Movie Facts: The Incredible Hulk
Movie Facts! Director Louis Leterrier had been interested in directing Iron Man, but when Jon Favreau took that project Avi Arad offered him a sequel to the Hulk.
The Incredible Hulk:
Betty Ross buys Bruce some purple pants. In the comics, the Hulk is almost always seen wearing purple pants.
Hulk creator Stan Lee has a cameo as the man who drinks the soft drink contaminated with Bruce Banner's blood.
Two stars of The Incredible Hulk TV series have cameos. Bill Bixby, who played David Banner, is seen on TV and Lou Ferrigno, who played the Hulk, portrays a security guard and voices the Hulk in the film.
William Hurt based his performance as General Ross on Captain Ahab, the obsessive captain who endlessly chased Moby Dick.
According to General Ross, the serum project that mutated Bruce Banner into the Hulk was developed during World War II. This is a reference to Marvel Comics' next film, The First Avenger: Captain America being released in 2011; he was created with the use of a special serum. Even the serum is the colour of Captain America, blue serum with a red top.
In the DVD deleted scenes, a scene was shot where Bruce Banner arrives at the Arctic to commit suicide. If you look closely you can see Captain America and his shield frozen in the ice.
Tim Blake Nelson's character, Samuel Sterns, gets the Hulk's blood in a wound in his head. His head starts to mutate and grow and then he smiles. This is a foreshadowing of his role as the main villain, The Leader.