Mark Ruffalo Says Marvel Is Entertaining the Idea of a New Standalone Hulk Movie

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The Hulk whiffed twice with audiences first with 2003′s Hulk and then The Incredible Hulk.  It wasn’t until The Avengers that moviegoers finally sparked to the character, and now there’s demand to give the big, green guy his own movie again.  Previously, Marvel was resistant to the idea given the shortcomings of past iterations as well as the amount of new characters and other sequels they are developing.  However, it looks like Hulk might have a new chance to start smashing in a new solo movie.

Hit the jump for more.

avengers-movie-poster-mark-ruffaloIn an interview with Digital Spy, Mark Ruffalo explained that before The Avengers, “It was basically ‘No!”, but “now there is some consideration for it.”  However, he was quick to clarify, “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 obviously the Banner/Hulk storyline is not an easy nut to crack.”

He’s right that it’s tough because it’s important to keep in mind that the best on-screen Hulk has been a supporting character.  As we’ve seen in Hulk and The Incredible Hulk, the “Everyone needs to get away from me!” stuff is understandable, but eventually becomes tiresome.  Banner still has that attitude in Avengers, but there’s also room for him to play off other characters.  The movie has enough confidence to let him be something other than a man on the run.

Additionally, as Hulk fans know, there are storylines from the comics that have big-screen potential such as Planet Hulk and World War Hulk.  The larger question for Marvel is how willing they are to give him a third standalone movie when their upcoming films include Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, and Captain America 3 plus TBA released dates for Thor 3 and Doctor Strange as well as any unannounced projects.  The MCU is becoming a very crowded place, and Hulk’s solo track record is risky.

If anything is going to help boost the big guy’s chances of another standalone story, it will be how audiences react to him in Avengers: Age of Ultron, a film which, according to Ruffalo, gives the character a “bigger, more complex” role.

Here’s the interview with Digital Spy:

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  • Ted

    entertaining an ideea? I thought I dont really know the english language…

    • Alexander Calvo

      There is nothing wrong with that english. Entertaining an idea is used commonly.

    • Alexander Calvo

      There is nothing wrong with that english. Entertaining an idea is used commonly.

    • James Dean

      well, you don´t.

  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    Personally I would love to see a standalone Hulk film in Phase III that is the lead in to the Avengers 3 – where his story is the major crux of the plot – WW Hulk I’m thinking. They just need to have him teamed up w some other Avengers like CA:TWS did w Falcon and Black Widow to make the movie work. Maybe Stark or Dr. Stange? Or someone entirely new? He’s just not interesting enough to carry his own film w out supporting characters around him. He’s not a superhero but a mindless monster that can at times focus his anger at an opponent – the wild card as they say on It’s Always Sunny.

    • bidi

      totally agree. they do it with their animated movies, where it’s Hulk vs. Thor or Hulk vs. Wolverine. obviously Ruffalo and RDJ have enough chemistry that they could carry a movie with just the two of them. and if there aren’t plans for anymore Iron Man solo movies, then why not pair him with Hulk to take some of the pressure off of RDJ. put that in Phase 3 and lead in to Avengers 3. boom

  • enderandrew

    I not only liked Norton’s Hulk, I preferred it.

    • dude

      You’re in the minority sir. Just saying.

      • enderandrew

        I think The Avengers gave the Hulk two great moments. But I think Norton added far more depth to character of Bruce Banner. I believed that Banner was battling inner demons. I saw in him both the scientist and the rage monster.

        Ruffalo was just socially awkward. He had no rage issues. He was perfectly calm the entire time and then can change on demand when he wants, and even then control and direct his rage with no explanation.

        The Avengers is a MUCH better film than The Incredible Hulk, and the Hulk got the two big laughs in The Avengers. That doesn’t mean Ruffalo’s character was better than Norton’s character.

      • Merlin235

        That’s interesting, I’ve never really spent the energy thinking about Ruffalo’s portrayal of Banner in The Avengers. I can see your point. I don’t think anyone outside of the production really KNOWS what point they were trying to get across with the ‘I’m always angry’ line, I’ve seen us nerds argue about that one back and forth. But I too enjoyed Norton’s portrayal, and I thought that particular movie was pretty solid.

        I’d also be very interested to see a standalone Hulk movie with Ruffalo, though. I thought his take on the character was pretty awesome, although quite different than Norton’s. I’d like to see it explored in a full length movie.

      • Charlotte

        Banner is supposed to be socially awkward! I think Norton is a great actor, but Ruffalo was more believable as a shy, withdrawn scientist.

      • Guy Smiley

        No he’s not. Not when compared to Ang Lee’s Hulk movie, at least. Ruffalo’s been the best Banner, no doubt, but the Norton Hulk movie was pretty good, and definitely underrated.

