While speaking with Empire actor Mark Ruffalo talked about Bruce Banner and Hulk‘s journey/relationship in Avengers Age of Ultron along with his future in the cinematic universe. He talks about the struggle for control between Banner and Hulk, with the possibility of this leading into a new Hulk film as well.
“There’s a battle going on between these two opposing egos that live inside him,” the actor told Empire about Bruce Banner in ‘Ultron.’ “He’s definitely worried that the day is going to come when the Hulk gets the best of him, and maybe won’t release him, maybe won’t give him back. The Hulk knows this too. There’s a moment in here where he, begrudgingly, decides to go back to Banner. Who knows where these things will go, but as Bruce is able to impress his will on the Hulk, going into The Hulk and being inside the Hulk when he’s raging, The Hulk’s will is also growing and able to impress upon Bruce. That makes for some wild things.”
“We’re laying the groundwork for that here. It’ll be interesting to see if that ends up being what would be the next Hulk movie.”
“It’s a tough nut to crack. Traditionally you’re watching a guy who doesn’t want to do the very thing that you want him to do. It’s hard to take for two hours. I don’t know how many times you can use that same framing for it, but now he’s maturing and there’s a cool dynamic growing between Banner and The Hulk,”
Years ago it was revealed by Latino Review that Marvel was cooking-up Planet Hulk and World War Hulk films. Having something like Infinity War Parts 1-2 now in the slate could allow Marvel Studios to explore those avenues without primarily focusing on Hulk on the run which we’ve seen twice already. Kevin Feige previously stating that Hulk is an important supporting character which might mean those stories will be Avengers stories instead.
It’s hard to imagine them not playing-around with that Planet Hulk story considering the links/Easter Eggs Marvel left behind for the film in Thor: The Dark World and even Guardians of The Galaxy.
The Dark World concept art featured even more aliens from the Planet Hulk comic, including Hulk’s future alien wife. It’s hard to rationale all this work to include these elements without them trying to move towards this story. Marvel does commission this artwork for the films for a reason.
Fans and bloggers alike can ignore all the evidence Marvel is putting out there but ultimately they are going to use this story eventually, remember the studio plans years ahead.
People keep saying they “can’t” make Planet Hulk, because where would Banner be?
I don’t think people really complained about Rocket Raccoon, Groot or even Andy Serkis’ Caesar in Dawn of The Planet of The Apes being the focus of the film. Oddly enough, Serkis’ motion-capture company worked with Ruffalo who did all the mo-cap work for Hulk in Age of Ultron.
They could be working towards Ruffalo playing Hulk for an entire film and if it’s successful in Ultron fans will embrace it, even if Banner takes to the sidelines for a bit. Let’s face it, we’ve had mostly Bruce Banner screentime for four movies already. It’s about time Hulk get’s to explore his character a bit deeper.
If they reveal that Hulk completely takes over and eventually get’s banished after killing innocent civilians, which is sort of being teased in those trailers. I think we can safely assume that we could see some Hulk-focused stories in the upcoming cosmic set Infinity War films.
As much as we want to believe the films will only be about Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet, they’re going to need other elements to make the films a bit more grander than other installments, with or without Spider-Man.
Meaning that they’ll have to start pulling cosmic adventures that the Avengers are apart of, I’m still in the belief that these two Hulk (funny theres also two parts to Infinity War as well) stories will be folded into the Infinity War saga. The cinematic version of Planet Hulk story will likely become a lot different to what fans are expecting, similar to what the studio is doing with Winter Soldier, Civil War and Age of Ultron.