A new piece of fan art has united Eric Bana, Edward Norton, and Mark Ruffalo for a Spider-Man: No Way Home-style Hulk movie in a poster. Bana starred in Ang Lee’s 2003 film, Hulk, while Norton’s The Incredible Hulk introduced the strongest Avenger to the Marvel universe. Ruffalo picked up the role from Norton, becoming the face of the MCU’s Bruce Banner throughout many productions, starting with 2012’s The Avengers.
While Ruffalo has become the most recognizable face of Bruce Banner on-screen, there have been many actors portraying the character in live-action. Actors Bill Bixby and Lou Ferringo played Banner and his gamma-powered alter-ego, the Incredible Hulk, in a 1978 television series and several TV movies. With the renewed interest in superhero movies in the early 2000s, Lee tried his hand at a Hulk adaptation in 2003, casting Bana. A planned sequel was reworked into The Incredible Hulk after the first movie received a lukewarm reception. Unfortunately, following the second film, Norton quickly left the role of Hulk due to differing priorities with the studio, leaving Ruffalo to pick up the role in The Avengers. He has since portrayed the character throughout the Infinity Saga and beyond. In the wake of the concept of the MCU’s multiverse being introduced and Spider-Man: No Way Home uniting all cinematic live-action Spider-Men on screen for the first time, one fan has imagined what a multiversal Hulk movie could look like.
Posting to their Instagram account, digital artist and art director Agt Design shared a fan-made poster of a Hulk movie uniting all three cinematic Hulk actors. Titled “Hulk-Verse,” the poster shows all three Bruce Banner actors alongside their respective Hulks. The three Banners are joined by Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange and William Hurt’s General Thadeus “Thunderbolt” Ross, with a 2003 release date. Check out Agt Designs’ artwork below.
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After Ruffalo’s Banner made an appearance in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings‘ post-credits scene advising the newest Avenger from his laboratory via hologram, the character is set to introduce more gamma-powered heroes to the MCU. Ruffalo will appear in She-Hulk, advising his cousin Jennifer Walters (Tatiana Maslany) as she balances her She-Hulk identity with her lawyer career. Ruffalo and Maslany will be joined by a face from the Hulk’s initial MCU adventure, as the Abomination is set to return following a brief cameo in Shang-Chi, played by Tim Roth as he reprises his role. While he was surprised at his return, Roth has praised both Ruffalo and Maslany ahead of the show’s presumed release in 2022.
While circumstances may differ from Spider-Man: No Way Home, a “Hulk-Verse” movie would be possible with the MCU’s lore. Though Norton and Ruffalo play the same version of Banner, with What If..? retconning Ruffalo into the events of The Incredible Hulk, Norton’s appearance could be treated as a variant from an alternate timeline, much like those seen in Loki. Hulk‘s cinematic history is a complex one, with recasts and right issues, so a “Hulk-Verse” film could be the perfect opportunity to give the character a solo film he’s desperately owed in the MCU.
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