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Mark Ruffalo explains why there won't be another Hulk standalone film

07.15.2017

Although we'll be seeing the Green Goliath appear in this November's THOR: RAGNAROK and next year's AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, the prospect of seeing The Hulk in a standalone film (after two fairly middling attempts) are slim to none. While we always seem to get some new rumor or another that would suggest otherwise, Mark Ruffalo, who currently plays Bruce Banner/Hulk in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, laid it all out in plain and simple fashion at D23 today. You can watch his explanation in the video below or read the full transcript (or both, it's your life, do what you want):

"I want to make one thing perfectly clear today. A standalone Hulk movie will never happen. Because Universal has the rights to the standalone Hulk movie and for some reason they don't know how to play well with Marvel and they don't want to make money."

Ruffalo continued, saying:

I mean, I figure I got two or three more years left before I'm too old to play Hulk...We talked about it, but I just don't see it in the cards...It means a lot to me, I really love this character."

While there are many stories you could explore with Hulk in a solo effort, I'm not exactly chomping at the bit for another standalone, especially with two attempts already in the bag, neither of which measured up to the current slate of MCU films. I'm sure many would argue for Edward Norton's version and I'd agree that it's the better of the two (Ang Lee's film is exhausting to watch, let's be honest here), but neither of them did enough to merit another standalone. I'm of the feeling that Hulk works best in a group, if even a team up, as we're getting with THOR: RAGNAROK. Feels like the right balance for the character. But, hey, that's just me. What do you guys think? Do you REALLY want to see more standalone Hulk films or is he good where he is?

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3:04AM on 07/18/2017
There has to be a mad genius out there that can edit Ang Lee's underrated vision, Ed Norton's awesome portrayal of Bruce Banner and the MCU stuff into one. I like Ruffalo, but Norton and Eric Bana did a much better job.
There has to be a mad genius out there that can edit Ang Lee's underrated vision, Ed Norton's awesome portrayal of Bruce Banner and the MCU stuff into one. I like Ruffalo, but Norton and Eric Bana did a much better job.
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7:27PM on 07/16/2017

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8:27AM on 07/16/2017

Isn't it common knowledge...

I thought the Universal owning the rights thing was common knowledge and has been reported on several times in the past... So hardly 'news' IMHO...
I thought the Universal owning the rights thing was common knowledge and has been reported on several times in the past... So hardly 'news' IMHO...
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10:47AM on 07/17/2017
They weren't reporting on Universal owning Hulk, they were reporting on Ruffalo reporting on it. And there are a lot of fans who maybe aren't aware of Universal owning Hulk because, unlike Sony, they don't seem eager to capitalize on that.
They weren't reporting on Universal owning Hulk, they were reporting on Ruffalo reporting on it. And there are a lot of fans who maybe aren't aware of Universal owning Hulk because, unlike Sony, they don't seem eager to capitalize on that.
1:27AM on 07/16/2017
Frankly, I don't think Ruffalo is being completely honest here. It isn't that Universal is stopping Marvel from making another Hulk film. I don't think they can do that. The problem is that if Marvel does a Hulk film and Universal has the distribution rights then Universal gets the lion share of the profits. Why would Marvel make a Hulk movie and hand most of the profits over to Universal, especially when their contract with Universal obviously doesn't prevent Marvel from using the Hulk in
Frankly, I don't think Ruffalo is being completely honest here. It isn't that Universal is stopping Marvel from making another Hulk film. I don't think they can do that. The problem is that if Marvel does a Hulk film and Universal has the distribution rights then Universal gets the lion share of the profits. Why would Marvel make a Hulk movie and hand most of the profits over to Universal, especially when their contract with Universal obviously doesn't prevent Marvel from using the Hulk in Avengers or Thor movies? And if Marvel uses the Hulk in Avengers and Thor movies then they can sell Hulk merchandise. If they make a Hulk movie and it doesn't do well it can actually hurt the brand.

Basically what I think it comes down to is that Marvel wants to renogoiate their deal with Universal so that Marvel gets a bigger share of the profits. That's the only way his statement makes sense.
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1:20AM on 07/16/2017
I don't know. I think the Ang Lee movie was the better of the two. The only problem is that Ang Lee is not an action director. I mean, he did Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon but that was about martial artists jumping on trees. Oh and there was the scene in the restaurant. Well, the Ang Lee Hulk movie did have Hulk vs the dogs which was straight from the comics. It just needed a strong ending. Hulk's father should have become the Abomination. You could tack the ending to the Incredible
I don't know. I think the Ang Lee movie was the better of the two. The only problem is that Ang Lee is not an action director. I mean, he did Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon but that was about martial artists jumping on trees. Oh and there was the scene in the restaurant. Well, the Ang Lee Hulk movie did have Hulk vs the dogs which was straight from the comics. It just needed a strong ending. Hulk's father should have become the Abomination. You could tack the ending to the Incredible Hulk onto Ang Lee's Hulk and it would have been fine.
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2:54AM on 07/16/2017
Well, I found the scenes with the Comanche attack helicopters pretty cool and the movie (not to sound hipster) did the whole "dark", "brooding" thingy before Chris Nolan's Batman made it cool. I still don't get the hate.

