Why Hulk Likely Won’t Get A Solo Movie Anytime Soon

Why Hulk Likely Won’t Get A Solo Movie Anytime Soon

A wise frog once said, “It ain’t easy being green.” Mark Ruffalo can sympathize with Kermit’s sentiment, as The Hulk isn’t going to be getting his own adventure of substance anytime soon. You can address all of your hate mail to Universal Studios, as they’re the reason for the big hold up.USA Today caught up with Ruffalo during his press rounds for Spotlight, and the conversation went from the Thomas McCarthy drama to the actor’s rage filled alter-ego. While The Hulk / Bruce Banner have been seen in appearances in both Avengers films, as well as a an upcoming role in Thor: Ragnarok, Ruffalo doesn’t think that we’ll be seeing him strike it out on his own at any point soon. His description of the problem below actually kind of bums us out, as he stated:

Actually, it feels even further away. It’s not Marvel’s property, it’s Universal’s property. I don’t know. It seems really problematic.

You would think that Universal, seeing that Mark Ruffalo’s incarnation of the character works so well that people would be interested in a new Hulk movie, would have this greenlit yesterday. Though the studio does, to a certain point, pride itself on the fact that its record breaking year of profits had nothing to do with leaning on a superhero franchise. Still, with the flush profits from films likeJurassic World, Fifty Shades Of Grey, and Straight Outta Compton, you’d think that money wouldn’t be an object. So why is Universal so shy to make a brand new film for The Incredible Hulk?That is an easier question to answer, as the production of 2008’s The Incredible Hulk managed to not only rank in as the lowest grossing Marvel film in the canon, but it also was the most problematic film in the group to film. The scars from Edward Norton’s demands for writer’s credit are still fresh for Universal, and most assuredly for Marvel Studios, so another round of gamma radiated madness isn’t really their idea of a good time. Also, Universal seems intent on pushing content that, again, isn’t superhero-centric, which is actually a smart move.

With all of the talk of the superhero genre going the way of the Western, all of the major studios who are programming the glut of super-powered entertainment are going to have a bit of a crisis on their hands when the trend starts to turn downward. With the box office already looking to dip in 2016, you know that the folks with Marvel and DC properties are going to batten down the hatches with those properties, and be prepared to take a bit of a loss with their other projects. As Universal has films likeRide Along 2, The Huntsman, and The Purge 3 all being released in the course of the next year, it looks like their counter-programming strategy just might work capes or not.

Be it a smart move, or a misguided one, Universal is clear in its purpose not to lean on comic book movies as its bread and butter. But still, couldn’t we get at least one Hulk flick in the works within the next decade or so? While Mark Ruffalo seems pretty chill about it, there are fans who would love to see him do his thing in a more focused Hulk picture. For now though, we’ll get to see Hulk team up with Thor in Thor: Ragnarok – slated for release on November 3, 2017.



Wait, Marvel DOESN’T Own the Rights to a Hulk Movie Now?

Now, we may be set to see a couple of hundred-or-so Marvel movies hit the big screen over the next few years, but that doesn’t mean that our blood-boiling thirst for one particular – seemingly as far away as ever – movie has actually been sated. After all, the movies set to arrive between now and 2020 all sound distinctly awesome – but they’re not Planet Hulk.

Which, seeing as that storyline is, to a whole lot of comic book fans, the holy grail of comic book movie adaptations…is something of a downer. What’s more, Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige has, in the past, seemed to indicate that it’s never going to happen. Indeed, with Hulk’s solo rights seemingly still being held by Universal, it seemed that our chances of seeing the Green Goliath headline his own movie lay somewhere between slim and none.

How could Marvel get a Hulk movie right?

So let me get this out of the way before starting. I am a huge Hulk fan. I would even consider him in my top 3 “superheroes” list (I use quotations because the Hulk is not strictly a superhero). So the reason I make this, you ask? I want Marvel to make a Hulk film that not only shows the world how great of a character he can be, but what we are missing.

Mark Ruffalo Down on the Hulk Movie

Ever since the success of The Avengers movie, Marvel fans have been demanding a new solo Hulk movie. Edward Norton’s portrayal of the character in The Incredible Hulk wasn’t very popular, but now that Ruffalo is the face of the character, a Hulk movie is in high demand.

Unfortunately, Marvel can’t just go ahead and make a Hulk movie on their own, seeing as the rights to a solo Hulk movie are currently held by Universal Studios. Marvel even had to collaborate with Universal to make The Incredible Hulk work.

According to a recent interview with Yahoo! Movies, Ruffalo stated that Marvel may be trying to make a solo Hulk movie work once more.

“I think they’ve been working on it. Marvel and Universal famously don’t get along very well, and so that’s working against us, definitely. But I know for a fact that everyone is holding out hope that one day we can do it. But the nature of the relationship right now, it’s a little prohibitive. And I hope that that changes, that changes with regimes, it changes over the course of time. But right now it doesn’t look particularly promising.”

This obviously comes off as bad news for fans hoping to see a Planet Hulk or World War Hulk movie, because it doesn’t look like Ruffalo will be smashing out on his own anytime soon. We can only hope that Marvel and Universal work things out as soon as possible, because a solo Hulk film would surely make both studios plenty of money with this many fans clamoring over it.

However, Ruffalo is set to reprise the great green giant again in the upcoming Thor sequel Thor: Ragnarok. The details of his involvement aren’t clear yet, but his inclusion in the film explains the absence of both Banner and Thor in next year’s Captain America: Civil War.

That’s probably for the best though. Nobody stands a chance against the Hulk.

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It’s going to be some time before we see a standalone Hulk movie. The rights to a solo film for big green rage monster remain at Universal but the Incredible one is still allowed to appear alongside his fellow Avengers in Marvel Studios productions.

“It’s not on the horizon,” Ruffalo tells Yahoo! about a solo Hulk film. “And I don’t know if it will be,” he concludes – but that’s okay. The big guy will be popping up in the next Thor movie come 2017, followed by culminating Avengers: Infinity War films in 2018 and 2019.

“But we’ve worked a really interesting arc into Thor 3, Avengers 3 and 4 for Banner that I think will – when it’s all added up – will feel like a Hulk movie, a standalone movie,” Ruffalo says.

Thor: Ragnarok will be the first time Ruffalo portrays Bruce Banner under the direction of anyone other than Joss Whedon (unless you count his brief post-credits cameo in Iron Man 3)Taika Waititi is stepping in for the third Thor and the Russo Brothers will be at the helm of theInfinity War’s.

“He basically told me it was and I was like ‘goddamn it, you dragged me in to this world and now you’re abandoning me here!’ But they’re doing fine,” Ruffalo says of Joss Whedon’s departure from the franchise. “Joss’ll do fine. I just miss him, and I will miss him. He cracked this character, he obviously cracked the Avengers which was nearly impossible. It was a miracle and he did it so beautifully.

“I think the Russo brothers are great and I think they’re well positioned to take it on, and I’m happy to be doing it with them, but I’m friends with Joss. He had a hard time making the first one and he had a hard time making this one. I think it’s partially the nature of that beast.”

It’s the next step Ruffalo is very much looking forward to, though. His cosmic adventure at the hands of Waititi sounds very promising. “Taika Waititi’s coming in and I love him,” Ruffalo says. “That’s a surprise and it fits part of this Marvel doing the unexpected, casting the unexpected, and now bringing in the unexpected for writer and director. I’m really interested in where that’s going. They’re writing the script now. I am thinking about it, I’m doing script meetings and stuff so we’re starting to prep it.”