Mark Ruffalo Says Marvel is Entertaining The Idea of a Hulk Solo Film

By June 17, 2014

Superhero movie fans will remember that The Incredible Hulk has already starred in two separate films of his own: 2003’s Hulk, directed by Ang Lee and starring Eric Bana, and 2008’s The Incredible Hulk, directed by Louis Letterier and starring Edward Norton. The latter was notoriously troubled thanks to a star who wanted more creative control than Marvel was used to giving up, and for years the character sort of sat in the shadows, waiting for an opportunity to break out again. Joss Whedon gave him that opportunity in 2012’s The Avengers, in which Mark Ruffalo essentially stole the movie with his portrayal of Bruce Banner and “the other guy.”

Ever since Ruffalo was brought on to play the role, there’s been speculation that a new Hulk standalone film is in the works, with whispers of a possible Planet Hulk arc that would see the angry green dude exiled into space by his fellow Avengers at the end of Age of Ultron, and then a potential World War Hulk arc being incorporated into Phase 3 to bring it all back together again in Avengers 3. We obviously haven’t seen the end of Age of Ultron yet, but I think it’s safe to say that those particular rumors didn’t come true (we haven’t heard ANYTHING about any of this from Marvel, who has already at work on Ant-Man and Doctor Strange). But that doesn’t mean that a Hulk solo movie isn’t being discussed. Ruffalo spoke with Digital Spy and said the following:

I think they are, for the first time, entertaining the idea of it. When we did The Avengers it was basically ‘No!’, and now there is some consideration for it. But there’s still nothing definitive, not even a skeletal version of what it would be. I look forward to going down that road, if we could crack that nut. I think the Banner/Hulk storyline is obviously not an easy nut to crack.

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Ruffalo hit the nail on the head with that last comment: the Banner/Hulk dichotomy is a very thin line to walk. Stray too far to one side, and you get nothing but a smashing, lumbering CGI monster. Stray too far to the other side, and you get an introspective, potentially boring movie about a guy trying everything in his power to keep calm. Whedon managed to strike a perfect balance between the two in The Avengers because Hulk wasn’t front and center the whole time; used in a supporting role, the character is a great asset, but put him in his own movie and remove the rest of the team? That’s a decidedly more difficult balance to strike, and without Whedon himself running the show, it’s tough to imagine how anyone else would handle a solo film like that from a writing standpoint.

But it sounds like Marvel is at least seriously thinking about it now, whereas they might not have been before. There’s definitely a clamoring among the fans to see more of Ruffalo’s take on the character, but it remains to be seen how the whole thing will play out. What do you think? Do you want to see a Ruffalo-led solo Hulk movie? Or would that be too much of a good thing to the point where the character couldn’t sustain an entire film on his own?

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  • Michael

    Well, if they don´t deliver crap like Hulk II. For me, Hulk isn´t just about smashing things. It is about David Benner, who is dividet … not just by beeing a green Guy and a Doctor, but by trying to avoid the society so he doesn´t break stuff and hurt people, and by his calling to change the world and help humankind (after all, that´s wy he made the experiment in the first place …)

    • Agreed. I can see their point, though – he’s an extremely tough superhero that needs to please its whole fan base in a movie, many of whom want to see wildly different takes on the character.