Reviewed by Movie Moxie’s Alicia Glass
Studio: Marvel Animation
Director: Sam Liu
Review Rating: 7
Alicia like? Or Alicia SMASH??
Hulk is banished from Earth by the Avengers and crashes on a planet, and forced by an evil ruler into gladiatorial games!
So the planet Sakaar needs a savior. The Red King is a tyrant and forces slaves into gladiatorial games they have no real hope of winning for his own amusement. His guards and swordsmen, they don’t much care for him either, even taking into account the idea that the Red King saved some of them from the deadly Spikes that destroyed their various homes. So when Hulk (Rick D. Wasserman) crashes onto Sakaar, he of course gets tossed into the games along with his cellmates, who each have their own interesting backstory that ties in with how they got there. Hulk, who for some reason is stuck as the big green rage monster the entire time he’s on Sakaar, just wants to be left alone, balks at bonding with his cellmates, and sure as hell doesn’t want to fight in the arena. Forced into it by the control modules though, he has no choice. Wait, no choice? No one makes Hulk do anything he doesn’t want to! HULK SMASH!
It’s a wonderful little excerpt of the Marvel universe, a kind of side jaunt for Hulk, not Bruce Banner. The film does take a bit for granted that you the viewer has plenty of working knowledge of the Marvel universe: skating over Banner’s back story entirely, the use of Thor look-alike Beta Ray Bill as a villain turned hero, and the differences between the original comic book story of Planet Hulk versus the animated film adaptation for you die-hard fanatics out there. Given a still-popular television show, several live-action films, and decades of popularity, I see no reason Hulk shouldn’t have his own planet too!
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