Joss Whedon reveals problems with making standalone ‘Hulk’ film

Director says it's the 'most difficult Marvel property'

Joss Whedon has spoken out about the difficulties of trying to make a standalone Hulk film.

Earlier this week (March 7), actor Mark Ruffalo – who made his debut as Dr Bruce Banner, a genius scientist who turns into a monster called The Hulk when angry, in last year’s Marvel ensemble smash The Avengers – said that there were no current plans for the character to receive his own film franchise.

Now, according to Deadline, Whedon has also seemingly dismissed the possibility. “The Hulk is the most difficult Marvel property,” he said. “Is he a monster? Is he a hero? Are you going to root for a protagonist who spends all his time trying to stop the reason you came to the movie from happening?”

Referencing the two most recent attempts to turn The Hulk into a standalone franchise – with Eric Bana in 2003’s Ang Lee-directed Hulk, and the Edward Norton-starring 2008 reboot The Incredible Hulk – he added: “I don’t think the first two movies nailed it, but I don’t envy the task. It was easier to have him in a group than to build everything around him.”

He concluded by saying: “If he was Hulk for the entire movie, I think Mark 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. Mark and I loved the Hulk and went over and over the concept of rage and how it should manifest, and that part of it was fascinating to both of us.”

Ruffalo will still reprise his role as The Hulk for The Avengers 2, however, which is slated for release on May 1 2015, with Whedon recently vowing to “go deeper” second time out. In the meantime, Marvel characters Iron Man, Thor and Captain America will all be seen in their own solo movies.