According to a report from Deadline, Marvel Studios is in the process of wooing Mark Ruffalo to bring the Hulk back in the upcoming film, Thor: Ragnarok. Rumors about the return of Hulk and Ruffalo’s involvement have been churning around the mill for weeks and might possibly be true considering the actor has been listed under the cast list for the film on Imdb.
Thor: Ragnarok, which will be the third installment in the Thor franchise, will see the return of Tom Hiddleston’s Loki, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor and Jaimie Alexander’s Lady Sif. However, the plot of the film has not been released.
The script for the film will be written by Christopher Yost (Thor: The Dark World), Craig Kyle and Thor comic book writers Jack Kirby, Stan Lee and Larry Lieber. The film will be directed by Taika Waititi (Green Lantern) and produced by Kevin Feige.
Thor: Ragnarok is set to be released Nov. 3, 2017.
Fans have been practically begging Marvel to release a “Hulk” centric film starring Mark Ruffalo. Even Ruffalo himself has said he would love it but Marvel has remained pretty stoic about any plans for a film. However! In a recent interview with Digital Spy, Ruffalo hinted at the possibility that Marvel Studios maybe considering the idea.
“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 storyline is obviously not easy a tough nut to crack.”
Ruffalo was even up for another movie that features The Hulk teaming up with another hero.
“If they do Iron Man 4 and Banner’s in that, that would be great.”
Movies based on Marvel Comics characters have been big moneymakers in recent years, most recently The Avengers. It’s only natural that they’d make their way to the small screen at some point, and it may come in the form of a new Hulk series from ABC.
ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee said in a conference call Tuesday that he hopes “The Hulk” will be ready for the 2013-2014 season, according to NYDailyNews.com.
We had hoped it would be ready this year, but that didn’t happen,” Lee said.
Lee told listeners the show may be aired on ABC, but they might instead sell it to another network.
Wherever it would work best,” he said.
Unexpectedly, horror director Guillermo del Toro may be executive producing the show, according to TGDaily.com. ABC continues to work with Marvel writer Stan Lee, and Lee said he hope to bring more Marvel characters to television. Both ABC and Marvel are owned by Disney.
This will not be the first time Bruce Banner’s destructive alter-ego has starred in his own television show. Running from 1978-1982, CBS’ The Incredible Hulk starred Bill Bixby as Banner and Lou Ferrigno as Hulk. There has also been several cartoon versions of his storyline that have been successful.