Actor Lou Ferrigno remains best known as portraying “The Incredible Hulk” in the classic television show. Thanks to conventions and pop culture references in movies such as “I Love You, Man,” Ferrigno has kept in the public spotlight enough to become a pop culture icon. One of the bits of fun trivia from “The Avengers” movie was that they used Ferrigno to voice The Hulk while Mark Ruffalo did the motion capture work. As a result, Ferrigno has his ears on the inside and said in a recent radio interview that Marvel is planning to make a solo Hulk movie thanks to the success of the character in “The Avengers.”
With the possibility of a new Hulk movie, here is a look at some of the more beloved comic book storylines that could be used for the Hulk franchise.
While it has already been made as an animated DTV movie, “Planet Hulk” remains one of the most beloved Hulk storylines of recent years. The story sees heroes like Iron Man, Doctor Strange and others decide that Hulk is too big of a threat for Earth and send him off into space. The rocket he is on is set on a course for a deserted planet where Hulk can smash to his heart’s desire. Sadly, the planet is not abandoned and an alien race captures Hulk and forces him to fight in gladiator styled games. It is at this point that Hulk finally becomes a true hero and savior to the planet.
“World War Hulk”
The previous story leads straight into “World War Hulk,” which might be a perfect event film for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. When there is an explosion on the planet that originates from the rocket ship that Hulk lands on, his loved ones perish and he takes a small group of warriors with him back to earth to seek vengeance on the men that he felt betrayed him and caused the tragedy. Those include Iron Man and Doctor Strange, so a “World War Hulk” storyline could be a perfect culmination of one of the upcoming Marvel phases.
There is one other storyline that could be perfect for The Hulk, and could take place outside of the current Marvel continuity so it gives Hulk his own story, while not putting him in conflict with his Avengers’ teammates. This is an interesting idea where Hulk battles his future self, known as Maestro, in a “future imperfect” world. The story sees Hulk travel to the apocalyptic future where he learns that Maestro is the ruler of. It puts Hulk in his greatest battle, against a wiser, older version of himself.