Clues to next Hulk movie could already be in Marvel's comics

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Jul 15, 2013, 5:27 PM EDT (Updated)

Is the blueprint for the next standalone Hulk flick on the racks of your local comic shop right now?

Though it seems Mark Ruffalo will be around a while to play Dr. Bruce Banner/The Hulk in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, exactly what will happen to the character outside of his role as an Avenger remains unclear. We've heard rumors of a "Planet Hulk" or "World War Hulk" movie debunked already, and Ruffalo himself said just a few months ago that, while he's still hoping to star in a Hulk flick someday, such a flick is "not in the works right now." 

Still, it does seem likely that Marvel Studios will get around to letting Banner go it alone again someday, and now a rumor has surfaced that may confirm that. Comic Book Movie's TheDailySuperhero says he's got a source "closely plugged into Marvel movie development ideas" who claims the next Hulk movie "might be" based, at least in part, on Marvel's current Indestructible Hulk comic series, which launched in January as part of the company's Marvel NOW! rebrand.

If you're not familiar with the series, which features stories by fan-favorite writer Mark Waid and art by Leinil Francis Yu and (briefly) Walt Simonson, it begins with an intriguing new direction for Bruce Banner, who approaches S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Maria Hill with a simple proposition: If S.H.I.E.L.D. will give Banner all the resources he wants to create new scientific breakthroughs to help humanity, he will allow the agency to "aim" Hulk in any direction they want to battle various threats. Banner gets to save the world with science, Hulk gets to smash, and S.H.I.E.L.D. gets an invaluable weapon. But of course, things turn out to be a bit more complicated than that.

It definitely sounds like a concept that would dovetail nicely into Marvel's current movie storytelling. We know that Banner has had a testy relationship with S.H.I.E.L.D. in the past, but we also know that he's a now a part of something bigger than himself in Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Plus, a concept like that would be a nice way to showcase both Hulk's CGI prowess and Ruffalo's portrayal of Banner, which was one of the most frequently praised elements of The Avengers.

What do you think? If this rumor turns out to be true, would you like to see an Indestructible Hulk-based flick sometime in the next few years?

(Via Comic Book Movie)