[Movies] Joss Whedon Explains Why a Hulk Standalone Film Would Be Tricky
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 03.08.2013
It's a careful balance...
Joss Whedon spoke today with Deadline and expanded on his previously-stated thoughts on why a Hulk standalone film would be so tricky to pull off. As you know, there have been a lot of rumblings about a potential Hulk film and one website claimed to have a scoop that Avengers 2 would lead into a World War Hulk-based film, but that's been largely shot down.
Whedon told the site, "I didn't actually read World War Hulk so I'm not sure how I'd adapt it. Mark and I loved the Hulk and went over and over the concept of rage and how it should manifest, and that part of it was fascinating to both of us. But when it comes time for the Hulk he has to put on the silliest damn pajamas you ever saw, a tiara made of balls, and a bunch of dots on his face and growl around like an idiot. The real heart of the experience ultimately becomes playing Banner, and the thing that people fell in love with was Banner because I think Mark has you from the first time he shows up. The Hulk is the most difficult Marvel property because it's always about balance. Is he a monster? Is he a hero? Are you going to root for a protagonist who spends all his time trying to stop the reason you came to the movie from happening? It's always a dance. I don't think the first two movies nailed it, but I don't envy them the task. It was easier to have him in a group than to build everything around him. I don't think there would be any problem getting a movie together that had enough Banner, even if there was also Hulk. But if he was only Hulk for the entire movie I think Mark at some point would go, why am I here? I would be less inclined to pursue a storyline where the Hulk is only ever the Hulk."
The next time we will see Ruffalo's Hulk is in Avengers 2 in 2015.