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It’s been stated several time that Hulk’s role in Avengers: Age of Ultron will be much bigger than last time, and includes not just more scenes with the Green Goliath, but a relationship between Bruce Banner and teammate Black Widow. As for what’s in store for Hulk following the May blockbuster, Marvel has stayed secretive, but new information suggests that they won’t be skimping on future Hulk appearances.
In a press conference (filmed by HeyUGuys) featuring director Joss Whedon and most of the main cast, Whedon and Mark Ruffalo were asked whether the events at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron mean that Hulk will be disappearing for awhile or if he'll come back in a big way. Both men humorously went back and forth with each other about how to respond. Eventually they decided not to give any specific clues, but Whedon did describe Hulk’s future in the MCU as "too amazing." So once again, we’re left in the dark about how Hulk fits into Phase Three, but at least we can take comfort in knowing that something big is on the way.
Ruffalo is expected to appear in Avengers: Infinity War Parts 1 and 2, but that still leaves two films left on the actor’s contract. One thing we do know is that the character won’t be getting another solo film anytime soon because Universal still holds the distribution rights to Hulk movies. So while nothing is stopping Hulk from teaming up alongside other heroes, he won’t be able to go adventuring on his own until the situation between Marvel and Universal is resolved.
One common theory is that the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron involves Hulk being shot into space, which has ignited speculation that perhaps he might appear in Guardians of the Galaxy 2. However, director James Gunn has firmly stated that this will not happen. Granted, it wouldn’t be the first time a director has lied to the public about film plans, but if Hulk does leave our planet this year, the chances of him teaming up with the intergalactic band of rogues are less than likely. Whatever the case, the next time we see Hulk following Avengers: Age of Ultron, whether he’s a hero or a villain, it’s sounds like it’s going to blow our minds. Personally, I’m still hoping for Hulk throwing down in fisticuffs with Thanos. That would truly be the fight of the century.
You can check out the full press conference in the video below.
Hulk and the rest of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes can be seen when Avengers: Age of Ultron is released in theaters on May 1.