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The Hulk TV Series Won’t Tie Into Marvel Films, Del Toro Says

Marvel delighted fans by crafting an interconnected cinematic universe peppered with Easter eggs and cameos, all building toward the release in May 2012 of The Avengers, which assembles the studio’s big-screen heroes to battle a major, yet till unrevealed, threat.

However, filmmaker Guillermo del Toro said audiences shouldn’t expect those threads to extend into television, where he’s developing The Hulk for ABC with Battlestar Galactica‘s David Eick.

“We had a long, long talk about that, and we’ve been given license,” del Toro tells MTV. “I mean, I think the comics, y’know  [...] Pak’s Hulk is great, and Loeb’s Hulk is great, and there’s so many things in the Hulk universe that are powerful strands of narrative. They know we are being faithful to those strands, and the movies have their own continuity.”

Reinforcing the update he offered in late June, del Toro says, “”David Eick and I are hard at work. “We’ve gone through a lot of iterations with the ABC project and we’re very happy where we are right now. We’re just waiting for the green light to go to pages.”

“The trick with The Hulk is, how do you accommodate the Hulk in a TV effects budget?” he continues. “We are finding ways around it. It’s a tricky one to figure out in the model, but if we are successful at that, then you can go into it.”

ABC President Paul Lee revealed over the weekend at the Television Critics Association press tour that the networks hopes to see The Hulk and AKA Jessica Jones, an adaptation of Marvel’s Alias, in the next pilot season. Live-action series Cloak & Dagger and Mockingbird are also in development at corporate sibling ABC Family.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKN5MHOI6VUFOYCTV5REK7M7A4 Jacob

    This was the main reason I was looking forward to it… I think this is a mistake.

  • http://www.spinoffonline.com Kevin Melrose

    I thought last year when Marvel was hammering out a deal with Mark Ruffalo that the studio might want an actor who would agree to X number of films plus a TV series, but that either wasn’t the case, or didn’t work out.

    But I’m glad they’re operating in separate continuities. It would be a waste to hire people like del Toro and Eick to develop a TV series only to force them into a box by saying they have to follow what’s been established by two Iron Man films, Thor, Captain America, The Avengers and The Incredible Hulk — and then keep an eye toward all the movies that follow.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EUIC2KBBL7FJQK5P3TVGQGHPCA Doug Ramsey

    Comics> Movies.

    That that is all.

  • Eightiesologist

    “The trick with The Hulk is, how do you accommodate the Hulk in a TV effects budget?”

    And that right there should be the biggest concern for anyone about this. It just smacks of 90% Bruce Banner and 10% Hulk…and of inferior effects.

  • http://twitter.com/ToniGoodman Toni Goodman

    My wonder is, will all the shows be set in the same universe?

  • Neil Patel

    I’m a big Hulk fan be it comics, film and TV. I think a lot of you people will agree with me when i say what made the 70s show was we just wanted to see Bixby turn into Lou Ferrigno and beat the s*it out of anyone getting in the way. Not some bloke moping about travelling from city to city.  I don’t think TV is a good medium for the Hulk anymore.

  • Jmcreer

    That was the same approach taken by the original series – and it worked.  The focus is on Bruce Banner, not the Hulk.  I have faith that Del Toro wouldn’t go into a project like this without making sure he could do it properly – the man doesn’t work that way

  • Jmcreer

    I think you’re in the minority.  The hulking out scenes were repetitive, constrained by the limited budget and FX of the day, as well as G-Rated restrictions – he never hit ANYONE!!)  Sure it was great to see the Hulk show up, but Bill Bixby and his portrayal of Banner was the reason you KEPT watching the show.  He was brilliant. 

    I think TV is a perfect medium for portraying Bruce Banner’s journey of redemption and possible cure.  Do I want a rehash of the Hulk/ Fugitive approach?  Certainly not, but I wouldn’t be dissapointed by the approach taken by Bruce Jones which clearly set the emphasis on Banner, his relationships, and the government conspiracy out to get him and harness the power of the Hulk.  It could be quite compelling, similar to when Heroes, X-Files, and Fringe.

  • Cjorg2

    The Hulk never beat the s*it out of anyone in that show.  All he did was growl, flex some muscles, and throw people.  If we we’re lucky sometimes he… gasp… lifted something!!  Then he ran away in slow motion.  It was embarrassing.  Go back and watch it – you’ll see I’m right.

