episode tentatively scheduled for August 12, 2012!
While Red Hulk fans should continue to check their local listings until the crimson giant’s appearance, it appears that the Rulk will finally make his television debut in Season Two of AVENGERS: EARTH’S MIGHTIEST HEROES this August 12th, 2012 on the Disney XD channel!
What is also interesting is the title of the episode is reportedly “CODE RED”. Fans of the Red HULK comic series will be familiar with that title because it was the same title used in HULK Issue # 14, which kicked off a brand new story arc and featured Ross leading a team of misfits and villains that consisted of Deadpool, The Punisher, Thundra, Electra and Crimson Dynamo! They all battled the X-Force in an effort to capture the mutant Domino before she can reveal the secret she discovered: The true identity of the Red Hulk!
Is the “CODE RED” title a coincidence? Will the Avengers face the same team the Red Hulk assembled in the comics? At this point, we’ll have to tune in to find out!
IGN interviewed Adrian Pasdar today, who’s vocal talents previously awarded him the starring role of Tony Stark in the Marvel Anime: Iron Man series. Well it seems during that interview, Pasdar let the proverbial “cat out of the bag” when he revealed he would not only would he be guest starring as Iron Man in the new HULK AND THE AGENTS OF S.M.A.S.H. upcoming Disney XD series, but actress Eliza Dushku has been cast as the voice of She-Hulk as well!
Both Marvel and Disney go to great lengths to keep this casting information under lock and key until they decide to make the big reveal, so it’s very likely the loose lipped Pasdar is feeling a lot of corporate heat at this very moment.