After Mark Ruffalo‘s superb performance playing the Hulk in Joss Whedon‘s The Avengers (2012), his incarnation as the green-monster-with-anger-issues became a fan favorite; leading to the ultimate question “When will Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) be getting his own film.” Thusly, when Marvel Studios started rolling out Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor standalone movies, the Hulks absence from Marvel‘s release schedules became more apparent. Mark Ruffalo has appeased fans slightly by promising that the Hulk has a much bigger role in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, but will this suffice? It actually turns out there is a reason the Hulk has not been included in Marvel’s scheduling for a solo outing in the Cinematic Universe, and although you may be disappointed at first, it’s actually a really cool reason. We will leave you to judge for yourselves.
Director Joss Whedon shared this interesting little tidbit when a small group of journalists, including CinemaBlend, visited the set of Avengers: Age of Ultron. The writer/director was discussing the Hulks role in the movie and how he was the only character that didn’t have any solo films planned after the ensemble outing. Whedon recalled back to a conversation he had with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige; quoting the executive as saying, “We think that right now it’s good to have somebody who we could only have in The Avengers.”
Whedon – being sure to point out he hasn’t been the one pushing this conceptual idea to Marvel Studios – is happy about the decision. The fact that one of the main characters from the Avengers hasn’t been off on a Blockbuster adventure – like Iron Man (Iron Man 3), Thor (Thor: The Dark World), or Captain America (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) – has made Whedon’s job a little easier, quipping that:
“Everybody loves Mark [Ruffalo]. He’s phenomenal. But the fact that there hasn’t been a Hulk since that Hulk, it doesn’t suck. I mean, my job is hard enough. Cap’s had a movie, Thor’s had a movie. Everyone’s gone through big changes. Iron Man had a movie. So I have to juggle everybody’s perception of that while still making a movie that you can see having not seen any [other Marvel movies] except the first Avengers – or not even that.”
Having one of the coolest characters appear exclusively in the ensemble movies is actually a pretty neat touch – made all the better by the fact that the Hulk works best as a character when he is working alongside the other Avengers. Furthermore, this is when most of the comedic “Whedonisms” come in to play, so it’s easy to see why Whedon likes having the Hulk as an exclusive character. We mustn’t forget that the previous Hulk movies have failed to establish the character as an appealing entity in solo ventures, but perhaps this has been due to the lack of a likeable Bruce Banner. So it goes without saying really, that the casting of Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk has been nothing short of genius – no doubt about it. Thusly, if this means bigger parts in the Avengers movies, then that’s something I can live with!
It’s not only the Hulk that hasn’t been given a solo movie in between the Avengers movies during phase 2, as Jeremy Renner‘s Hawkeye didn’t have a solo outing either (although he does appear in Thor). Also, as mentioned above, although the absence of both characters has upset fans, they will have a lot more screen time in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and not only will their roles be bigger – but they will also be much more important.
Currently there are no plans for ‘the big guy’ to have his own solo movie in Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, therefore, the present and future remain a mystery for the character (…perhaps Marvel are waiting until the have retained the rights to Spiderman? …we could possibly see a buddy superhero movie as part of the MCU!). Whatever is in store for the Hulk, no doubt it will be a “blast” …or even a “Hulk Smash.”
His journey will further unfold with the release of The Avengers: Age of Ultron Summer next year. You can view the teaser trailer below:
What do you think peeps …is it a neat touch keeping the Hulk exclusive to the Avengers films? …or would you like to see a Mark Ruffalo/Bruce Banner solo film?
The Avengers: Age of Ultron will be released on May 1, 2015.
Via – CinemaBlend