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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Though nobody ever seems to notice it, the seemingly all-destructive Hulk protects innocents from harm, at least when part of him is the Dr. Jekyll-like figure of Bruce Banner. There is the theme of self-sacrifice in the "Thor" episode when Banner gives up his brief, heaven-like afterlife existence to join with the savage Hulk and cease the monster's unstoppable rampage. The "Wolverine" episode, meanwhile, is largely a free-for-all in which violence solves (or doesn't solve) everything, and even public troubleshooter Wolverine has his unsavory attributes.
Violence & Scariness
Brutish combat in both episodes, including bloody, broken superhero bodies (which can be magically or technologically healed straightaway though, or something). The "Hulk Vs. Wolverine" segments feature stabbings and blood spurting and limbs ripped or cut off villains by the Hulk or Wolverine - with the qualifier that the torn-off body parts are (usually) cyborg and can be reattached. Painful-looking creature transformations and declarations that actual death has occurred (even though Marvel stories are notorious for arbitrary resurrections).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Busty cartoon superheroines have supercleavage-revealing costumes.
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Some "damns," a very literal reference to hell, and an incomplete "stick it up your...!"
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Products & Purchases
Tie-in to vast quantities of related merchandise.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Wolverine and one of the Thor's fellow warriors are both heavy drinkers.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a violent cartoon double-feature of long short subjects (or short features) featuring Marvel comics characters, not a live-action epic. It presumes the viewer has in-depth knowledge of the Marvel Universe; newcomers to Hulk and X-Men stories will be especially puzzled. The combat, especially in "Hulk Vs. Wolverine," is unusually vicious for a "mere" cartoon. Red blood pours (even from the green-skinned Hulk, strangely), and arms are torn or amputated off. Wolverine and a few other characters are depicted as heavy drinkers. Deeply religious families may be put off by the pantheon of pagan gods and magic of "Hulk Vs. Thor" (even though it's clearly set in another world). To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Hulk and Marvel Comics fans can do much better than this. Though fans like to say that Marvel Comics brought real-world anxieties and problems to the superhero funny pages, this Hulk-ing double-header pretty much amounts to lots of Pro Wrestling-style (and Japanese-anime-looking) smackdowns -- and shockingly, an occasional dismemberment -- with very little time for drama. In fact, the bloody "Hulk Vs. Wolverine" (which does double-duty by investigating the origins of Wolverine a little bit) finishes in mid-fight, with no definitive ending.
Measurably better is "Hulk Vs. Thor," which mixes immortal combat with compelling conflict, not only in Bruce Banner's pain and sacrifice but Thor himself questioning the endless cycle of good-vs-evil violence that comprises his mythic existence. Arguably there's even too much side detail here, like a bit about how a love triangle in Thor's personal life somehow set all this in motion. Newcomers who don't know these characters and their long backstories (who is that Betty person?) will be confused; longstanding Marvel scholars will get more out of it.
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