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Mark Ruffalo says the next solo Hulk movie should not be Planet Hulk

Jun. 30, 2014by: Alex Maidy

Everyone seemed to get excited at the prospect that Mark Ruffalo would star in new solo HULK film after the incredible reception the character got in THE AVENGERS. With AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON in full swing and said to contain a major storyline for the green guy, the questions became when would we get to see PLANET HULK on the big screen?

I mean, after Ang Lee's existential HULK and Louis Leterrier's more action-packed THE INCREDIBLE HULK, it seems logical to go with the biggest storyline for the character in recent memory, right? Not according to Mark Ruffalo. The actor recently made comments that he does not think the Planet Hulk storyline would be the best fit for the next solo outing for the character and he has a pretty good reason why.

"I dont think thats where theyre going to go Planet Hulk is: they actually launch Bruce Banner into space to try and get rid of him and the Hulk. And he ends up freaking out, smashing up the spaceship, and it goes off course and it ends up on this planet of gladiator creatures, like pre-Christian, Romanesque."

I dont think thats the way to go yet. I think you need more Banner. The whole thing is just him as Hulk, on a planet, fighting other gladiators. He falls in love, he has a baby, he finds a woman and then The Avengers nuke the planet.

Kevin Feige made similar statements as to why PLANET HULK or even WORLD WAR HULK would not be ideal for the big screen as they would be paying a ton of money for Ruffalo to just do motion capture in those films. Bruce Banner himself is a non-factor in those comic stories and while fans might love them, it is likely not going to happen in the near future.

Personally, I would love to see a fully mo-cap performance, especially if the Hulk begins to speak more dialogue as he does in virtually every comic and animated incarnation of the character. Ruffalo has been working with Andy Serkis on AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON and we all know how incredible that guy is able to make his mo-capped performances. I hope that there truly is some consideration made for PLANET HULK in the future as much as I hope they plan a really good story for HULK 3.

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON is slated for release on May 1, 2015.

Source: MTV

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12:58AM on 07/01/2014

Hulk talks with is fists!

Hulk does not do soliloquies period. If he speaks its a one liner here or there. His line was perfect in Avengers, nothing more was needed. Banner is the eloquent one, Hulk is the smashie one. Having the Hulk run dialogue is one of the stupidest ideas ever.
Hulk does not do soliloquies period. If he speaks its a one liner here or there. His line was perfect in Avengers, nothing more was needed. Banner is the eloquent one, Hulk is the smashie one. Having the Hulk run dialogue is one of the stupidest ideas ever.
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8:56PM on 06/30/2014
I heartily agree. Let's see Red Hulk!
I heartily agree. Let's see Red Hulk!
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7:39PM on 06/30/2014
It's a tough on what to do with a Hulk solo film with Ruffalo. We've already had two origin films, the only thing I could think of is if they tie it to whatever happens to him after Age of Ultron and use that as a spring board for the solo film, but that's a stretch...
It's a tough on what to do with a Hulk solo film with Ruffalo. We've already had two origin films, the only thing I could think of is if they tie it to whatever happens to him after Age of Ultron and use that as a spring board for the solo film, but that's a stretch...
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7:17PM on 06/30/2014

I agree with Ruffalo and Feige

I read Planet Hulk and wasn't really impressed. It was all mindless action, no real character development and a very thin plot. A film version of it would be the Marvel equivalent of the Transformers films. I get that a lot of people would probably be just fine with that, but that's not what I want in my Marvel films.
I read Planet Hulk and wasn't really impressed. It was all mindless action, no real character development and a very thin plot. A film version of it would be the Marvel equivalent of the Transformers films. I get that a lot of people would probably be just fine with that, but that's not what I want in my Marvel films.
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5:02PM on 06/30/2014
That's the diplomatic way to say it is a f'ing stupid idea that only works in comics where readers are accepting of completely non-sensical stories and ideas that are just plain silly.
That's the diplomatic way to say it is a f'ing stupid idea that only works in comics where readers are accepting of completely non-sensical stories and ideas that are just plain silly.
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6:34PM on 06/30/2014
So you're fine with the giant green rage monster fighting alongside the Asgardian God of Thunder while they high five the guy who went from 110 to 220 thanks to a magical super serum, but them going into space and crash landing on another planet is where you draw the line?
So you're fine with the giant green rage monster fighting alongside the Asgardian God of Thunder while they high five the guy who went from 110 to 220 thanks to a magical super serum, but them going into space and crash landing on another planet is where you draw the line?
1:00AM on 07/01/2014
Going into space is fine, talking is not, if Hulk calmed down enough to talk in complete sentences he would revert to Banner.
Going into space is fine, talking is not, if Hulk calmed down enough to talk in complete sentences he would revert to Banner.
4:57PM on 06/30/2014
Well of course Ruffalo doesn't want them to do Planet Hulk. Why would Marvel pay Ruffalo's salary for an entirely mocap performance when they could hire anyone else for a fraction of the cost?

I think Planet Hulk could make for a cool movie but that storyline doesn't really make sense in the cinematic universe they've established. Banner was already shown to pretty much be entirely in control of the Hulk in The Avengers so there's no real reason for them to want to jettison him from Earth.
Well of course Ruffalo doesn't want them to do Planet Hulk. Why would Marvel pay Ruffalo's salary for an entirely mocap performance when they could hire anyone else for a fraction of the cost?

I think Planet Hulk could make for a cool movie but that storyline doesn't really make sense in the cinematic universe they've established. Banner was already shown to pretty much be entirely in control of the Hulk in The Avengers so there's no real reason for them to want to jettison him from Earth.
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8:21PM on 06/30/2014
I don't think that's the case, in production for the first Avengers they were very clear that the new hulk appearance used Ruffalo's face in the design, dropping Ruffalo means re-designing the Hulk again, something that would probably cost more than Ruffalo's 2-5mil he's probably contracted to.
I don't think that's the case, in production for the first Avengers they were very clear that the new hulk appearance used Ruffalo's face in the design, dropping Ruffalo means re-designing the Hulk again, something that would probably cost more than Ruffalo's 2-5mil he's probably contracted to.
4:53PM on 06/30/2014
Like they couldn't change the story to have him be a human and the hulk.
Like they couldn't change the story to have him be a human and the hulk.
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8:22PM on 06/30/2014
My first thought when I first heard this idea years ago.
My first thought when I first heard this idea years ago.
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