It seems that a solo “Hulk” film will not be possible … at least not in the foreseeable future.
In his recent interview with USA Today, actor Mark Ruffalo once more emphasized that while the character film rights for the Hulk is currently owned by Marvel Studios, the film rights and the rights for a standalone film remain as the property of Universal Pictures making the chance of him and his character having a solo film still very slim as of the moment.
“Actually, it feels even further away,” Ruffalo said in the interwiew. “It’s not Marvel’s property, it’s Universal’s property. I don’t know. It seems really problematic.”
While he would not want to dwell too much on the matter, the actor still expressed his eagerness to do a solo film for his character, citing that there is a lot of possibilities that they could go on with Bruce Banner and his green alter ego.
The Hulk last appeared in his own standalone film way back 2008, “The Incredible Hulk,” with Edward Norton in the titular role. The film received fairly favorable reviews, and a sequel was supposed to be underway. Norton then reportedly declined to go on with the role, as Ruffalo was cast for the 2012 “The Avengers.” He reprised the role for the 2015 blockbuster “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” and will be returning for the upcoming “Thor: Ragnarok.”
While the specifics of his role for the third “Thor” film is still unknown, Rufallo shared some information about his time with the film’s team.
“I don’t know what the story is yet, but it’ll be [Loki] and Thor, and then I’ll be in there here and there. But I don’t know any of the particulars quite yet,” he said. “I’ve talked to [director] Taika a little bit and I like where it’s headed.”
Ruffalo further shared, “Chris [Hemsworth] and I have a really good time together, we goof off and play around when Tom Hiddleston is around. So it’ll be a lot of funny back-and-forth, especially with Taika, he does that really well. It’ll have that kind of antagonistic ‘Odd Couple’-thing going on.”
“Thor: Ragnarok” will also bring back actors Tom Hiddleston and Jaimie Alexander as Loki and Lady Sif, respectively. Taika Waititi directs the film, with a screenplay written by Christopher Yost and Craig Kyle.
The film will hit theaters Nov. 3, 2017.