Marvel’s The Avengers broke all kinds of box office records when it released in 2012, becoming the third highest-grossing film of all time behind James Cameron’s Titanicand Avatar, but it also managed to reintroduce one of comics’ most iconic superheroes. After two films – Hulk and The Incredible Hulk – with two different stars – Eric Bana and Edward Norton – Bruce Banner at last returned to the big screen to thunderous applause as the Hulk, this time played by Mark Ruffalo.
While Ang Lee’s 2003 Hulk film is considered a standalone film, its mixed reviews prompted Marvel to reacquire the character’s rights from Universal Studios and make the 2008 film The Incredible Hulk, which is definitely part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Despite later changing actors from Norton to Ruffalo, The Incredible Hulk features an appearance by Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man, and there are also references to that film in The Avengers, thereby establishing it in the current canon.
The success of the big green dude in The Avengers has essentially returned the character into the limelight, and many have been wondering since then if another Hulk film could now be in the cards. Well, fans may be in luck. According to Latino Review, Lou Ferrigno (the former The Incredible Hulk TV star and current voice actor for the Hulk in the films) recently told a local radio station in Minnesota that Marvel is indeed planning another solo Hulk film, saying:
“Now because he saved the day they’re making another solo ‘Hulk’ movie after the second ‘Avengers’ comes out.”
This isn’t, however, the first time Ferrigno has made such a claim. Five months ago, the actor made the same statement in an interview, which was followed by Ruffalo and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige expressing their excitement about the idea, yet noting there were currently no plans in the works. And with half of Phase Three after The Avengers: Age of Ultron already taking shape with Ant-Man, Captain America 3, and The Avengers 3 on the schedule, we’re inclined to believe them for the time being.
The other slots in Phase Three could go to a mix of old and new Marvel properties, one of which is rumored to be Doctor Strange, but it’s still possible that the Hulk could get a solo film in Phase Four.
A year ago, Feige responded to rumors about turning Planet Hulk and World War Hulk into films as being really cool ideas, yet he also worried about the MCU being overwhelmed with continuity and mythology. At this point, it sounds like a solo film is just wishful thinking while Marvel continues to flesh out their many other films until they can nail down a storyline.
So would you be interested in a Hulk film starring Ruffalo? Which Hulk storyline do you think should be done on the big screen?
Stay tuned for more news on a sequel to Hulk as it develops.