If it's crap ... We'll tell you
Far and away one of the strongest elements of Joss Whedon's 'The Avengers' was Mark Ruffalo's take on The Hulk. It was obvious to more than just fans that Ruffalo did an amazing job in the film, as the actor was reported to have signed a multiple-picture contract that would keep him in the green, in more ways than one, for many years to come. However, as things continued to progress on Marvel's Phase 2, we had seen hide nor hair of a new Hulk standalone. Rumors were flying about a potential 'Planet Hulk' adaptation, but that was debunked by Whedon shortly thereafter. Now it appears that Ruffalo himself has come forward with a status update on when we might get to see the angry hero ride solo again. Here's what he tweeted...
"A lot of folks have been asking about the Next Hulk. The next time you see my Hulk it will be in the Avengers2. No plans for stand alone."
This is truly disappointing, but not wholly unexpected. We only have two years and change before 'The Avengers 2,' and Marvel's plate is pretty loaded leading up to the re-teaming. Even if they greenlit a standalone Hulk movie today, it would be extremely difficult to get it put together and released prior to 'The Avengers 2' What happened between last May and now that derailed the standalone Hulk movie? Especially given the deal they made with Ruffalo, why would Marvel drag its feet in bringing the big guy back to the big screen? That seems a rare business flub for them. I suppose it is possible that details are being finalized before the studio speaks with Ruffalo, but it's unlikely he would be entirely misinformed about the status of what has at this point become his vehicle. All of this being said, and as disappointed as I may be that 'Planet Hulk' or any other standalone film isn't happening prior to 2015, I will always appreciate the fact that Marvel takes its time to make sure they get things right as opposed to rushing things into production that aren't fully developed.
What do you guys think? Frustrated we won't see a new Hulk movie until after 'Avengers 2?' What might be the advantages, if any, to Marvel taking their time here?