How cameo-laden is the new animated feature Hulk Vs. Wolverine DVD? Let's just say that I kept expecting an 800 number to pop up at the bottom of the screen, and the Hulk to croon a Burt Bacharach song. Not that that stops it from it being a violent and funny way to watch your favorite superheroes beat the crap out of each other.
An original story developed by X-Force writers Craig Kyle and Chris Yost, Hulk Vs. Wolverine is an direct-to-DVD animated feature with just about every villain (or, in one or two select cases, antihero) who's associated with the Weapon X program, and has what can generously be described as a pro-impalement policy. While the infamous "gingerbread Logan" scene from Damon Lindehof's Ultimate Wolverine Vs Hulk wasn't featured, the scene with Deadpool making jokes while chasing after his freshly sliced-off arm almost makes up for it.
Other big pluses for the feature include a nifty little flashback segment utilizing designs from Barry Windsor-Smith's classic Weapon X storyline, a compact running time that works its hardest to feature an explosion every 90 seconds, and witty dialogue (particularly when the above-mentioned Deadpool is on the scene), as well as Deathstryke, Omega Red and Sabretooth.
In a brief panel after the screening, writer/supervising producer Kyle mentioned additional upcoming features, such as Hulk Vs. Thor, which he promises will be "equally as violent, but in a different, epic, gods-smashing way." If they manage to retain the right amount of wit, blood, fanservice, cameos, and concision, Marvel and Lions Gate will have potential hits on their hand. Hulk Vs. Wolverine is currently scheduled for Blu-Ray and DVD release in January 2009, but if positive word of mouth pushes the release closer to the 2008 holiday season, I wouldn't be the least bit surprised.