However, The Incredible Hulk is also good and has that MCU feel to it compared to Ang-Lee's take. My only gripe was the Hulk looked more psychotic than misunderstood-monster which I think Ruffulo's Hulk balances nicely.
Well, I found the scenes with the Comanche attack helicopters pretty cool and the movie (not to sound hipster) did the whole "dark", "brooding" thingy before Chris Nolan's Batman made it cool. I still don't get the hate.

However, The Incredible Hulk is also good and has that MCU feel to it compared to Ang-Lee's take. My only gripe was the Hulk looked more psychotic than misunderstood-monster which I think Ruffulo's Hulk balances nicely.
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11:23PM on 07/15/2017

i have a feeling

that universal is biding its time until the infinity war is over then theyre going to make another standalone hulk or maybe even a triology and cash in on hulks popularity. it wont be ruffalo playing him. i love to see eric bana come back.
that universal is biding its time until the infinity war is over then theyre going to make another standalone hulk or maybe even a triology and cash in on hulks popularity. it wont be ruffalo playing him. i love to see eric bana come back.
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1:21AM on 07/16/2017
They can't do that.
They can't do that.
4:03AM on 07/16/2017
yes they can. universal own the film rights to the hulk.
yes they can. universal own the film rights to the hulk.
7:33AM on 07/16/2017
Martin is right no they can't make a standalone Hulk movie. They don't own the right to the character to make a movie. What they do own is the distribution rights to any solo Hulk movie. If Universal owned the Hulk rights outright then much like Xmen and FF4 Marvel wouldn't be able to use them at all. but ti came out awhile ago that Hulk like Namor, Marvel owns the character rights to but not the distribution rights.
Martin is right no they can't make a standalone Hulk movie. They don't own the right to the character to make a movie. What they do own is the distribution rights to any solo Hulk movie. If Universal owned the Hulk rights outright then much like Xmen and FF4 Marvel wouldn't be able to use them at all. but ti came out awhile ago that Hulk like Namor, Marvel owns the character rights to but not the distribution rights.
10:50AM on 07/17/2017
Wait, who owns Namor?
Wait, who owns Namor?
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11:15PM on 07/15/2017

Sucks

This really sucks
This really sucks
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7:58PM on 07/15/2017
I would watch a standalone Planet Hulk movie or a Hulk movie where he goes against The Leader with Amadeus Cho or Rick Jones in tow.
I would watch a standalone Planet Hulk movie or a Hulk movie where he goes against The Leader with Amadeus Cho or Rick Jones in tow.
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10:25PM on 07/15/2017
I agree. Amadeus and/or Rick should be included if a standalone Hulk movie arises. Or Doc Samson.
I agree. Amadeus and/or Rick should be included if a standalone Hulk movie arises. Or Doc Samson.
1:28AM on 07/16/2017
Future Avengers movie?
Future Avengers movie?
7:45PM on 07/15/2017

Bummer

I am still hoping to see Leader / Samuel Sterns in a future Marvel movie whether it be a standalone Hulk movie or a team-up. He's a great villain. Hopefully, Universal doesn't own the rights to that character. It'd be great to see him pop up in some capacity as one of the unannounced villains in Infinity War 1 or 2.
I am still hoping to see Leader / Samuel Sterns in a future Marvel movie whether it be a standalone Hulk movie or a team-up. He's a great villain. Hopefully, Universal doesn't own the rights to that character. It'd be great to see him pop up in some capacity as one of the unannounced villains in Infinity War 1 or 2.
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7:10PM on 07/15/2017
That's unfortunate since the Incredible Hulk was a great starting point for the character and is one of the more underrated films of the MCU. And since it ended with the Abomination still alive and the Leader coming into form, it would be nice to get some closure from it. And Ruffalo more than deserves a chance to headline his own solo Hulk film since he's done a great job with the character, even though I was more of a fan of Norton's version.
That's unfortunate since the Incredible Hulk was a great starting point for the character and is one of the more underrated films of the MCU. And since it ended with the Abomination still alive and the Leader coming into form, it would be nice to get some closure from it. And Ruffalo more than deserves a chance to headline his own solo Hulk film since he's done a great job with the character, even though I was more of a fan of Norton's version.
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6:46PM on 07/15/2017
Ruffalo (or whomever may play Banner in the future) is doomed to repeat this answer whenever Hulk makes an appearance in a film.
Ruffalo (or whomever may play Banner in the future) is doomed to repeat this answer whenever Hulk makes an appearance in a film.
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