June 17, 2014 1:22pm PT by Graeme McMillan
Mark Ruffalo Says Marvel is 'Entertaining' Hulk Spin-Off Movie
After literally years of rumors about a solo Hulk movie building on the character’s appearance in The Avengers, Mark Ruffalo — who plays the character’s alter ego, Bruce Banner — has said that Marvel is “entertaining” the idea for the first time.
Talking to the website Digital Spy, Ruffalo said “I think they’re, for the first time, sort of entertaining the idea of [a standalone Hulk movie]. When we did [The Avengers], it was basically ‘no.’ Now, I think, there’s some consideration for it, but nothing definitive or even a skeletal version of what it would be.”
The actor admitted that part of the problem with the idea is that the character has previously proven himself resistant to successful movie adaptations. “I look forward to going down that road, if we could crack the nut,” he said. “I think the Banner/Hulk storylines [are] obviously not an easy nut to crack.”
Previously, the character has had two solo movies: Universal’s Hulk from 2003, directed by Ang Lee and starring Eric Bana as Bruce Banner, and 2008’s The Incredible Hulk, directed by Louis Leterrier with Ed Norton in the lead role. Neither one was judged to be a particular success, either critically or financially.
One possibility Ruffalo threw out to break the Bad Banner Luck was unexpected, but something that would make a certain section of the Internet very happy. “If they did Iron Man 4 and Banner’s in that, that’s be very cool,” Ruffalo suggested, referencing the fandom that’s built up around the Tony Stark/Bruce Banner pairing from the first Avengers movie. “I’m on Tumblr, so I see a lot of Science Bros stuff, it’s a very popular meme,” he said.