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The Avengers Star Mark Ruffalo Wants His Own Hulk Movie

Despite some complaints about the skin-tight motion-capture suit — “I’m not well-endowed, and those suits don’t really show you off in the most [flattering way]”The Avengers star Mark Ruffalo is eager to see the Hulk in another solo movie.

“Why not! It was the one character — you know, I was a comic book fan when I was a kid and I always loved the Hulk,” quoted him as saying during a visit to the New Mexico set of The Avengers. “When The Incredible Hulk, that show, came on, I would not miss that. And so if I was going to find myself in that world, this would be the guy that I would be most interested in doing. To make a very short answer long: Yeah, I’d love to have him do his own movie.”

It’s a sentiment the Oscar-nominated actor repeated earlier this week at the world premiere of the Joss Whedon-directed film. “I’m hoping we’re going to see a Hulk movie,” Ruffalo told E! Online. “Why don’t we start an online petition for a Hulk movie?”

He’s the third actor to play Bruce Banner in as many films, and the first of those to portray both the scientist and his monstrous alter-ego. Eric Bana starred in Ang Lee’s 2003 Hulk, which grossed $245 million worldwide, followed by Edward Norton in Lous Letterier’s 2008 The Incredible Hulk, which raked in $263 million. Norton was widely rumored to have feuded with Marvel over the final edit of the movie, leading the studio to announce in 2010 that it would recast the role in The Avengers with “an actor who embodies the creativity and collaborative spirit of our other talented cast members.”

Following a sharp reply to Marvel from Norton’s agent,the actor himself responded, expressing disappointment that he wouldn’t appear in The Avengers, but saying that ultimately, “Hulk is bigger than all of us.”

Ruffalo said he contacted Norton before accepting the role. “I actually called Ed because I’m friends with Ed and wanted it to be copacetic,” he told IGN. “I didn’t want to step on his feet. He bequeathed it to me, and we had a joke that it’s our generation’s Hamlet. We’re all gonna get a crack at it.

The Avengers, which also stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson and Tom Hiddleston, opens May 4.


  • Kevin

    I would love a new Hulk Movie if it was written and directed by Damon Lindelof.

  • sandwich eater

    I really want a new Hulk movie that picks up where the last one left off.  It looks like they were setting up the Leader as the villain for the next movie.  I really want to see the Hulk take on the Leader in a movie.

  • Tomfitz1

    Maybe they’ll call this one The Rampaging Hulk!  ;-)

  • Green Scar

    A Hulk movie can’t work without fundamentally changing the character.  Good news is, they’ve already fundamentally changed the character about a hundred times! Just ditch rampaging Hulk and make it Banner Hulk, Joe Fixit, or best of all, World Breaker Hulk!  How badass would a Planet Hulk movie be?  Nobody saw John Carter, so just use everything from that, re-record dialogue, and replace Tim Riggins with Bruce Banner.  Brilliant!

  • Mr. M

     Would it be filmed in black & white?

  • Jacob

    Bruce Banner wasn’t a part of Planet Hulk.

  • Jacob

    Since it seems like all of that is still in-continuity, I don’t see why it would drop anything from that.

  • Jacob

    “We’re all gonna get a crack at it.”

    That means you won’t have this job very long. You’re joking about getting fired.

  • Squashua

    Ang Lee’s was Hulk.

    They could call this The Hulk.

    Or Hulk Forever

  • Charles Curry

    Spider-Man 2 and Iron-Man 2 worked well. Howabout The Incredible Hulk 2.

  • Jorell

    Yeah, but then he would only finish half of it and never finish it.

  • Moose100

    No you dont have a sense of humor..

  • Edward Norton

    “The Avengers Star Mark Ruffalo Wants His Own Hulk Movie”

    Does he now?  Who the fuck does he think he is!?!?!?  Motherfucker!

  • LightningBug

    I liked Norton’s Incredible Hulk quite a bit, but I don’t think that audiences will go to a Hulk solo movie at this point. I know almost nobody outside of my geek circles who went to see the last one. I think people will be able to get into him as a part of an ensemble in Avengers, and most people will think he’s cool, but the concept just doesn’t seem to carry it’s own movie as far as the public is concerned. If people are demanding it after Avengers 2, maybe Marvel can prove me wrong, but in the mean time, I think a team environment is exactly the right way to sell this character to movie audiences.

