Mark Ruffalo Doesn't Want a 'Planet Hulk' Movie

'Avengers' actor Mark Ruffalo doesn't feel Bruce Banner will be served well in a 'Planet Hulk' spin-off, which is just Hulk on a planet with no human transformations.
After Hulk stole the show in Marvel's The Avengers, talk of a new solo movie has persisted, with varying accounts from various different people about how Marvel and Disney might proceed with the character. We know Mark Ruffalo's Bruce Banner is going to have a beefed up role in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but its unclear how the green goliath will be handled moving forward. We've long heard talk of a Planet Hulk stand-alone movie, an idea that Marvel's head honcho Kevin Feige continues to champion. One person who doesn't want that to happen though? Mark Ruffalo.

With a Planet Hulk live-action movie there is no Bruce Banner, as Hulk remains mean and green for the duration of the storyline. Mark Ruffalo doesn't like that idea, as he explained to MTV:

""I don't think [Planet Hulk] is the way to go yet. I think you need more Banner. The whole thing is just him as Hulk, on a planet, fighting other gladiators."


He offered this summarization of the plot, which hints at why he might think it's a bad idea.

"They launch Bruce Banner into space to try to get rid of him and the Hulk. He ends up freaking out; smashing up the spaceship, and it goes off course and ends up on this planet of gladiator creatures. He falls in love, has a Hulk baby ... and then the Avengers nuke the planet."


If this is the route Marvel decided to take, Mark Ruffalo will have to commit to an almost entirely motion capture performance. It sounds like he doesn't like that idea, but he recently said Marvel is considering ways to take Hulk into a new era with a movie all his own.

"I think they are, for the first time, entertaining the idea of it. When we did The Avengers it was basically 'No!', and now there is some consideration for it. But there's still nothing definitive, not even a skeletal version of what it would be. I look forward to going down that road, if we could crack that nut. I think the Banner/Hulk story line is obviously not a very easy nut to crack"


Mark Ruffalo is currently shooting the Marvel Phase Two sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron, which reunites him with his fellow "Science Bro" Robert Downey Jr.. When asked if fans will see more of the "Science Bros." teaming up in Avengers: Age of Ultron, the actor had this to say.

"There's lots of Science Bros, yeah. There's some cool Science Bros stuff, very cool Science Bros stuff."


When asked if there could be a possibility of a Science Bros movie with Robert Downey Jr., he teases maybe Bruce Banner could show up in Iron Man 4.

"Yeah, that would be cool. If they do Iron Man 4, and Banner is in that, that would be very cool."


We don't yet have word from Marvel on whether or not Hulk will get his own movie anytime soon. It looks like Mark Ruffalo and Kevin Feige will have to flip a coin on whether or not a Planet Hulk movie actually happens.

Avengers: Age of Ultron comes to theaters May 1st, 2015 and stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., Elizabeth Olsen, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Cobie Smulders, Jeremy Renner. The film is directed by Joss Whedon.

Planet Hulk is in development and stars Mark Ruffalo.


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Comments (18)

  1. ObiWanShinobi

    lol i think rage is the heart & soul of the hulk. if banner was i don't think he, and everyone around him, would freak out when he's turning. @brady1138

    3 months agoby @ObiWanShinobiFlag

  2. ObiWanShinobi

    Owned by two different studios they can't crossover. Ever. @pack-rulz1978

    3 months agoby @ObiWanShinobiFlag

  3. Clint

    I get what Ruff's trying to say about there being no point to an all-CGI movie and it needing human elements to the story to work but the way he's saying it, it comes off as pompous, as if you could only do it with an actor like him. Personally, I agree w/the human element in the story but if that's what the masses are willing to go see, then why not give them that storyline? Is there another Hulk storyline they could go into and make it effective? I love the idea of him and Wolverine locking horns somehow, maybe cross into that X-Men universe if there's a long storyline that involves them both effectively in the comics?

    3 months agoby @pack-rulz1978Flag

  4. W.T.Foxalot Willâ„¢

    Banner could be in the movie as the man on the inside. Show him inside the Hulks head talking to him. Kinda like a conscience or whatever. Why not? Hulk trying to shut him up the whole time lol

    3 months agoby @W-T-Foxalot-WillTMFlag

  5. Josh

    The way to do a Planet Hulk movie that also features Banner is to intercut all the Planet Hulk stuff with flashbacks of the events that led to him being exiled. The only thing is with that you'd have to get several of the other big Avengers characters in the movie too, which would be expensive.

    3 months agoby @shuabertFlag

  6. LuxoIII

    Good! Didn't like it at all. Hulk only works if you have Banner in it, he's the heart and soul of the Hulk. Planet Hulk was boring because it was just about a green monster fighting alien monsters and that's it.

    3 months agoby @brady1138Flag

  7. Sean

    @a7sus4 Maybe that's because of Mark Ruffalo's statement.

    3 months agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  8. A7sus4

    @themoviefanatic No, where the article now says, "Planet Hulk is in development and stars Mark Ruffalo." it previously said, "Planet Hulk comes to theaters in 2017 and stars Mark Ruffalo."

    3 months agoby @a7sus4Flag

  9. Mka47

    good! that makes 7 billion of us

    3 months agoby @mka47Flag

  10. Sean

    @a7sus4 You think it will happen despite what he says ?

    3 months agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  11. Johnny1312

    He actually makes perfect sence. Finally someone who actually cares about the character and not just the hulk but bruce banner as well

    3 months agoby @Johnny1312Flag

  12. Eddie584

    i think planet hulk can work if they tweak it. instead of getting shipped off into space, the hulk can just be lost in space . and he doesnt have to fall in love or have hulk babies. plus who says he cant be banner? the guardians of the galaxy people are walkin around without air on distant planets, why not banner?

    3 months agoby @eddie584Flag

  13. CoreyB

    @a7sus4 Yeah this site sometimes drops the ball haha

    3 months agoby @CoreyBFlag

  14. Writer220

    I agree with him

    3 months agoby @writer220Flag

  15. Erikajinx

    Before they even do a planet hulk movie, they should expand on Bruce banner and I completely agree with Mark Ruffalo. It definitely won't look good.

    3 months agoby @ErikajinxFlag

  16. A7sus4

    "Planet Hulk comes to theaters in 2017 and stars Mark Ruffalo." Oh.

    3 months agoby @a7sus4Flag

  17. cvnt$top

    An Iron Man team up is a great idea. More team ups movies, please.

    3 months agoby @cvntstopFlag

  18. The Real Goku

    I'm glad someone is thinking... Planet hulk was a good comic. Won't be a good movie. Id like to see an ANIMATED world war hulk movie though

    3 months agoby @therealGokuFlag