One of the things that is truly holding the Marvel Cinematic Universe back from ultimate greatness is the fact that they don’t own the full rights to all of their characters. This is especially difficult for current MCU member The Hulk, who can be in all the MCU films…but can’t star in one of his own because his rights are partially owned by Universal. As such, he’s relegated to roles in the Avengers films, and now a co-starring role in Thor: Ragnarok. But, according to actor Mark Ruffalo, Ragnarok will start a big arc for the character.
While talking with IGN he noted that things have changed for Bruce Banner/Hulk. Mainly because the “rules” don’t apply to him anymore.
“The anger is no longer the only reason that he turns into the Hulk. So now we have this other thing going on between them that will carry out through the next two movies. This is the beginning of a three-movie arc.”
And apparently, the idea for this big arc for Hulk was brought on by none other than Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige.
“Kevin brought me in and he said, ‘What would you do if you could do a standalone Hulk movie?’ I said, ‘I think it should be this, this, this, and this, and it should end like this,'” Ruffalo recalled. “And he said, ‘How about if we do that — love that — let’s do that starting with Thor 3 and end in Avengers 3, and we’ll use those three movies to basically do a standalone Hulk movie. How about that?’ I was like, ‘That sounds great.'”
To be clear, he slipped when he said Avengers 3, the third movie will be the fourth Avengers film, which is the second part of Infinity War.
Thor: Ragnarok releases in theaters November 3rd.