Apparently, solo-Hulk movies are currently off the table for Marvel Studios. The reason? Apparently, there are still tensions between Universal Pictures and Marvel Studios. According to Marvel Cinematic Universe and Bruce Banner/The Hulk actor, Mark Ruffalo, Marvel and Universal aren’t getting along very well. All these years later, some partial film rights for the Hulk are still residing at Universal. Speaking to Yahoo!, Ruffalo expanded on the issue.
According to Ruffalo, Universal’s issues with Marvel are working against the possibility of solo-Hulk films, saying: “I think they’ve been working on it. Marvel and Universal famously don’t get along very well, and so that’s working against us, definitely. But I know for a fact that everyone is holding out hope that one day we can do it. But the nature of the relationship right now, it’s a little prohibitive. And I hope that that changes, that changes with regimes, it changes over the course of time. But right now it doesn’t look particularly promising.”
He also provided an update on Thor: Ragnarok, which he is scheduled to reprise his role as the Green Goliath in. Ruffalo stated, “No, they’re still writing the script. That’ll start shooting this summer. In June. There’s still a lot of work to do on that.”
He added on Marvel Studios’ secrecy: “I don’t know if it’s as secretive as that, but it’s pretty secret. They definitely don’t want people to know what was going on for a while. I’ve been sworn to secrecy, to the point where they don’t even tell me. And they keep an eye on you. You might get a call. I tend to walk dangerously close to the line, as I generally have since I was a young boy, and so you do get the calls, like, ‘OK, let’s be a little careful here.’”
So it doesn’t look like fans should expect another solo-Hulk movie anytime soon. However, it looks like Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner/Hulk will remain a strong presence throughout the MCu. Thor: Ragnarok, co-starring Mark Ruffalo, is scheduled for a July 28, 2017 release.