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Mark Ruffalo

by Paul Montgomery

Though Mark Ruffalo's world-weary Bruce Banner appeared as recently as the post-credits coda to this summer's "Iron Man 3," his not-to-jolly green counterpart the Hulk last surfaced in "Marvel's The Avengers." Little over a calendar year, but for those audience members that went berserk for the green behemoth, it feels like a lifetime since Ruffalo got to cut loose. The pang of that absence is only accentuated by the reluctance of Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige to, ahem, greenlight a new solo feature for the character or even entertain the possibility. It's understandable given the Hulk's accumulated false starts with Eric Bana in 2003 and Edward Norton in 2008, but should the big guy be relegated to team-ups in Whedon's "Avengers" films, or does he deserve another shot in some hypothetical feature we'll call "The Indestructible Hulk"?

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Indestructible Hulk

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!

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Hulk

The 2013 MTV Movie Awards are this Sunday, April 14th. The fate of one category, Best Hero, rests in your social-media-savvy hands. In this rousing opinion piece, Splash Page writer Eddie Wright passionately explains why Hulk deserves your vote.

Hulk smash. Two words, yet so much meaning. What did the those two words mean for movie-goers in 2012? What exactly did Hulk smash? Why did he smash it? And will he smash it again? Let's take a look at why 2012 was the year of the most deserving nominee for Best Hero at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards, "Marvel's The Avengers'" Hulk.

Last year, Hulk was the black sheep of the Marvel movie universe. Sure, there had been bigger Marvel-based clunkers like "Fantastic Four," "The Punisher," "Ghost Rider," and "Daredevil," but Hulk was part of something bigger. The Hulk was part of the newly streamlined Marvel Studios movie universe. He was a character fully licensed and produced by the very comic company that created him. The Marvel Studios movie universe (or MSMU as no one calls it) was something special after "Iron Man" in 2008. The second Nick Fury showed up after the end credits and told Tony Stark that he was part of a larger world full of super-powered nutbars and costumed weirdos, the Marvel movies began to form into a cohesive whole, structured similarly to their comic book counterparts. And after "Iron Man" set the table by netting nearly $600 million, it was up to the big green guy to smash it to bits with "The Incredible Hulk," the second theatrical Hulk outing following Ang Lee's Freudian freakfest (which I kind of love) "Hulk."

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Joss Whedon

Just as the headline says, Joss Whedon has given a very insightful interview about his creative process working with Marvel Studios on the upcoming "Avengers" sequel, the "S.H.I.E.L.D." TV series, and what DC Comics has in store for their big-screen future — and all of the challenges associated with that effort.

Read on for highlights from Whedon's interview with Deadline.

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After Joss Whedon already called "Planet Hulk" rumors "nonsense," Mark Ruffalo has come forward to set the record straight about the plans for his Marvel character. He took to Twitter to say, yes, fans won't see the Hulk before "The Avengers 2."

"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," he tweeted. "I am not giving up on another stand alone HULK. But it’s not in the works right now. One never knows what the future will bring."

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Hulk

What's it going to take to get the Hulk back on the big-screen in his own film? According to some reports, all it will take is patience. Ask Joss Whedon, and he says it'll take a little bit more than that.

"Hulk is a tricky son of a bitch," Whedon said at the Glasgow Film Festival. "He's the Claudio of superheroes. Because the problem is it’s a very popular character, but it’s not a superhero. Half of it’s a superhero, half of it’s a werewolf. And you can’t structure it like a superhero movie, you can’t light it like a superhero movie. How do you develop that?"

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Avengers

"The Avengers" is up for an Oscar in the visual effects category this year, and while we could think of 100 reasons to support the nomination, it really comes down to one: the brilliantly executed Hulk.

But it wasn't just the Oscar-nominated Jeff White and his ILM team responsible for bringing Hulk to life. Crucial the process was actor Mark Ruffalo, who not only played Bruce Banner, but also fully devoted himself to creating his monstrous CGI counterpart.

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Planet Hulk

The Marvel movie headline of the day is that "Planet Hulk" is reportedly in the works for Phase Three, paving the way for a third "Avengers" film based on "World War Hulk." We'll give you a minute to process that potential awesomeness.

Okay, all good? Good.

Whether or not you believe the Latino Review report, just the sheer possibility of a live-action "Planet Hulk" is well worth pondering, particularly because it comes equipped with so many questions. Here are our first five thoughts stemming from the "Planet Hulk" rumors.

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Planet Hulk

Remember when we asked Kevin Feige about the chances of a "Planet Hulk" movie? Looks like we were onto something!

El Mayimbe at Latino Review posted an extensive report on how Bruce Banner fits into the future of Marvel Studios. Outside of "The Avengers 2," Hulk's place in the ongoing Marvel saga is sketchy at best — but according to the report, we'll be seeing a lot more of him in Phase Three.

Possible spoilers ahead!

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Before we knew of Sir Joss Whedon and his plans for a "S.H.I.E.L.D." television show, there was another Marvel property, of equal awesomeness, up for the TV treatment.

Guillermo del Toro had been developing a series for Bruce Banner and his angrier side before "The Avengers" reminded the world of how badass the Hulk can be. But when Mark Ruffalo convinced everyone that he was the man for the job, the future of the project became unclear.

After a long silence from del Toro, we sat down with the director to see where things stand with Marvel and a potential TV treatment. Last we heard, he was waiting for a writer, but now the outlook is not bright for the mean green machine.

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