Could we see a New Hulk Solo Movie By 2015?

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The Avengers (2012) Movie Character Poster - The HulkHulk was always a misunderstood superhero, but he’s certainly getting lots of love in Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers”, and why not? The Green Goliath kicks a ridiculous amount of ass in the superhero team-up, and probably has the film’s two best laugh-out loud moments, both of which you probably won’t see coming until they hit you. (Props to Whedon for that.) But will this newfound popularity translate into another stab at solo movie stardom for the big green guy? It’s possible, even if Marvel chief Kevin Feige didn’t seem all that optimistic about it last month.

In an interview with Forbes about the marketing of their big-budget “The Avengers” (the film, we’re told, has an impressive $100 million dollars in its promotional slush fund), Marvel’s Paul Gitter talks about re-inventing the Hulk as not only a solo superhero with his own movie franchise, but also as … a corporate shillman?

If Hulk’s successful turnaround continues, Gitter says Marvel “will spin him off to a stand-alone program next year,” presumably supported by a big budget franchise movie in 2015. The entertainment studio is also exploring ways to promote Hulk as a “corporate icon,” similar to MetLife’s usage of Peanuts’ Snoopy, where The Hulk’s image conveys a message about channeling strength to overcome workplace challenges.

Yeah, I’m not entirely sure who wants a big green guy that likes to smash things as their corporate, you know, image, but I could be wrong.

Despite his resurgent popularity post-”The Avengers”, I’m personally not all that enthusiastic about a Hulk solo movie. I don’t know, maybe it’s the fact that invariably he’ll just end up trading punches with another musclebound monster in the movie, since how else would you make a movie about the Hulk?

Now, maybe if they pulled a “Planet Hulk”-type storyline, which would of course lead to a “World War Hulk” sequel … oh, I wish.

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  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

    Well duh! They finally got the right Banner, and an awesome Hulk all in one! Bring on the Leader, and the Hulkbusters and the Absorbing man.

    • Juggernaut

      The Leader and Hulkbuster armor is a must for a sequel. They could also introduce She-Hulk into the Marvel Movie Universe and set her up as a potential candidate for the innevitable Avengers 2!

  • gomugomu

    why is spiderman in the vintage black suit?….

  • Wingcm

    Spider-Man is in black because of the events of Civil War. He and a bunch of others became fugitives, so he switched to his black uniform. I guess it helps him be sneakier.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      It was also to send a message he was in a darker place, after his AUnt May got shot as a result of someone gunning for him after revealing his identity. One of the better storylines to come out of Civil War. Man was Peter NOT happy!!

      • Wingcm

        Right. I forgot about Aunt May getting shot. That was a good storyline, especially with Peter beating the crap out of Kingpin. That was awesome.

        • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

          Yeah it was. I loved the whole unmasking in prison moment! “Spiderman isn’t going to beat you…I am!” and then when he beats the crap out of him and leaves him saying he’ll be back if May dies was just awesome!

  • Lexavi80

    I honestly can’t believe why The Incredible Hulk wasn’t a success. I think it was a good movie. Ed Norton also did it very good there.

    Having said that, a new film with Mark Ruffalo at the helm is called for. Lots of dudes screamed how awesome Hulk was in Avengers, and the girls fell in love with him.

    They have to serve that dish while still hot… and make it right!

    • Juggernaut

      If they do make a sequel to The Incredible Hulk sans Norton with Ruffalo back as Banner I really hope that the rest of the cast (Liv Tyler as Betty, William Hurt as General Ross, Ty Burrell as Leonard Samson and Tim Blake Nelson as Sterns/Leader) returns for the film. It would be great!

      • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

        Agreed! Blake as Sterns was great and he’d make an awesome leader. Was never a fan of Ty Burrell as Samson, cause if they ever went Doc Samson he wouldn’t work for me. But otherwise yes! As for the Hulkbuster, when I said that I meant Ross’ crew of soldiers and their crazy weapons, and it should not be funded by Stark, but by….Justin Hammer! And She Hulk is actually a great idea. She’d actually be a perfect emotional tie other than Betty for a sequel. And she has been an Avenger, so bring it!

