One of the stumbling blocks to actually getting the story made was getting the right characters.
The villain needed to be someone other worldly and powerful and I toyed with using Doctor Doom for a while. The Mandarin was another possibility but his figure is near impossible to get hold of and Iron Man 3 has failed to produce one.
When the Thor line brought us Loki, I knew that I'd found my villain. This also gave me the superhero that appears at the end. Until I'd decided to use Thor this was going to be Iron Man.
The other character that needed to be chosen was that of the Shaman. Early ideas had been for it to be Mola Ram from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom but I needed the character to be highly poseable for his fight with the Hulk and Mola Ram, with his plastic robes isn't very dynamic.
When I considered using the Mandarin as the villain, Chun Li was the perfect choice as his acolyte and so she stuck.
The timing of the piece means that poor Chun Li has been used in the last three of AFT superhero stories. It's unlikely that the character here is the same as the one that faught Catwoman a few months ago.
Bruce Banner (Hulk Movie, transforming chamber)
Hulk (Toybiz Superhero Showdown)
Loki (Thor)
Alley Thug (Chap Mei Cops & Bad guys)
The Shaman - Chun Lei (Takara, Street Fighter)
Cops  (Chap Mei Cops & Bad guys)
Reporter 1 - Alan Grant (Jurassic Park 3)
Reporter 2 - (Gregorio Cortez Spy Kids 2)
Thor (Thor)
 
Extras:
Donnagon Giggles (Spy Kids 2)
Commissioner Gordon (DC Infinite Universe)
Builders (The Corps, Lannard)
Juni Cortez (Spy Kids 2)
Cops (The Corps, Lannard)
Baroness (GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra)

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My nephew was always on at me to put more superheroes on the site. This is one of my responses to that.
The storyline had been kicking around for a long time before I knuckled down to write the script. In early drafts the story was set in India or the Amazon where Bruce is cured by a medicine man.
He has to sacrifice his cure to save a village from pillagers.

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Even at the scripting stage, things were still very loose. As a hold over from when the storyline was set in India, the Shaman is referred to as Mola Ram- indicating the figure I'd intended to use. The name would have changed.
The script was completed on 7 April 2012

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Filming finally got underway on this story in 2012 with the hospital scene. Here, Bruce uses test tubes from Harry Potter's Snape figure. Chun Li's magical vessel is the pot of Osiris from Buffy The Vampire Slayer accessory pack.
The warehouse interiors were shot next using a generic 'space/ industrial' set I created a few years ago.
Following that, we move into the backstreet for the giant Hulk/ Chun Li fight and then into the main street proper for the scene of Bruce walking free and when Loki attacks the city.
This set was moved about to create the alley where Bruce is confronted by the thug on page 1.
The last things to be shot were Bruce's apartment interior.
Closer to editing time, I took some additional pictures on flat backgrounds of Loki attacking the city and Thor confronting him. It was at this time I realised I hadn't shot a scene of Bruce in a phone booth so I took some blue screen shots of him and created the phonebox digitally. A mini phonebooth set had been made and I used that artwork to complete the image.

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The edits took place slowly over the course of 2012.

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This one slipped down the schedule. It was originally intended to air towards the end of 2012 but by that time I was toying with the possibility of running pages weekly starting on Christmas Day.
At the time I didn't have any other stories to fit the weekly format and I knew that once I began putting out Hulk Unleashed, I only had 8 weeks to get another story started so I held off posting it as long as I could.
It finally began on 21st March and ran weekly for 8 weeks. The Behind the scenes page wasn't added until 3 September. (Oops, sorry. I forgot.)

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As with all my superhero stories, it doesn't fall into any particular universe or continuity though the final frame is deliberately reminiscent of how episodes of The Incredible Hulk used to finish in the 70s.

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