As you’re probably aware, Mark Ruffalo will be playing the Hulk (or at least Bruce Banner) in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers, which makes him the third actor to portray the character in a span of less than 10 years. A couple of weeks ago, Ruffalo hinted that he expected to stick with the role a little bit longer than either Eric Bana or Ed Norton, since Marvel apparently already have plans for a couple of Avengers movies and possible another solo Hulk flick as well. But what he might not have known is that Marvel is also teaming up with ABC for a brand new live action Incredible Hulk TV series. Maybe he spoke too soon?
Heat Vision reports that Hulk is one of two high priority properties taking shape over at Marvel Television right now, the other based on Marvel heroes Cloak and Dagger (aka Tyrone Johnson and Tandy Bowen). That one is likely to be aimed at a younger audience and targeted for ABC Family, while Hulk would be a primetime series of some sort. It’s unclear if either show would be connected to or maintain continuity with Marvel’s feature films.
Earlier this month DC and Warner Brothers announced their intention to create a new Wonder Woman series, so it seems that live action superhero shows could be making a comeback. Both Wonder Woman and the The Incredible Hulk had very popular TV series in the late ’70s and early ’80s, but in recent years superheroes have mostly failed on TV due to limited budgets (Smallville being one of the few exceptions). I guess that’s why a Hulk show seems like an odd choice… in order to do it justice, it would require a massive amount of CGI work (unless they simply opt for another bodybuilder painted green). Could the Incredible Hulk succeed on the small screen again, or is this all just crazy talk?