No plans for a stand-alone Hulk

The Avengers finally brought the Hulk back in a big way, and when the film became the third biggest movie of all time, people were wondering what would be next for the character.

There have been reports that he would have his own show on ABC with the help of Guillermo Del Toro, and that there may be a Planet Hulk movie as well. 

Now we have Mark Ruffalo, who played the Hulk in the Avengers, to set us straight, via Twitter.

“A lot of folks have been asking about the Next Hulk,” he tweeted. “There next time you see my Hulk it will be in the Avengers 2. No plans for stand alone.”

At the same time, Ruffalo added, “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.”

Of course it’s a given that the Hulk will return for the next Avengers movie, he’s a crucial part of the team. And a stand alone Hulk film would be…oh wait a minute, we had two stand alone Hulk movies before the Avengers, and they both tanked. Still, now that Joss Whedon and Ruffalo got the Hulk right, it would definitely be cool if the Ruffalo Hulk headlined his own movie. 

Whedon was also asked about Planet Hulk, or whether the future Avengers films would follow the storylines of Planet or World War Hulk. Whedon told IGN, “Well I’m really not supposed to comment, but no, that’s nonsense.”

No matter. Whedon’s very excited about the next Avengers, and he told Time Out London, “I’ve got the next story, and it’s a corker. I haven’t even been thinking in terms of superhero movies. The films I’ve been thinking about are The Godfather Part II and The Empire Strikes Back. Those are the stars by which I chart my course.”

So the big lug of course is coming back for Avengers 2, that’s a given. And considering the film should make a quadrillion dollars when it comes out, maybe the Hulk will one day have his own flick again. Either way, it will be good to see him back again on May 1, 2015 when Avengers 2 dominates the world.