Hulk standalone movie won't happen: Mark Ruffalo

Ross Houston
July 17, 2017

When asked by Variety at Disney's D23 Expo whether we should expect Ruffalo to lead a solo Hulk film in the future, the actor was blunt in his response.

Mark Ruffalo said all along that he would love to star in a standalone Hulk movie but he said that Universal won't allow it.

"I wanna make just one thing perfectly clear today, a standalone Hulk movie will never happen", he replies to a reporter with a smile. "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 stated. Following the release of the newest clip, Ruffalo and his co-stars received deafening applause from the crowd.

Of all the comic book characters that feature in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it's arguably the treatment of The Hulk that makes the least sense. If you agree with that sentiment, then you are probably going to enjoy Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4.

However, despite being part of the MCU, The Incredible Hulk felt so disconnected that fans were eager to see Ruffalo do a Hulk film in a solo capacity.

"And with you as the new Hulk, it would be bad", his Avengers co-star Don Cheadle joked.

One of the most popular sayings, when someone is talking about joining a movie franchise, returning to a movie role, or making a movie that seems unlikely, is to say, "never say never". However, Universal still holds distribution rights, and is entitled to the right of first refusal, meaning that the company can decide whether or not to distribute a film produced by Marvel.

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