There have already been two recent attempts to make The Hulk work as a standalone film, but after the smashing success of The Avengers, fans are clamoring for more. So what’s the problem?
Joss Whedon has a few thoughts on why the Hulk is so hard to get right on his own, which he shared in a recent Q&A. Whedon thinks the reason Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk worked so well in The Avengers (aside from the fact that Ruffalo is awesome) is that the character is a better fit with an ensemble.
Here’s Whedon’s response when asked if it’s possible to make a good Hulk movie:
"Yes. But it would be very, very hard. Hulk is a tricky son of a bitch. He’s the Claudio of superheroes. Because the problem is it’s a very popular character, but it’s not a superhero. Half of it’s a superhero, half of it’s a werewolf. And you can’t structure it like a superhero movie, you can’t light it like a superhero movie. How do you develop that? It would be extremely difficult. The one thing you would have in your favor would be Mark Ruffalo. But right now I don’t know if they have plans to do that or not, because he works so well as part of a greater whole, but by himself, it’s tough. I don’t envy the guys who went before.”
With Marvel ramping up more and more movies these days, it's only a matter of time before the Hulk gets another shot. After seeing how Whedon made him work already, here’s hoping he has his fingerprints all over any future standalone.
What do you think of Whedon’s response? Is that why it’s so hard to make a Hulk movie work?