Green, mean and here to stay

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

You can’t kill The Hulk. The most trou­bled of the Mar­vel fran­chises is not go­ing away. Though it wasn’t ex­actly a megaflop, Ang Lee’s 2003 take on the off-beam su­per­be­ing didn’t set the world alight. Five years later, Mar­vel hired Louis Leter­rier to di­rect a strangely pitched sec­ond film – a se­quel that looked like a re­boot – called The In­cred­i­ble Hulk, with Ed­ward Nor­ton tak­ing over anger man­age­ment du­ties from Eric Bana. That film did only mod­estly well at the box-of­fice.

How­ever, many view­ers of Mar­vel Avengers As­sem­ble, al­ready a smash be­fore its US re­lease, felt that Mark Ruf­falo’s turn as tense Jekyll and green Hyde was the high­light of the film. Mar­vel has, there­fore, elected to sign up Ruf­falo for an­other six per­for­mances as the Hulk. One as­sumes the deal in­cludes more ap­pear­ances in Avengers se­quels.

The Hulk is (ahem) a smash af­ter all.

He’s not happy about it

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