Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Watch: Shailene Woodley Gets NSFW In 2 Clips From 'White Bird In A Blizzard' Plus New Pics Watch: Shailene Woodley Gets NSFW In 2 Clips From 'White Bird In A Blizzard' Plus New Pics TIFF Review: 'Cake' Starring Jennifer Aniston, Anna Kendrick, Sam Worthington & More TIFF Review: 'Cake' Starring Jennifer Aniston, Anna Kendrick, Sam Worthington & More First Look: Matthew McConaughey & Ken Watanabe In Gus Van Sant’s ‘Sea Of Trees’ First Look: Matthew McConaughey & Ken Watanabe In Gus Van Sant’s ‘Sea Of Trees’ Tom Hardy Says He'll Never Do Another Romantic Comedy Again Thanks To 'This Means War' Tom Hardy Says He'll Never Do Another Romantic Comedy Again Thanks To 'This Means War' David Fincher Apparently Thinks 'Dragon Tattoo' Sequel 'The Girl Who Played With Fire' Could Get Made David Fincher Apparently Thinks 'Dragon Tattoo' Sequel 'The Girl Who Played With Fire' Could Get Made Revisiting On The Rise: Where Are Our 2012 Picks Now? Revisiting On The Rise: Where Are Our 2012 Picks Now? Oscars: Dust Settles On The Fall Festivals With No Clear Best Picture Front-Runner (Yet) Oscars: Dust Settles On The Fall Festivals With No Clear Best Picture Front-Runner (Yet) Fall TV Preview: Our 22 Most Anticipated Shows For The Rest Of 2014 Fall TV Preview: Our 22 Most Anticipated Shows For The Rest Of 2014 Watch: NYFF Trailer Has Snippets Of ‘Inherent Vice’ Footage For Those Checking For Trailers Several Times A Day Watch: NYFF Trailer Has Snippets Of ‘Inherent Vice’ Footage For Those Checking For Trailers Several Times A Day TIFF Review: 'Still Alice' Starring Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart, Alec Baldwin & Kate Bosworth TIFF Review: 'Still Alice' Starring Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart, Alec Baldwin & Kate Bosworth Review: 'The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby: Them' Starring Jessica Chastain & James McAvoy Review: 'The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby: Them' Starring Jessica Chastain & James McAvoy Jason Reitman Calls ‘Labor Day’ "A Misguided Effort" Jason Reitman Calls ‘Labor Day’ "A Misguided Effort" David Fincher & James Ellroy Plotting 1950s Crime Noir Series For HBO David Fincher & James Ellroy Plotting 1950s Crime Noir Series For HBO Chris Evans On His Directorial Debut ‘Before We Go,’ Filming In New York, & ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ Chris Evans On His Directorial Debut ‘Before We Go,’ Filming In New York, & ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ Boardwalk Empire - Season 5 - Episode 1 Recap: “Golden Days For Boys & Girls” Boardwalk Empire - Season 5 - Episode 1 Recap: “Golden Days For Boys & Girls” The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More

Good Idea Or Bad Idea? Mark Ruffalo Says Marvel Now Considering 'Hulk' Movie

The Playlist By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist June 17, 2014 at 11:18AM

It would seem the tide is shifting on Marvel's feelings about making a new, standalone Hulk movie. The character — one they've tried twice before to make into a viable standalone franchise — has perhaps never been more popular thanks to Mark Ruffalo's portrayal of the green monster in "The Avengers." And while that led to a flurry of fanboys begging for a new Hulk movie, as of last year Ruffalo revealed that Marvel had "no plans" to make that happen. And even Marvel's guru Joss Whedon said it's "the most difficult Marvel property." But the character is a popular one, stopping by recently (and randomly) in a World Cup ad for Nike, so perhaps Marvel is changing their stance regarding Bruce Banner?
32
The Avengers The Hulk Jet

It would seem the tide is shifting on Marvel's feelings about making a new, standalone Hulk movie. The character — one they've tried twice before to make into a viable standalone franchise — has perhaps never been more popular thanks to Mark Ruffalo's portrayal of the green monster in "The Avengers." And while that led to a flurry of fanboys begging for a new Hulk movie, as of last year Ruffalo revealed that Marvel had "no plans" to make that happen. And even Marvel's guru Joss Whedon said it's "the most difficult Marvel property." But the character is a popular one, stopping by recently (and randomly) in a World Cup ad for Nike, so perhaps Marvel is changing their stance regarding Bruce Banner?

It would appear so. Chatting with Digital Spy, Ruffalo revealed that Marvel are toying with the notion at least of giving Hulk his own movie.  "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," he said. "But there's still nothing definitive, not even a skeletal version of what it would be. I look forward to going down that road, if we could crack that nut."

But the question isn't whether Marvel will make another Hulk movie, it's if this is a good idea to begin with. What made Hulk so effective in "The Avengers" was that he was served out in perfect portions. Every time he went green, it was a special occasion, one that Whedon utilized for maximum action and comedic value. The problem with giving Hulk a full length movie is that you dilute the effectiveness every time he gets mad enough to smash stuff. And while the character is interesting, let's face it, no one wants to see a Hulk movie to witness his inner turmoil. 

Audiences loved watching Hulk get into the mix and trade quips with Tony Stark, and again, because he wasn't the focus of the story, the character (and Ruffalo) got the cream of the crop of Whedon's writing. Plant the actor and character in a non-Whedon scripted or directed effort? We're not sure the results would be as sharp. It's the same reason why Quicksilver is so great in "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" — Bryan Singer and co. have a lot of fun with his abilities and attitude, putting the mutant as the centerpiece of one standout sequence, and then move on, likely knowing anything else just wouldn't measure up or pack the same punch.

But what do you think? Is there a good, Ruffalo-led Hulk movie to be made? Let us know below.

This article is related to: Mark Ruffalo, The Hulk


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.

E-Mail Updates