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Lou Ferrigno Claims Solo 'Hulk' Movie To Follow 'Avengers 2'; Andy Serkis Helping With Mo-Cap On 'Ultron'

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by Cain Rodriguez
May 2, 2014 9:04 AM
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Despite the successful run on TV screens in the late '70s and early '80s, the Hulk has proven to be a tough sell on the big screen, with no less than three actors playing Bruce Banner in less than a decade and Marvel itself at the helm of the last two iterations. While last spring came word from the lastest Banner himself, Mark Ruffalo, that there were “no plans for a stand alone,” leave it to the most iconic Hulk of them all to start the rumor mill anew.

During an interview for a radio station in Minnesota (via Latino-Review), Lou Ferrigno revealed that there are indeed plans for a stand alone Hulk adventure, saying “Now because [Hulk] saved the day [in the first ‘Avengers’] they’re making another solo Hulk movie after the second Avengers comes out.” Although Ferrigno seems awfully sure he has the legit scoop, we’re going to take it with a grain of salt since he's said this kind of thing before, and the odds of the comics giant-turned-movie studio keeping an aging TV star abreast of their movies in development seem fairly slim.

In more concrete and exciting Hulk news, Screenrant reports none other than Andy Serkis, king of all things mo-cap, has joined the “Avengers: Age Of Ultron” team to help Ruffalo in portraying that great big green monster. In a response to a fan’s question on twitter about the status of the ‘Avengers’ sequel, Ruffalo tweeted “Well, I have been working with the great @andyserkis on the big green boy and he is going to be even better then A1.” It’s unclear what the full extent of Serkis’ involvment is – is he just coaching Ruffalo or will he don the tight suit? – but seeing how he’s the best, bar-none, at motion-captured performace, there’s no downside to this news, as Serkis adds another big genre franchise to his CV. That’s right folks, he started in Middle Earth, played a pair of complex primates, moved on to a galaxy far, far away, and now he’s landed in the Mavel Cinematic Universe; the kingdom of Serkis knows no bounds.

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9 Comments

  • Gilberto Edwards | May 11, 2014 7:18 PMReply

    I believe if they do a New Hulk movie they need to replace mark ruffalo for another solid actor that has something to bring to the Bruce Banner character like Bill Bixby or Edward Norton.

  • Gilberto Edwards | May 11, 2014 7:16 PMReply

    I believe if they do a New Hulk movie they need to replace mark ruffalo for another solid actor that has something to bring to the Bruce Banner character like Bill Bixby or Edward Norton.

  • Gilberto Edwards | May 11, 2014 7:15 PMReply

    I believe if they do a New Hulk movie they need to replace mark ruffalo for another solid actor that has something to bring to the Bruce Banner character like Bill Bixby or Edward Norton.

  • Gilberto Edwards | May 8, 2014 7:24 PMReply

    I think that Andy Serkis is a far better motion capture than Mark Ruffalo because Serkis is a legend.

  • swell | May 2, 2014 11:05 AMReply

    Universal still owns the rights to Hulk standalone movies... I don't think they'd go outside of Disney to build the Marvel movie universe.

  • ASFan | May 2, 2014 9:48 AMReply

    If the new Avengers movie has consequences for all the Avengers individually as it's being rumored, then a new Hulk movie might be warranted to see those consequences.

    The first Avengers didn't really have much negative consequences on Hulk. Banner seemed to fully accept the Hulk at the end of the first one.

  • JJ | May 2, 2014 9:13 AMReply

    Gotta love Andy Serkis. Don't forget that he also played Captain Haddock, one of the most beloved characters in comic book history, and he absolutely knocked it out of the park. I adore that performance, it's perfect.

  • Rick | May 2, 2014 9:08 AMReply

    I think Ferrigno just misspoke because Kevin Feige has not been shy about a desire for another Hulk standalone especially after Mark Ruffalo's performance in Avengers. Not necessarily being greenlit or fasttracked, but its clearly something they want.

  • Brad | May 2, 2014 10:36 AM

    Marvel is huge right now but could easily lose their footing in the market place if they aren't able to adequately plan for a post-Downey future. With the actor reducing his role (and upping his fee) in the Marvel franchise, it only makes sense that the studio would want to return/maintain familiar characters who have a huge recognition to compensate for the lack of Iron Man. And Hulk is an iconic character. You only need to show regular audiences a silhouette of the character and they'll know that's the Hulk. Can anyone say the same about Dr. Strange? Ant-Man? I'm not suggesting that these characters can't be draws at some point in the future, but Marvel needs to balance those unfamiliar faces with the likes of Captain America, Thor and Hulk, too. The previous two films under-performed to its financiers' expectations, but I'd be surprised if Marvel will underestimate the potential for the character, especially if they find the right creative team for the project.

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