Mark Ruffalo's unique pitch for the next stand-alone Hulk movie

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Jan 20, 2014

With rumors of a new stand-alone Hulk film always out there in the ether, it sounds like Avengers star Mark Ruffalo has a different green in mind for the big guy’s next outing.

Ruffalo, who played Bruce Banner/The Hulk in The Avengers, was on hand at Sundance to promote his new drama Infinitely Polar Bear and opened up about what he’d like to see in the next Hulk movie. Marvel hasn’t officially announced a new Hulk yet, but considering its ever-expanding slate and Ruffalo’s great performance, its likely only a matter of time.

So what is Ruffalo’s idea for a sequel? The eco-conscious actor said he would like to find a way to tackle environmental issues like sustainability, fracking and environmental change in the framework of a Hulk movie, to use his platform as a means to raise awareness.

Here’s an excerpt of what he told Total Film:

"As artists we have an ability to reach a lot of people in a deep way, and we have a responsibility. What we have to do as storytellers is to take science and make it relatable. I think we have to tell the story of the positive and what we're going to try to do. Give them alternatives but don't make it a polemic.”

I think that's the way to go, and it's a trend that'll start to develop. As a culture, when we latch onto a fad, we're actually working something out in the creative subconscious. The fact that all these doomsday and end-of-times movies are coming out is because we're actually working that out in the culture."

"I'm in The Avengers, but if you took my screen time it would come to about ten minutes, along with the 12 other people I'm sharing the screen with, so my input's kind of limited on that. But if we get to a standalone Hulk movie, I'll have a much better chance to do that. I'm just learning now how to find my voice and bring it into the studio world." 

It’s nice to see that Ruffalo is already thinking toward his next turn as the green guy, but it’s a tough tightrope to try and balance something as heavy as environmental change with  “Hulk smash” action. What do you think? Is this a good idea?

(Via Total Film)

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