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Marvel Planning More Hulk?
Mark Ruffalo's signed for six pics

01 May 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Collider

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Marvel Planning More Hulk?

One of the big successes of Marvel’s latest superhero outing, Avengers Assemble, is how well writer-director Joss Whedon and actor Mark Ruffalo pulled off bringing Bruce Banner and his rage-fuelled alter ego to life. So it should really come as no surprise that Marvel might want to make more films based around the big green guy. And from what Ruffalo and Marvel’s president of consumer products have been saying, that could happen sooner rather than later.

Talking with Collider, Ruffalo says that he’s signed the seemingly standard six-movie contract with Marvel, and that he had such a good time, he definitely hopes they’ll keep him around for more.

But while Marvel film boss Kevin Feige has previously said there are no concrete plans to bring the Hulk back solo just yet, consumer products chief Paul Gitter sat down with Forbes magazine (via The Playlist) and talked up the company’s surprise at just how well old Hulky has been received and that things could be changing.

According to Gitter, the current thinking is to spin the Hulk off into the already-planned standalone TV series and then a likely next film in 2015.

If we’re honest, we’re going to wait to hear more from Feige before we start pencilling in more Hulk time to our diaries. He’s the man who sets the agenda for the movies, and basing the decision to make more Hulk movies on how many toys could be sold doesn’t really seem the Marvel way. Sure, they want to pump out more successful blockbusters and keep the pipeline flowing, but the idea of the Hulk on TV (where we doubt Ruffalo would be involved as he’d want to maintain his film career) and then a Ruffalo-starring film in a couple of years might be diluting things.

But we definitely want to see more Banner and Hulk outings, assuming they’re organised and planned properly. We’ve still got faith in Marvel’s ability to sort that out, even given the previous attempts to finding the right path for the character.

If you’ve already watched the Avengers assembling and are still on a high, you’ll definitely want to check out our spoiler-filled Podcast special, in which Feige fills us in on all sorts of secrets.


Would you watch a Mark Ruffalo Hulk movie?
Are you kidding? I'm putting myself in cryo-sleep with instructions not to wake me until it happens.
Are you kidding? I built a time machine just so I could come see it here in the future.
Naah. What's that? Why no, I haven't seen Avengers yet.
SHUT UP, TAKE MY MONEY AND GIVE ME A TICKET.
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I watched the The Avengers and it was FREAKING AWESOME! I like them all but the Hulk/Bruce Banner STANDOUT among the rest. Mark Ruffalo did an AMAZING job and he gave JUSTICE to Hulk/Bruce Banner compared to the other 2 Hulk movies. Marvel and Disney made an EXCELLENT decision for giving the role to Mark Ruffalo. We NEED a new Hulk movie of Mark Ruffalo! WE NEED MORE! Sincerely, TheUniverse More

Posted by TheUniverse at 10:00 on 29 May 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Missing the point
slight avenger spoilers... Is there any scope for a Grey/Red Hulk storyline? Not that I know much about it but I think there is potential there. In all the Hulk incarnations, each one has established the Hulk as a different character which Banner has no control over yet shares similar ties. In Hulk, the hulk shares repressed memories of Banners father and at times in that film you wonder, are you looking at Banner himself trapped in that body or another personality? In TIH also there is a More

Posted by kumar at 14:54 on 07 May 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Missing the point
Sadly it's on my list of crap films I happily have on in the background if I'm doing stuff  More

Posted by elab49 at 10:27 on 07 May 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Missing the point
You know, I've seen Fantastic Four and I couldn't even remember that part. More

Posted by Rebenectomy at 09:06 on 07 May 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Missing the point
LERS FOR FANTASTIC FOUR t possible they might be worried that would just be copying the end of the first FF film, where Ben Grimm went through the same decision? More

Posted by elab49 at 23:33 on 06 May 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Missing the point
s for the Avengers ******quote]ORIGINAL: Bennett30 can kill him which we know and the same goes for Banner.is no Arc and nowhere to follow the character. in the Avengers he's great cos he's the ultimate tag team partner but the others work in isolated movies because they're fallible. This take on the hulk won't work as a stand alone movie. ot strictly speaking true, all we know from Avengers is that he can't be killed by conventional means, there's nothing to say he's invincible to some More