        It also wasn’t the “whiff” Goldberg calls it. It wasn’t the smash that Iron Man was the same year, but between that movie and The Dark Knight it’s easy to see how The Incredible Hulk got lost in the shuffle.

        Anyhow, I sure prefer that movie to Lee’s. I’m glad Ruffalo’s on board though, and I hope he gets to do a solo Hulk movie of his own.

      • Guy Smiley

        No he’s not. Not when compared to Ang Lee’s Hulk movie, at least. Ruffalo’s been the best Banner, no doubt, but the Norton Hulk movie was pretty good, and definitely underrated.

        It also wasn’t the “whiff” Goldberg calls it. It wasn’t the smash that Iron Man was the same year, but between that movie and The Dark Knight it’s easy to see how The Incredible Hulk got lost in the shuffle.

        Anyhow, I sure prefer that movie to Lee’s. I’m glad Ruffalo’s on board though, and I hope he gets to do a solo Hulk movie of his own.

    • The Flobbit

      Really, because I found his nasal voice and entire persona rather irritating. He’s an extraordinary actor (perhaps the best of his generation), but he really didn’t fit the role he was given. But whatever. Your opinion is valid, I guess.

  • Firefly13

    I would love to see another Hulk movie as I enjoyed what the first two had to offer. However, I am so beyond tired of the “origin” stories. With the Hulk, his origin story can be told quickly, in the opening credits, similar to the way it was on the TV show… which is why the TV show lasted as long as it was able to (5 seasons, 82 episodes). Bruce Banner was a pretty interesting, conflicted fella. And it was fun to see Hulk smash.

    Given his 7 minutes of screen time in the avenger’s flick, it’s no wonder folks enjoyed Mark Ruffalo/Hulk. And we didn’t have to spend that entire movie watching his origin story play out.

  • doop

    Still waiting to see what happened with Dr. Samuel Sterns aka The Leader. Last we saw him was six years ago with the shit dripped on his head.

  • The Flobbit

    The problem, I think, is that it is hard to make Hulk compelling on his own. He needs a foil to play off of and contrast from. I do think, however, that a lonely old Bruce Banner roaming an apocalyptic wasteland, a monster waiting to burst out from inside of him, perhaps fighting some dark evil…would make a good story. I forget which Hulk comic this comes from…

    I think that is the key to making Hulk compelling: explore the nature of anger, self-control, and Banner’s guilt at having the monster come out. Just a thought…

  • TigerFIST

    I would love a solo HULK film Have the LEADER as the villain that was already set up at the end of THE INCREDIBLE HULK. It’s already in place. Also he can have a team up movie. Iron Man and Hulk or Hawkeye and Hulk. The list goes on…

    • Django9000

      Just make it like Armor Wars & have Banner go after all the guys who are illegally using his technology. Have Leader play a part on creating MODOK, commence sequel setup.

      • TigerFIST

        That’s cool too….

  • Bricarlo

    It didn’t work the first 87 times they tried so by god lets try again.

    • Guy Smiley

      That’s a stupid assessment. First, neither previous Hulk movie did all that badly, although the Ang Lee one came up short compared to the cost of the film. But the second one (the Ed Norton one) was (IMO) a much better movie and it did what it needed to do: Establish Hulk in the (then) new Marvel movie universe.

      The film did OK for itself (and pretty decent coming out between Iron Man and The Dark Knight), and it helped get things rolling for The Avengers. Everyone loved him in that, so if they can come up with a good story there’s no reason not to do another one. But they do need an exceptional story.

      “Planet Hulk” is probably too out there for mainstream audiences, and I’m not sure it would work after how well received he was in The Avengers. But that’s an example of a story that Hulk could support.

    • Guy Smiley

      That’s a stupid assessment. First, neither previous Hulk movie did all that badly, although the Ang Lee one came up short compared to the cost of the film. But the second one (the Ed Norton one) was (IMO) a much better movie and it did what it needed to do: Establish Hulk in the (then) new Marvel movie universe.

      The film did OK for itself (and pretty decent coming out between Iron Man and The Dark Knight), and it helped get things rolling for The Avengers. Everyone loved him in that, so if they can come up with a good story there’s no reason not to do another one. But they do need an exceptional story.

      “Planet Hulk” is probably too out there for mainstream audiences, and I’m not sure it would work after how well received he was in The Avengers. But that’s an example of a story that Hulk could support.

  • DeathoftheEndless7

    If they do make a new movie, the Hulk’s main motivation can’t be finding a cure. The audience doesn’t want to see him cured and we know it would never happen anyway.

  • DeathoftheEndless7

    If they do make a new movie, the Hulk’s main motivation can’t be finding a cure. The audience doesn’t want to see him cured and we know it would never happen anyway.

  • yrulaughing418

    Hulk is a big guy

    FOR YOU

  • Steven

    YES.

    God knows we don’t need to sit through another Thor film.

