Ever since Mark Ruffalo first smashed in the Avengers, fans have wanted to see him star a solo Hulk movie. Whilst speaking to USA Today, Ruffalo said:
“Actually, it feels even further away from happening” Ruffalo said of a spin-off movie. “It’s not Marvel’s property, it’s Universal’s property. I don’t know. It seems really problematic. I’ve been around long enough to be ok with it. There’s only so much that’s in my power and I’m not going to agonise over what is not in my power. I definitely try to limit that to my kids and the things that really matter to me.
I’d love to do it, it’d be really fun. There’s a lot still to do with the character. I always try to think about different places we could go with him.
Universal, who produced Ang Lee’s 2003 Hulk and the 2008 reboot The Incredible Hulk, still hold the rights to any Hulk standalone film, meaning Marvel would have to strike a deal with them and essentially partner with a rival studio.
Ruffalo will next appear as the Hulk in Thor: Ragnarok.
He said of the team up:
“I think they’ll probably fight. There’s no doubt, everyone wants us to fight at one point.”
Fans have been screaming for a solo Hulk movie since Mark Ruffalo first smashed his way on to screen.
Whilst doing press for Avengers:Age of ultron, Ruffalo revealed why we haven’t yet seen a Hulk movie.
“As far as a Hulk movie, a standalone Hulk movie, Marvel doesn’t really have the rights to that yet. That’s still Universal’s property, so there’s that issue. That’s a big impediment to moving forward with that. Now I don’t think that’s insurmountable, by the way, but I don’t know where it’s going from here for me”.
Because Universal has distribution rights for a solo Hulk film, that does make a solo film difficult for Marvel. But a few years ago, we thought a Sony/Marvel deal was a pipe dream so a universal/Marvel deal isn’t impossible.
In 2005 Marvel realised they could make their own movies, the problem was that they had sold the rights to all their A-list characters. All they had left was Ant-Man, Nick Fury, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Captain America, Twins who got their powers from unicorn’s and the recently acquired rights to an Iron Man film. They decided not to go with the unicorn twins, but instead with Iron Man and in 2008 they used the first “Iron Man” movie to lay the ground work for The Avengers. Finally in 2012 we get the most highly anticipated comic book movie of the past decade and it was worth the wait.
This is not just a Marvel movie, it’s also a Joss Whedon movie and fans of Whedon will spot his signature stamped all over it. The script is classic Whedon it’s smart, funny, dramatic, ridiculous, yet over-all brilliant. It reminds you why he was such a power-house on tv, back in the day.
The hardest challenge this movie faced was giving all The Avengers equal screen time and for the most part they did.
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