Hulk had his chances on the big screen. Just focusing in on recent efforts, Ang Lee tried to recreate the artistic nature of the comic book panel in 2003. Louis Leterrier ramped up the action for his own The Incredible Hulk. But they didn’t have the impact of Hulk as part of an ensemble in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers. So now that Whedon and leading man Mark Ruffalo have figured out how to use the jolly green giant, could a solo Hulk movie be in the cards?
Mark Ruffalo was speaking with Digital Spy on behalf of his winning musical Begin Again, and was asked about the possibility of the Hulk getting his own movie after The Avengers: Age of Ultron. And instead of shooting the story down, Ruffalo playfully teased:
"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."
You don’t say? Ruffalo went on to clarify that "there's still nothing definitive, not even a skeletal version of what it would be." But him just saying it on the record means that conversations between he and Marvel likely have taken place, perhaps in order to make sure the actor isn’t busy with Begin Again 2 when they need him to be filming a possible Hulk movie.
Listen to Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk comments, in context.
Let’s talk a bit about what we have heard regarding Marvel’s plans for the Hulk. Back in May, Lou Ferrigno, of all people, mentioned that Hulk was the "star" of The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and was poised to break out and get his own movie. Much earlier, there were rumors that Marvel’s Phase 3 could involve the Planet Hulk storyline. That story was debunked, but Mark Ruffalo’s comments have us wondering about their validity.
From what we are hearing, Hulk is a major part of The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Ruffalo was quick to sprinkle cold water on the conversation, but not before he added just enough fuel to get the fires of a solo Hulk movie rumor roaring yet again.