Hulk has been an interesting character for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He wasn’t exactly too well received in his own standalone film, but when he popped up in Avengers as Mark Ruffalo, his popularity really took off. All of a sudden, Marvel Studios had a real marketable interpretation of the character — one that will show up in next month’s Thor: Ragnarok.
The only problem? There are apparently some legal issues surrounding making a standalone film, wherein Paramount has those rights. As a result, we shouldn’t expect a standalone Hulk film any time soon. To be fair, that’s not exactly a bad thing. He honestly works better as a supporting character. But don’t think Marvel doesn’t have special things in store for him.
Speaking with CinemaBlend, actor Mark Ruffalo talked about what he and Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige had discussed in regards to the Hulk character.
“So basically, Kevin pulled me aside before this, and said, ‘If you were gonna do a… if we were going to do a standalone Hulk movie, what would it be?’ And I said, ‘I think it should be this, this, this, and this and this, and ends up like this.’ And he’s like, ‘I love that. Why don’t we do that in the next three movies, starting with Thor 3 and then we go into Avengers 3 and 4.’ And I was like, ‘That sounds great!’ And so we are at the beginning of this arc.”
So from the sound of it, despite not actually being able to have a trilogy of standalone films, they’ll be giving him some real character arcs that can almost be compared to a lead of another character’s full trilogy. Or at least as close as they can get to that without taking away from the main narrative.
And as far as what we can expect from Hulk in Thor: Ragnarok:
“Hulk speaking is the start to separating of these two individuals, these identities in this split-identity person, and where that’s going to end up going. So it was really interesting to me. He’s like a baby! He’s like a five year old or six year old. So he has the same syntax, he has the same world view, and so it was fun. It’s like Chris [Hemsworth] – we all got to reinvent our characters in this.”
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