Posted by Rebenectomy at 22:40 on 06 May 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Missing the point
Let's be honest with good writing and good direction (Joss Whedon I'm looking at you) a Hulk movie could work very well, the comics have been running for decades and storys are plentiful, all this negativity around a movie is purely based on the two previous crappy movies. I for one thought an Avengers movie wouldn't work in a million years, too many characters not enough time .... I WAS WRONG and I'm glad I was wrong. Comic book movies have evolved and are just getting better ... so YES to a H More

Posted by DMonkey77 at 19:49 on 06 May 2012 | Report This Post

Missing the point
The reason this hulk and banner worked was because he had other characters to balance this new mellow at ease attitude to being who he is. As a stand alone movie where's the dilemma if he's calm and can change at will? Nobody can kill him which we know and the same goes for Banner. There is no Arc and nowhere to follow the character. in the Avengers he's great cos he's the ultimate tag team partner but the others work in isolated movies because they're fallible. This take on the hulk won't work More

Posted by Bennett30 at 22:06 on 05 May 2012 | Report This Post

Missing the point
The reason this hulk and banner worked was because he had other characters to balance this new mellow at ease attitude to being who he is. As a stand alone movie where's the dilemma if he's calm and can change at will? Nobody can kill him which we know and the same goes for Banner. There is no Arc and nowhere to follow the character. in the Avengers he's great cos he's the ultimate tag team partner but the others work in isolated movies because they're fallible. This take on the hulk won't work More

Posted by Bennett30 at 22:06 on 05 May 2012 | Report This Post

Missing the point
The reason this hulk and banner worked was because he had other characters to balance this new mellow at ease attitude to being who he is. As a stand alone movie where's the dilemma if he's calm and can change at will? Nobody can kill him which we know and the same goes for Banner. There is no Arc and nowhere to follow the character. in the Avengers he's great cos he's the ultimate tag team partner but the others work in isolated movies because they're fallible. This take on the hulk won't work More

Posted by Bennett30 at 22:05 on 05 May 2012 | Report This Post

Missing the point
The reason this hulk and banner worked was because he had other characters to balance this new mellow at ease attitude to being who he is. As a stand alone movie where's the dilemma if he's calm and can change at will? Nobody can kill him which we know and the same goes for Banner. There is no Arc and nowhere to follow the character. in the Avengers he's great cos he's the ultimate tag team partner but the others work in isolated movies because they're fallible. This take on the hulk won't work More

Posted by Bennett30 at 22:05 on 05 May 2012 | Report This Post

mummbling mark
What mummbling Mark Ruffalo? It amazes me how he keeps getting work. They should have stuck with Ed Norton he's great in everthing he does. More

Posted by edwardn at 20:42 on 04 May 2012 | Report This Post

Hulk... Marvel Team-Up
Firstly the spin off TV show.. definitely not! The hulk is all about rage and massive strength.. on a TV budget this would be so diluted that it would damage the long journey it's taken to finally get to the Ruffalo Hulk that is closest to the original comic. Secondly I would dearly love to see CapA get shelved in preference of a Hulk movie. However, as evident in Avengers, the Hulk needs other great characters to bounce off (literally!). So in conclusion perhaps the best idea is to follow in More

Posted by darkhart at 18:57 on 02 May 2012 | Report This Post

Hulk... Marvel Team-Up
Firstly the spin off TV show.. definitely not! The hulk is all about rage and massive strength.. on a TV budget this would be so diluted that it would damage the long journey it's taken to finally get to the Ruffalo Hulk that is closest to the original comic. Secondly I would dearly love to see CapA get shelved in preference of a Hulk movie. However, as evident in Avengers, the Hulk needs other great characters to bounce off (literally!). So in conclusion perhaps the best idea is to follow in More

Posted by darkhart at 18:56 on 02 May 2012 | Report This Post

Future Hulk - Marvel Team-up!
Firstly the spin off TV show.. definitely not! The hulk is all about rage and massive strength.. on a TV budget this would be so diluted that it would damage the long journey it's taken to finally get to the Ruffalo Hulk that is closest to the original comic. Secondly I would dearly love to see CapA get shelved in preference of a Hulk movie. However, as evident in Avengers, the Hulk needs other great characters to bounce off (literally!). So in conclusion perhaps the best idea is to follow in More

