Hulk/Red Hulk Film On James Gunn’s List Of Past Interests

Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn reveals he once had interest in a Hulk/Red Hulk movie, which would have set the director on a new MCU course.


While Marvel’s cinematic branch hasn’t shown strong interest in a solo Hulk film with Mark Ruffalo, the day could come where the big green giant returns with a feature of his own.

Recently, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn revealed in a Facebook Q&A his past desire to bring the comic storyline of Hulk/Red Hulk to the big screen.

He stated that, along with a potential Hit-Monkey film (one he said he had strong interest in), he would be interested in bringing the Hulk/Red Hulk story to life – Red Hulk is, essentially, Gen. Thunderbolt Ross’ red-tinted version of the gamma monster who, of course, clashes with regular Hulk just like Ross clashes with Dr. Bruce Banner.

While this obviously does not mean a Red Hulk film is in the works, it is an interesting window into where the prominent Marvel creative voice’s interests once were.

That’s not to say we will never get a film featuring the Red Hulk (where, presumably, William Hurt would take on the role) – the MCU shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon, and they’re bound to give the Hulk another vehicle of his own at some point, but for now, a fascinating “what if?” for Gunn: what if he had been given a Hulk film instead of the Guardians of the Galaxy? Would his voice have translated as well into Banner’s world as it did with Star-Lord and company? What director is best suited to give the Hulk another go? Would another director have been as successful with the Guardians?

Things to think on. Until then, we’ve got Dr. Banner and his gnarly alter-ego returning to screens this November in Thor: Ragnarok, where the Hulk will have a supporting role and will play a little bit with the Planet Hulk storyline from the comics. As for Gunn, he’s likely in the planning stages of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which he’s confirmed he’s writing and directing, though Marvel has yet to give the film an official release date (2020 feels like a safe bet).

What say you? Does Hulk/Red Hulk sound like a battle you’d like to see in the MCU? Let us know below in the comments.

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