New Hulk Movie Coming in 2015?

There have now been two recent attempts to turn The Incredible Hulk into a major movie franchise and neither of them succeeded. In a way, it’s not surprising since the character is a difficult one to relate to and he generally requires a ton of complicated CG effects work. Both Ang Lee and Louis Letterier’s films have their supporters, but the fact that Marvel chose to recast Bruce Banner for The Avengers speaks volumes. You would think that after two failed attempts, Marvel would simply cut their losses and move on, but it appears that may not actually be their intention. With the reaction to the Hulk in The Avengers being surprisingly positive, he could get another standalone film after all. The question is, will this one actually stick?

In a recent article for Forbes, Marvel’s Paul Gitter explained their strategy for assembling The Avengers and discussed what the future might hold. In doing so, he revealed that the popularity of the Hulk has been climbing steadily:

“‘Itโ€™s just like you would think โ€” Iron Man and Captain America sell more than Thor,’ says Gitter. However, The Hulk may soon surpass them all. Marvel executives have been ‘pleasantly surprised by the phenomenal response’ to this green superhero, and expect this fan affinity to further strengthen once the movie opens. ‘His sales are up in a major way. We repositioned him from where he was always misunderstood to now depicting him in a more heroic and aspirational manner.'”

He confirmed that they are planning to spin him off into his own TV series next year (to be produced by Guillermo del Toro, which we already knew about), but the article also hints that the new show will be “presumably supported by a big budget franchise movie in 2015.” Whether or not that is speculation on the part of the article’s author remains to be seen, but the implication is that it would follow Captain America 2 in 2014. I have heard a lot of good things about Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, and I think there will always be interest in the Hulk, but it’s really a matter of finding a writer and director who understand the character. What do you think, would you be interested in another Hulk movie from Marvel or is he a lost cause at this point?

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  • Steve Kasan

    From what I have heard, Ruffalo has signed a 6 picture deal!!!
    Avengers 2 is a definite. I sincerely hope this all leads to a Planet Hulk and eventual World War Hulk. By then, CGI costs will most likely be lowered to make it happen.

  • Lucas3D

    It’s quite a 180 after the Eric Bana and Edward Norton roles. I think this is totally on the strength of Mark Ruffalo’s portrayal and the latest Hulk’s writing, which were both really awesome.
    IMO the Hulk works best as this crazy wild card Avengers character rather than having him try and front his own film again, but the Guillermo Del Toro series will be a sweet testing ground, it’s going to have a lot of viewers now.

  • Nelson

    It’s extremely funny, but I just rewatched “The Incredible Hulk” last night, with Edward Norton, because I haven’t seen it since it came out a few years ago and I noted that it was pretty damn good, even the second go around.

    I was wondering why they had recast Edward Norton, if it was due to salary demands or casting issues or whatever.

    I thought that that movie was pretty good, even the CGI Hulk seemed a few steps above the one used in the Eric Bana Hulk film.

    If Marvel can at least match or exceed the Edward Norton film, they definitely will have a potential hit on their hands.

    The Hulk is definitely a big factor in why I’m excited about “The Avengers”. Mark Ruffalo is a good choice for the role, if they absolutely had no choice but to recast the character…AGAIN.

  • Wintle

    “…he generally requires a ton of complicated CG effects work.”

    Green paint.

  • patrik

    Don’t really like the Hulk on his own.. The Eric Bana movie was ok, The Incredible Hulk was poor I thought. Don’t know how much they can do with that character really. Whedon used him well in The Avengers though..

  • Maopheus

    The Hulk is hard to do in a solo movie for many reasons, some which have already been stated. He seems much better as a supporting character, either as part of the team, or as the target. He’s much like another irradiated large green monster, Godzilla. You don’t know whether he’s a hero or a villain. Also, there’s very little in the way of character development with the Hulk, it’s all in Banner. But who wants to see Banner? That’s the problem with superhero movies, the makers have to split the time between alter egos fairly. Unless, they decide to go with intelligent Hulk, which I don’t know how well that would work. Hulk has a reasonable gallery of villains, but no one who stands out like Iron Man/Mandarin, Cap/Red Skull, and Spidey’s guys.