Posted by darkhart at 18:55 on 02 May 2012 | Report This Post

Future Hulk
Firstly the spin off TV show.. definitely not! The hulk is all about rage and massive strength.. on a TV budget this would be so diluted that it would damage the long journey it's taken to finally get to the Ruffalo Hulk that is closest to the original comic. Secondly I would dearly love to see CapA get shelved in preference of a Hulk movie. However, as evident in Avengers, the Hulk needs other great characters to bounce off (literally!). So in conclusion perhaps the best idea is to follow in More

Posted by darkhart at 18:54 on 02 May 2012 | Report This Post

Hulk Face
I know it's meant to be based on scans of Mark Ruffalo's face, but is it just me or does Hulk look more like the stand up comic Rich Hall??? More

Posted by Len Scully at 17:27 on 02 May 2012 | Report This Post

Hulk Face
I know it's meant to be based on scans of Mark Ruffalo's face, but is it just me or does hulk look more like the stand up comic Rich Hall??? More

Posted by Len Scully at 17:24 on 02 May 2012 | Report This Post

SPOOKY STUFF !!!!!!
Dear Empire, Check out what's on Rory Culkin's t-shirt in the scene where Ruffalo kicks him out of the car in "You can count on me"... Spooky stuff? - or is it all part of the Matrix? I think you should give me a job for noticing this. Ok, alright already - I'll settle for the ALIEN quadrilogy on Blu ray. No? Parker pen? Bye Empire - love you long time. More

Posted by Lockers2525 at 11:04 on 02 May 2012 | Report This Post

Wolverine!!!
Has any mentioned yet a Wolverine vs. the Hulk movie yet? Although that novelty probably runs thin over an entire movie, but maybe in an Avengers sequel. Ruffalo is the best Banner/Hulk. There were so many scenes that were subtly brilliant. More

Posted by keaneye at 00:44 on 02 May 2012 | Report This Post

YES TO THE MOVIE BUT NO TO THE TV SHOW IDEA.
The avengers was great and ruffallo is by far the best hulk but a hulk tv series is bound to be shit a hulk movie I would watch though but how is ruffallo gonna appear in six hulk movies? He wont. Way I see it he will show up in Capn A 2, Thor 2, Iron Man 3, his own movie, avengers 2 and 3- this is six movies so this is probably what we should expect too see off Ruffallo in the future. More

Posted by lewisb548 at 20:38 on 01 May 2012 | Report This Post

hell yeah
After watching the movie at the wkend, i can say that The Hulk was the best thing in the film. I loved the Thor movie, hated Iron Man 2 (but who didn't) & thought C America was average, Hulk was just brilliant in the movie. More of that please. More

Posted by cra1gs at 17:14 on 01 May 2012 | Report This Post

hell yeah
After watching the movie at the wkend, i can say that The Hulk was the best thing in the film. I loved the Thor movie, hated Iron Man 2 (but who didn't) & thought C America was average, Hulk was just brilliant in the movie. More of that please. More

Posted by cra1gs at 17:13 on 01 May 2012 | Report This Post

YEH FOR THE MOVIE BUT NO FOR THE TV SHOW IDEA.
If there is a hulk movie with Ruffallo I would watch but a Hulk TV series that is bound to be shit- I mean come on if theres gonna be six appearances for the hulk in the future they should have him appear in small roles for Thor 2, Capn A 2, Iron Man 3, his own hulk movie, and the avengers 2 and 3- too be honest that is six movies that kind of makes sense- maybe I'm onto something. More

Posted by lewisb548 at 16:18 on 01 May 2012 | Report This Post

YEH MOVIE- BUT NO FOR TV SHOW
If there is a hulk movie with Ruffallo I would watch but a Hulk TV series that is bound to be shit- I mean come on if theres gonna be six appearances for the hulk in the future they should have him appear in small roles for Thor 2, Capn A 2, Iron Man 3, his own hulk movie, and the avengers 2 and 3- too be honest that is six movies that kind of makes sense- maybe I'm onto something. More

Posted by lewisb548 at 16:17 on 01 May 2012 | Report This Post

YEH MOVIE- BUT NO FOR TV SHOW
If there is a hulk movie with Ruffallo I would watch but a Hulk TV series that is bound to be shit- I mean come on if theres gonna be six appearances for the hulk in the future they should have him appear in small roles for Thor 2, Capn A 2, Iron Man 3, his own hulk movie, and the avengers 2 and 3- too be honest that is six movies that kind of makes sense- maybe I'm onto something. More

