Monday Discussion: Would Hulk Be a Good Avengers Villain?
Let's turn our attention to the world of comics today. There's always at least one new discussion on something related to The Avengers every week, but this time it comes with some actual quotes. Screenwriters Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby (who wrote Children of Men and Iron Man) spoke to MTV recently and brought up one of their hopes for the summer of 2011 Avengers movie, which is going to have a hell of a lot riding on it by then. They want to see the Avengers battle a good guy as the villain, namely a big green mutant known as Hulk. Sound like a good idea? Or only the start of a very good idea?
Considering that Hulk has actually fought against nearly all of the Marvel superheroes at some point, this wouldn't be too crazy of an idea for a feature film. I mean, just imagine seeing that Hulkbuster Iron Man suit actually built in real-life on the big screen! Here's what Mark Fergus had to say about the idea.
"I hope The Avengers embraces that," he said of having the Hulk as misunderstood baddie. "You don't want like 10 super-badass good guys fighting together. Where's the fun in that? Let's break it off a little. Friends or colleagues who become enemies is always an interesting thing because you know it's based on love and friendship and that's always the worst thing to have turn bad — is someone you actually care about and someone you actually believe in."
Everything so far seems to be setup to move in that direction, at least in theory. Back in June we actually wrote about this exact idea, in an article titled Is Hulk Destined to Become a Bad Guy in The Avengers?. Director Louis Leterrier explained that they made The Incredible Hulk with an ending that could be open to interpretation, and potentially, allow for Hulk's progression into a villain. "Edward and I, we consciously decided to make the last shot of the movie when he opens his eyes and he smirks at the camera. Is he enjoying it? Is he malicious?" With an ending like that, who wouldn't want to see him become a bad guy?
"I personally like when good-guy characters have to fight each other," Fergus said. "Good guys going against good guys who both believe in an issue is way more interesting than a villain clearly into evil and I like when former friends become committed enemies." I'm not that familiar with the comics to say I agree and the last time an idea like this got explored in a big budget Marvel superhero movie, it didn't turn out that great - Spider-Man 3. But then again, I think a villainous Hulk has more legitimate roots in the comics and in Spider-Man 3 they took that idea a bit too far with the emo Peter Parker and everything.
However, my feelings on The Avengers is that it needs both a villain like the Hulk and a real villain, like Ultron or Kang the Conqueror. I'm already supportive of the idea of turning Hulk into a bad guy, but I can't see him alone holding over an entire Avengers movie. He literally can't be the only villain, the only threat to the world, especially if Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Nick Fury and Ant-Man have all joined forces! All I know is that this movie has a lot to live up to, which means they better get it right. Starting out with Hulk as a villain is definitely a good place to begin. Who are the best villains for The Avengers?