  • Jacob

    This joke would work better if the article itself didn’t state that Norton is okay with Ruffalo as Hulk.

  • Chris McFeely

     I dunno, I could really see Avengers raising the Hulk’s profile enough to get people excited at the prospect of another solo film. A lot of the buzz coming out of the premiere screenings has talked about how he steals the show.

  • A. Holland

    Make Ruffalo the star of the Hulk tv-show instead!

  • Mythos

    I’m very interested to see what Mark Ruffalo will bring to the role, but I’m not so sure the Hulk works as a protagonist. I did love The Incredible Hulk, but Hulk works best in a team movie like this, where he can serve as a powerhouse against greater odds. Plus, Bruce Banner isn’t really the most interesting alter ego, although Ruffalo might do great in the role.

  • Mel

    The Bruce Banner character is so complex and interesting. I hope you were joking.

  • Lord Prong

    Yeah, because we all know how true and believable “I’m OK with that” is in reality.  “I’m OK” is usually, “I can’t do a fucking thing about it but smile and wish all those motherfuckers well or I’ll look like a douche.” 

    Welcome to reality dude

    It was a funny joke “Ed.”

  • Lord Prong

    My thoughts exactly – Hulk will steal this movie.  The Cap, “Hulk Smash!” and his excited smile is fucking gravy dude!!  GRAVY!!

  • Jacob

    Yeah, if he wasn’t okay with it, he wouldn’t have told Ruffalo that. Ruffalo wouldn’t have mentioned it. They just never would’ve brought it up. It’s not like some reporter was asking him that. It was a private conversation between the two of them. Because they’re friends. None of that needed to be said. There’s no reason to doubt it’s authenticity.

  • Cjorg2

    If anyone can find Jacob’s funnybone please return it to Spinoff ASAP. 

    Any Horticulturists out there who are able to remove the stick up his ass please also contact Spinoff ASAP.  

    In addition, Ed Norton personally told me last night over Fondue that Ruffalo was a low-down dirty dog and he shouldn’t cross the street when Ed’s driving by.  That’s a fact Jack!!

  • Jacob

    I’m sorry, are you threatening me? I don’t take kindly to people suggesting shoving sticks in my ass.

  • Lyle

    It’s odd to me that the Hulk has worked great on television, but, by some people’s estimates, not so well in movies. Then again, both movies made more than $200 million at the box office, so, how much more money did they need to make at the box office?
    I doubt there will be an Incredible Hulk movie after this, since there is a tv show in the works. I wonder if Mark Ruffalo would be willing to do a tv show.

  • Anonymous

    I want the Hulk to come with his own movie after the Avengers movie.

  • Andrew045

    They need to do it – bring on the Leader! Call this next movie – The Savage HULK!

  • Cjorg2

    Freudian slip dude?  Re-read and you’ll clearly see that we want to REMOVE the stick from up your ass! 

    You don’t take kindly?? LMFAO – what are you gonna do apart from have a whinge and complain to Spinoff that “they’re being mean to me, wa, wa, wa!”  Love tough guys on the internet – you’re Dirty Harriet dude…

  • Mr Tree Lopper Man

    I’m a professional Tree-Lopper and I’d be willing to help Jacob out as best I can.  It certainly appears to be a huge removal job.

  • Thetom5000

    they should remake the hulk movies with mark ruffalo to tie into the avangers like they did with iron man and thor and so on dose anyone think this is a good idea

  • jrau18

    The Incredible Hulk already is…

  • m4rv3lguy

    Edward Norton was a great Hulk, marvel screwed the whole saga by not using him, no offense Mark Ruffalo he’s actually very great to, but Ed’s Hulk is so much better

  • m4rv3lguy

    I think they should knew that by changing the actor three times hulk’s popularity will decrease, as Norton told once, now it’s almost impossible a 2nd movie, people will get tired xD
    I do