With Reporting by Josh Horowitz
Despite Bruce Banner’s claims to the contrary, everyone likes Hulk when he’s angry. The Jade Giant’s breakout role in “Marvel’s The Avengers” more than proves how much the world adores Earth’s mightiest and most gamma-radiated hero. But is the world ready for Hulk to strike out on his own?
For his part, actor Mark Ruffalo is very much game for a solo “Hulk” movie, once Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” wraps up. It would be the third attempt to build a film around Bruce Banner all on his lonesome; thus far, he’s a character that’s worked best when surrounded by other massive personalities like Iron Man and Captain America.
But Ruffalo says he and Marvel are both getting ready to give the world another “Hulk” movie — even if they’re not ready to give the Hulk his own world.
Speaking with MTV News for his new film “Begin Again,” Ruffalo shot down rumors that he’s gearing up to star in “Planet Hulk,” an adaptation of a popular storyline where the Green Goliath winds up in space, courtesy of the Avengers.
“They launch Bruce Banner into space to try to get rid of him and the Hulk. He ends up freaking out, smashing up the spaceship, and it goes off course and ends up on this planet of gladiator creatures,” Ruffalo summarized. “He falls in love, has a Hulk baby … and then the Avengers nuke the planet.”
That’s the long and short of it, with Ruffalo yadda-yadda-ing through some of the cooler details. And while it would make for a compelling film (indeed, “Planet Hulk” has already been the subject of an animated adaptation), there’s just one problem: There’s no Banner.
“I don’t think ['Planet Hulk'] is the way to go yet,” he said. “I think you need more Banner. The whole thing is just him as Hulk, on a planet, fighting other gladiators.”
Back to the drawing board, then. But based on Ruffalo’s knowledge of “Planet Hulk,” and his undeniable enthusiasm for the character, it’s clear that Ruffalo’s Hulk will be striking out on his own before much longer.
Ruffalo’s Hulk returns in “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015.