Turns out Eric Bana's happy his 2003 Hulk movie was a big flop

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Aug 26, 2013, 4:12 PM EDT (Updated)

The reaction to the first Hulk movie meant that it never got a sequel, but star Eric Bana's OK with that.

The Hulk has had a complicated cinematic journey in the last decade, a journey featuring three actors, two solo films and an uncertain future outside of his membership in The Avengers. That all begins with Hulk, director Ang Lee's 2003 flick that was greeted with a mixed critical response, lackluster box-office returns and a lot of fan hate. If the film had taken off, Eric Bana might have become one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's biggest stars, and we might even have seen him standing alongside Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Hemsworth in The Avengers last year. That didn't happen, and while Bana says he's proud of the work he did on the film, he's also glad he never went green again.

"Yes. And I think I'm so lucky it didn't happen," Bana said when asked if he ever thought about the turn his career would've taken if he'd been asked to make more Hulk films. "So, I think the opposite -- one of the things I was most fearful of at the time is it being a huge success."

Since Hulk, Bana's gone on to roles in blockbusters like Star Trek and acclaimed films like Funny PeopleHanna and Steven Spielberg's Munich, all of which might never have happened if he'd continued working with Marvel. He might not be the megastar that, say, Robert Downey Jr. is thanks to his work at Marvel, but he seems fine with that.

"I would have had a completely different career, right? I feel very blessed to have been given the opportunities that I've had the last 10 years -- so I wouldn't want to change that for anything," Bana said. "Everyone's career is different and I'm not saying it wouldn't have been exciting -- it would have been a different thing."

So, even if your big Marvel Comics movie is a flop, you can continue on with a diverse and rewarding career. You can also, apparently, become Batman.

What do you think? Is Bana better off thanks to Hulk's failure?

(Via Huffington Post)