After two vastly different Hulk movies were made and didn’t seem to generate too-much buzz, it seemed that Hulk as a standalone movie was all but a memory. However, when Bruce Banner was reimagined by Joss Whedon, and played by Mark Ruffalo, in the original Avengers movie, his portrayal seemed to garner more buzz about him doing another solo movie. There has always been one problem: Universal has the rights.
Universal has never sold the rights to any property it has… ever. Just ask Kevin Smith, who wanted to do a Mallrats sequel and series. During the Avengers: Infinity War panel at this weekend’s D23 expo, Ruffalo, with the help of Don Cheadle, explained to Variety that there will never be a standalone Hulk movie.
“I want to make one thing perfectly clear today,” Ruffalo said. “A stand-alone Hulk movie will never happen because Universal has the rights to the stand-alone Hulk movie and, for some reason, they don’t know how to play well with Marvel. And clearly they don’t like money. But I feel like I have two or three years before I’m too old to play the Hulk.”
he is right about one thing, Universal does not like to play well with Marvel, especially since the previous film did not do all that well. It seems that they have a similar deal with Universal that Marvel recently negotiated with Sony for the use of Spider-Man. However, after the success of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Universal may want to reconsider their deal and go with something more like Sony. Seriously, who hates Marvel money.