  • AverageGamers

    More sciencebros please? And yes, Mark is right… just make a combo movie of Hulk and Iron Man. That would totally gather fans back in. In fact, they should’ve done that with the the 3rd Iron Man movie.

    • http://mattedscreen.blogspot.com/ TheMattedScreen

      considering that’s who Iron Man was ultimately talking to anyway – I would have loved to have seen the Hulk help out Iron Man in a clutch.

    • Guy Smiley

      Yeah… That would’ve totally changed Iron Man 3. Changed it for the BETTER, that is. I’d love to see a “Science Bros” movie (but with lots of Hulking out, and Tony putting the armor back on too).

  • Sionis Gillespie

    I have to say this about the first Hulk movie.I love Ang Lee’s take.He really put so much thought into how the story was portrayed, Bruce mindset, how they told the story in comic book form.At the time the only thing I didn’t like was Hulk not going up against someone he’s size.Other than that I love Ang Lee’s Hulk.Hear’s what I have to say regarding Ang Lee’s Hulk not being a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe…All though it’s known knowledge that Ang Lee’s Hulk is not apart of the Marvel Cinematic Universe said by Kevin Feige, I disagree for the simple reason that Hulk ended with Bruce was in South America and By the opening of The Incredible Hulk they decided to stick with the story.Yes I’m well aware that Hulk isn’t part of the MCU I just think that they shouldn’t have called it a reboot and should have concluded the first story.I got my wish in The Incredible Hulk with a great story and how they skillfully made the big screen version of the tv series,and The Abomination being the bad guy.With this movie the problem I had was how they made Hulk to calm when battling the Abomination.Hulk wasn’t in raging mode,he was to nice.He was giving to much of the human side while he was the hulk, and the abomination clean the floor with him! They played my boy.I remember feeling so cheated while I watched the final battle.And to this day watching the dvd I feel the same way.Enter The Avengers movie! My boy was portrayed the right way raging and in full swing! I marvel at it both at the theater and at the dvd on how perfect and dead on they have him! From the first Hulk movie I didn’t mind him battling to be calm while becoming the hulk and the audience seeing what’s going on in he’s head while made the movie brilliant.The Avengers version of Hulk I love how the firstime he appeared he was in full rage kind of in a what the hell is going on and where the hell am I? And who the hell are all these people? By the second time he appear during the battle for new york, Hulk had the vibe of ok I’m Straight now. I’m battling allow with these people and I see who the bad guys are and he stole the show AGAIN!!!! I so love avengers Hulk, PERFECT!

  • Sionis Gillespie

    I want to see a rematch of the avengers version of hulk and the abomination of The Incredible Hulk movie! As I said before they played my boy with that so called fight.Mark Ruffalo is the perfect Bruce Banner.And I loved Eric Bana’s Bruce Banner as well.

  • Gojiro

    Just HULK SMASH!!! That’s all you need. No Hulk with Daddy issues, or girl troubles, yeah have him save a box of puppies . . . but just let him loose to SMMAAAASSSHHHH!!!

  • TheMuppetManiac

    I’d actually like to see an Iron Man/Hulk team up movie. I think RDJ and Ruffalo have good chemisty and it would be fun to see them together. My problem with a Hulk movie is that people want to see the Hulk. So Bruce Banner gets boring. By teaming him up with someone, it give Banner someone to play off of, rather than him and Jennifer Connelly or Liv Tyler. I don’t want to see Banner chased by soldiers. I would even love a Hulk movie where you introduce Black Panther and Banner has to help his people fight against Hydra. That could be really cool.

    I’m so glad they aren’t doing Planet Hulk and World War Hulk. Those movie would hurt what Marvel has been building. You basically make Hulk thr bad guy and fans of the movies might not like that.

  • Charlotte

    I love the idea of an Iron Man/Hulk movie with Jon Favreau directing.
    Mark seems very exited about what they filmed so far, sounds interesting!

    • Daniel O’Reilly

      I can’t see Favreau returning to Marvel, but it is a cool idea.

    • Daniel O’Reilly

      I can’t see Favreau returning to Marvel, but it is a cool idea.

  • It’s Only a Matter of Time

    Seems like a no brainer after The Avengers. That movie proved all you need to make boat loads of cash is plenty of goofy green screen action and a lack of story. Much like Transformers…

  • It’s Only a Matter of Time

    Seems like a no brainer after The Avengers. That movie proved all you need to make boat loads of cash is plenty of goofy green screen action and a lack of story. Much like Transformers…

  • DEADP00L

    If it will erase the funky taste left in our mouths of the previous movies then I’m in!

  • DEADP00L

    If it will erase the funky taste left in our mouths of the previous movies then I’m in!

  • Kara

    Seriously why wasn’t Edward Norton on avengers?
    Mark ruffalo cannot pull off a movie on his own

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