  • Shadowpdf

    That’s the real question …. ‘Cause if all four of these pilots get episode orders (and have even modest success) then there should be ample opportunities for a shared universe.  The one problem holding it back, though, will be how many production companies are involved.  If each show has it’s own production company then there probably won’t be a shared universe.  All shows being on ABC, maybe we can get a few shared guest spots.  Fingers crossed.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKN5MHOI6VUFOYCTV5REK7M7A4 Jacob

    I would think del Toro being involved would’ve been a major boon to a sequel. That they would follow a lot of his cues when it comes to the interpretation. Since it’s a prequel, he wouldn’t really be locked in much and he’d have a lot of room to explore (certain obligations like Norton working on a Project: Rebirth revival), but mostly an empty canvas.

  • Toneloak

    Truth, Movies work as another revenue stream and like a side story with a new team of artist. Although, I feel TV is a new medium for a parallel story that should capture some of the same qualities comics bring to the art of story telling.

  • Boomtuber

    I agree with Cjorg2; I never watched the show in those days for that reason. But still, Del Toro definitely deserves a shot at it…

  • Toneloak

    Agreed, it was Bill’s performance that made the Hulk a payoff. It felt like he was just trying to protect people from themselves (so they don’t make the same bad decisions he’s made) and the Hulk.

  • Toneloak

    The Incredible Hulk the series to me represents that really good acting and tight & topical plots will make even the cheesyist effects work as long as everything else about the show is treated seriously.

  • Jemurr

    I’m really disappointed about this. I’m a big fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and was just assuming that this TV show would be in that. But you know what happens when you assume right LOL. It made sense too because in the Hulk movie it was stated that Banner was on the run for five years. I just figured the TV show would showcase his origin say in the pilot then cover that time he was on the run.

  • Anonymous

    missed opportunity 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-McDonnell/868645580 Michael McDonnell

    The new series is likely going use the Hulk’s supporting cast which were
    never used in the old series it’s all been that he’s goes into town,
    gets bullied by thugs and chased by reporter Jack McGee which is the
    same thing every episode.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Curefreak Daniel Wheeler

    Go back to Hellboy !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-McDonnell/868645580 Michael McDonnell

    Stephen Lang would be great as General Ross after seeing him as the bad guy in Avatar

  • Anonymous

    I wonder what the casual viewing audience’s patience is for seeing certain characters played by multiple people. 4 Hulks in 10 years?

  • el_caifan

    Great casting choice! Trust in Del Toro!

    el_caifan

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKN5MHOI6VUFOYCTV5REK7M7A4 Jacob

    James Bond?

  • Anonymous

    I think the Bond series paints being 007 as a job, whereas for example The Hulk is always Bruce banner, Spidey is always Peter Parker, Superman is always Clark Kent. The Bond people aren’t really all playing the same person, they’re playing different people fulfilling the same spy role.

  • Anonymous

    Of all the Marvel characters to kick off their live action TV presence with, I never understood why they would choose The Hulk.  Budgetary concerns alone make this problematic, especially if they want to do it right.  All of the street level characters ripe for a TV budget and they choose this.  I don’t get it.

    And, for the record, I came to this story in hopes of something to make me feel more optimistic about it and now feel even worse …

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-McDonnell/868645580 Michael McDonnell

    Michael Shanks as Bruce Banner.

  • tse1979

     NO. They all played James Bond.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKN5MHOI6VUFOYCTV5REK7M7A4 Jacob

    They’re really all playing James Bond. Just because there’s no in-universe explanation for the face changes (like DW), they’re still the same person (up until the Casino Royale reboot).

  • Anonymous

    Interesting, I’ve always taken James bond as the name of the cover, thus the reference to “the last 007″. Sort of a John Doe of the spy world.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=663669914 Sean Richardson

    Going from either 1987-1997 there were four Clark Kents, and between 1996 – 2006 there were three, but people actually remember all three (the four is a bit more of a stretch).  I don’t think there’s been a definitive Hulk in anybody’s mind yet.

