Bruce Banner and the Hulk have been mainstays of the Marvel Cinematic Universe from the very beginning, their introductory film released just over a month after Iron Man invited us into this world back in 2008. Though that film - titled, of course, The Incredible Hulk - didn't prove to be as popular as Iron Man, the characters themselves have gone on to become beloved parts of the universe thanks to subsequent appearances in the Avengers films and beyond.
Obviously, the franchise lost original actor Edward Norton along the way due to drama behind the scenes, but his replacement, Mark Ruffalo, who made his own debut in The Avengers, quickly proved to be a solid replacement.
And even the Hulk has evolved from nothing more than a pure, rage-filled monster to a character with depth all his own, both characters having grown through the years individually and in terms of their own troubled relationship with one another.
With the MCU's first era set to draw to a close next year with Avengers 4, now is the perfect time to reflect upon the first decade of the franchise.
We've already taken a look at the time we've spent with both Captain America and Thor, so now let's shift the conversation towards Dr. Banner and his angry green counterpart, stacking up each of their appearances to date to break down what they meant for the characters, their arc, and their overall place in the franchise in order to spotlight which film served them best.