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Mark Ruffalo confirms the Hulk will not appear again until The Avengers 2, no standalone movie planned

Mar. 7, 2013by: Alex Maidy

The nature of the online world we live in is that rumors and theories are more prevalent than actual fact. But, every now and then a rumor begins from an actual place of truth and continues to grow until we learn the truth. And, other times, it gets debunked and we all lose our fanboy boners.

When the idea of a PLANET HULK or WORLD WAR HULK movie was bandied about over the last several weeks, many of us lost our collective minds at the prospect of such a bold and exciting move by Disney and Marvel. But, then Joss Whedon came along and told us it was not happening. Now, Hulk himself, Mark Ruffalo, is giving us more news to the contrary.

Ruffalo took to Twitter and had this to say:

"A lot of folks have been asking about the Next Hulk. The next time you see my Hulk it will be in THE AVENGERS 2. No plans for stand alone. I am not giving up on another stand alone HULK. But its not in the works right now. One never knows what the future will bring."

So, at this point, I don't think Ruffalo is lying that he will not be making an appearance in IRON MAN 3, THOR: THE DARK WORLD, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, or even GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. But, Disney and Marvel would be fools not to capitalize on the success of his performance in THE AVENGERS. HULK is a difficult character to build an entire film around, as both Ang Lee and Louis Leterrier can attest. The big mute giant worked well in THE AVENGERS because he was only a supporting character and Ruffalo brought the best portrayal of Bruce Banner to the big screen. Making a WORLD WAR HULK or PLANET HULK movie would remove the human element from the equation, but would also work to set up Banner as an adversary for THE AVENGERS in the inevitable third movie.

For now, I am fine with no third HULK movie, but I hope we do get to see him appear in more than just THE AVENGERS 2, when it bows on May 1, 2015.

Source: Deadline

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10:15AM on 03/08/2013

How about

a Hulk centered Avengers 3 with the Leader and the Abomination as villains?
a Hulk centered Avengers 3 with the Leader and the Abomination as villains?
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7:52PM on 03/08/2013
I'd like to see that. It would be awesome if they brought back the Abomination and introduced the Leader.
I'd like to see that. It would be awesome if they brought back the Abomination and introduced the Leader.
7:56PM on 03/07/2013

Hey, I'd Rather See...

"Future Imperfect", however I know that it would be tough to film. So much detail in that book.

The Maestro...yes.
"Future Imperfect", however I know that it would be tough to film. So much detail in that book.

The Maestro...yes.
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6:57PM on 03/07/2013
Well he said the HULK would not be in any movie but it still doesn't mean Banner won't? If he is signed up for 6 movies & you have 4 more up until Avengers 2 then he has to appear, even in a quick cameo. Someone on here once said that Banner is the real hero & not Hulk & I totally agree with that statement. We have had 2 very different Hulk movies already & I do have a special place for Ang Lee's even if it did get silly towards the end. I just believe that the Hulk himself is a better
Well he said the HULK would not be in any movie but it still doesn't mean Banner won't? If he is signed up for 6 movies & you have 4 more up until Avengers 2 then he has to appear, even in a quick cameo. Someone on here once said that Banner is the real hero & not Hulk & I totally agree with that statement. We have had 2 very different Hulk movies already & I do have a special place for Ang Lee's even if it did get silly towards the end. I just believe that the Hulk himself is a better secondary character & these Planet Hulk movies just seem out of place. Marvel knows what they are doing at this point. Fanboys need to realize this by now & not be so spoiled or quick to judge just because they don't get what they want even when it is done right.
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6:55PM on 03/09/2013
Well said sir
Well said sir
5:42PM on 03/07/2013
I really enjoyed the incredible Hulk I thought it was a fantastic movie for the Green Guy. There were a couple of scenes in it that I thought captured the Hulk: 1. where he is holding Betty after the helicopter blows up and 2. where he is sitting on the cliff edge with Betty after escaping and I liked the little scenes that played hommage to the old series.
I really enjoyed the incredible Hulk I thought it was a fantastic movie for the Green Guy. There were a couple of scenes in it that I thought captured the Hulk: 1. where he is holding Betty after the helicopter blows up and 2. where he is sitting on the cliff edge with Betty after escaping and I liked the little scenes that played hommage to the old series.
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5:12PM on 03/07/2013
Just because Hulk won't appear until Avengers 2, doesn't mean we won't see Banner in any of the Phase 2 movies. I'm hoping for a cameo.
Just because Hulk won't appear until Avengers 2, doesn't mean we won't see Banner in any of the Phase 2 movies. I'm hoping for a cameo.
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5:37PM on 03/07/2013
I'd be up for that. Banner and Stark were all chummy at the end of Avengers, would be nice to see him turn up in Iron Man 3 for a quick cameo or something.
I'd be up for that. Banner and Stark were all chummy at the end of Avengers, would be nice to see him turn up in Iron Man 3 for a quick cameo or something.
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4:47PM on 03/07/2013
If they wanna just make sure that phase two goes smoothly then announce a hulk solo film for phase three I'm all for it. There more focused on the current 5 films to be released and I'm okay with waiting just please start making plans for a third hulk film.
If they wanna just make sure that phase two goes smoothly then announce a hulk solo film for phase three I'm all for it. There more focused on the current 5 films to be released and I'm okay with waiting just please start making plans for a third hulk film.
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3:34PM on 03/07/2013
Well, Ruffalo may have confirmed HULK may not be seen, doesn't mean Banner won't. Still may have a possible cameo, though no garante
Well, Ruffalo may have confirmed HULK may not be seen, doesn't mean Banner won't. Still may have a possible cameo, though no garante
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3:42PM on 03/07/2013
I was thinking the exact same thing. There's no reason why Banner can't show up in any of the phase 2 movies for Marvel. Especially Iron Man 3 since Avengers ends with Stark and Banner taking off on a road trip to get wasted in Vegas (I assume).
I was thinking the exact same thing. There's no reason why Banner can't show up in any of the phase 2 movies for Marvel. Especially Iron Man 3 since Avengers ends with Stark and Banner taking off on a road trip to get wasted in Vegas (I assume).
4:18PM on 03/07/2013
its possible for sure.
But it seems Marvel isnt interested on another Hulk movie, at least not right now.
Maybe after Avengers 2, the audience interest on Hulk gets bigger, and Marvel starts discussing the idea
its possible for sure.
But it seems Marvel isnt interested on another Hulk movie, at least not right now.
Maybe after Avengers 2, the audience interest on Hulk gets bigger, and Marvel starts discussing the idea
3:33PM on 03/07/2013

