by Ryan Rigley
Good news and bad news for Hulk fans last week as Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige weighed in on the possibilities of another film starring the not-so-jolly green giant. The good news? Another "Hulk" film is definitely still in the cards. The bad news? It won't happen until after the "Avengers" sequel in 2015. On the plus side, Feige appeared open-minded towards adapting one of Hulk's more recent popular stories from the comics — "Planet Hulk" or "World War Hulk" — even if he admitted to some possible problems with those tales.
"I think there's pitfalls of continuity-overload, and mythology getting so dense that it almost collapses in on itself," stated Kevin Feige on the matter of a "Planet Hulk/Word War Hulk" movie. "It happens every few decades or so in the comics. Apart from that, I'd say everything is on the table."
Everything, you say? In that case, read on for our list of the five Hulk stories fit for the big screen!
The Brute That Shouted Love at the Heart of the Atom!
After being accidentally shrunken down to microscopic size, the Hulk finds himself in a strange micro-world inhabited by little green people. Much like in "Planet Hulk," the people of this micro-world take in the Hulk and praise him as their lord and savior after he manages to defend them from a group of giant boar-like creatures. It is here that the Hulk finally finds true happiness, that is, until it's unjustly snatched away by the same man who shrunk him in the first place.
The Monster's Analyst
This is one of the first stories to delve into Bruce Banner's fractured psyche, portraying the Hulk as a symbol of Banner's repressed emotions. Just when Banner finally feels like all of the gamma radiation has been removed from his body, in comes one of his biggest and deadliest adversaries: The Leader. Eventually, the Leader puts the entire planet in peril and forces the Hulk to re-emerge once again. Doc Samson also makes his first appearance in this story as Bruce Banner's therapist.
Weirdsong of the Wendigo!
Taking place in the woods of northern Canada, "Weirdsong of the Wendigo" sees the Hulk teaming up with Sasquatch in order to defeat a cannibalistic beast called the Wendigo. This story not only marks the first time that Bruce Banner was able to change into the Hulk at will, but also one of the first times that we see a version of the Hulk with Banner's brilliant mind still intact.
Honey, I Shrunk the Hulk!
Diving even further into Bruce Banner's warped mental state, this story addresses the issue of the Grey Hulk vs. the Green Hulk. During a session with Doc Samson, we discover that Banner has a severe case of Dissociative Identity Disorder which, believe it or not, stems back to even before that fateful radiation explosion. In an attempt to fix Banner, Doc Samson merges both Hulks together creating "The Professor": a Hulk that is twice as strong and twice as smart as the original.
Traveling approximately one hundred years into the future, the Hulk finds himself face to face with The Maestro; an insane future version of himself that rules the gamma-irradiated apocalyptic wastelands of what used to be Earth. The Maestro has all of the same powers as the Hulk, but amplified tenfold due to the large amounts of gamma radiation throughout the wastelands. He's also equally as smart as Bruce Banner, which makes him quite an unstoppable foe for the jade giant.
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