by Brett White
He was the breakout star of "Marvel's the Avengers," so fans naturally insist on more Hulk. But for right now, more Hulk is not to be had, at least not until "Avengers 2" in 2015. But after two feature films - both released to mixed reactions - what would it take to make the jade giant work on the big screen?
It turns out that comic book readers may have been reading the key to a solo Hulk movie's success for the last few months in the form of Mark Waid's "Indestructible Hulk."
This rumor comes courtesy of Comic Book Movie and it's actually so perfect it deserves all the attention. But why is it perfect? And why is it better than that other rumored Hulk film? Read on to find out!
Mark Waid's "Indestructible Hulk" is a Bruce Banner-focused ongoing series that follows the scientist as he turns himself over to S.H.I.E.L.D., allowing the peacekeeping force to focus the Hulk on threats that need smashing while in return giving Banner the support staff and technology to facilitate scientific breakthroughs. The series has featured the work of top-notch artists like Leinil Yu, Walt Simonson and Matteo Scalera and has given the character a totally new - and totally logical - purpose. This would make for a great movie.
Rumors started swirling earlier this year that the next Hulk film was in the works, and that the film would be based on the epic "World War Hulk" storyline. While a film based on Hulk fighting gladiator-style on an alien world would surely make for a great blockbuster, Comic Book Movie rightly points out that it would undermine the character's biggest asset: Mark Ruffalo.
While Ruffalo's Bruce Banner would most likely play next-to-no role in a "World War Hulk" film, as the character is Hulked out throughout, Ruffalo and Banner would be at the heart of "Indestructible Hulk." The series actually has a structure similar to "Marvel's the Avengers": Bruce Banner gets the majority of the screentime with the Hulk only unleashed to smash things up.
"Indestructible Hulk" also surrounds Banner with a recognizable supporting cast and location, something sorely missing from the previous two solo Hulk films. "Avengers" writer and director Joss Whedon previously said that his solitary nature keeps Hulk from working well on his own.
"The one thing you would have in your favour would be Mark Ruffalo. But right now I don’t know if they have plans to do that or not, because he works so well as part of a greater whole, but by himself, it’s tough."
Whereas the other films drew inspiration from fugitive and chase movies, this one would keep Banner with S.H.I.E.L.D. and in a status quo kind of similar to "Avengers" - you know, the status quo that worked. It would also give Cobie Smulders a chance to return and hold down a co-lead spot as Maria Hill. Hill acts as Banner's S.H.I.E.L.D. contact in the book, with the two of them having an enjoyably antagonistic relationship. Can you imagine Ruffalo and Smulders sharing a ton of screentime? How awesome would that be?
There's also one other supporting player that could solve some problems for Marvel and pay off big time down the road. In the comics, Banner has a man on the outside that he calls once a week as proof that he's being treated right by S.H.I.E.L.D. If he doesn't call, this man knows to go public with some dirty spy secrets. Who is this man?
Matt Murdock. Daredevil.
Now I'm not saying that this is a guarantee, but if they do base a movie on this comic, this could be the perfect way to reintroduce Matt Murdock to a wider audience in a supporting role now that Marvel Studios has the film rights for the character back. And pairing DD with a beloved hero like the Hulk would help everyone forget the previous "Daredevil" movie.
It's possible that a Hulk solo film could be one of Marvel's three not-yet-revealed Phase 3 films, and it's also possible that we'll get a definite answer this weekend during San Diego Comic-Con International.
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