Although we’ve seen two incarnations of the Incredible Hulk on the big screen, it seemed Joss Whedon‘s version in The Avengers was by far the most successful with audiences - even if (or perhaps because of the fact that) Hulk was just a supporting role. Now Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is throwing around the idea of making another standalone Hulk movie, this time starring Mark Ruffalo, who is under a multi-picture contract with Marvel. But don’t get too excited, Hulk fans, as this would likely happen after The Avengers 2.
As you can imagine, there’s plenty of questions to answer about this, such as when this would happen and what the story would actually entail. In a recent interview with MTV, Feige continued to express interest in doing a Hulk movie, although this would probably happen after The Avengers 2, making it part of what is being called Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase Three (i.e.: Marvel films released after 2015).
As for the story itself, Feige commented that comic book plots much-loved by fans, such as Planet Hulk and World War Hulk were definite possibilities for a Hulk movie. Here’s what Feige had to say:
“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.”
Now, as yet a standalone Hulk film does not currently have a screenwriter attached, and seeing as Phase Two already has four or even five movies before 2015′s The Avengers sequel, this was kind of predictable. It also raises a lot of questions. For example, it leaves a bit of a gap between the Hulk and all the other characters, with their own storylines, so where does Hulk come in, and what has Bruce Banner been up to? Perhaps the Hulk will make a guest appearance in one of the other movies just as a reminder, but then again, there will be The Avengers 2 to look forward to.
“I don’t think there’s a lot that we couldn’t do someday, as the cinematic universe continues to grow and expand and get as big as the comic book universe. ”Planet Hulk’ is a cool story, ‘World War Hulk’ is a cool story. I think there’s pitfalls of continuity-overload, and mythology getting so dense that it almost collapses in on itself [with those cosmic projects]. It happens every few decades or so in the comics. Apart from that, I’d say everything is on the table.”
Written by Greg Pak, Planet Hulk featured a storyline which the always antisocial Hulk, after proving that he is simply too dangerous to remain on Earth, is tricked into going into space, at which point a wormhole drops him on an alien planet upon which the Hulk rebels, takes over, and becomes king. In the sequel, World War Hulk, the cranky green guy makes his way back to Earth to, well, smash.
Sounds pretty interesting, doesn’t it? It would certainly be a refreshing way to approach the Hulk’s character and give it something new, as well as opening up a world of possibilities in terms of story and character depth. So, it turns out we could be seeing a lot more of the not-so-jolly green giant in future. Happy about that?
What do you think of the latest Hulk news?