Mark Ruffalo photographed in April. (Matt Sayles / Associated Press)Link
Mark Ruffalo plays Bruce Banner in a scene from "The Avengers." (Zade Rosenthal / Marvel)Link
The Hulk in a scene from "The Avengers." (Marvel)Link
"The Incredible Hulk" #1, the 1963 comic by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby that began the franchise. (Jack Kirby / Marvel Comics)Link
The latest comic incarnation of "The Incredible Hulk" hits stores this May. (Marvel Comics)Link
Bill Bixby played David Banner in the TV series "The Incredible Hulk," which ran from 1978-1982, as well is in several TV movies. Here, he reprises the role in the 1990 TV movie, "The Death of the Incredible Hulk." (NBC)Link
Lou Ferrigno plays the other side of Bixby's character in "The Incredible Hulk" TV series. He has also voiced the Hulk in the more recent Marvel movies, including "The Avengers." (USHV)Link
Eric Bana plays Bruce Banner in the 2003 film "Hulk." (Universal Studios)Link
A scene from 2003's "Hulk." (Universal Studios)Link
Edward Norton portrays Bruce Banner in the 2008 movie "The Incredible Hulk." (Michael Gibson / Universal Studios)Link
The Hulk in 2008's "The Incredible Hulk." (Marvel Studios)Link
Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), left, and Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) in "The Avengers." (Zade Rosenthal / Marvel)Link
Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) in a scene from "The Avengers." (Marvel)Link
Director Joss Whedon, Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr. on the set of "The Avengers." (Zade Rosenthal / Marvel)Link
Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) in "The Avengers." (Marvel)Link
Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), left, Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) in a scene from "The Avengers." (Marvel)Link
Mark Ruffalo, right, and his wife Sunrise Coigney at the Hollywood premiere of "The Avengers" on April 11. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images)Link
Mark Ruffalo in 2010. (Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times)Link
Mark Ruffalo has been addressing rumors — and the clamoring of Hulk fans — about the possibility of a standalone movie featuring the Hulk. Not now, he says.
Ruffalo went the Twitter route to dispel rumors that he would be the focus of a new film. He sent a series of tweets Thursday. First, he said: “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.” He followed that with: “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.”
He clarified that even further a bit later — notice the time on this, 1:37 a.m. Friday. This is the kind of thing that keeps an actor up at night.
Hero Complex spoke to Ruffalo last May after his Hulk bow in “The Avengers,” which made a huge splash with critics and fans. The reaction was something of a surprise considering many fans of the franchise were irate when it was announced that Ruffalo was next in line to play the big green guy.
“There was a lot of negative response to me playing that part early on, and I kind of liked that challenge,” Ruffalo told Hero Complex.
Los Angeles Times reviewer Kenneth Turan called Ruffalo ”the latest in a long line of Hulk portrayers, and perhaps the best.”
Now Hulk fans want more, but it looks like they’re just going to have to wait.
– Amy Hubbard