Mark Ruffalo Explains Exactly Where His Standalone Hulk Movie Is

Hulk has his own journey in the MCU.


There hasn't been a standalone Hulk movie in almost a decade, despite the character's significant presence in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Hulk actor Mark Ruffalo has never been shy about commenting on that fact, and he revealed more than ever during a press conference for the upcoming Thor Ragnarok.

"I'd love to do a Hulk movie, and I think we all would love to do one," Ruffalo began, echoing sentiments that have been expressed many times before. But then he continued with a story about a conversation he and MCU mastermind Kevin Feige had over a year ago, while they were discussing Hulk's role in the new Thor movie.

"Kevin asked me to come over and have a script meeting," Ruffalo said. "And basically he sat me down and he said, 'What would you like to do if you had a standalone Hulk movie?' And I said, 'I'd like to do this, this, and this, and this and this, and then this. And then this, and this, and this, and then it would end like this!' And he was like, 'I love that. Let's do that over the next three movies, starting with Thor 3, carry it out through Avengers 3 and Avengers 4.'"

"And so that's my standalone Hulk movie," Ruffalo concluded. "And [Thor Ragnarok director Taika Waititi] is going to take all three of those movies and cut it into one movie. And that'll be on the DVD. And me and Taika can own that."

That last part is a joke--probably.

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"That's exactly what happened," Feige confirmed during the press conference. "Someday a standalone I think would be great, but for the time being, Hulk's presence in these movies and, certainly now as Mark has talked about, what we're going to be able to do with this character arc over these three movies, is super exciting."

Ruffalo famously said earlier this year that "a standalone Hulk movie will never happen," citing the fact that "Universal has the rights [for standalone Hulk movies], and for some reason, they don't know how to play well with Marvel. And, they don't want to make money."

Charting out the Hulk's arc through Marvel's larger cinematic universe is one way to get around that.

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Mark Ruffalo is a terrible actor. No real desire to see Hulk until they find someone else.

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In a way, World War Hulk could be Avengers 5, but they'd have to introduce Sentry.

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@metsuri: they don't need to introduce sentry the same way civil war didn't have a Thor clone or Reed richards or <insert one of 50 characters that had important parts>

they could just have the avengers distract hulk so stark can zap him with his satalite instead of sentry doing it

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'I'd like to do this, this, and this...” Mark, that is why they won’t make a stand-alone movie. Your idea is too vague. :P

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"they dont want to make money"

is right they are like Fox and Fantastic four, for some reason they refuse to cooperate with marvel to make profits and giving Disney that property back is out of the question

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That's complete bull. MARVEL doesn't want to work with THEM, not the other way around. Universal doesn't own the rights to Hulk, they own first right of refusal for the DISTRIBUTION of the film in select territories. Meaning Marvel/Disney would produce it and Marvel/Disney would make a lot of money off of producing it, but Universal would also make money from releasing it and they'd have to share that money. But Marvel/Disney doesn't like it when other studios make money, or, for that matter, anyone that isn't Marvel/Disney.

If your job was cleaning toilets and Marvel hired you to come clean theirs and then one day Marvel decided they wanted to go into the toilet cleaning business, they would do everything they possibly could to prevent you from making money at your job, create a character called "Toiletron: The Ultimate!" and then concoct some PR stunt about how they can't do anything with the character, because you are somehow holding up their rights by having once cleaned their toilets. And then everyone would bitch to you and demand you give up your toilet cleaning rights.


Also, Fox doesn't own the Fantastic Four film rights. Fox SHARES the Fantastic Four rights with Constantin Films, the company that has held the Fantastic Four rights going back to the early 90s. If the people running Marvel back then weren't so inclined to sell off their properties to the lowest bidder to capitalize on the success of the Batman films, perhaps they wouldn't be having this issue. But, they'd rather farm their warez our quick and cheap and this is the consequence.

Fox didn't become involved with FF until the early 2000s through a partnership with Constantin Films. And regardless of what you think, Marvel and Fox are in their best working relationship NOW than they were in over a decade. That's why they're co-producing a number of X-Men TV shows together and were able to swap rights for Deadpool and Guardians of the Galaxy 2. But Fox can't just trade or sell off FF rights, because they don't own the FF rights. They're simply partnered with the company that does.

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@shadowwarrior4: As shitty as the FF movies are they are still a huge name people know about. They don't care what the fans want, give us shitty movies to tarnish the name.

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@freeryu: the sad thing is, the more shitty movies they make, the more they'll tarnish the F4 brand and the less valuable it will be when they do try to sell it/make another shifty movie.

F4 could be so epic with the right treatment, it's criminal.

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@Richardthe3rd: yes thank you