  • Brendan

    I was just wondering about a possible new Hulk movie myself. I’m thinking the constantly improving CG is helping the onscreen versions of the Hulk look more believable, which might help people connect with the character more.

    I also assume that any new Hulk film would definitely be a sequel to the Avengers/Incredible Hulk movies (even though they recast with Ruffalo, I assume the Avengers version is still based on Norton film).

  • Possum Hunter

    While I liked both previous films for different reasons I think The Hulk is a difficult character to centre a stand alone film around and it has little to do with CGI, the biggest problem I can see is that fact that in order to access his super powers (which is essentially ‘turn green, get massive and smash things’), powers that he doesn’t want that is, he has to get angry. He’s little more than a modern berserker.

    Most super heroes just have to find a phone booth or a cave to change outfits and off they go but the Hulk has to get mad, so imagine there’s a little kid stuck in a house fire poor old Bruce has to ask some bloke standing near him to punch in him in the face a few times or call him nasty names so he can get the anger he needs to be the hero. Of course the way the writers usually get around this is to have Bruce run into the burning house without thinking, getting burnt or trapped and then get angry but it makes for some pretty lame heroic set ups if he has to do something stupid all the time that p*sses him off before he can succeed.

  • what I’ve heard that mark ruffalo only sign a six movie picture deal with Marvel Studio means that the avengers 2012 will get a Sequel with mark ruffalo playing the Hulk in the Avengers 2 coming in 2015. only at the same time when The Incredible Hulk 2 will come out in 2015 so that mean that marvel studio didn’t rule out a second Hulk movie with Edward Norton the article I’ve read.

  • I heard movie insider did not include mark ruffalo in the cast Untiled Hulk Movie that probably means they will be making a Incredible Hulk 2 and Edward Norton contract to be returning back not Ruffalo,only in the Avengers 2 in 2015. Mark Ruffalo is rumored into the credit means he will probably not going to play the Bruce Banner/Hulk in Untiled Hulk movie.Mark Ruffalo has a six movie picture deal means that he will not reprising the role as the Hulk in a standalone Hulk film at all.

  • l believe is that the Incredible Hulk new series could be a Sequel to 2008 Incredible Hulk but not following its continuation and its spin because the marvel Television is a series of films than the film series. Because they have connection with the same storyline but different intake of the character or actors could become same cast by being likely a sequel.

  • I read in October 24,2008 about MTV interview the producer of The Incredible Hulk said the sequel is uncertain and she came with a plan to make a Incredible Hulk sequel that could include Edward Norton.

  • I believe that Edward Norton is better suitable for the role as Bruce Banner than Mark Ruffalo and Eric Bana.

  • judge

    i loved both movies i hope they do another one they should have doc sampson in it

  • Dwight I K

    2 words: better writers. Between the two Hulk flicks post Lou F., they lacked any real consistency in story and plot. Plain and simple. If your heart isn’t in it, you won’t give it soul or depth. I love how Hollywood forgets that it’s not always about the money or the special effects, but the talents behind it. Another thing: Casting directors and their agents. They should administer drug tests. Schedule conflicts? Actor known for not working well with others…the villains and their human counterparts didn’t fit either. Fired.

  • Mark Norwood

    Please do not mess up my #1 Super hero.. Please make him Edward Norton version..The best version. Let’s have him fight The U-Foes or The Wendigo in an Edward Norton Follow up.. Or go for the gusto and cast him in a Countdown adventure and introduce Joe fixit.. Then after all is said and done put him into a fight with RedHulk.Please stop following freakin public opinion. You muthafukers always concern yourselves with the opinions of the general public. I say fuck the general public.. Get The Hulk comics all the back issues and adventures and make working movies out of all of them.

  • Me green supporter

    Just make another Movie , it’s a great franchise just like Iron Man , Thor , Captian America , it was obvious with out that BAD Ass Green beast the battle in New York would not have been won !!!! Give him the same respect as the others !!!!! He is a BIG part of The Avengers , Remember they found him when they needed him !!!!

  • Anthony R. Beal

    Now that the Green Behemoth has been portrayed as more heroic than neutral with his role in “The Avengers”, now it’s time to cast Mark Ruffalo into a new Hulk movie that will gain traction and become the greatest Marvel Superhero Franchise of them all! Yay!