  • Joe Kerr

    Del Toro should not be worried about the fxs. Sure he you cannot do the 70s thing with a body builder painted green but there has been varied innovations as far as suiits and prostectics since then. Just look at the metmorphosis in The Howling: it was a mix of puppets, animatronix, makeup and suit and it looked fantastic. You don’t need expensive(and fake) CGI.

  • http://profiles.google.com/gottgen Van Davis

    No, but that’s actually a VERY cool idea!  

  • http://twitter.com/HeroicTStudios Michael Sacal

    ““The trick with The Hulk is, how do you accommodate the Hulk in a TV effects budget?”” You find a really big guy and paint him green, duh…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-McDonnell/868645580 Michael McDonnell

    Or put a fake muscle suit on somebody like what Del Toro did with Hellboy.

  • Mark

    Comics>movies.
    Meh.
    Comics>TV.
    Meh.

    Comics>audio
    drama. Yeah.

    No matter
    what the intention, TV will be always be constrained by budgets, suits, and
    advertisers (see The Walking Dead for parts 1 and 2). With audio, when the
    movie’s playing in your mind, there’s no restriction on budgets, and we can
    imagine the characters to look the way we want them to. Personally, I think
    Marvel should start an audio drama division. It still won’t make anybody happy, but hell, less financial risk, right?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-McDonnell/868645580 Michael McDonnell

    They said they’ll be focusing on the love story between Bruce Banner and Betty Ross,
    how the two are brought together and continuously torn apart by the
    monster within.

    Having Betty in the series would set it apart from the old series and
    have her help found a cure for Bruce and have her father get in the way.

    This will probably be the 3rd actress to play Betty Ross.

  • Jmcreer

    That is cool – in fact that’s the premise of Jason Bourne in the Bourne Identity.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-McDonnell/868645580 Michael McDonnell

    Have Banner trying to recreate the Super Soldier Serum that created Captain
    America in the pilot that leans to the accident that creates the Hulk.

    What do you think of having the Hulk serum in the series instead of
    gamma radiation which would have caused Bruce Banner to get sick and
    die.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-McDonnell/868645580 Michael McDonnell

    The Hulk movies and comic books have been overshadowed by the old tv
    series, nobody is familiar with his supporting cast and villains.

  • MadMikeyD

    As a listener of old time radio, I’d be all for this.  Unfortunately, I don’t think there is much of an audience for audio drama these days.

  • Gilberto Edwards

    I want Guillermo Del Toro, jeoph loeb, from Marvel Television to give Edward Norton a contract to play Bruce Banner again before any fourth actor in New Hulk TV Show coming in fall of 2012.

  • Gilberto Edwards

    The Incredible Hulk New Tv Series needs be about Dr. Bruce Banner trying to tap into the hidden powers than all humans have then he accidentally use alot of gamma rays, that turns him into the  hulking green creature Incredible powers.

  • Gilberto Edwards

    The Incredible Hulk New Series story line needs be about the classics television series,based on Bill Bixby version and more often the Marvel Comic Book Incarnation of 1980′s issue #255 when the Hulk fights, Mighty Thor.

  • Gilberto Edwards

    Edward Norton fits the Bruce Banner character better than any other charcarter then I’ve known. Then Need to not reboot the Hulk TV Show, until Ed Norton doesn’t not do it. But if Ed Norton wants to do the New Hulk Tv Show then don’t reboot it at all because its based on the Incredible Hulk 2008 Film.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-McDonnell/868645580 Michael McDonnell

    Why do you want to go the Superman Returns route by coping the old series, Del Toro says it will be more like the comic, Banner is probably going become the Hulk by a gamma bomb and then being hunted by General Ross and his military forces.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-McDonnell/868645580 Michael McDonnell

    They want the new series to be it’s own thing instead of being influenced by the past.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-McDonnell/868645580 Michael McDonnell

    Here’s Del Toro and Stan Lee talk the new series saying it’s a brand new take on the character set in the early years of Bruce Banner, this is before “before everyone knew his secret,” and the series will be focused on the love story between Banner and Betty Ross.

    http://geektyrant.com/news/2011/8/1/guillermo-del-toro-and-stan-lee-talk-about-new-hulk-tv-serie.html

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-McDonnell/868645580 Michael McDonnell

    Del Toro had revealed that he is drawing inspiration from both Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s original Hulk comics and writer Jeph Loeb’s recent run.

