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Mark Ruffalo explains why a solo Hulk film has not happened yet

04.15.2015

The other day, Mark Ruffalo dropped some information that saddened Hulk fans. When asked about the potential for Bruce Banner and his alter ego to appear in a solo film, Ruffalo revealed that it didn't seem to be on the horizon. We had heard the same from Kevin Feige going all the way back to THE AVENGERS, but with Hulk taking a bigger role in AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, now would be the time for the green guy to strike out on his own.

It turns out it may be more complicated than that. Here's what Ruffalo told Collider.

“As far as a Hulk movie, a standalone Hulk movie, Marvel doesn’t really have the rights to that yet. That’s still Universal’s property, so there’s that issue. That’s a big impediment to moving forward with that. Now I don’t think that’s insurmountable, by the way, but I don’t know where it’s going from here for me.”

This is the first we had heard that Universal controlled the fate of a solo Hulk film. The studio did produce both HULK and THE INCREDIBLE HULK back when Marvel Studios was not owned by Disney. The same went for IRON MAN which was released by Paramount. But, with THE AVENGERS, all of the rights seemed to fall under Disney's umbrella. Could Ruffalo have been wrong?

MTV News asked Marvel for a comment and they had this to say.

“Marvel owns the underlying rights to the character and thus any potential film.”

As it stands, Marvel has already defied the odds and struck a deal with Sony to include Spider-man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in exchange for production control over the rebooted character. Sony will still make a pretty penny on the deal, so Universal should be a workable relationship as well. That is unless there is something we don't know.

Rumors have had the Hulk's fate being determined at the end of AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON with some making him a non-factor for AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR. Whether that pans out remains to be seen, but so far it doesn't seem like we will be seeing Hulk on his own any time soon.

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON opens May 1st.

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Source: Collider

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12:43PM on 04/16/2015
Planet Hulk and then World War Hulk. THAT'S what I wanna see.
Planet Hulk and then World War Hulk. THAT'S what I wanna see.
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10:32AM on 04/16/2015
Hmm, not sure which to believe. I don't think it can be as simple as Universal still owns the rights to Hulk movies. If so, wouldn't they have come collecting for profits after Avengers and how popular he was in that. Also, would Universal be trying to launch their own monster universe if they still had the Hulk property and know of his current popularity? Just doesn't make sense.

I think overall, they've taken the potential for a solo Hulk film as far as they can go. I know people want
Hmm, not sure which to believe. I don't think it can be as simple as Universal still owns the rights to Hulk movies. If so, wouldn't they have come collecting for profits after Avengers and how popular he was in that. Also, would Universal be trying to launch their own monster universe if they still had the Hulk property and know of his current popularity? Just doesn't make sense.

I think overall, they've taken the potential for a solo Hulk film as far as they can go. I know people want to see Planet Hulk, but you have to consider if that fits into Marvel's plans for the character in Phase 3 and beyond. They don't just do whatever with a character without considering how it affects the MCU overall. And having Hulk on planet earth just doesn't add anything new to the character. Sure you could do World War Hulk, but how is that any different then the other two solo movies? Just this time it will be Hulk running from and fighting the Avengers - which in theory would just make it an Avengers movie.

Given that someone dies in AoU and the only two people not mentioned for Phase 3 is Hulk and Quicksilver, I think Hulk might be on the chopping block for this movie. His death would hold much more weight in the MCU then Quicksilver who is introduced and dead within the span of one movie.
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10:16AM on 04/16/2015

Just a hunch....

...But it could be the fact that they already released two lackluster films that under performed critically, and commercially
...But it could be the fact that they already released two lackluster films that under performed critically, and commercially
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10:42PM on 04/15/2015
Maybe he dies in The Avengers 2? Just saying, Whedon said someone would die.
Maybe he dies in The Avengers 2? Just saying, Whedon said someone would die.
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11:02PM on 04/15/2015
I hope he gets thrown into space.
I hope he gets thrown into space.
5:10AM on 04/16/2015
...and goes on to become Marvel's version of Maximus Decimus Meridius :o)
...and goes on to become Marvel's version of Maximus Decimus Meridius :o)
8:44PM on 04/15/2015

Just out of curiousity

Am I the only one who pretends like Ang Lee's Hulk film is part of the MCU? I know it's not, but if you ignore the opening credits of Incredible Hulk, the 2 fit together just fine. I know it had some issues, but I also think it's better than some people give credit for, and I always like Bana.
Am I the only one who pretends like Ang Lee's Hulk film is part of the MCU? I know it's not, but if you ignore the opening credits of Incredible Hulk, the 2 fit together just fine. I know it had some issues, but I also think it's better than some people give credit for, and I always like Bana.
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6:58PM on 04/16/2015
Not only do I agree with you, I think Ang Lee's was a much better movie. In fact, my friends and I are having a Phase 1 and 2 movie night and playing 2003 Hulk instead of TIH.

