Hulk fans may have to settle down because it looks like the chances of a standalone movie anytime soon is pretty slim, according to Mark Ruffalo. And he should know.
For those who don’t know, the first Hulk movie – the one with Edward Norton – was distributed by Universal Studios, and they have held on to the distribution rights rather than give them to Marvel and , despite Ruffalo repeatedly asking, it seems the movie is stuck in a never-ending purgatory of not being made.
The Actor said in a new interview: “Marvel and Universal famously don’t get along very well, and so that’s working against us, definitely. But I know for a fact that everyone is holding out hope that one day we can do it. But the nature of the relationship right now, it’s a little prohibitive. And I hope that that changes, that changes with regimes, it changes over the course of time. But right now it doesn’t look particularly promising.”
But what about Spider-Man? Marvel managed to wrestle the rights back from Sony there, so why not here? “I think ultimately that’s what they’re after, it working out for both sides. But like I said, Marvel and Universal are just not having a good time together right now.”
We know that Ruffalo will be back as Hulk/Bruce Banner in Thor: Ragnarok on November 3rd, 2017, but it’s still not ready to go: “They’re still writing the script. That’ll start shooting this summer. In June. There’s still a lot of work to do on that.”
We’re happy enough with Hulk in the other Avengers movies but it would be nice to see him standing tall again… still, maybe someday.