    Be set before Bruce Banner went on the run, before people knew he was the Hulk and still working at Gamma Base New Mexico.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-McDonnell/868645580 Michael McDonnell

    The Hulk movies and comic books have been overshadowed by the old tv series, nobody is familiar with his supporting cast and villains. 

  • Michael McDonnell

    Comicvine says that David Eick and Guillermo del Toro submitted a
    treatment that includes the development of the Red Hulk as a villain.

    We all know that Red Hulk is General Ross it’s possible that he might become Red Hulk in an episode or later season.

  • Michael McDonnell

    Del Toro has revealed that he is drawing inspiration from both Stan Lee
    and Jack Kirby’s original Hulk comics and writer Jeph Loeb’s recent run.

    Be set before Bruce Banner went on the run, before people knew he was the Hulk and still working at Gamma Base New Mexico.

  • Michael McDonnell

    Season One should be like Hulk:Gray because that dealt with the early
    days of the Hulk before the world knew about Bruce Banner’s power and
    his secret and a focus on the love story between Bruce and Betty Ross.

  • Michael McDonnell

    Type your comment here.Bruce Banner to wear glasses in the new series as in the comics which makes him look like an adult Peter Parker.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-McDonnell/868645580 Michael McDonnell

    Having the new series be a remake of the old series is a real problem it would just prevent the new series from creating it’s own identity and would just appeal to nostalgic douchebags not to a new generation.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-McDonnell/868645580 Michael McDonnell

    TV Hulk is going to have the same design and CG model from the Avengers to cut costs but not the same actor.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-McDonnell/868645580 Michael McDonnell

    Having a new cast is more likely because Del Toro and Eick would want to do their own creative blueprint and would be separating themselves from previous live action Hulk TV and movie adaptations.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-McDonnell/868645580 Michael McDonnell

    Having a new cast is just a way to separate themselves from previous live action Hulk TV and movie adaptations.

  • Michael McDonnell

    The pilot is said to be airing soon after The Avengers in the pilot season and first season in the Autumn.

  • Gilberto Edwards

    I thing they should tie it two The Incredible Hulk 2008 movie Film with Edward Norton instead of another 4th actor.

  • Gilberto Edwards

    Because The Incredible Hulk Movie in 2008 Film was far better than the rest of the two movie films like the Avengers 2012,and Hulk 2003 Film.

  • Gilberto Edwards

    New Hulk TV Series in 2012 should be tie with the Incredible Hulk 2008 movie Film.

  • Gilberto Edwards

    Guillermo Del toro needs to bend it to the The Incredible Hulk 2008 Film to The New Hulk TV Series 2012.

  • Gilberto Edwards

    If Guillermo Del Toro bend The New Hulk TV Series to the Incredible Hulk 2008 Film with Edward Norton it will be a winner success.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-McDonnell/868645580 Michael McDonnell

     If the series happens it is likely they’ll go with an entirely new cast.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-McDonnell/868645580 Michael McDonnell

    Both Del Toro and Eick have a creative responsibility, if they want to
    establish their own Hulk community on television Marvel would’ve gone
    along with it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-McDonnell/868645580 Michael McDonnell

    I think having it more like the old series or continue on from the 2008 film would just prevent it from establishing it’s own identity, no matter how good or how loved the old series is or how good the 2008 film was it is necessary to moveforward like Chris Nolan’s Batman was completely different from Tim Burton’s films because he had a different conception on how he wanted to tell Batman’s story and how he wanted to present the character.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-McDonnell/868645580 Michael McDonnell

    Lois & Clark wasn’t a continuation of the Christopher Reeve films and they didn’t use Christopher Reeve or Margot Kidder for the roles because the producers had a different approach to Superman and his supporting cast.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-McDonnell/868645580 Michael McDonnell

    Del Toro said back in November that he delivered the pilot script to the network and now waiting for a greenlight, perhaps in the next few months we should be hearing news about a new hulk cast and plot details.

  • Gilberto Edwards

    I will say that the continue were they left off will work and thats the truth because you have to understand about the script and it should be based on old TV Series and the 2008 Film.

  • Gilberto Edwards

     The New Hulk TV Series should be based on The original old TV Series and The comic book including.

  • Gilberto Edwards

    If they will go along with not only there own spin but like the original Television series too when he’s  moving from town to town.

