Eric Bana is not interested in reprising his role as the Hulk in the MCU Multiverse.
Before the MCU kickstarted with Iron Man in 2008, Marvel movies were in an interesting place. Given that the big screen rights to certain characters were at different studios, the potential of a shared cinematic universe seemed so far away. Before we would ever see the Incredible Hulk fight alongside the rest of the Avengers, Eric Bana got a chance to portray Dr. Bruce Banner in Ang Lee’s Hulk (2003).
The film received mixed responses from critics and audiences alike, and Eric Bana wasn’t asked to return to the role when a planned sequel was repurposed as a complete reboot of the character in The Incredible Hulk, which starred Academy Award-nominee Edward Norton in the titular role.
Nowadays, the prospect of actors returning to portray their versions of iconic comic book characters seems to be the hottest trend at the big studios right now. Michael Keaton is returning to play Batman again in The Flash, and if rumors are to be believed, we may be seeing Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield back as their own versions of Spider-Man later this year. It’s safe to say that the Multiverse is dominating both the MCU and the DCEU.
In a recent interview for Jake’s Takes, Eric Bana was asked about whether or not he would be interested in returning as the Hulk in an MCU Multiverse scenario. It appears that he feels that the ship has sailed:
“When I went and did that film, that was kind of like pre-Marvel Universe. That universe didn’t even really exist, so it always felt like a one-time film for me. That world of you go off and do a movie, and there are going to be sequels, that framework didn’t even exist back then. I guess the short answer is no. I never felt like that was something that I was going to reprise or do again. After all this time, I can’t see that happening.”
What did you think of Eric Bana’s take on the Hulk? How would you compare him to the likes of Edward Norton and Mark Ruffalo? Do you wish we could see him make his return in an MCU Multiverse? Sound off in the comments below.
Marvel Studios’ upcoming slate of films includes Black Widow, The Eternals, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and Thor: Love and Thunder. In addition to the aforementioned feature films, Marvel Studios is developing several shows for Disney Plus, including The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision, Loki, What If…?, Hawkeye, Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight, and She-Hulk.
Source: Jake’s Takes