We know Bruce Banner, his alter ego the Hulk, and star Mark Ruffalo will be returning in Thor: Ragnarok. But we are left to wonder when we will see a solo Hulk outing.
Leading up to Marvel Studio’s Phase 3 reveal a year ago, speculation surrounding the announcement suggested we would finally get a solo Hulk sequel with Ruffalo. However, this proved to be unfounded, and now Ruffalo has spoken to USA Today about why.
Universal Pictures still owns the distribution rights to a solo Hulk film, meaning if Marvel Studios were to want to produce one, Marvel would take on the cost of production, and have to share the profits with Universal. This is a proposition that probably doesn’t sit well with Marvel, and parent company Disney.
Ruffalo doesn’t seem to concerned though, as Marvel is working around this issue by bringing the Hulk back for Ragnarok. If he had it his way though, Ruffalo would like to see the character develop more regarding the dichotomy of Bruce Banner and the Hulk, as well as the relationship between the two.
Despite only being in the two Avengers films, and a cameo after the credits of Iron Man 3, we have seen Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner/Hulk evolve, and his performance become more nuanced. Ruffalo’s desired direction for the character might be an interesting way to continue that evolution while not having a standalone Hulk film.
When asked about his role in Ragnarok, Ruffalo revealed that he doesn’t know what the story is yet, but said that he has spoken with director Taika Waititi and revealed that Tom Hiddleston will return indeed return as Loki.
The Hulk vs. Thor, and Hulk vs. Loki were some of the most memorable, and humorous, scenes in 2012’s The Avengers. Hopefully Ragnarok will give us more incredible moments between these characters.
Thor: Ragnarok begins filming in Australia in June of 2016 and is scheduled to be released in theaters on November 3, 2017.
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Source: USA Today