There have already been two Hulk movies and no one seemed to be able to crack the code on how to make a movie of one of Marvel’s most famous creations. The first starred the relatively unknown Eric Bana as Bruce Banner and was directed by the respected Ang Lee, but the movie, produced by Universal Studios, was too cerebral and failed to win over fans. The rights reverted back to Marvel who tried again with ‘The Incredible Hulk’ with Edward Norton stepping into the title role. Once again, however, the movie didn’t quite live up to expectation.
And then came Mark Ruffalo, the affable star of several indie movies and a few big hits like ’13 Going On 30′, who stepped into Bruce Banner’s lab coat in ‘The Avengers‘ and hit a home run. Since that monster hit, fans have simply assumed that it was only a matter of time before The Hulk would stomp back to the big screen in a third solo attempt. And while Marvel may have another Hulk in the works, they have yet to announce anything in that regard. But fans have been quite vocal that they want a live-action adaptation of the storyline ‘Planet Hulk’ in which the Hulk is jettisoned into space by the other heroes of Earth and winds up on a gladiator-like planet where he must battle other powerful creatures. He falls in love with a woman and makes her his wife. She even gets pregnant, but is later killed when the ship that Hulk reached the planet in, explodes.
But… don’t hold your breath. Ruffalo is currently filming ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron‘ but is taking time off to promote his musical comedy ‘Begin Again’. But of course, questions always shift to the Marvel cinematic universe. When asked if there was a ‘Planet Hulk’ movie in the works, he quickly shot the concept down.
“I don’t think that’s the way to go yet. I think you need more Banner. The whole thing is just him as Hulk, on a planet, fighting other gladiators.”
He also points out that the entire movie would be CGI and motion capture, to which his ‘Begin Again’ co-star Kiera Knightly states that it sounds like it would make a great ‘computer game’. (Also, and I feel like I’m the only one who gets this, NONE of these movies actually adapts real comic stories. Yes, there are influences– especially in terms of origins– but none are direct adaptations. Not even ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ is the actual ‘Days of Future Past’ story from the comics. Why would they start adapting full comic story lines now?)
You can hear Ruffalo’s full comments below:
So while we may get a new Hulk movie, don’t expect it to be a direct adaptation of ‘Planet Hulk’ or any other comic book story. Are you disappointed?