Stand-Alone “Hulk” More Unlikely Than Ever

Though Eric Bana and Ed Norton got their own standalone films, it has been Mark Ruffalo’s interpretation of Bruce Banner/The Hulk in both “The Avengers” films that have become the widely embraced version of the character.

Out doing press for his new journalism drama film “Spotlight,” the actor sadly admits to USA Today that he won’t be getting his own film like his predecessors any time soon:

“Actually, it feels even further away. It’s not Marvel’s property, it’s Universal’s property. I don’t know. It seems really problematic. I’ve been around long enough to be OK with it. There’s only so much that’s in my power and I’m not going to agonize over what is not in my power. I definitely try to limit that to my kids and the things that really matter to me.”

Even if he is resigned to the fact he’s probably not going to get the chance in the near future, he’s still keen on the idea someday:

“I’d love to do it, it’d be really fun. There’s a lot still to do with the character. I always try to think about different places we could go with him. When you get off of the planet Earth, you can start playing with that stuff a little bit. I’m angling for it. I don’t know if it’ll happen now, but at some point, I’d like to see it happen.

When I was doing Age of Ultron – doing the Scarlet Witch acid trip scenes – it really took me a long time to figure out what the Hulk would be afraid of. And then I realized, it was Banner. That relationship is what we’re all so into, but we’ve never seen them in the same scene together – you’re either one or the other, or somewhere in between.

But I always imagined that that could be pretty exciting if we could pull it off. In the Marvel Universe, there is some precedence for it. I remember as a kid, seeing a few of the comics that’d have this multidimensional thing, so there’s a lot of ways to do it… if we could find the right context to use it.”

Ruffalo’s Hulk will NOT be appearing in “Captain America: Civil War” next year despite rumors, the actor confirming that “they’re saving him” – namely for the Taika Waititi-directed “Thor: Ragnarok”. Ruffalo says he’s as in the dark on details about the film as everyone else:

“I don’t know what the story is yet, but it’ll be (Loki) and Thor, and then I’ll be in there here and there. But I don’t know any of the particulars quite yet. I’ve talked to Taika a little bit and I like where it’s headed. Chris (Hemsworth) and I have a really good time together, we goof off and play around when Tom Hiddleston is around. So it’ll be a lot of funny back-and-forth, especially with Taika, he does that really well. It’ll have that kind of antagonistic Odd Couple-thing going on.”

“Thor: Ragnarok” shoots mid-2016 ahead of a late 2017 release.