There have been a lot of Hulk rumors lately, including the thought that a standalone Marvel movie based on the “Planet Hulk” story line could be in the works. With the crowd-pleasing performance by Mark Ruffalo in the billion dollar “The Avengers” movie, demand for more of the green skinned monster is at an all-time high. However, the rumors of a new stand-alone movie have now been shot down, at least for the near future.
Actor Mark Ruffalo told the Los Angeles Times that there is no “Hulk” movie coming before “The Avengers 2,” and that is the next time he is scheduled to play Bruce Banner/The Hulk. He did emphasize that there could be a Hulk movie, but there is not one in the works at this time. Joss Whedon was more adamant with Entertainment Weekly when he said that the talk of a “Planet Hulk” movie was “nonsense,” and then went on to talk about how difficult it is to get the Hulk right.
Bill Bixby/Lou Ferrigno
The only time that anyone really got it right before “The Avengers” was with the CBS television series “The Incredible Hulk.” In the era before CG effects, Bill Bixby played Dr. David Banner while Lou Ferrigno played the green skinned Hulk. It was a perfect mix. Bixby really proved to be a spectacular choice as Banner and influenced what the public expected from the character over the years. At the same time, Ferrigno, a body builder, played The Hulk and gave him emotions and a personality that no CGI has ever been able to replicate. While Mark Ruffalo was great, nothing beats Ferrigno’s Hulk.
Ang Lee brought the character back to the screen in “Hulk” in 2003 and created an arty look at the comic book movies, while paying complete respect to the format of the comic book in the movie. There were a lot of great things in the movie, but The Hulk was not really one of them. The CG was too cartoonish at times and the character of Hulk never looked right. When the Hulk Dogs appeared, it was clear that, despite any strengths of the story, the CG overload doomed the film from the start.
Things got interesting when Edward Norton signed on to play Banner in the first Hulk movie to exist in the new Marvel universe of films. However, while Norton was great, the movie decided to amp up the action, so the character of Bruce Banner was never as important as a rampaging Hulk. This movie gave all the comic book fans what they wanted from The Hulk, as he was allowed to smash everything in sight, but slighted the comic book fans who wanted to see Banner’s story as well. Honestly, if this movie and Ang Lee’s film were combined, with the CG in this one used, it might be the perfect Hulk movie.
For now, the best Hulk to ever appear in a movie is Mark Ruffalo’s version in “The Avengers.” Ruffalo turned in the best Banner performance since Bill Bixby, and the story allowed the audience to fall in love with Banner before he ever became the Hulk. The CGI was still not great, but it was miles better than Ang Lee’s version. Joss Whedon even gave the Hulk comedic moments and some great one-liners that made him a scene stealer every time he appeared. This is the Hulk that deserves a standalone movie, but as Whedon said, that is easier said than done.
Tom Cruise Set to Star in New Sci-Fi Thriller
Joe Wright to Adapt a Neil Gaiman Novel
Broken Lizard Announces ‘Super Troopers 2’
Gary Oldman Joins ‘Planet of the Apes’ Franchise
Stephen King’s ‘Mercy’ Adaptation Releases Synopsis