Screenplay by Kevin Hopps.
The first episode of Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.‘s new season, Planet Hulk (part 2), begins where season one ended, with the establishment of Planet Hulk in a battle against Galactus.
Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. airs in Disney XD UK HD’s Marvel Universe block, along with Ultimate Spider-Man, which is the more comedic half, but that’s not a bad thing. Spider-Man’s a very humorous character, but Hulk tends to more serious, and it would be totally out of character for him not to be.
Interestingly, the show employs a mockumentary style, with scenes cutting-away to video diaries of characters talking about other characters or the events of the episode. All of this amidst fighting and piloting planets against a rampaging villain, and it’s an odd mix. But the Marvel Universe is a very odd mix, and it really works. Especially for a storyline such as this one, taking place in space and resembling Middle Earth in the future. It keeps you grounded and proves that the Hulk is more than a smashing monster. It proves there’s a person in him. Giving a character a video diary isn’t necessarily guaranteed to be effective, but Hulk contrasts with that idea so much that he becomes the one who has to do it. And it’s really something I hope is carried-over to live action versions.
Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.: Planet Hulk (part two) – combat and character fuse well. 6/10