Mark Ruffalo on a standalone Hulk movie

News Simon Brew 20 Jan 2014 - 05:58

Mark Ruffalo remains interested in a standalone Hulk film, and wants it to have an eco flavour to it...

Next year's Avengers: Age Of Ultron will see Mark Ruffalo stepping into the torn clothes of Hulk for the second time. But there's still continued chatter - and a sizeable fan desire - for another standalone Hulk movie, this time with Ruffalo in the title role.

The actor has been chatting to Total Film about it too, and how if the project goes ahead, he'd like it to have an environmental message in there. "As artists we have an ability to reach a lot of people in a deep way, and we have a responsibility", he said. "What we have to do as storytellers is to take science and make it relatable. I think we have to tell the story of the positives and what we're going to try and do. Give them alternatives but don't make it a polemic".

He admitted that his influence on The Avengers was limited - "if you took my screentime it would come to about  ten minutes, along with 12 other people I'm sharing the screen with" - but said that "if we get to a standalone Hulk movie, I'll have a much better chance to do that. I'm just learning now how to find my voice and bring it into the studio world".

Ruffalo's latest film, Infinitely Polar Bear, has just premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

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Keep the environment stuff out of it and we'll be just fine, these are comic book movies, not platforms for the anti fracking movement Mark

I was inteested once. Bloody painful, but the creams helped.

I seem to remember a Hulk comic storyline where he got fed up with humanity and basically went off grid and lived alone with nature and truly found peace. That could work without having an 'eco' message rammed down people's throats.

I think the Hulk worked so well in the Avengers because he wasn't the main character. I was hoping he'd be in Iron Man 3, more than the post-credits scene, given the bromance that got kindled with Tony Stark in the Avengers.

I think the Hulk is more likely to cause environmental disasters.

Wont take much to be better than the last two bombs that for sure.

A Hulk-movie with an ecological theme sounds like something out of the show with Bill Bixby. I would totally not mind that. :D

Oh he's just being green.

Let Swamp Thing deal with that stuff.

Me too

Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Dude you are one sick puppy.

Oh. I see.

The Incredible Hulk is pretty good.

Hulk doesn't really work as a stand-alone solo film. They should have Banner cameo in somebody else's film and/or give him a One-Shot and save Hulk for Avengers 2 and 3.

If they really want a solo film they should have a team up film with Captain America or a Plant Hulk film (but not untill Phase 4).

Hmm I think your argument is flawed there mate there are pleny of comics that deal with world issues

Wow Mark. You've nailed it! The reason people didn't really like those other Hulk films is because the Hulk wasn't enough like Captain Planet.

Growing up in the 70's i wasn't a big fan of the TV Hulk, i found it somewhat morose, I didn't much like the Ang Lee movie either and, although it was a bit formulaic, I did enjoy the Ed Norton version of the Hulk. I think what was learned from the Avengers movie is that the Hulk is scary (in a lovely calm Mark Ruffalo way) and also can be very, very funny too, and thats the angle i'd like to see, along with plenty of smashing the crap out of stuff.

The Hulk is a hard character to translate to screen, the creature himself simply reacts to situations mindlessly (although its always best when you see that bit of human recognition in its eye) the rest of the times you get to see Banner wishing he wasn't the Hulk, it was only at the end of the last movie and hinted at in the Avengers that Banner ca now control the beast, that to me is also way more interesting and would mean that the raging green beast can be targeted to what ever threat needs a pounding.

Live-action adaption of Planet Hulk, anyone?

RDJ's Tony Stark is the "biggest name in clean energy at the moment". So they are already doing it in the MCU. Banner is BFF with Stark so I'm sure they can spin out a storyline out of that.

He's our heero! Gonna TAAAKE poLLUtion DOWN to zeeero!

It'll never happen. But yes, I would love to see that. :-)

^^. Ahh 90's environmentalist television programming at it's err best?

And please no more Rossfields and Mcbanners chase scenes. Those films were one Paul Oakenfold's "Ready, Steady, Go" away from being the Banner Identity and the Banner Supremacy.

Almost. I still sing Louie the Lightning Bug's "you gotta be cool with cords" from time to time. And I don't mean ironically. I mean awesomely. YouTube it.

And Johnny depp's cameo in Freddy's Dead is the best say no to drugs... thingy. YouTube video game death on nightmare bla bla you get the picture.

Superhero actor forgets he is just the actor, and thinks films should showcase his idiological political views. Whats the worst that could happen ? Superman IV the quest for peace.

I absolutely loved The Incredible Hulk 2008 movie. And if they do another standalone Hulk I hope they bring back Tim Blake Nelson to be Leader, and go back to the superstriated design of the Hulk from that movie. Was that big on the generic looking version they had for Avengers.

Get it???!!! 'Cause Hulk is green! "Puny human put pizza box in recycling bin make Hulk angry!!!!!!!!!!!! Hulk smash cardboard boxes that weren't broken down!!!!!!!! ARRRRRRGGGGGGH!!!!!!!"

If I'm thinking of the same storyline, he really freaked not long afterwards because he was suppressing Banner. Nightmare was tormenting him pretty hardcore, so I'm sure that didn't help. The end result was Dr. Strange banished him to another plane of existence.

To be fair that spoke more of Stark's arrogance and self importance that the movie was building up throughout. Thinking that he is the only one doing good that he is the brains of the operation, that he knows what's best over the others around him. It also makes the parts when he finally starts to recognise the strength in those around him, like when he gets Cap to make the battle plan and when he finally starts taking advice from other people during the battle etc.

Wasn't there a gay marriage recently?

And lets not forget the new backstory for Ms Marvel

yup comics always deal with these issues! and yes captain planet counts ;P lol

Well played.

After all, Kevin Feige's said they're always looking for new and different ideas to bring to the big-screen and it'd definitely re-invigorate the Hulk movie franchise, rather than people reacting with a sigh and "again?" like they kinda did for The Incredible Hulk.

Alas, having said that I agree, I don't think it has much (if any) chance of getting on the big screen as part of the MCU, but it would be great to see.

Also, the plot's vaguely similar to John Carter (dude on an alien planet, works his way up to becoming a revolutionary leader.) Not sure if Disney would attempt to go in that direction again...

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