Since the Green Goliath has been instrumental in helping Marvel’s The Avengers destroy box office records, ABC thought now would be a good time to remind everyone it is still planning to make the long-gestating Hulk television series from Guillermo del Toro. Unfortunately, the network has decided the world will just have to wait a little while longer to see it.
While fans have been waiting – what seems like ages – for ol’ Jade-Jaws to smash his way across television screens once more, Paul Lee, entertainment president for ABC, recently announced during the network’s upfronts that the series is still in the works and that he’d like to see more Marvel characters grace the small screen. Considering the billion-dollar box office The Avengers is currently enjoying, it comes as little surprise that Lee would like to see anything that could be tied in to such a massive success.
A Hulk television revival was brought up back in late 2010, along with several other in-development series based on Marvel characters. Unlike the proposed AKA Jessica Jones, which ABC has officially passed on, however, Lee remains confident the show will appear on the network’s schedule soon enough.
According to Lee, Hulk just might see the light of day sometime during the 2013 television season. He stated: ”Hulk is in development. It wasn’t going to be ready this season but we hope it’s going to be ready for next season.”
Naturally, the conversation turned to Marvel’s current standing at the top of the box office, which Lee acknowledged before he briefly touched on the use of Marvel characters asit pertains to his network. As far as specific characters, however, he declined to comment.
“We’re immensely proud to be a company with The Avengers. We’re going to continue to develop aggressively. We’ve got some in development, but none that I can talk about at this point.”
The consolidation of its universe and characters has paid enormous dividends for Marvel and Disney, so it stands to reason that the aim may be to do something similar (at least partially) with the other characters that manage to land on television. The concept has been integrated nicely into the animated Ultimate Spider-Man on Disney XD, and with FOX passing on The Punisher series from Ed Bernero (Criminal Minds) there is another potential character that could be added to the mix.
Perhaps the only question regarding a Hulk series at this point is: with Mark Ruffalo (the new Bruce Banner) signing a multi-picture deal to make stand-alone films, which could support the television series, what chance does Marvel take in creating a Hulk overload amongst its fanbase? We certainly won’t know the answer to that question until 2013, at the earliest.
Screen Rant will continue to update you with all the latest news surrounding Hulk and all the other Marvel television projects in the works.