One of the most popular sayings, when someone is talking about joining a movie franchise, returning to a movie role, or making a movie that seems unlikely, is to say, "never say never".
During an interview with Variety at Disney's D3 Expo yesterday, Mark Ruffalo put a pretty solid kibosh on hopes for a solo Hulk vehicle. "Despite obtaining the cinematic rights to make Hulk movies [in 2005], Marvel did not obtain distribution rights,"Forbes reports". "Because Universal has the rights to a standalone Hulk movie and, for some reason, they don't know how to play well with Marvel". And clearly they don't like money.
Ruffalo told Variety that despite fan demands for a Hulk movie, he doesn't "see it in the cards".
According to the publication, Universal has had all the rights to the "Hulk" franchise since 2003.
Ruffalo was not actually the first actor in the MCU to play the Hulk, as Edward Norton first donned the green motion-capture skin in 2008's The Incredible Hulk in the early days of the MCU. "Now that I don't think that's insurmountable, by the way, but I don't know where it's going from here for me", he said. Two years ago, he said that he has four movies coming up.
Avengers: Infinity War is scheduled to hit cinemas on April 25 2018.
Ruffalo, also stars in the upcoming "Avengers: Infinity War", was at the event to help Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige share an exclusive trailer of the movie to attendees.
Are you sorry there won't be another standalone Hulk adventure, or just happy we get to keep Ruffalo around in other Marvel movies?
Thor: Ragnarok is being directed by Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows) and features Marvel veterans Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Idris Elba as Heimdall and Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk alongside Cate Blanchett as Hela, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Jeff Goldblum as the Grandmaster, Karl Urban as Skurge and Sam Neill in an as-yet-unrevealed role.