Mark Ruffalo Talks ‘Avengers 2′ Script & Environmental Standalone Hulk Idea

Published 1 year ago by , Updated January 20th, 2014 at 5:08 am,

All of the Marvel Studios productions up to and including The Avengers can be grouped together and dubbed the introductory phase. Phase 2 sends the heroes we met on new adventures as established, more confident and experienced characters before they come back together in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. After that it’s still a mystery but all signs point to Phase 3 (beginning with Ant-Man in July 2015) of the Marvel Cinematic Universe introducing quite a few new heroes, leading to an inevitable rotation of The Avengers roster.

There have been rumors ever since The Avengers broke box office records around the world that the popularity of Ruffalo’s character – both as Bruce Banner and in performing the motion capture for the Hulk – could lead to the character getting another solo feature. Ang Lee’s Hulk and Louis Leterrier’s The Incredible Hulk didn’t make the needed money to justify a followup on Marvel’s two-films-per-year schedule, leading us to believe the Hulk may be better served as a supporting character or partner in a team-up, but Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige did tease his interest in the Planet Hulk and World War Hulk stories from the comics and Ruffalo has some ideas of his own.

While appearing at the Sundance Film Festival this weekend for Infinitely Polar Bear, Mark Ruffalo spoke on a topic very close to him – protecting and maintaining the environment. He explained that artists like him who can reach large audiences have a responsibility to share the positives of science in that respect, without being extreme. During the Q&A he was asked about how he’d like to do that with large blockbusters like his role as Hulk in The Avengers.

“I think that’s the way to go, and it’s a trend that’ll start to develop. As a culture, when we latch onto a fad, we’re actually working something out in the creative subconscious. The fact that all these doomsday and end-of-times movies are coming out is because we’re actually working that out in the culture.”

“I’m in The Avengers, but if you took my screen time it would come to about ten minutes, along with the 12 other people I’m sharing the screen with, so my input’s kind of limited on that. But if we get to a standalone Hulk movie, I’ll have a much better chance to do that. I’m just learning now how to find my voice and bring it into the studio world.”

Hulk in The Avengers Mark Ruffalo Talks Avengers 2 Script & Environmental Standalone Hulk Idea

Ruffalo did sign a multi-picture deal with Marvel that lets the studio call upon him for another four appearances after The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Whether or not a Hulk standalone picture is in the cards we don’t yet know but we wouldn’t expect it until possibly Phase 4 (after The Avengers 3) – That is, unless Marvel surprises everyone and sneaks it into one of their 2016 or 2017 release dates. Perhaps the end of Age of Ultron could set in motion the events leading into another Hulk adventure. How that could involve the environment outside of Hulk smashing stuff in it is anyone’s guess.

MTV caught up with Ruffalo at Sundance as well and asked him for some quick thoughts on The Avengers 2 script that was just recently sent out to the cast by Joss Whedon.

“I would say that it’s better, it’s cooler, it’s more awesomer. It’s a little bit darker, but also really has Joss Whedon’s incredibly, witty and sly sense of humor.”

It’s a brief tease but Ruffalo’s words echo that of Scarlett Johansson who described it as “dark” and “cerebral.” Should Marvel give Hulk another solo feature before The Avengers 3 or would you rather the studio take that slot to introduce a new character? Share your thoughts in the comments!


More: Marvel Boss Talks ‘Avengers 2′ Title & Roster


Captain America: The Winter Soldier hits theaters on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on July 31, 2015, and unannounced films for May 6 2016, July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.

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Sources: MTV, Total Film

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  1. I believe that 1 of the unannounced Marvel movies for 2016 and 2017 is either:

    1. Incredible Hulk sequel
    2. Iron Man 4 (yes, I’m aware that RDJ is only contracted for AoU and Avengers 3 but I think we’ll see IM 4 anyways. New contract maybe?)
    3. Doctor Strange
    4. Inhumans/Guardians Of The Galaxy 2
    5. Black Panther
    6. Thor 3
    7. Captain America 3

    I strongly believe it’ll be a new Hulk or a new IP

  2. Ok, if a environmental story they can use The Missing Link;Cobalt Man;The Military; Sserpo.

  3. Even though the hulk was cool in avengers, I don’t think another full length hulk movie is in order. It comes down to how much can you have the hulk destroy in his own movie? It gets boring after awhile.

  4. I want the Planet Hulk to come out in 2016. Also, I want action figure toys for the movie.

  5. i think hulk should be the villian in ant man.. that be pretty tight

  6. If you ask me,another Hulk movie should have been made before now.The Incredible Hulk was a great movie.Sure it had its mistakes.But so do most movies.They should have let hulk kill the abomination,and they also should have put in all the important scenes.But it was still a great movie.Most people like myself want to see a sequel to The Incredible Hulk,and have been waiting the past six years to see one.This being said it is very infuriating to hear that I have to wait another three or four years for a movie that should be made or in the process of being made.The Incredible Hulk was only meant to be a starter movie.Most starter movies are not perfect.Captain America and Thor were both good for starters but The Incredible Hulk was better.The Hulk is just as much an avenger as all the rest.So he should get a solo movie to,very soon.The Incredible Hulk is the best Hulk movie I have seen since Bixby and Ferrignos Hulk.Also, The Incredible Hulk made billions of dollars.And that is so much money to an average person in their right mind.Tips for a sequel,use Liv Tyler as Betty Ross,do not turn the hulk evil ever,do not kill the hulk or any other superhero,do not put any other Hulks in the movie other than the hulk,do not give anyone superpowers that is not Bruce Banner or the villain he fights,use the Leader as the villain,and dont wait any longer,us hulk fans are tired of waiting marvel.

  7. I think they should nt make another Hulk movie after the Avengers 2 and 3.

  8. I dont know why the hulk rules

  9. No offense to the “environmental hulk” idea, but how are they supposed to make it environmental if hulk smashes everything in the environment? If they do this will we still see the hulk smash things? Well it would still be better than no sequel at all I guess. Well guess its go green or go home for hulk. A little corny humor there.

  10. Hulk was the Avengers movie….period!

    So….there needs to be more movies about him.

    The problem is…..until the Avengers….no one could make him like-able and relate-able.

    Meaning….the previous hulk movies we felt no connection to him or his human alter ego. This time it was good!!!

    SO….next step… more character….attitude….etc. Focus on his constant competition with Thor like in the animations.

    Make people laugh……make people cry for him. I have loved the Hulk since I was a Kid! I am 50 years old. Marvel is on the verge of a masterpiece.

    I am ready…..for Planet Hulk….Red Hulk…etc……but Ruffalo is not getting any younger!