Mark Ruffalo Says We'll "Never" Get a Solo Hulk Movie Again

Monday, 17 July 2017 - 2:54PM
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Monday, 17 July 2017 - 2:54PM
Mark Ruffalo Says We'll "Never" Get a Solo Hulk Movie Again
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With Thor: Ragnarok drawing nearer, Marvel fans are about to get a better look at the Hulk than we've had in the past ten years. Instead of being a single part of a huge ensemble movie, Mark Ruffalo's version of the character will now only be competing with the titular Thor for screen time. Naturally, fans are eager to see more of the grumpy green giant, not least because of how well Ruffalo does in bringing the character to life. Sadly, though, according to the actor himself, this is the most we'll get of Hulk for the foreseeable future.



Speaking in a brief interview with Variety at Disney's D23 Expo, Ruffalo explained that, in this instance, the Hulk is defeated by that most evil of villains: corporate negotiations:

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"I want to just make one thing perfectly clear today: A standalone 'Hulk' movie will never happen. Universal has the rights, and for some reason, they don't know how to play well with Marvel. And, they don't want to make money."
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Fans have been aware that this rift has existed for some time—it's widely believed that a large part of the direction for Thor: Ragnarok has come from Marvel's desire to make a movie based on the Planet Hulk comic series (in which Hulk is sent into space and becomes a gladiator before rebelling against his captors). Without the option to make a wholly Hulk-focused movie, the plan was reworked into a Thor sequel, as the Asgardian best fits Planet Hulk's setting.

Yet while Ruffalo seems adamant that Universal will never, ever acquiesce to Marvel's desire for a third solo Hulk movie, it's hard to really believe that this will always be impossible. A few short years ago, the idea of Spider-Man joining the MCU seemed preposterous, but Sony and Disney managed to work out their differences in order to make a deal happen.

Perhaps, then, what Marvel fans really need is a catastrophic event to befall Universal—for a movie franchise to flop so badly that the studio has to rethink its entire corporate strategy, as happened with the Amazing Spider-Man films. But what are the chances that Universal would make a plan to build up a huge, interconnected universe of characters, then ultimately fail at the first hurdle when its initial movie, starring one of Hollywood's most bankable actors, receives a critical and commercial lashing?

In what universe could that possibly happen?



Ah. The Dark Universe.
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