Posted by lewisb548 at 16:17 on 01 May 2012 | Report This Post

YEH MOVIE- BUT NO FOR TV SHOW
If there is a hulk movie with Ruffallo I would watch but a Hulk TV series that is bound to be shit- I mean come on if theres gonna be six appearances for the hulk in the future they should have him appear in small roles for Thor 2, Capn A 2, Iron Man 3, his own hulk movie, and the avengers 2 and 3- too be honest that is six movies that kind of makes sense- maybe I'm onto something. More

Posted by lewisb548 at 16:16 on 01 May 2012 | Report This Post

If there is a hulk movie with Ruffallo I would watch but a Hulk TV series that is bound to be shit- I mean come on if theres gonna be six appearances for the hulk in the future they should have him appear in small roles for Thor 2, Capn A 2, Iron Man 3, his own hulk movie, and the avengers 2 and 3- too be honest that is six movies that kind of makes sense- maybe I'm onto something. More

Posted by lewisb548 at 16:16 on 01 May 2012 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
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Posted by darko18 at 15:44 on 01 May 2012 | Report This Post

RE:
I think Hulk might be a good way to introduce other characters to the Marvel Cinematic Universe - his standalone films spend too much time concentrating on the inner turmoil of Banner ("oooo, Hulk is bad, I must stop being the Hulk somehow - oh wait something big over there is being horrible, I must go be the Hulk to save everyone!"), so perhaps if he's given a character to bounce off there'll be a lot more of that Avengers-Hulk magic. Take Hulk and Thor for example - no way they're gonna More

Posted by sowasred2012 at 13:46 on 01 May 2012 | Report This Post

Would like to see Ruffalo in a Hulk movie. I liked the previous two films, the first was quite smart and very stylised (even the comic panel editing), and Norton's take fits the Marvel universe, but Raffalo is the best Banner since Bixby! I think we've covered the origins and the kill or cure options (they will always play a smaller part in Hulk's story)- I want to see Hulk as a hero. Maybe in the middle of the conflict between SHIELD and other "interested parties" (Ross?)... Grey H More

Posted by sweetladybrick at 11:25 on 01 May 2012 | Report This Post

The six movie deal probably includes cameos and post-credits scenes. It doesn't mean Ruffalo will be appearing in six films of his own. (Just out of interest, because I can't be bothered to count - how far into his 9 film deal is Samuel L Jackson?) More

Posted by BelfastBoy at 10:08 on 01 May 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Hulk was superb
I'd like to see more of The Hulk - Ruffalo was excellent in the role. Obviously there was so much wrong with the last two films that's it hard to point to one specific reason why they failed. I do think that one flaw was the lack of a decent villain. Aside from that, I don't think there was enough drama or internal anguish in the two Hulk movies. It's about a guy who loses control and becomes a monster. I'd like to see a Hulk film that isn't about action or a climatic battle with a super More

Posted by jmebaby25 at 08:56 on 01 May 2012 | Report This Post

Hulk was superb
having seen the film yesterday which as a whole is quite flawless, the Hulk was probably the most memoreable character, certainly had the best comedy moments (spoiler- the scene with the Hulk and Loki near the end is comedy gold) they got ruffalo and the big guy spot on in my view and could easily have spin off films that are more 'adventure' than the 'tortured' previous efforts. More

Posted by mclane1 at 06:36 on 01 May 2012 | Report This Post

A Green Prune?
Judging by that wrinkly pic of The Hulk where he looks like Prune Face from Dick Tracy, the next film will be about him giving up steroids and getting a facelift.. More

Posted by BenTramer at 06:26 on 01 May 2012 | Report This Post

Marvellous Movie Bosses
Gosh, Marvel seem to be tough taskmasters with the actors in their films. There was the row over Mickey Rourke's pay for Iron Man 2 (they didn't want to give him much) and now it appears you have to sign a six movie deal with them to be in one of their films. Christ. More

Posted by BenTramer at 06:19 on 01 May 2012 | Report This Post

Hulk, Smash
Well I was thoroughly delighted with how well Ruffalo did on Avengers as the Hulk. He brought something other than angsty, I-can-never-be-normal issues which made him such a hard pill to swallow in the previous films. In this he was more accepting of his situation even if he hated it. I liked him, he was charming and fun and I want a Hulk Movie with him in it. Y'hear that, want! ... Ok would like... Please....? More

Posted by kisswithatear at 04:06 on 01 May 2012 | Report This Post

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