The Hulk reached new levels of popularity after the release of Joss Whedon’s The Avengers back in 2012. Mark Ruffalo totally owned the character, Whedon gave him some great material to work with, and it was an utter blast watching Hulk smash. With all that in mind, Marvel Studios has announced their Phase Three plans, and once again a new standalone movie about the green goliath isn’t part of the deal. So what exactly is going on?
To paraphrase Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, Hulk isn’t getting his own film in Phase Three, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t a major player in the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Following today’s big Marvel event, the executive took part in a Q&A session with the press, and after being asked about the status of Hulk, Feige made it clear that the giant gamma radiation monster remains a big part of what the comic book movie studio has in the works. Sure, there’s no movie with "Hulk" in the title, but we shouldn’t expect another absence on the level of Phase Two. Said Feige,
Is this vague confirmation that Bruce Banner/Hulk could be appearing as a supporting character in another major Marvel movie, a la what Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow did in Captain America: The Winter Soldier? If so, there are definitely some interesting options. In the last few months we’ve heard rumors that the monster could cruise the galaxies in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, but that idea was shot down by writer/director James Gunn. Another interesting possibility is the idea of him being in Doctor Strange and help the world get introduced to the Sorcerer Supreme.
But while we now know that the next few years won’t be Hulk-less, the question still remains whether or not we will actually ever get to see another solo film. Unfortunately, it’s a query without an answer, as while Feige is optimistic for the character’s future, nothing is actually set in stone yet. Said the Marvel President,
Hulk will next be appearing in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, which will be hitting theaters on May 1, 2015.
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