Get out your CRASH POW SNIKT SNIKT, we're reviewing Hulk vs. Thor and Hulk vs. Wolverine!
For our first contender I started off with Hulk vs. Wolverine. Full disclosure: The primary reason I started with this is because I knew Deadpool was in it.
First off, it would be more appropriate to call this Wolverine vs. Hulk as it's told entirely from Wolverine's point of view. In fact, Hulk is barely in this; 30% at best. This retells the first time Wolverine encounters the Hulk as there's some sort of giant beast romping around the Canadian countryside and he has no idea what it could be.
There's not much story here. Wolverine finds Hulk, Wolverine starts fighting Hulk, Wolverine finds out the Weapon X program is trying to find Hulk, Wolverine fights all of Weapon X, etc. Weapon X consists of Sabertooth, Lady Deathstrike, Omega Red, and of course Deadpool. If you put Deadpool in anything, he is automatically the best thing about it, and it is no different here. Steve Blum is Wolverine and Nolan North is Deadpool, so you know the voice acting is pretty damn good. And all the lines you'd want to hear from Wolverine and Hulk are there within the first 5 minutes. The movie opens with Wolverine saying his signature line of him being the best at what he does.
There's barely any story, but there is A TON of action. Wolverine fighting Hulk, Wolverine fighting Sabretooth, Sabretooth and Lady Deathstrike fighting Wolverine, Hulk throwing around all of Weapon X...it's all great. The animation is fluid and the character designs are striking. Jeff Matsuda does really good work with the character design. Strangely enough, I liked Sabretooth's design the best. His jaw just looks so menacing. It's also pretty violent, lots more blood than I'd thought there'd be in a cartoon. Not to the level of Ultimate Hulk vs. Wolverine, but still pretty damn bloody.
It's kind of disorienting in the beginning as it starts with a flashback and then later on they go into another flashback explaining Weapon X. Although they don't go into any detail into the rest of the team, they just explain what we all already know about Wolverine, so I don't really see the point.
There's a ton of great fighting, but what really bugs me about this is that there's no end. Weapon X is defeated, Hulk and Wolverine are about to fight again, and then...it ends. That's not really answering the question you set up at the beginning of this movie, which is basically, "who would win in fight, Wolverine or the Hulk?" They don't even have a half-assed ending where they decide to work together and call it a draw! It's dissapointing.
Fun fact though, in the series Wolverine and the X-Men, there's an episode that's supposed to be a sequel to the movie in which Nick Fury gets Wolverine to find the Hulk again. So there's that I guess.
So in conclusion, no story, lots of fighting, good animation, deadpool, no real ending. On to the competitor, Hulk vs. Thor!
Wait, no, it has to be Thor vs. Hulk because it takes place entirely in Asgard, and it's from Thor and Loki's point of view and it starts and ends with Thor and Y'KNOW WHAT MARVEL I'M TIRED OF YOUR GAMES JUST GIVE HULK HIS OWN STORY GEEZ. Ahem. Well anyway...
Thor is defending Asgard during the "Odinsleep" and Loki zaps Bruce Banner to Asgard to wreck Thor's shit up. He has the Sorceress split the Hulk from Banner thinking he can control the beast. It all goes downhill from there.
I'm a bit biased in this one becuase I'm not that big of a Thor fan. I'm not into the high fantasy when it comes to superheroes with godlike powers and reality altering abilities, I prefer more down-to-earth science heroes and villains, so it was hard for me to get into this one. Having said that, I was surprised that this actually had a story, and a really good one at that. I don't want to get too far into it and spoil anything, but it was intriguing and explored the different characters and even had a major struggle for Banner. That's pretty great.
And if you are a big Thor fan, they'll have all your favorites: The warriors three, Sif, the sorceress, and of course Loki. I feel like Loki is supposed to be the deadpool of this movie, yet he wasn't at the level of mischievousness that he is in The Avengers movie or Avengers EMH or even Ultimate Spider-Man. But then this movie was made before all of those, so maybe I'm asking too much.
This one does have action but somehow it's not as awesome as Wolverine vs. There are huge battles and Hulk taking out leagues of semi-god guys and sword fighting ladies riding on winged horses and pew pew zappy magic and they even go to hell, but somehow I'm still not in love with it. There's not as much blood here, considering they're all basically gods and they all use mostly blunt instruments. There is however much more boobage. Just a crazy amount of boobage going on, and they all want a piece of Thor. Sif(when did they become a thing?!), the sorceress, and even the queen of hell all want him.
Which is odd because I didn't like this Thor all that much. His voice actor, Matthew Wolf, didn't sound as epic or heroic as I'd think of Thor. It may be that I'm so used to Rick Wasserman's Thor on Avengers EMH, but Wolf was not doign it for me. The animation and designs as well weren't as eye catching. The Hulk had a completly different look to him. He had more character in Wolverine vs, here he looks more monstrous.
The good news is they actually answer the question of who would win between Hulk and Thor! Not spoiling it, but there it is. Case closed.
So which one is better? Wolverine vs. had better designs and more awesomer fighting, but Thor vs. had a better story and actually answered the damn question. Honestly, it's a real toss up. They compliment each other well. I'm glad you can find them both in the same collection becuase separatly, they're equally lacking. But together, they're both pretty fun and worth a look. $$$$ Now if we can just get Hulk vs Iron Man, Hulk vs. Spider-Man, Hulk vs. Deadpool, and Hulk vs. Venom. You can't tell me you don't want to see those!