Back in May of 1962, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby presented the world with their first look at The Incredible Hulk. That first Hulk was a much different creature than newer Marvel fans may know, even aside from his original color. The entire idea behind Hulk was to present a character one part Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, one part Frankenstein’s monster, and one part Quasimodo. Quite a pool to draw from! Because of this pool, over the years, The Incredible Hulk has gone through plenty of changes in the pages of the comics in which he appears, on television, and in movies. According to a recent interview with AICN, Ruffalo clued fans in to the fact that The Hulk will be evolving yet again.
For those with short term memory loss, last time audiences saw Hulk, he was headed off to SOMEWHERE in a quinjet after his worst fear of losing control came to fruition. Fans will still have quite a while before their next Hulk sighting, which will come with Thor 3: Ragnarok, but the most recent actor behind The Green Goliath, Mark Ruffalo, has a few words to say about the Hulk fans can expect.
He’s on the run. I think that we carry that through. It’s not just a matter of taking himself to some remote place and hiding. Now he’s removing himself from humanity altogether. I’m not sure where we’re going to head with that, but I’m sure that’s probably still very much alive within him. It’s very subtle, but the Banner/Hulk consciousness is beginning to meld a little bit. Who decided to leave? Was it Banner or Hulk? It’s not really in the (cinematic) mythology of Hulk up until that moment to be that conscious and pro-active. It’s interesting, right? I think it’s really exciting where we could go with it. Now I feel like we’re kind of in No Man’s Land. I mean, the comic books have kind of broached the subject, but we’re moving away from the traditional Hulk/Banner relationship. We’re starting to mess with it a little bit. [W]e’re going to see how far we can push the limits of it before people get sick of it!
Hulk’s most recent appearance in Avengers: Age Of Ultron truly displayed the possibilities of a more…not necessarily “intellectual” Hulk, but one that is more aware of himself. Considering the relationship between Black Widow and Hulk in AOU, the folks over at Marvel have likely been planning this particular merger for some time. Ruffalo’s portrayal of the character has been the most successful attempt to date and fans are chomping at the bit for more and it seems like they may get even more than they bargained for when Thor 3: Ragnarok hits theaters on July 28, 2017.
Where do you think Hulk has been? What do you hope to see in the character the next time he hits the big screen?