Of all the sequels Marvel caters to line up for its widespread fandom of movie-goers, the next flick for the Hulk won’t see green until after “Avengers 2” premieres. Vagaries even surround that near distant point for the Gamma Green Behemoth.
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige did sketch out that timeline in talking Hulk-based movies with Splash Page.
“The Avengers” not only boosted one fan-favorite roughhouser out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but brought the quintessential Hulk evolving from Ang Lee’s “The Hulk”with Eric Bana (“Star Trek”, “Munich”) and “The Incredible Hulk” from director Louis Leterrier and starring Edward Norton (“Kingdome of Heaven”, “The Bourne Legacy”).
Feige acknowledges to Splash Page the Hulk’s fanfare gaining a spotlight in “The Avengers”.
“Part of what’s fun about the way we played him in ‘Avengers’ is the ensemble quality of it,” he continued of why Hulk resonated with so many fans this summer. “I think the pathos and humor, most importantly, that Mark and Joss brought to it showcased a different element of Hulk that’s there in the comics, and was always inherent in his character. But when he was so brooding in his other two films, he didn’t get to have that wry sense of humor that Mark did such an amazing job performing.”
There’s not a clear signature on whether Mark Ruffalo is even reprising Bruce Banner, a factor sharing a hesitative participation with Scarlett Johansson’s return as Black Widow.
Conversation towards any Hulk portrayal has come along an evolutionary course of its own amongst fans, executives and filmmakers. Feige even skims the subject of how the previous Banner/Hulk personas are forever distinctive on film.
Virginia Beach-raised Ruffalo seemed to strike that appropriate chord many put hopes would relay succeeding Baltimor-native Norton’s potent adaptation. If the “Thanks for Sharing” actor does return for the superteam and once again for his first solo take on the role, then maybe “Hulk smash!” fans can expect more climactic finales than an uncharacteristic transfer of radiation or a brawling Abomination of an anti-climactic street-fight.