We told you earlier in the week in one of our news briefs that “The Incredible Hulk” director Louis Letterier promised a cameo appearance by none other than Captain America in the film. Well, consider it one of those obscure Hollywood promises because if you go and see the movie this weekend, you’ll have to look real hard to find the good Captain because he is no where to be found.
Marvel Studios opted to remove about 70 minutes out of the film’s theatrical release which included dark segments revealing Bruce Banner’s decision to off himself because he can’t deal with his Hulk outbreaks. He meets up with Captain America way up north in the Arctic Circle where Banner is convinced by the Captain to find a way to deal with his dual persona.
Since the studio is shooting to reach as wide a range of age groups as possible they felt these scenes were far to dark and moody and didn’t really add anything to the overall production value of the film, so they were cut from the theatrical version. Letterier and Marvel do promise that they will be included in the DVD release. Of course, all we can hope is this isn’t just another Hollywood promise.
Now, let’s think about this for just a minute. It’s alright for a parent to show a frightening green monster of a man rip things (and people) from limb to limb, but it’s not proper to see a man deal with some real internal emotional turmoil and get positive feedback from a trusted friend that puts him back on the path of living. Boy, talk about screwed-up priorities. Why doesn’t Hollywood execs just tell the truth for a change. Watching those quiet private moments doesn’t sell tickets to the kiddies, but watching him turn into a monster and tear the hell out of a city, well — that’s definitely a no brainer for ticket sales….isn’t it? They’ve had it right all along…….”That’s Entertainment!”