Considering Joss Whedon is the chief creative consultant for all things Marvel at Walt Disney Studios, he would have oversight on the structure of not only The Avengers 2, but any other film that precedes it. One of the biggest stories to hit the web in the past few weeks came from El Mayimbe from Latino Review. According to his inside sources, The Avengers 2 would be a segue for Hulk’s solo film, Planet Hulk, and then use the World War Hulk storyline for The Avengers 3. Previous statements made by Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige seemed to support that story.
It seems to make sense. Both Planet Hulk and World War Hulk were highly successful story arcs that sold really well on comic book stands, and those two stories would fit perfectly into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but Whedon is coming out and saying that not only a Hulk solo movie would be “very, very hard” to do, but a new report seems to squash all the rumors and speculations of the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe being based on the two aforementioned Hulk story arcs.
Screen Rant was able to pull the following quote from Q&A at the Glasgow Film Festival, where Whedon addressed the question of the possibility of a Hulk solo film:
Yes. But it would be very, very hard. Hulk is a tricky son of a bitch. He’s the Claudio of superheroes. Because the problem is it’s a very popular character, but it’s not a superhero. Half of it’s a superhero, half of it’s a werewolf. And you can’t structure it like a superhero movie, you can’t light it like a superhero movie. How do you develop that? It would be extremely difficult. The one thing you would have in your favour would be Mark Ruffalo. But right now I don’t know if they have plans to do that or not, because he works so well as part of a greater whole, but by himself, it’s tough. I don’t envy the guys who went before.
Out of all the heroes on the Avengers roster, the Hulk would be the most difficult to adapt. Even after audiences finally accepted the character in the film, his solo ventures have garnered mixed to positive results. The problem with the Hulk is that, there is little to no room for character growth. The Incredible Hulk had Bruce Banner fighting his inner demons and controlling the beast; in The Avengers we saw that Banner was finally able to control it. But where does the character go from there? There lies the problem with the Hulk.
From that structure and Whedon’s quotes, it would be safe to assume that Marvel wants to focus on Hulk’s humanity and not the beast. And ACIN’s latest report seems to confirm that. Their newest post says that Latino Review’s previous story is inaccurate at best and because they want more Banner (Mark Ruffalo), than the Hulk, it would be virtually impossible to do a Planet Hulk film without seeing a glimpse of Bruce considering the story arc is all about Hulk.
But sources tell AICN that “Ruffalo-as-Banner will be an integral part” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe post-Avengers 2.
So what do you guys think? After two solo Hulk films, are you ready for another starring a third actor who played the green muscle bound hero? Does Hulk deserve his solo film?