HULK SAD! The Incredible Hulk has smashed many foes but it seems there’s one enemy that won’t buckle under his mighty fists – the all-powerful rights issues!
Avengers: Age of Ultron star Mark Ruffalo spoke to Collider about his future as Bruce Banner and has revealed that Universal – who produced both Hulk (2003) and The Incredible Hulk (2008) – still hold the rights to further stand-alone Hulk films.
When asked how many movies are left on his Marvel deal, Ruffalo said: “I think it’s four now, but that could always go further. I could show up in another character’s movie; I could do Avengers 3 and 4; I could do a Hulk stand-alone; I could do a combination of those things. That’s four or five, I think.”
However, that stand-alone movie may not be on the horizon any time soon give what Ruffalo has revealed about Universals part in any potential movie: “As far as a Hulk movie, a standalone Hulk movie, Marvel doesn’t really have the rights to that yet. That’s still Universal’s property, so there’s that issue. That’s a big impediment to moving forward with that. Now I don’t think that’s insurmountable, by the way, but I don’t know where it’s going from here for me.”
While Marvel worked with Universal on The Incredible Hulk, that was before Disney owned the former and it remains to be seen whether or not they’ll be happy letting Universal distributing a major Marvel release.