After "The Avengers" restored the One Who Smashes to his formed glory, it became only a matter of time before Marvel Studios attempted another Hulk standalone movie, and according to Mark Ruffalo, that's what the company is mulling over right now.
"I think they are, for the first time, entertaining the idea of it," Ruffalo said in an interview with Digital Spy. "When we did 'The Avengers' it was basically 'No!', and now there is some consideration for it."
While Ruffalo insists that Marvel Studios doesn't have any plan yet, president of production Kevin Feige has said that they have the next decade of movies roughly mapped out. It's very likely that Marvel Studios already has a plan for Dr. Bruce Banner, and it's possible that the clues are right in front of us.
A few months after Marvel Studios laid out its plan for a nearly Hulk-less Phase Two, rumors of a "Planet Hulk" adaptation began to pop up. It began when Feige told MTV that he enjoyed the story and was a possibility for the future, and Latino Review fueled speculation further with its claim the story of an outer-space gladiatorial Hulk would play out in Phase Three.
Of reason stories about the Jade Giant, "Planet Hulk" stands out as the most obvious pick for big screen adaptation, but there are a couple of issues that Marvel Studios would need to work around.
Anyone who has read "Planet Hulk" is quick to point out that Banner spends the extent of his stay on Sakaar as the Other Guy and thus, not looking like the human Ruffalo. The story could be altered to make room for Banner's more meager form, or alternatively, Ruffalo could go full-on Andy Serkis and do most of the film in a mo-cap suit.
That still leaves the biggest issue unresolved: The Hulk works best with other Marvel heroes around him. But who could possibly co-star with the Hulk on his far-flung adventures in the cosmos?
Oh, hey! Look at that. By the time Marvel Studios would be getting around to a new standalone Hulk movie, the world will already be very familiar with Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket and Groot, also known as the Guardians of the Galaxy. If Marvel Studios is still unsure of how well the Hulk would fare without the Avengers, why not give him a little help from these A-holes?
This is all a little bit of fan-fiction on my part, but if the rumors pan out, a meet-up between the Hulk and the Guardians is the obvious route to go.
"Guardians of the Galaxy" opens in theaters on August 1.