  • Gilberto Edwards

    It won’t be no body casting  for The New Hulk TV Series until The Avengers movies comes to the big screen with The Hulk.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-McDonnell/868645580 Michael McDonnell

     It’s been 3 months since we had a update on the series and no 2012 updates yet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-McDonnell/868645580 Michael McDonnell

     The Avengers comes out in the US in May and in the UK in April but there’re alot of pilots being picked up now and The Hulk should be among them and Del Toro is busy with other projects.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-McDonnell/868645580 Michael McDonnell

    The old series was 35 years ago there are things in it that wouldn’t work for today like him being chased by a reporter and Hulk fighting criminals week to week doesn’t quite work for science fiction shows for today.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-McDonnell/868645580 Michael McDonnell

    The man on the run is fine as long as it doesn’t turn into a cheap knock off of the old series, they’re likely to have him chased by a elite military squad led by General Ross.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-McDonnell/868645580 Michael McDonnell

    Del Toro has been busy with other projects like Pacific Rim and what about David Eick he’s in on it too and he is doing the Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome TV series.

  • Michael McDonnell

    Moving forward with a new hulk cast on television is a tough but
    necessary move, some people are afraid of that, some people may be
    skeptical about a new Bruce Banner and Betty Ross, some people may be
    open minded about it because there’ve alot of different interpretations
    of the Hulk over the years.

  • Gilberto Edwards

    Not michael shanks but Clay Akien as New Bruce Banner from Donald Trump celebrity appenrance in New Hulk live Action TV Series.

  • Gilberto Edwards

    Maybe a person under a rubber green suit will work.

  • Gilberto Edwards

    A New Cast for The New Incredible Hulk Series will be likely and have Lou Ferrigno voice the The Incredible Hulk like he did in the Avengers movie.

  • Gilberto Edwards

    Not good storyline it should be about Bruce Banner got exposed from Gamma Radiation from the machine by using too much of it.

  • Gilberto Edwards

    Not really only his own spin but like old TV Series with Bill Bixby version.

  • Gilberto Edwards

    Or working on the Gamma rays with machine computer Lab as being accidental gamma radiation experiment were causes him to Hulk Out into a gaint green creature.

  • Gilberto Edwards

    Not yet the gray Hulk in season one the Hulk will remain green after a gamma overdose.

  • Gilberto Edwards

    It will not be a problem to remake the Hulk based on the old TV series because should not be based only on a comic book but orignal TV Series.

  • Gilberto Edwards

    Not at all they be seperated from the orignal Hulk but based on classics TV Series will work with Lou Ferrigno involve as a camero and voice too.

  • Gilberto Edwards

    It does”nt mean that the new cast will be horrible,its that they will cast a perfect Bruce Banner much better than mark ruffalo and Eric Bana,Clay akien as the New Bruce Banner will be perfect Bruce Banner in the New Hulk TV Series.

  • Gilberto Edwards

    But don”t rush Jeph Leob on who to cast because he wants to make sure that that they cast right man for Bruce Banner.

  • Gilberto Edwards

    Jeph Leob is trying to make a better storyline and creative casting to go with the New Hulk creation.

  • Gilberto Edwards

    Because they need to take time to it right.

  • Gilberto Edwards

    It should told little different than comic book about exposing himself with Gamma rays.

  • Gilberto Edwards

    Don”t forget that the Hulk on the screen will not be CGI but mix with different special effects.

  • Michael McDonnell

    They’re taking all the Marvel TV show slow to get them right, Loeb’s
    answer in a update is always the same “we’re in development” they said
    they were going for the 2012-13 season but now the pilot season has
    ended they may say next year but then the next and the next.

  • Michael McDonnell

    Kevin Feige said just recently there are no plans for another solo Hulk
    movie so that probably means we’re getting Hulk TV in the next few years
    with another Bruce Banner Betty Ross.

  • Michael McDonnell

    Simplify the Hulk effects maybe the only solution because making a TV
    series is not the same as making a movie because of time and budget
    constraints. A green muscle suit would be Del Toro’s alley because he
    likes practial and make up effects, would be like Hellboy were they put
    Ron Perlman in a red muscle suit and make up, there was a Hulk suit in
    the alternate ending of Scary Movie 3 but that was a comedic
    representation of the character, a hulk suit would be like the Hellboy
    make up or the Doomsday Smallville make up. Would be interesting if they
    go that route have Banner and the Hulk be played by the same actor.

