Though talk of a solo Hulk movie has been bandied about since 2012, issues with Universal who have the license for the Hulk movies, make that unrealistic. Marvel at one point seemed to have entertained the idea, and Hulk actor Mark Ruffalo had ideas as well, but it seems like it isn’t going to happen.
Fans of the Jade Giant need not despair though. Even though Hulk won’t be getting his own movies, it looks Marvel has a way to feature the big guy just not as a solo endeavor. Ruffalo says that he and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige concocted a way to tell a three-arc Hulk story within other movies, starting with Thor: Ragnarok:
“So basically, Kevin [Feige] pulled me aside before this, and said, ‘If you were gonna do a… if we were going to do a standalone Hulk movie, what would it be?’ And I said, ‘I think it should be this, this, this, and this and this, and ends up like this.’ And he’s like, ‘I love that. Why don’t we do that in the next three movies, starting with Thor 3 and then we go into Avengers 3 and 4.’ And I was like, ‘That sounds great!’ And so we are at the beginning of this arc.”
Ruffalo also teased what the three part arc might be about:
“Hulk speaking is the start to separating of these two individuals, these identities in this split-identity person, and where that’s going to end up going. So it was really interesting to me. He’s like a baby! He’s like a five year old or six year old. So he has the same syntax, he has the same world view, and so it was fun. It’s like Chris [Hemsworth] – we all got to reinvent our characters in this.”
You can catch the first part of Hulk’s new story when Thor: Ragnarok crashes theaters November 3.
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