Mar 8, 2013

Hulk Rumors: The Hulk won't return until 'Avengers 2'

Hulk Rumors: The Hulk won't return until 'Avengers 2' - Actor and Marvel Studios still hope character will rejoin Iron Man, Captain America and Thor as heroes who can carry their own movies.

Mark Ruffalo took to Twitter to dispel recent reports that Marvel had a stand-alone movie starring the walking green anger management issue he portrayed in last year’s “The Avengers.”

 “A lot of folks have been asking about the Next Hulk. The next time you see my Hulk it will be in the Avengers 2. No plans for stand alone,” the 45-year-old actor tweeted Wednesday.

“I am not giving up on another stand alone HULK. But it’s not in the works right now. One never knows what the future will bring.”

 Speculation mounted after a report on Latino Review last month that Marvel Studios was developing a movie based on a popular “Planet Hulk” storyline in which the misunderstood hero is banished to a world where he is forced to fight as a gladiator.

The Disney-owned studio, however, has a full slate ahead with “Iron Man 3” and “Thor: The Dark World” this year; “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” next year; and “The Avengers 2” and “Ant-Man” in 2015.

 The Hulk also hasn’t flexed as much box-office muscle to date when he’s not battling alongside his Avengers teammates. Director Ang Lee’s “Hulk” (2003) grossed $245 million worldwide, while 2008’s “The Incredible Hulk” reboot notched $263.4 million — good, not great numbers for a blockbuster. Before Ruffalo’s critically praised and fan approved performance in “The Avengers,” there was also the worry of whether or not moviegoers would accept a third Bruce Banner after Eric Bana and Eric Norton had previously played the role.

Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, though, told the News before “The Avengers” release that the company still sees green in the modern day Frankenstein’s monster created in 1962 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.

“Mark signed up for stand-alone pictures and we haven’t announced anything yet, so it remains to be seen what his next appearance will be,” Feige said at the time. “But one of [‘The Avengers’ director Joss Whedon’s] big mandates for himself in this movie, and one thing we all wholeheartedly agreed with, was to have people talking about the Hulk after this movie.”

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