  • Michael McDonnell

    The Avengers movie has created the possibility for a new Hulk movie, in
    2015. They say if the Hulk success continues, Marvel will spin him off
    to a stand alone TV series next year supported by a big budget franchise
    movie in 2015.

  • Michael McDonnell

    I just heard that it maybe in develpment for 2013-14 season but Jessica Jones is stalled.

    Because of the success of The Avengers they decideed to fast track it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-McDonnell/868645580 Michael McDonnell

    Think with Del Toro involved he’ll make it more of a monster oriented series?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-McDonnell/868645580 Michael McDonnell

    Edward Norton no longer interested in superhero roles and comicbook films.

    http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/MarvelFreshman/news/?a=65614

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-McDonnell/868645580 Michael McDonnell

    Here’s from Marvel Movies Wiki saying during the writing and filming processes, Norton had tried to take control of the script because he wanted to re-do the origin story and demanded to be credited as a writer. He was also difficult to work with during filming, something he is notoriously known for doing, and barely promoted the film during post-production.

    http://marvel-movies.wikia.com/wiki/Bruce_Banner#Trivia

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-McDonnell/868645580 Michael McDonnell

    What we know so far about the show is it’s not going to be connected to the Marvel movie universe, it will focus on the relationship between Bruce Banner and Betty Ross, the Hulk will created either by a mix of practial effects and CGI or reusing the Hulk from The Avengers and might use Red Hulk as a main villain.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-McDonnell/868645580 Michael McDonnell

    If the show was a quasi sequel to the Bixby/ Ferrigno Hulk have it based on the cancelled TV film The Revenge of the Incredible Hulk set after years after The Death of the Incredible Hulk were revealed that David Banner went into deep hibernation instead of dying from the fall,have him fight criminals and mob bosses, Hulk being chased once again by Jack McGee.

  • Michael McDonnell

    Before they said about recycling the Avengers Hulk(Problem about reusing the Hulk from The Avengers is that he looks like Mark Ruffalo) Del
    Toro said the Hulk would be a mix of prosthetics and CGI wither they’re
    still going by that we don’t know?

    If the Hulk is going to be a mix of prosthetics and CGI it would mean
    that Hulk would be a guy in a green muscle suit and the transformations
    will be CG.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-McDonnell/868645580 Michael McDonnell

    Think people hated the Hulk movies because they were alienated by the fact he’s called Bruce and the supporting characters like Betty and Thunderbolt Ross because the TV show had no other characters expert Banner and the Hulk.

    Maybe the reason people love the Avengers Hulk so much because it had none of his supporting cast.

    It seems that the masses liked the original and Avengers Hulk more because he didn’t have his supporting cast and villains, maybe they would like the new series without them, just Banner and Hulk alone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-McDonnell/868645580 Michael McDonnell

    Avengers effects supervisor on the difficulties on bringing the Hulk to television.

    “I think we’d have to have a lot of Banner. You know I think from beginning to end we got much faster at doing shots. We learned a lot about the process and about how to light him and how to make him look good. One of the things that was interesting was when we started off we kind of took our typical approach of really art directing the lighting, like rim, rim, rim, you know super stylized. And he really looked fake and kind of popped out. And what we found is that we ended up having to kind of flatten out his lighting to get him to sit in there with the rest of the Avengers. So I think after learning things like that, you know we could – if you’re talking about a TV schedule and how fast you need to turn around production, it would be a matter of, you know trying to build off everything we did for the movie and then, you know get him in there, get him lit. You wouldn’t have time to do the – you know all the really detailed shape, you know per frame corrections that we do”.

  • Michael McDonnell

    It would be a good idea to have Banner and the Hulk played by the same
    actor, a prosthetic muscle suit would make the Hulk look like Banner on
    steroids plus a prosthetic Hulk face.

  • Michael McDonnell

    Del Toro updates on Hulk: I had one more meeting after Avengers with Jeph Loeb from Marvel and he said, “We’re working on it, we’re waiting for a writer,” he gave me the name of the writer and their resume and I said, “That sounds great, let’s wait for him” because we had delivered a teleplay and I haven’t heard since then.