Mark Ruffalo is “Hopeful” We Will Get Another Hulk Solo Movie
Despite portraying the Incredible Hulk in four Avengers movies, Thor: Ragnarok and the Disney+ series She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, Mark Ruffalo has never got the chance to star in a Hulk solo film.
The only solo Hulk entry in the Marvel Cinematic Univers (MCU) came in 2008 with The Incredible Hulk, when Edward Norton starred as the iconic Marvel character.
That film was produced by Marvel Studios but distributed by Universal, who retained both the distribution and theme park rights to the character.
For years, many assumed that the MCU was shying away from a Hulk solo film to avoid the legal intricacies over who owned the characters’ film rights.
The Hulk Comes Home
Earlier this year, however, the film rights to The Incredible Hulk reverted to Marvel Studios as Universal’s 15-year window ended. With Bruce Banner returning home, the 2008 Hulk film arrived on Disney+ alongside its MCU brethren.
Now that Marvel Studios has the rights to the Hulk again, the question remains — will we see another Incredible Hulk solo film?
In the past, Mark Ruffalo and Kevin Feige have openly expressed their desire to see another Hulk film happen.
“Many years ago, Mark came in for a meeting with us at Marvel Studios to discuss ways in which the Hulk could grow and evolve in upcoming films,” Feige said. “He pitched a lot of cool ideas, some of which led to what you saw in Thor: Ragnarok, Infinity War, and Endgame, and some of which would still be cool to see someday.”
Ruffalo Remains Hopeful
Interestingly, when Ruffalo was again asked about a possible Hulk solo adventure on the red carpet for his new movie Poor Things, the actor revealed he had been told not to discuss it.
“Not that I know of,” Ruffalo said. “I’ve been asked not to comment on it, that specifically. Hopefully, one day though they’ll work it out. I think it could be really cool and I’ve been putting a lot into what it could be to be cool, but I don’t know yet.”
Ruffalo’s response could be taken in one of two ways. On the one hand, Marvel may be sick of the Hulk question. If that’s the case, they may want their star to stop fanning the flames.
On the other hand, however, Marvel is famous for its secrecy. If the studio has some kind of Hulk film in the works, they would likely want Ruffalo to remain silent.
Whether or not we see a Hulk film remains to be seen. With Ruffalo on board for a solo adventure, however, it would be a missed opportunity for Feige not to cash in on one of his most bankable stars.