TALKBACK: Which Avengers Superhero Should Get The Next Standalone Spin-Off?

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With this week's release of The Avengers on DVD/Blu-ray and Marvel's Kevin Feige entertaining all sorts of speculative queries as to the future of the superhero franchise, let's put it to the people: Which Avenger do you want to see step into the spotlight in a standalone sequel after Thor and Captain America?

Marvel Studios already have the next many years' worth of superhero outings penciled in — Captain America 2, Thor 2, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, and Avengers 2 — but Feige gave some fans hope for a Hulk adventure in a recent interview with MTV.

"Do I think Hulk can carry a movie and be as entertaining as he was in Avengers? I do believe that. I do believe he absolutely could. We certainly are not even going to attempt that until Avengers 2," said Feige. "So there's a lot of time to think about it."

Mark Ruffalo's wry Hulk was an ensemble standout, especially after Ed Norton and Eric Bana's dour, serious incarnations — perfect candidate for the next standalone, no? (Third time's the charm?) Then again, could he compete with demand for a full feature dedicated to Scarlett Johansson's sultry Black Widow? If hers includes a few lengthy drunken hookups with Hawkeye, you know who gets my vote.


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  • Ryan says:

    I'm gonna go for what we haven't mentioned yet and say that I would totally watch a Hawkeye movie.

  • I actually was a fan of the Eric Bana version of the Hulk, but I think the problem is, you can't build a movie around a monosyllabic green behemoth. If you want to do a movie about anger, build a plot around Louis C.K. You don't even have to paint him green.

    • Andrew says:

      The Ang Lee version just took Peter David's excellent run on Hulk, watered it down, and removed everything interesting about it except for the idea that it was a psychological condition more than a result of the gamma radiation.

      All of the stuff it got praised for as being brilliant and innovative...that was in the comics over a decade before hand and done 100 times better because it had 30 something years of back story behind it.

      Lee's Hulk was a comic book movie for people who think they are too cool for comic book movies and assume that comics don't have any depth to them, hence all the showy transitions and star wipes and "I want to make it look like you're reading a comic book" use of panels which killed any sense of immersion in the story because it held it all at an ironic arm's length.

  • bradslager says:


    There was all sorts of talk about this character who was not even featured on camera. There has to be some backstory worth exploring!

  • kklane says:

    I never would guessed this to be my answer after Iron Man 2, but Black Widow. She stole The Avengers for me, and she did it all without having her boobs spilling over her top! Whedon & Co. hinted at a cool backstory, one that would add a different flavor to this Marvel universe.

    It would just be nice to have a superheroine movie that didn't suck.

  • Jimi LaLumia says:

    ANT-MAN & THE WASP!!(original founding members since issue #1, 1963,they have thus far been ignored by the Marvel Movies universe!)..

    • Andrew says:

      Ant Man is already getting a movie by Edgar Wright. It's been in the works Iron Man 1 and The Incredible Hulk. Hopefully if they introduce Wasp they leave out the whole "Pym beats his wife" aspect that seems to follow the character around no matter how many times they reboot him.

  • jimmymackey says:

    Eh, I was okay with Ruffalo’s Hulk, but I thought his green counterpart was much more entertaining, albeit brief dialogue. The gags were set up well with Eric Bana dialogue that worked well to make the big guy appropriately sarcastic, rather than just angry. My DISH coworker and I went to see it several times after we took our families in the theater because we liked it so much. I had it in my Blockbuster @Home queue, so I should get it in the mail sooner that other people. I like that I can be on a waiting list for the best movies like that because it means I can get my fix sooner.