With the Avengers, comic fans were delighted that the Hulk was finally done right. Yes, it does seem like a no-brainer, but both big screen versions just didn’t seem to hack it.
So it’s definitely exciting news that Guillermo Del Toro may also help bring the Hulk back to TV, because fans like myself still love the Bill Bixby / Lou Ferrigno version of the show, and there may be even more Hulk action on the horizon.
While nothing’s certain at the moment, Kevin Feige, who is the president of Marvel studios, hinted to MTV that we may indeed see more of the big green guy in the future, just not any time soon. We know the schedule of Marvel’s next phase of flicks.
Iron Man 3 is coming May 3, 2013, followed by Thor: the Dark world in November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 14, 2014, Guardians of the Universe on August 1, 2014, and of course, The Avengers 2 on May 1, 2015. (Also expect Joss Whedon’s TV series adaptation of S.H.I.E.L.D. somewhere in there too.)
So perhaps after all this action, we’ll see the Hulk on the big and small screen again. As Feige told MTV, "Do I think Hulk can carry a movie and be as entertaining as he was in Avengers? I do believe that. We certainly are not even going to attempt that until Avengers 2. So there’s a lot of time to think about it."
Feige added that as the Marvel "cinematic universe" gets bigger, it could possibly "get as big as the comic book universe. Planet Hulk is a cool story. World War Hulk is a cool story."
Perhaps because the Hulk finally got the cinematic shot he always deserved with The Avengers, he won’t be breaking off into his own movie until after the second Avengers flick. By having him as part of the Avengers, the Hulk was rebooted without everyone pushing their luck with a third film. In the future, if they could have Mark Ruffalo in his own Hulk flick, that would be pretty cool indeed.
“I think there’s pitfalls of continuity-overload," Feige continued. "Mythology getting so dense that it almost collapses in on itself. It happens every few decades or so in the comics. Apart from that, I’d say everything is on the table."
We’ve got a few years to wait, but if that’s what it takes for a killer new Hulk movie, we’ll wait it out.