Careful to say Hulk each time?

What about Banner appearing in any of the films? Stark and Banner seemed to hit it off in The Avengers.
What about Banner appearing in any of the films? Stark and Banner seemed to hit it off in The Avengers.
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3:31PM on 03/07/2013
It was pretty clear what Marvel had in mind for the lead in to Avengers 2.
It was pretty clear what Marvel had in mind for the lead in to Avengers 2.
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3:27PM on 03/07/2013
I'm absolutely fine with that, Whedon's Hulk has officially become a "superhero treat" that is worth waiting for.
I'm absolutely fine with that, Whedon's Hulk has officially become a "superhero treat" that is worth waiting for.
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3:21PM on 03/07/2013

Great News

This is fantastic news. All this planet hulk and world war hulk talk had me scared. If they do a stand alone Hulk movie, it must be about Banner, with an occasional spattering of the Hulk. Hulk is not a superhero, he is a manifestation of Banner and needs to be treated as such, at least in the movies.
This is fantastic news. All this planet hulk and world war hulk talk had me scared. If they do a stand alone Hulk movie, it must be about Banner, with an occasional spattering of the Hulk. Hulk is not a superhero, he is a manifestation of Banner and needs to be treated as such, at least in the movies.
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3:02PM on 03/07/2013

Damn

Hulk deserves his own movie, maybe hes just holding back but you would think Marvel would have some plans for Hulk in the works after the Avengers....and for the record Iincredible hulk was awesome
Hulk deserves his own movie, maybe hes just holding back but you would think Marvel would have some plans for Hulk in the works after the Avengers....and for the record Iincredible hulk was awesome
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2:59PM on 03/07/2013
I guess they just want to build up the anticipation again on seeing him in the big screen again. Makes sense. I mean how great was it to finally see him emerge in The Avengers after all of the wait of seeing everyone else first.

I do hope they give Ruffalo his own stand alone Hulk movie though.
I guess they just want to build up the anticipation again on seeing him in the big screen again. Makes sense. I mean how great was it to finally see him emerge in The Avengers after all of the wait of seeing everyone else first.

I do hope they give Ruffalo his own stand alone Hulk movie though.
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5:35PM on 03/07/2013
Agreed.

There's so much stuff from the comics that could be done for a standalone Hulk film without resorting to Planet Hulk/World War Hulk where interactions with Banner are limited or nonexistent. Ruffalo is awesome.
Agreed.

There's so much stuff from the comics that could be done for a standalone Hulk film without resorting to Planet Hulk/World War Hulk where interactions with Banner are limited or nonexistent. Ruffalo is awesome.
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