When Does The Incredible Hulk Take Place?

The Incredible Hulk has become the most detached film from the MCU canon, and its timeline is one of the most confusing. This is part 2 of a 20 part video series dedicated to determine where each Marvel film takes place. Let’s try and explain where this film occurs.

“You don’t have to do this; please, this is insane!” “Betty, I’ve gotta try!”

The film begins with a montage of dates and articles wherein the Hulk has been seen over a 5 year period and the latest date noted was January 22nd, 2007, but this can be disregarded as the film later contradicts it. Banner has been on the run for 5 years according to General Ross, and was last seen fleeing on October 21st 2006. Since then, it’s been five months, so it’s now around March. Bruce goes 158 days without hulking out, which fits with March 2007.

Later we see that Blomsky’s rules of engagement are dated to the 24th of March, 2007. Bruce loses his streak and Hulks out in Brazil. 17 days later, he heads to Culver University, and eventually meets back up with Betty. The rest of the film occurs during Fury’s Big Week, with the battle of Harlem supposedly 4 days later, making it April 14th, 2007.

But that’s too easy! It can’t be 2007, as that’s before the first Iron Man, and we see that it’s concurrent with the events of Iron Man 2 and Thor in those films, though slightly later chronologically. So when do these films occur? Iron Man 2 would have you believe they occurred in 2010, while Avengers again retconned it to occur in 2011. So forget about any in-film dates for this movie. This film has been totally retconned to occur in May and early June of 2011, as we’ll explain further in Parts 4, 6, and 8 of this series.

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