How Mark Ruffalo's Hulk Differs From Original Vision
In talking with ComicBook.com, The Incredible Hulk's director, Louis Leterrier, discussed the various Hulk personas, including Mark Ruffalo's Smart Hulk who describes as a "bit more kiddish" than other characterizations:
"Hulk is a complex character within the Marvel Universe. You want the primeval Hulk... the rage Hulk. And then when you go Grey Hulk and Smart Hulk you lose that a little bit and you get a little bit more kiddish with it."
As for the "kiddish" description, Leterrier has a point.
As for those other versions of Hulks, Leterrier planned to utilize those characterizations in an unrealized sequel, acknowledging that "there's so many characters:"
"But that was the fun of where I was in my movie, with the access to consciousness and all that stuff. That was really fun. And that's what I was aiming to do. But take my time with it. Because there's so many characters they want it all fast [laughs]."
But even so, there's no denying that Smart Hulk is a departure from Leterrier's original plan, saying, "yeah, we're very far from my Hulk:"
"I like 'She-Hulk,' but then you know, yoga between Hulk and... I was like 'Okay! yeah, we're very far from my Hulk.'"
Is Marvel Studios Taking Notes From Hulk Director?
Smart Hulk may be "kiddish" in comparison to Louis Leterrier's initial vision, but evidence suggests a version of the director's scrapped sequel may surface in 2024's Captain America: Brave New World.
The 2024 film is also confirmed to bring back Liv Tyler's Betty Ross, Bruce Banner's love interest from that early film.
There's also talk that Ruffalo may finally follow in Edward Norton's footsteps and eventually star in a Hulk-centric film, namely World War Hulk.
While all that remains to be seen, it does appear that the Hulk's past and present are coming together.
And, even though the Marvel Studios' current take on the green guy contrasts with Louis Leterrier's, who's to say the Avenger won't continue to change, evolve, or even revert as the MCU moves forward?
The Incredible Hulk is available to stream now on Disney+; Captain America: Brave New World smashes into theaters on July 26, 2024.