‘Avengers': Mark Ruffalo calls stand-alone ‘Hulk’ film a possibility

June 17, 2014 | 5:14 p.m.

Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner / the Hulk): "[Working with Whedon] was amazing. He's such a great collaborator. He knows this genre so well. He's so expansive in his understanding of a very, very complex story. We worked very closely on this version of Bruce Banner, and it was just -- I just love the guy. Had a great time with him. He's so smart. He's hilarious. He's got a great sense of humor. He writes in his completely own style. And he balances humor and action and real drama and mythology -- he's perfect for this." (Marvel; Getty Images)

In “The Avengers,” Hulk, who’s had two solo films, was played by new-to-the-role Mark Ruffalo. (Marvel; Getty Images)

A little over a year ago, Mark Ruffalo took to Twitter to dispel rumors of a stand-alone Hulk film.

“A lot of folks have been asking about the Next Hulk. The next time you see my Hulk it will be in the Avengers2. No plans for stand alone.”  Ruffalo then added, “I am not giving up on another stand alone HULK. But it’s not in the works right now. One never knows what the future will bring.”

Today, it seems as if the future of a new “Hulk” movie may be one step closer, as Ruffalo told Digital Spy that Marvel Studios has made the project a consideration. “I think they are, for the first time, entertaining the idea of it,” he said.

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“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the follow-up to 2012’s massively popular “The Avengers,” has already begun filming and is set to hit theaters in May of next year, meaning Ruffalo’s initial Twitter promise will stand.

Still, the news is manna for Hulk fans, many of which saw Ruffalo’s take on tormented-scientist-turned-unlikely-green-hero Bruce Banner as the finest of the Hulk’s big-screen adaptations. Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan called Ruffalo “the latest in a long line of Hulk portrayers, and perhaps the best.” That line includes the Hulk/Banner combo of Lou Ferrigno and Bill Bixby in the classic ‘70s TV show and big-screen versions from Eric Bana in 2003 and Edward Norton in 2008.

In 2012, in the wake of “The Avengers” box-office record-shattering opening, Ruffalo talked to Hero Complex about an unlikely source of inspiration that he used for playing the character.

“I’m playing my 10-year-old son,” he said. “Why we long for Hulk is from very early on, around that age, we’re expected to behave a certain way, but we still have the force of nature just teeming through our bodies, and I see this conflict of trying to control all of these urges and at the same time still having them so strong. So I dedicate my performance to my 10-year-old boy.”

Would you be excited to see Ruffalo star in a stand-alone Hulk film? Please let us know in the comments section below.

– Justin Sullivan | @LATHeroComplex

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