Other than the opening credits and Thunderbolt Ross's character, the movies mesh together almost seamlessly. I've never been sure why Marvel went with a "reboot" that fits in perfectly with the old movie.

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Not only do I agree with you, I think Ang Lee's was a much better movie. In fact, my friends and I are having a Phase 1 and 2 movie night and playing 2003 Hulk instead of TIH.

Other than the opening credits and Thunderbolt Ross's character, the movies mesh together almost seamlessly. I've never been sure why Marvel went with a "reboot" that fits in perfectly with the old movie.

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8:34PM on 04/15/2015
I've heard this. I'm sure eventually all the rights will be back with Marver/Disney.....But then what will my adult son complain about in 2035??
I've heard this. I'm sure eventually all the rights will be back with Marver/Disney.....But then what will my adult son complain about in 2035??
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8:30PM on 04/15/2015
I've heard this. I'm sure eventually all the rights will be back with Marver/Disney.....But then what will my adult son complain about in 2035??
I've heard this. I'm sure eventually all the rights will be back with Marver/Disney.....But then what will my adult son complain about in 2035??
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8:25PM on 04/15/2015
I think ruffalo is just wrong on this one as the MTVfilm question mentioned. If Hulk truly was under the Universal umbrella, Iron Man would have been too.
I think ruffalo is just wrong on this one as the MTVfilm question mentioned. If Hulk truly was under the Universal umbrella, Iron Man would have been too.
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8:09PM on 04/15/2015
The fact that we haven't gotten a sequel from Norton's version is disappoiting. And what bothers me even more is that none of the characters from Banner's side of the world (ie Betty Ross, General Ross, Abomination, foreshadowing of the Leader) have been mentioned and/or have shown up as supporting characters in the other Marvel films.
The fact that we haven't gotten a sequel from Norton's version is disappoiting. And what bothers me even more is that none of the characters from Banner's side of the world (ie Betty Ross, General Ross, Abomination, foreshadowing of the Leader) have been mentioned and/or have shown up as supporting characters in the other Marvel films.
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7:59PM on 04/15/2015

why cant Mark ruffalo appear in a THOR movie or Captain America?

i know that Universal has not capitalized on a solo Hulk film, which is ODD but not really all that odd for Hollywood but why cant Mark Ruffalo appear in Thor or captain America films? or Black Panther? or shit just make a cross-stars movie. I liked when he appeared in Iron Man 3.... I thought that was funny.
i know that Universal has not capitalized on a solo Hulk film, which is ODD but not really all that odd for Hollywood but why cant Mark Ruffalo appear in Thor or captain America films? or Black Panther? or shit just make a cross-stars movie. I liked when he appeared in Iron Man 3.... I thought that was funny.
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8:34PM on 04/15/2015
Or just Banner? I see where you're going though. But does he have to become the hulk? They are one and the same so hulk was in iron man 3 right? ;) I don't know. Just a thought.
Or just Banner? I see where you're going though. But does he have to become the hulk? They are one and the same so hulk was in iron man 3 right? ;) I don't know. Just a thought.
6:33PM on 04/15/2015

SPOILER on last paragraph, Read with Caution, Readers!

... stop reading if you don't want even an idea of what happens in the A:AoU movie.
I've only watched the teaser trailer and avoided as much as possible. Now, with a "rumors are that..." POTENTIAL spoiler I know just a LITTLE more than I did before about a movie I want to know nothing about. Plus, it doesn't need to be part of this article, so I'm quite disappointed.
... stop reading if you don't want even an idea of what happens in the A:AoU movie.
I've only watched the teaser trailer and avoided as much as possible. Now, with a "rumors are that..." POTENTIAL spoiler I know just a LITTLE more than I did before about a movie I want to know nothing about. Plus, it doesn't need to be part of this article, so I'm quite disappointed.
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6:05PM on 04/15/2015
God the ownership issue is so goddamn messy. On the one hand we wouldn't have what we have today had Marvel not sold up a lot of the rights to all their individual properties back in the 90's but on the other hand...we have the difficulties that we have today in trying to bring it all together.
God the ownership issue is so goddamn messy. On the one hand we wouldn't have what we have today had Marvel not sold up a lot of the rights to all their individual properties back in the 90's but on the other hand...we have the difficulties that we have today in trying to bring it all together.
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