Eric Bana Discusses Unexpected Comeback as Hulk in Multiverse Film

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Eric Bana has no inclination to revisit his portrayal of the Hulk, a role he took on over two decades ago in 2003. In a recent interview, when asked about the possibility of reprising his character Bruce Banner, also known as the Hulk, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Bana straightforwardly conveyed his disinterest to the hosts of the Fifi, Fev & Nick For Breakfast podcast.

The inclusion of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s versions of Peter Parker in “Spider-Man: No Way Home” has raised the expectations significantly for effectively narrating a captivating story within the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s (MCU) multiverse.

The collaboration of the previous Spider-Men with the current web-slinger, Tom Holland, resulted in an astounding box office success for Sony. “No Way Home” concluded its theatrical run with an impressive $1.9 billion in earnings, marking a remarkable achievement.

 

Eric Bana Discusses Unexpected Comeback as Hulk in Multiverse Film

Aside from its financial triumph, “No Way Home” received acclaim from both critics and fans. The movie secured an almost flawless audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, reaching an impressive 98%, and garnered a substantial 93% on the Tomatometer, not to mention its stellar “A+” CinemaScore.

Evidently, there is a demand for bringing together various iterations of superheroes on the grand stage, but Bana appears uninterested in participating in such a lucrative venture.

Enthusiasts hoping for a cinematic union of Eric Bana, Ed Norton, and Mark Ruffalo’s versions of the Incredible Hulk, reminiscent of the approach in “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” are unlikely to see their wishes fulfilled.

Regrettably, standalone Hulk films have not proven to be successful for Marvel over the years.

Eric Bana took on the character in director Ang Lee’s “Hulk” (2003), which garnered only $260 million worldwide. Norton’s portrayal of the gamma-irradiated green giant in 2008 fared slightly better but still fell short of significant acclaim.

Norton’s “The Incredible Hulk” achieved a global box office of only $265 million, following closely after the MCU debut of “Iron Man,” which earned $586 million earlier that same summer.

Therefore, while the idea of a collaboration between Bana, Norton, and The Avengers’ Hulk, Ruffalo, is intriguing, there might not be sufficient interest in the character to warrant bringing the three Hulks together in the MCU.

“The Incredible Hulk,” led by Norton, garnered a global box office of only $265 million, following closely after the MCU debut of “Iron Man,” which earned $586 million earlier that same summer. Consequently, despite the intriguing idea of collaboration between Bana, Norton, and The Avengers’ Hulk, Ruffalo, there might not be adequate interest in the character to justify bringing the three Hulks together on the Silver Screen in the MCU.

Bana’s hesitancy to reprise the role of the supposedly disastrous Hulk is completely justified. Despite earning a 63% rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes in 2003, the film faced strong backlash from fans due to its unconventional portrayal of the Marvel Comics character.

When the dust settled, “Hulk” managed to secure only a dismal 29% audience score on RT. Therefore, don’t expect to see Bana embracing the Hulk persona and displaying any shades of green in his future endeavors.

 

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