If you’re waiting on news for a third (and possibly good) Incredible Hulk standalone movie inside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you may be waiting a long… long time. Speaking with Variety at D23, current Bruce Banner/Hulk star Mark Ruffalo rather bluntly laid out the bad news of the less than jolly green giant getting his own movie again any time soon:
“I want to just make one thing perfectly clear today: A standalone ‘Hulk’ movie will never happen,” confirmed Ruffalo. “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.”
Well, I guess that is that then, huh?
Ruffalo, who joined the Marvel Universe as Bruce Banner/The Hulk back in 2012 for The Avengers. Before him, Ed Norton Jr. played The Hulk’s MCU debut (a movie that wasn’t terrible,) 2008’s The Incredible Hulk that was distrubted by Universal. And Of course before that, back in 2003 Universal have their own Hulk effort, directed by Ang Lee, starting Eric Bana, and well… we all know how THAT turned out. (spoiler: terrible)
So, if Universal refuses to play ball with Marvel Studios I guess this Fall’s Thor: Ragnarok will be as close as we get to seeing The Hulk outside of The Avengers, which is a shame really because as fans of the comicbooks know there are a lot of great stories to be told about the character, and really, who doesn’t want to see more Hulk?
Well, I guess Don Cheadel doesn’t… if you watched the above clip you heard him chime in (jokingly of course) that a solo Hulk movie with Ruffalo would be ‘terrible,’ but he’s probably just bitter since no one ever asks him when a solo War Machine movie is coming out.