When you look back at the amount of times the Hulk has been adapted to other mediums, one might think he’s Marvel’s flagship character.
I know some people may balk at that, but let’s do a brief count here: There was the Marvel Super Heroes animated series in the 60s, which was basically a motion comic. The Incredible Hulk live-action TV show from 1978-1982 (with some attempted revivals in the early 90s). The Incredible Hulk animated series in the 80s, followed in the 90s by another series of the same name. The upcoming Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. animated series. There were the Hulk Vs and Planet Hulk direct-to-video animations. He was a regular cast member of The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes animated series and is currently part of the cast for the new Avengers Assemble animated series. And he’s appeared in numerous other animated projects, as a guest-star on other shows and also in direct-to-video animations like Ultimate Avengers and Next Avengers. Plus, two live-action movies (Hulk and The Incredible Hulk, respectfully) and a major role in the live-action Avengers film. Not to mention all the video games that his name has been on.
Given all that history, plus all the praise heaped on actor Mark Ruffalo for his portrayal of Bruce Banner in The Avengers, it’s a little surprising that Marvel Studios currently has no plans to give the Hulk another shot at the big screen. At one point, Guillermo Del Toro was involved in developing a Hulk TV show for ABC, but we haven’t heard much of that these days.
Personally, I loved both Ang Lee’s Hulk and Louis Leterrier’s reboot, The Incredible Hulk. But mileage varies and neither was very successful to warrant Marvel going for a third attempt. Which is unfortunate, because with Ruffalo as Banner, there’s a great chance to make something special, and with Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man seemingly bowing out soon, the Hulk could fill that void.
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