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Captain America secret unthaws on INCREDIBLE HULK DVD

The First Avenger's psuedo-cameo uncovered on the DVD

By Rob M. Worley     October 13, 2008

The Captain America Shield appears for a split-second in a deleted scene from THE INCREDIBLE HULK
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SPOILER CAUTION: This article contains a minor spoiler about the contents of the upcoming DVD release 'The Incredible Hulk'.

Now that Marvel's making their own movies, they've started capturing some of the fun of comics crossovers on the big screen. We've seen obvious things, like S.H.I.E.L.D. appearing in 'Iron Man' and 'The Incredible Hulk', as well as the famous codas to both those movies, where characters walk on and set up the 'Avengers' film.

And in 'Iron Man', eagle-eyed fans spotted Captain America's shield in Tony Stark's lab.

Now, when 'Incredible Hulk' was due to launch, director Louis Leterrier delighted in telling the press that Captain America appeared in the film. When we interviewed him back in June, just days before the release of the film, we tried to pin him down on what exactly he was talking about: Here's our exchange on the subject:

C2F: The Captain America thing has come up quite a bit this week. Are you sorry that you mentioned it to G4?

Leterrier: Yeah!

I love that. I could have said anything. I wanted to say I'm directing the "Smurf" movie.'s true! It's true! You just have to open your eyes and you will see it.

C2F: Will we literally see a man who is Captain America?

Leterrier: You will see a man! [laughs]

You'll see it. You'll like it.

C2F: I did not notice it in the screening I saw earlier this week.

Leterrier: The entire movie has not been released yet.

And I'm not talking about the DVD extras [ED NOTE: emphasis added 10/13]. I'm talking about something else, something different.

There's a sequence that's going to be seen on the internet some time very soon. Maybe today or tomorrow.

Go see the movie again. Maybe you'll see it in the movie. That's what's fun about it. Don't you think it's fun? It's an easter egg hunt. That's what it is.

So...Louis promised some kind of Captain America nod IN the movie, not relegated to DVD extras and, nobody ever spotted it.

Well, last week a copy of 'The Incredible Hulk' arrived on DVD and we've gone through it twice, looking for some background element that suggests Captain America. As far as we can see there is no such homage.

The DVD does contain the famous alternate opening which we'll recap here: Banner, some days or weeks after having transformed for the first time and injured Betty in the process, has traveled far to arctic north, where he plans to kill himself on a glacier, and bury his body under the ice. His plan is thwarted when he Hulks out and causes the glacier to collapse beneath him.

Many thought that Captain America would be seen in this segment of the movie and...guess what...there really is a nod here. Sort of.

We watched the scene several times and saw no reference to Cap. We frame-by-framed through it several times and still saw nothing.

Then, a reader sent in a grainy still  from 2:24 into that scene in that sequence you can see the faint image of Captain America's shield being exposed by the avalanche of ice! We had to bring the DVD into the computer and we still couldn't isolate the frame with Windows Media Player. But once we downloaded a better DVD software we were able to find and grab the frame. Check it out:

The Captain America Shield appears for a split-second in a deleted scene from THE INCREDIBLE HULK

The Captain America Shield appears for a split-second in a deleted scene from THE INCREDIBLE HULK

The appearance of the shield is subliminal at best. You'll never see it with the naked eye watching the sequence at normal speed.

As far as Louis' contention that we would see a "man" who is Captain America in the film...we're still not exactly sure what he was talking about. We figure he meant metaphorically, when we see Hulk carrying and throwing a shield. Or perhaps he meant it in a spiritual sense: with the super solider storyline figuring prominently into the film's plot.

Either way, the shield is there, and the avalanche scene could be seen as a fore-runner to the 'First Avenger: Captain America' film.

'The Incredible Hulk' arrives on DVD October 21st. Watch for our full review this week.


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superfrank78 10/13/2008 8:27:16 AM
Well that clears it all up.. hehe I was completely satisfied though with the Hulk wielding the triangular shield and the super soldier moves displayed by Blonsky. It was all enough coupled with Iron Man having the shield in his lab. Very much looking forward to the new Captain America movie. BUT Leterrier should apologize or pony up the footage he was talking about.
Rheul_home 10/13/2008 8:42:14 AM
Just a hint of the shield. Perfect. We don't need blunt references. Slowly pacing all the Cap/Avengers stuff is definitely the right way to do it. I loved Incredible Hulk and now I'm even more excited to get the DVD. Leterrier did a bang up job with the film. If there is a real Cap cameo somewhere I'm sure well see it sooner or later. No need to rush. I wonder what little tidbits will be waiting for us in Thor?
afrointelligent 10/13/2008 8:43:09 AM
Maybe I am retarded, but I don't see a shield.
AMiSHPiRATE 10/13/2008 8:58:18 AM
Weak. Am I the only one worried about the next few Marvel made films? With all the build up from this past summer, I'm worried they'll enter development hell or they won't live up to our expectations. What really scares me is that Stan Lee might have the balls to say, "hey, how about I write this one?" So far he's been good about not getting involved, but I'm getting worried.
aegrant 10/13/2008 9:15:09 AM
WTF? I could at least see the sheild in Iron Man. Plus if you saw the intro to the Hulk game then you proably saw the alternate opening. I just want to know if the supposed 20 deleted minutes are put back in the movie.
robbo 10/13/2008 9:29:05 AM
There are numerous deleted scenes on the DVD, but they are not integrated with the movie. Except for the alternate opening, they are all talky scenes with no Hulk or other action or F/X
Arachnid*Homosapien 10/13/2008 11:33:50 AM
Did I miss something? Isn't the name of the scientist,Dr. Josef Reinstein, located on one of those frozen canisters when they are talking about Operation: Rebirth? Maybe that's what they were talking about...?
Redshirt1 10/13/2008 12:20:57 PM
Actually it looks like it is more than the shield. Unless I'm greatly mistaken in the photo with the highlighted cell you can see a figure hilding the shield with what appears to be a faded letter "A" on his head.
Wiseguy 10/13/2008 1:06:52 PM
From what I got from all the interviews with Louis and Gale Ann Hurd was that Louis was full of shit. I think, like it has been pointed out elsewhere, is that he was referring to the serum in order to build some buzz. But it does look vaguely like Cap's shield, it could also be a garbage can top Still looking forward to the dvd. Didn't hear anything about that whale fighting scene in the arctic. I guess there were a lot of false rumors out there.
hanso 10/13/2008 1:20:57 PM
Yo what a bunch of bullshit! Letterrier was trying to get peep to see the movie more than once. I'm looking foward to seeing the other scenes and not this crap.
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