The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been around long enough now that it’s easy to take for granted. But it’s not the first time a shared universe of Marvel Comics characters showed up on screen. No, the FIRST MCU was in the 80’s. Spinning out of the smash hit The Incredible Hulk, Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno took their small screen superhero act to the next level. This is the Inside Story of the original shared Marvel world, the Incredible MCU that Time Forgot.

Featuring the Hulk himself, Lou Ferrigno, along with Eric Allan Kramer who played Thor, the original Daredevil Rex Smith, Elizabeth Gracen who’s spy Jasmine was, for all intents and purposes Black Widow, and writer Gerald DiPego, who scripted 2 of the 3 films. The cast and crew talk about the original series, coming back with The Return of the Incredible Hulk, and riding that success through The Trial of The Incredible Hulk and wrapping up the trilogy with The Death of The Incredible Hulk.

While the modern Avengers have grown from “I am Iron Man” to the snap in Infinity War, to Endgame and beyond on Disney+, some of the groundwork had been laid over 40 years ago, with David Banner and his alter ego the Hulk.

Produced and Edited by Clint Gage
Written by Scott Collura and Clint Gage
Illustrations by Amanda Flagg
Animation by Casey Redmon
Graphics by Kevin Cappiello & Will Batchelor

Featuring
Gerald DiPego
Lou Ferrigno
Elizabeth Gracen
Eric Allan Kramer
Rex Smith

Technical Producers
Marhyan Franzen
Tayo Oyekan
Red Rigos

Sources:
“Science Fiction Television Series” by Mark Phillips and Frank Garcia
“Marvel Comics: The Untold Story” by Sean Howe
“You Wouldn’t Like Me When I’m Angry: A Hulk Companion” by Patrick A. Jankiewicz

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