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Marvel's Kevin Feige on future Hulk stand-alone movies
Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Saturday, September 22, 2012
It's funny how audiences seem to be more excited about seeing the Hulk in his own movie after watching The Avengers than they were after his earlier stand-alone films, 2003's Hulk and 2008's The Incredible Hulk. I guess that's what comes after approaching the character in a fun, "Hulk smash" way than the more somber and dramatic themes explored in the Hulk's two earlier movies.
With the forthcoming home video release of The Avengers next week, Marvel Studios' president, Kevin Feige, is being asked all sorts of questions about the future of the Marvel superhero universe. One such question was posed by MTV's report about the likelihood of a new stand-alone Hulk movie, one that would have Mark Ruffalo playing Dr. Banner and his green goliath alter-ego. Feige's response revealed that Marvel isn't convinced just yet that they can recoup their investment on a Hulk solo movie, but that if one comes, it could spring from a recent and popular storyline in the Hulk comic book series.
"I don't think there's a lot that we couldn't do someday, as the cinematic universe continues to grow and expand and get as big as the comic book universe," Feige said to the former music video channel's journalist. Then Feige offered this insight into where such a Hulk movie could venture into: "'Planet Hulk' is a cool story...'World War Hulk' is a cool story."
Written by Greg Pak, Planet Hulk saw four of Marvel's most respected superheroes (Mr. Fantastic, Iron Man, Doctor Strange and the Inhumans' leader, Black Bolt) agree to exile the Hulk from Earth, in an attempt to make sure that there would be no more disasters or collateral damage caused by the Hulk's frequent rages. The Hulk landed on a distant planet called Sakaar where he was forced to fight in an alien gladitorial arena. As the Hulk won more fights he began to be seen as fulfilling a role as a savior to the subjugated masses of Sakaar. Eventually the Hulk rose to attain the mantle of emperor of Sakaar and seemed to be happy in his new life. That is, until the shocking ending of the Planet Hulk storyline happened, which set the stage for the Hulk's return to Earth and thirst for revenge in the World War Hulk storyline.
A Planet Hulk movie would require a sizeable investment for budget, at least $100+ million dollars. But if it paid off, then a second movie chronicling the World War Hulk storyline could be done, focusing on the rage of the Hulk unleashed on the heroes that sent him into space. It's a gamble, but if it paid off...
"Do I think Hulk can carry a movie and be as entertaining as he was in Avengers? I do believe that. I do believe he absolutely could. We certainly are not even going to attempt that until Avengers 2," said Feige. "So there's a lot of time to think about it."
Feige seems to get what a good Hulk movie needs: the supporting cast. The Hulk works best when he's surrounded by the personalities of others and the stakes are high.
"Part of what's fun about the way we played him in Avengers is the ensemble quality of it," added Feige. "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."