'Hulk' rumors about standalone film debunked by Mark Ruffalo (Poll)
Mark Ruffalo took to his official Twitter account to debunk rumors of a standalone "Hulk" movie.
The Marvel comic book character has already been featured in two -- the 2003 Ang Lee film "The Hulk," which starred Eric Bana as the mutant superhero, and the 2008 movie "The Incredible Hulk," in which he was played by Edward Norton. Ruffalo replaced him in Joss Whedon's superhero ensemble film "The Avengers," which was released in 2012.
"A lot of folks have been asking about the Next Hulk," he Tweeted. "The next time you see my Hulk it will be in the Avengers2. No plans for stand alone. [sic]"
"I am not giving up on another stand alone HULK. But it's not in the works right now," he added. "One never knows what the future will bring. [sic]"
In April 2012, Forbes said Marvel executives have been "pleasantly surprised by the phenomenal response" to the Hulk, in terms of merchandising. The outlet quoted the company's president of consumer products for North America as saying that Marvel "will spin him off to a standalone program" in 2013. Forbes reported it would presumably be "supported by a big budget franchise movie in 2015."
Rufflalo later clarified his comments in a follow-up Tweet, saying: "Just to be totally clear. I did not say there was not going to ever be a stand-alone Hulk film. I said there wasn't one in the works now."
Whedon is also helming "The Avengers 2" and an ABC pilot about the franchise's secret organization "S.H.I.E.L.D." He recently talked to Deadline about Hulk spin-off stories.
"I don't think there would be any problem getting a movie together that had enough Banner, even if there was also Hulk," he told the website. "But if he was only Hulk for the entire movie, I think Mark [Ruffalo] at some point would go, 'Why am I here?' I would be less inclined to pursue a storyline where the Hulk is only ever the Hulk."
Marvel has announced release dates for sequels to "Captain America" and "Thor" and "The Avengers 2," which roll out in November 2013, April 2014 and May 2015 respectively. "Iron Man 3" is set to be released on May 3.
(Pictured above: Mark Ruffalo appears at the premiere of "The Avengers" in Los Angeles on April 11, 2012 -- click the video to watch his interview. / Mark Ruffalo appears as The Hulk in "The Avengers."