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ABC Is Still Planning a Hulk TV Series, But Has The Avengers Raised the Bar? (Answer: Yes)

Now that Marvel has earned all of the world’s money with The Avengers — having already passed the billion-dollar mark — ABC is going to try to hop on this gravy train and continue to develop a TV series for the character with director Guillermo Del Toro. This is not an entirely bad idea, considering The Incredible Hulk enjoyed a four-season run on CBS from 1978 to 1982. So, we know this can work on TV. But after The Avengers, do we really want to see someone besides Mark Ruffalo play Bruce Banner and his rowdy green counterpart? And even if we did, can they even top the latest big-screen version of the Hulk?

It seems like had the Hulk flopped (again) in The Avengers, it would have made for a good opportunity to snatch up the character and try again, see how he did on the small screen. But the resounding opinion since The Avengers came out is that the Hulk — Ruffalo’s Hulk — really stole the show. What kind of pressure is this putting on ABC, let alone the next guy to slip into the tear-away pants?

I’ll admit to getting a bit gushy about Ruffalo’s turn as Bruce Banner/the Hulk. Heck, I’d even say I’m automatically biased against anyone else who takes that part. So, I’ll try to leave my opinion at the door if and when this TV series finally comes to pass. It will be really hard, but it’s best to keep an open mind. Plus, Guillermo Del Toro is an interesting dude, and the idea of him being involved with a Hulk TV series is certainly intriguing.

This project has been floating around since 2010, but never really got off the ground. Now that Hulk is officially a smash (you know you saw that coming — sorry, it was unavoidable), you can’t blame ABC for wanting a piece of the Marvel action. (It is, after all, owned by Disney, as is Marvel.) Though if that’s what they wanted, then maybe they should have reconsidered passing on AKA Jessica Jones, unless it was an unmitigated disaster. But ABC’s Entertainment President Paul Lee (no relation to Stan Lee) says that while the Hulk might not join the ABC lineup until 2013, that isn’t the only Marvel franchise they’re looking at:

“We’re immensely proud to be a company with The Avengers. We’re going to continue to develop aggressively. We’ve got some in development, but none that I can talk about at this point.”

TV audiences have already welcomed the Hulk into their homes, and the show continues to be a favorite among fans. Maybe a new series with a name like Del Toro’s attached will give us a Hulk as good as the one we saw in a big-budget summer blockbuster — or maybe it’ll just constantly be held up to those super-standards.

As far as those big-screen standards go, Ruffalo has signed on for six movies, and it’s strange to think that none of those six movies is a reboot or sequel for just the Hulk. So, there’s that. And that’s what one might call a Hulking lot of Hulk. (Which might be okay.)

(via The Hollywood Reporter, Screen Rant)

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  • Anonymous

    Wow. I thinks its a bad idea in general. I think Marvel should continue to focus its energies on film and animation projects. Doing a tv show about a character they have very much highlighted and great future plans for in film would water down the property a bit and evetually fail. We love the Hulk in the Avengers because Banner is a compelling character on his own and because the Hulk is an interesting figure when set against the backdrop created by the Avengers Marvel Universe. Taking them out of that setting I think does the character a disservice. We want to see Hulk smash buildings and aliens and everything a big budget can provide for us to see. Plus, just becuase a Hulk tv show worked back then does not automatically give it the same viability now…especially considering the stage that has been set by their films over the past 5 years.

  • John Wao

    I agree the Hulk would be a bad idea for a live action TV series but I could I see other characters getting there own show like Dr Strange, Daredevil, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, the Punisher, in other words characters where the CGI FX could be kept to a bare minimum like Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Battlestar Galactica.

  • Anonymous

    I would be against its creation if it weren’t for the involvement of Guillermo Del Toro. Both Hellboy movies were great and Pan’s Labyrinth was simply one of the best movies I have seen. 

  • Anonymous

    well. all you need are talented people. And good management that collaborates with talent. Left Brain with the story and Right Brain with the money management and schedules. Cooperating. You know, the opposite of warner Bros. Face it, if it weren’t for dolan rewriting whole swaths of the Batman movies, Batman was going to be as bad as the others. While Superman was not a bad movie per se, it wasn’t what the people wanted. There are better ways of introducing superman to the new generation. 

    So if Marvel wants to show Warner Bros. up one more time, so be it. After all, smallville is probably the crappiest TV show i’ve ever seen.

    The crazy thing with Joss Whedon is that…he’s got a little Avengers of directors/writers at his command. Jane Espensen wrote the best Battlestar Galactica I’ve ever seen. Caprica was pretty good if a bit slow. Tim Minear is practically Joss Whedon 2.0. Drew Goddard is on the cusp of Sam Raimi fame with Cabin in the Woods. Greenwalt with “Surface”. His latest stuff is pretty bad though.

    goddard on Doctor Strange. Greenwalt with Namor. espensen on Ms. Marvel. Greenwalt on Nova Corps and Quasar.

    It also forces Joss whedon to help them out with the script as he is contractually obligated to help his friends.

  • Anonymous

    I have to admit, I’m totally baffled by all of the fawning going on over Mark Ruffalo in Avengers. I thought he was okay, but completely forgetable. As flawed as the first Hulk movie was, I thought that Eric Bana was incredible as Bruce Banner. Anytime that Ruffalo was on the screen in Avengers, I just reimagined the scene with Bana. So much better!!!