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The Marvel Cinematic Universe is an interesting place. With the massive franchise is constantly expanding and introducing exciting characters, there are a ton of new franchises being started over the next year or so. But there are also some classic characters who seemingly haven't gotten the attention they deserve. OG Avengers Black Widow and Hawkeye have yet to receive a star vehicle, and The Hulk hasn't gotten a movie since Phase 1 (before Mark Ruffalo signed onto the role). While Bruce Banner will be a major character in Thor: Ragnarok, will there ever be another Hulk movie? Marvel Studio President Kevin Feige recently addressed this possibility, saying:
I think that back and forth continues, and I don't know if it will ever happen. But I will tell you, it makes me very, very happy going from a world, ten years ago, when people were questioning the viability of Hulk in a standalone film, to getting asked every other interview, 'When will there be another standalone Hulk?'
Bad news, Hulk fans. If Kevin Feige's comments to Indie Wire are to be believed, the big green guy doesn't have much of a chance of getting another solo movie. Instead, Mark Ruffalo will join the bevy other heroes who play supporting roles in other properties.
The possibility of a Hulk solo movie is reportedly the decision of Universal. Per Mark Ruffalo, the studio owns the rights to a Hulk solo movie, but refuses to collaborate with Marvel Studios. It's this red tape that prevents Mark Ruffalo from starring in his own solo movie, and also explains why he's been regulated to the side lines for The Avengers films. Luckily, fans of the behemoth antihero will get to watch Bruce Banner, Thor, and Loki unite to save Asgard in Taika Waititi's Thor: Ragnarok, which arrives in just a few weeks time.
Hulk's lack of a second solo movie doesn't mean the character won't have a significant arc in the next few Marvel films. Kevin Feige and Mark Ruffalo have crafted the character's plot to tell a personal story over the course of Ragnarok and the next two Avengers films. This will no doubt give Ruffalo more of a chance to play and explore with Bruce Banner, while also ensuring the the green Avenger doesn't fade into the background like Hawkeye or Falcon.
The Incredible Hulk was released back in 2008, and is the second film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, following Iron Man. Starring Edward Norton as the title character, the film also featured Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, and William Hurt. Hurt recently reprised his role for the first time in Captain America: Civil War, issuing the Sokovia Accords to the heroes in an attempt to regulate superheroics.
You can catch Mark Ruffalo's Hulk in Thor: Ragnarok starting on November 2nd, 2017. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.