Mark Ruffalo has six picture deal with Marvel

Looks like that Hulk spin-off could be a goer

The Avengers is currently smashing its way through the UK box office like the Hulk with a headache, with many of the critical plaudits going to Mark Ruffalo's thoughtful performance as Bruce Banner.

Ruffalo does a great job as both the long-suffering Banner and his mayhem-happy alter-ego, so it should come as no surprise to learn that Marvel has tied him down to appear in a few more of their movies. Six to be precise!



We're presuming that The Avengers was the first of those six, which would suggest that Ruffalo will be appearing in five more of the studio's forthcoming outings. We'd guess that at least two of those movies are potential Avengers sequels, perhaps with a couple of cameos in one or more of Thor 2, Iron Man 3 and Captain America 2.

We'd suggest that Iron Man 3 might be the most likely, given the bond established between Banner and Tony Stark in The Avengers. And then of course there's the possibility of another standalone movie for the Hulk.

Ruffalo has previously expressed an interest in doing a solo movie, and after watching his performance in The Avengers, we'd definitely be keen to see that happen. Whilst Eric Bana and Ed Norton were fine in the role, Ruffalo has already staked a pretty decent claim to the definitive Bruce Banner. Has he done enough to take centre stage? We'll have to wait and see...

Would you like to see another solo Hulk movie? Tell us, below...

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    • FBMBurgess

      May 1st 2012, 12:51

      Yes. Yes. A million times Yes. He was perfect in The Avengers - they finally had a director who knew what to do with The Hulk. Please, do it again!

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    • SiMan

      May 1st 2012, 13:01

      @FBMBurgess but i doubt Whelan is going to direct any of the stand-alone films. They need to find other directors who can give the same depth to each of the characters as well.

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    • MisterAmj

      May 1st 2012, 13:10

      @FBMBurgess and SiMan. I know it's probably not his thing, but wouldn't mind Fincher as he would give the film the necessary darkness it needs. Or what about Aronofsky?

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    • MadMatt

      May 1st 2012, 13:20

      I feel bad for Ed Norton. Is it just me or has he seemed to have all but disappeared in recent years? One of the greatest actors of his generation should work more... And as far as Fincher or Aronofsky are concerned, I don't think so. The reason the earlier films have been unsuccessful and the reason why people like the current version of the Hulk is that the standalone films have been gloomy character studies (even the second one) whereas The Avengers shows the fun cathartic release of Hulk's destructive abilities. I don't think they need to dwell so much on the tortured soul aspect, which is difficult to do in a solo movie. Hulk works best as a supporting character, which will be an interesting stumbling block for del Toro's proposed TV series to overcome.

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    • FBMBurgess

      May 1st 2012, 14:00

      Didn't Whedon just prove that Hulk *doesn't* need darkness to work brilliantly?

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    • MisterAmj

      May 1st 2012, 14:04

      JJ Abrams?

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    • MisterAmj

      May 1st 2012, 14:05

      @MadMatt and FBMBurgess. Fair points. Haven't seen The Avengers yet as I work in a country that doesn't have cinemas (shudder). But will definitely check it out early next month!

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    • Arnprior

      May 1st 2012, 14:14

      A new Hulk movie with Ruffalo? Yes, no question there. The definitive Banner? Not quite. that one still belongs to Bixby.

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    • petethejakey

      May 1st 2012, 14:33

      Could have done without the slight Avengers spoiler about Tony and Bruce bonding...

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    • Ali1748

      May 1st 2012, 15:23

      I liked The Incredible Hulk.

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    • thedanieljson

      May 1st 2012, 16:22

      I think Whedon did manage to inject SOME darkness into the role - the moment where he admits to (SLIGHT SPOILER) trying to kill himself manages to give him emotional depth. Whedon just managed to capture the ridiculousness of The Hulk himself - he realised that a giant green monster IS ridiculous and used that to his advantage perfectly. So basically I think the darkness needs to be in Banner - not The Hulk. Much more interesting that way.

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    • FBMBurgess

      May 1st 2012, 18:17

      [SPOILERS AHEAD] Agreed. But still not too dark in Banner. He was much more comfortable in his skin (as it were) in this movie, to the extent that when Loki talks about him in the cage, and he's watching with everyone else around the table, he just sort of shrugs it off - like 'yeah, fair point, but I can't change it, so I'm comfortable with it." Another Hulk movie can't focus on him trying to get rid of The Hulk again - he needs to just be comfortable with who he is, and bring on a totally different adventure! Also, in previous films, Hulk only ever fights the bad guys and leaves the good guys alone. What's threatening about that? I love how he just goes mental in Avengers.

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    • FBRBliler

      May 2nd 2012, 7:33

      YES! Dear God yes yes YES. I haven't even SEEN the Avengers yet and I want this to happen!

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    • alexr

      May 4th 2012, 16:21

      @TheKindofDalidab We have only just got people used to the idea of a bloke turning into a big green rage machine, and you want to push audiences into accepting a second Hulk? I''d say leave that well alone until Ruffalo has established himself further and the general public (who have NEVER read a comic and only watch the movies as movies as opposed to fanboy love letters) are actually comfortable with the idea of a simple man inexplicably increasing his body mass by 400-600 percent! I loved The Incredible Hulk (Norton) but even I thought the inclusion of Abomination was asking a bit much of the general public...Still, Whedon knows how to manage a character like that, so perhaps he would be the right person to further the character in a stand-alone movie... What do you think?

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