Episode #7: Wolverine Vs The Hulk
Original Airdate - February 27th, 2009

Wolverine is blackmailed by S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, Nick Fury to help track down the Hulk; who is out of control and tearing up towns in northern Canada. He agrees only to keep the identities of his fellow X-Men from getting into the hands of the wrong people. Loathingly he trudges out to the snowy wilderness looking for his old sparring partner. The Hulk finds Wolverine in no time and they battle it out until Wolverine manages to subdue Hulk, who when calmed turns back into Bruce Banner. Wolverine learns from Banner that he himself was dropped into the wilderness by S.H.I.E.L.D. to stop the rampage of a hiker who somehow magically fell under a mystical curse that turned him into a monster. Together they set out to stop the monster with Banner’s serum only to find out that there are four vicious beasts after them not one. Their attacks are relentless. But once exposed to the serum, the monsters shockingly turn back into human form! They are actually S.H.I.E.L.D. agents! Wolverine is furious; Fury lied to he and Banner and brought him in to clean up his mess. As a last nod, Wolverine punches Banner turning him back into the Hulk and letting him wreak havoc on Fury and his crew as he heads back home.

Story By Greg Johnson, Craig Kyle, Chris Yost.
Written by Chris Yost
Directed by Doug Murphy
Music by Dean Grinsfelder
Animation By Noxxon Entertainment

Steve Blum as Wolverine
Fred Tacasciore as The Hulk
Gabriel Mann as Dr. Bruce Banner
Alex Desert as Nick Fury

Review: Arsenal - Fanboys love a good team-up. If Marvel announces a Fantastic Four show, we don’t want to know about the Fantastic Four. We want to know when Iron Man or She-Hulk is going to show up.

Think about it. What elicited the biggest response when Marvel released the trailer for Wolverine and the X-Men? The three-second snipped with The Hulk.

Team-ups are tricky things. You have 22 minutes to introduce a beloved character to a separate mythos, remind everyone why they are beloved, and do this without detracting from your actual stars—in this case, the X-Men.

The creators solve that problem partly by paring the team to bare bones. I mean that almost literally. No X-Men even makes an unspeaking cameo in this episode except for Wolverine.

Granted, there’s some logic to pairing Wolverine and The Hulk. (Yes, you must say “The Hulk.” It’s like The Ohio State University or The Noodle Incident.) Wolverine was a Hulk villain before he was an X-Man, and this episode certainly draws its inspiration from Incredible Hulk 181, Logan’s first full appearance in the comics.

Just like in the comic, this episode is a three-way tango between Wolverine, The Hulk and Wendigo with Nick Fury thrown in for good measure. It makes for a lot of big action pieces.

The Hulk/Bruce Banner is used well here, but the focus remains on Wolverine. Even though this episode is basically an excuse for The Hulk and Wolverine to break stuff (mostly each other), we get what may be some important hints into Wolverine’s past. “Wolverine vs. The Hulk” works as an episode of Marvel Team-Up.

However, I am beginning to wonder if the X-Men will ever do anything as a team. In seven episodes, the X-Men have had two fights as a group. In the third part of “Hindsight” they fought Magneto, but that turned out to be a big misunderstanding. In “Overflow” the whole team tangled with Shadow King.

The first two episodes of the series were about assembling the team. Fair enough. In the last three episodes we’ve seen Wolverine team up with Gambit and The Hulk and a Nightcrawler feature. Every episode works by itself, but it is a bit perplexing that we don’t see the group.

Granted, there may be some method to this madness. Wolverine is a lousy team leader. He prefers to act alone, as shown in decades of comics and most of the last few episodes. Having these solo jaunts take him out of the unnatural setting of team leader. So it works for the character of Wolverine, but it shortchanges the rest of the crew.

Once again, it has not made any episode unenjoyable, but it would be nice to see the entire X-Men, unless they plan to rename the show Wolverine &.


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