In a pair of interviews, Mark Ruffalo talks about the possibility of another solo Hulk movie. In doing so, he shows off an impressive amount of insight into the character, both from an introspective and the fans’ point of view. From a Collider interview:
“He’s a tough nut to crack of all of them, I think. He’s the one person who doesn’t want to do the very thing that all of us are dying to see him do and he’s the one person who doesn’t want to be there, [laughs] and so it can get very maudlin, it could get very boring to watch the guy who’s moping around who doesn’t want to do the very thing that we’re all dying to see him do. And so I think that’s the tough part of cracking that nut. I think that’s what’s made it problematical in the past.
But I do feel like we’ve gained some ground on this new version of him, which has – he’s sort of turning to face himself, and I think the relationship between Banner and The Hulk as a conscious conflict, it could be really interesting. The one thing that I think The Hulk is terrified of is Banner, and that’s never really been mined. And now with this new motion capture technology, we can do something really exciting with Hulk that we’ve never been able to do performance-wise that I am hoping when we’re talking about doing a new version of this, that we’re really talking about having a relationship between these two entities that is conscious of each other and in conflict with each other in a really cool, interesting way.”
That Hulk/Banner tug-of-war of “who’s more afraid of whom” is an underlying concept that the comics have touched on in some great storylines. It’s satisfying to read that if Ruffalo has his way, it will show up in a movie.
As for the clamoring for a “Planet Hulk” movie based on the comic event, Ruffalo had this to say to MTV about the subject:
“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.”
While Ruffalo’s summary isn’t *entirely* accurate (the shuttle mistakenly goes to Sakaar on its own, and the nuking was another programmed accident), he is correct in that the “Planet Hulk” storyline misses some other compelling drivers. “Planet Hulk” is an awesome story on its own, but it is just the second act of a drama that starts with the Illuminati arrogantly deciding to exile Hulk and ends with Hulk returning from Sakaar to expose the Illuminati and earn his revenge.
Of course, that’s a lot of back story to put into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so it’s unlikely all of that will see the big screen. But the more Ruffalo talks about his future as Hulk, the more confident we feel that they cast a great actor to preserve the constant conflict within the character.
What say you, readers? Would “Planet Hulk” be enough of a solo movie to make? Or is there another storyline you’d want to see the Hulk in? Let us know below!
Mark Ruffalo stars as the Hulk in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, premiering May 1, 2015.