WE MAY GET ANOTHER ‘HULK’ SOLO MOVIE, AFTER ALL
There’s no question that The Hulk is one of Marvel Comics’ most iconic and recognizable characters. Thanks to the popular 1970′s show, and a glut of merchandising throughout the 70′s and 80′s, the green behemoth became a household name, right up there with Superman and Spider-man. That being said, the critical and financial response to The Hulk’s two solo films in the first decade of the 21st century was the equivalent of a dry fart. Many felt that the first film was a plodding bore with terrible CGI, and that the second was a serviceable, but ultimately forgettable superhero/action movie that felt rushed and gutted in the editing room.
Yet, when Avengers was released with a new Dr. Bruce Banner in the form of actor Mark Ruffalo, audiences went hog-wild for the Hulk, raving that he stole the film. In all fairness to the other actors who have played the Hulk in the past, this newfound adoration might have simply been the result of Joss Whedon’s screenplay giving The Hulk all of the funniest and most audience-pleasing moments like the “Puny God!” beat-down of Loki — but Ruffalo certainly deserves all the accolades he received.
To me, he delivered the best on-screen incarnation of the Hulk to date. His Banner had just the right blend of nerdiness, vulnerability, intelligence, and a seething anger that was constantly bubbling under the surface. And of course, the much-improved CGI modelling and motion-capture technology gave us the most realistic version of the Hulk “monster” to date.
So, given all of this newly discovered love for The Hulk, does this mean Marvel Studios might try another Hulk solo film again in the future? Possibly, says Marvel Studio head Kevin Fiege:
Do I think Hulk can carry a movie and be as entertaining as he was in ‘Avengers’? I do believe that. I do believe he absolutely could. We certainly are not even going to attempt that until Avengers 2. So there’s a lot of time to think about it.”
Planet Hulk would definitely make a terrific solo Hulk film. In that story, Iron Man and the Avengers decide to blast the Hulk to another planet in a rocket, so that he can no longer cause untold amounts of damage on Earth. He ends up fighting aliens on the planet Sakaar as an intergalactic gladiator and eventually leads a revolt against the planet’s ruler, the tyrannical Red King. It’s a very cinematic story, but budget-wise it could be a deal-breaker. At any rate, it’s barely worth contemplating at this point, because the earliest we’ll see a new Hulk film is 2016 or 2017, and by then Mark Ruffalo may be too old or unwilling to play the big green guy anymore.