        • Juggernaut

          I actually liked Burrell as Samson. His ability to portray the nurturing type (like his role in modern family) and a self-absorbed, narcissistic, alpha male (like his role in Dawn Of The Dead) made him a good choice for me. I love the idea of having Ross’ new regime being funded by Hammer. Aborted Stark Industries tech altered and powered by Hammer could be a cool idea. Ross’ new head of the “Hulkbusters”Major Glenn Talbot and the rest of the members of Project: Pantheon hunt the green goliath and encounter Sterns’ alter ego. That would be an awesome storyline.

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

            Yes it would man! I’m telling you,. Marvel needs to hire us man!!

          • Juggernaut

            Having now seen The Avengers I have to say that not only SHOULD a HULK 2 happen it NEEDS to happen!!! He was far and away the best part in an all around excellent movie! Ruffalo needs a solo shot at the character!

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

      It wasn’t really a failure. It did make $260 million, but the fact that it cost $150 million (way too much) sort of cut into its profit margin. Even if you added in P&A and all the other costs associated with marketing a summer event film, I think it probably still turned a profit, just not the huge ROI Marvel needed/wanted, especially when all their other properties were doing so well.

  • X_p

    hulk vs wolvie = epic

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      If they spun a tale like the animated movie then yeah that would rock. I mean they wouldn’t be able to have all those characters but something along those lines would work. They could have Weapon X trying to capture the Hulk, but Wendigo shows up and fight ensues. Wolverine is then tasked by the government to hunt down the monster that destroyed a couple of local town. He comes across Banner, fight ensues. Mid fight A mind controlled group of Wendigo comes tearassing through the area and attacks them and some locals leading to another town. Hulk and WOlverine have to save the people from these monsters who are actually former Weapon X agents that were turned into Wendigos. (okay I threw in some Wolverine and the X-men too)

      Not going to happen though with Fox owning Wolverine’s rights.

      • X_p

        hey thats a pretty good outline you wrote up there. how bout if logan is hunting an evil mutant but then runs into banner in japan while banner is in hiding working with a scientist for a cure to his green problem. of course they dont get along resulting in two huge battles in crazy japanese settings. later the japanese scientist is killed by the mutant that logan was hunting for, but of course hulk thinks wolvie did it so he follows wolvie back to the usa where he attacks wolvie, only to be ambushed by the evil mutant who is responsible for the death of the scientist and tells of how he used the data from their research to become an even bigger more powerful eviler mutant! now he thinks he destroys hulk and wolvie but really theyre just buried and chilling and healing and later they come back to whip on evil mutant bad guy who maybe could be magneto or omega red.

        unfortunate about fox and the rights. is it time for a new actor to step into the wolverine roll yet? i think 65/35 yes.

        • TotesMagotes

          I personally think that a universe where both superheroes and mutants exist would not be realistic and wouldn’t work at all.

          • X_p

            i think it may work if its written correctly + it would make for some great hulk vs wolverine action

          • Lexavi80

            It worked for The Avengers

          • TotesMagotes

            Who’s a mutant in The Avengers?…..
            If people starting evolving and gaining super powers naturally then experiments turning banner and rogers into hulk and cap wouldn’t even seem significant…..

          • Juggernaut

            There are a few members of The Avengers line-up throughout the years. However, I agree with your sentiment. That’s what the X-Men are for. Lol. I personally love the various origins of heroes. Gamma Radiation, Super Soldier serums, cosmic rays, it’s all to awesome!

          • X_p

            it would be important because some like banner would better like to live without their powers

  • Shazam!

    Personally, I think somebody needs to do a comic bit featuring Bana, Norton and Ruffalo all wearing purple pants in an anger management group.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      Yeah have them all mad cause yet ANOTHER actor has been chosen to play the role…like Ashton Kutcher! lol.

    • Juggernaut

      That would be hilarious!

  • punisher

    Hulk in the avengers was badass! exactly like how hulk is supposed to be and mark did a great bruce banner

    • Juggernaut

      Absolutely! HULK SMASH!!!