If there is one group of Marvel fans who is shouting from the rooftops for a possible standalone superhero movie, it’s “The Hulk” fans (Black Widow fans are also demanding and she deserves it). In the past, there have been two independent Hulk movies, in the first one Eric Bana played the green monster while in the second one Edward Norton was “The Hulk”. Finally, Hulk was re-introduced into the MCU and Mark Ruffalo is our near perfect Bruce Banner/The Hulk.
For years fans have been demanding a Hulk solo movie since the franchise was left midway without proper closure.
Given the massive fan following of the character, he should get a solo movie tied to MCU storyline. His next outing will be in Thor: Ragnarok and then in two Infinity war movies.
At D23, Mark Ruffalo discussed the prospects of standalone Hulk movie in the future with Variety, and he said it’s never going to happen so don’t hold your breath. He blamed Universal for this as it doesn’t want to play ball with Marvel. He said:
“I just want to make one thing perfectly clear today that a standalone Hulk movie will never happen. Because Universal has the rights to the standalone Hulk movie and for some reason, they don’t know how to play well with Marvel, and they don’t want to make money.”
In the event, Don Cheadle aka War Machine teased Mark when he was asked this question, he said:
“And with you as the new Hulk it would probably be terrible. So that’s really probably it. We know that these corporations would work it out if they thought they’d make enough money.”
Mark Ruffalo finally said,
“I figure I’ve got two or three more years left before I’m too old to play the Hulk.”
Despite all the heartburn of Hulk fans, everything is falling on deaf ears.
There is this perception that Hulk is just a green monster without character depth and it’s not possible to explore more storylines for him. But it’s just wrong. In fact, major Marvel superheroes want to be paired with him on a big screen as he is so popular and would make a great partner or adversary.
A few weeks back when Tom Holland was asked if he were to do a team-up movie in the future, with whom it would be, he had this to say:
“I think it could be something really cool about Hulk, ya know? I really like the idea of Spider-Man and Hulk. There’s a really amazing picture from the comics where Spider-Man is sitting on a lamppost staring at Hulk, and I think that could be a really, there’s so many jokes you can make about the big green guy, so I think that would be a lot of fun.”
Previously, when Baby Groot found his way on the cover of Empire magazine with a mangled mess of cassette tape titled Awesome Mix Vol. 2, the last gift Star Lord got from his dying mother. Vin Diesel had this to say in an interview–
“I’m excited about Baby Groot; he’s just too fun. And in Infinity War, I have to talk to the Russo brothers and find out how this is all gonna go down. I know somewhere in the Marvel universe there is a moment when you will see Groot and Hulk have a few words. I think there’s gonna be a moment that we’re all waiting for, and whether you know it or not, you are waiting to see Groot and the Hulk get down”.
We know that the Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson (Room, 21 Jump Street, Community TV series) is confirmed to play the iconic female superhero Captain Marvel as part of Phase 3 of Marvel cinematic universe. There is a standalone movie in the works which is based on Captain Marvel, its screenplay will be written by Meg LeFauve and Nicole Perlman (of Guardians of the Galaxy fame). She was asked recently that if she were to go toe-to-toe with an Avenger on the battlefield, who will it be and she replied:
“I do kind of have fantasies of battling The Hulk, just because that’s, like, it’s just visually so good.”
Although she would be physically dwarfed by the green monster, her powers go beyond brute force. In fact, Kevin Feige (the head of Marvel Studios) said in an interview that Captain Marvel will be the “most powerful” superhero in the Marvel universe.
Well, if Spiderman, Groot and Captain Marvel, all of them want to either fight or team up with Hulk, it’s him who is most in demand and not Iron Man.
Further, Mark Ruffalo may have revealed a huge spoiler in respect to Avengers 4. Kevin Feige, the Marvel President, has consistently maintained that the title of Avengers 4 can’t be revealed as it’s a big spoiler of what’s to come. But Mark Ruffalo said something that may have spilled the beans. He told Fandango at D23 that a major Hulk comic-book storyline is in the works for Avengers Infinity War movies.
Till now we know that Thor will meet Guardians of the Galaxy who will bring him to Earth after he gets his ass handed to him by Thanos. But there is no mention of Bruce Banner/ The Hulk in respect of upcoming Avengers movies.
Thor: Ragnarok will partially adapt Planet Hulk storyline but then comics continued with World War Hulk in which he returns to Earth and take revenge against those who sent him away at the first place. Could this be one of the plots in Avengers 4? It’s totally within the realm of possibility that the green monster turns against his own fellow Avengers. How else can we see Hulk-Buster in action?