Remember that time Mark Ruffalo crushed our hearts by saying another standalone Hulk movie “will never happen”? Well, that may not be written in stone.
Because of certain rights issues, The Hulk can’t have a solo movie like the rest of the Avengers (damn you, Universal!). But while a standalone movie is pretty much a no-go at this point, Marvel Studios is using its superpowers—pun intended—to sort of, kind of, make it happen, and let Bruce Banner shine in his own respective story once and for all.
According to none other than Mark Ruffalo (a.k.a. The Hulk), the newly premiered Thor: Ragnarok, the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War, and the yet untitled Avengers 4, will act as a pseudo-trilogy for the Green Goliath.
“So basically, Kevin [Feige] 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.”
If you are a die-hard Marvel Comics fan, you probably already saw this coming, as the Hulk’s story in the Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Thor: Ragnarok (as revealed on the trailers) is progressing much the same way it did in the comics. Therefore, if it really does turn out that Ruffalo and Feige, president of Marvel Studios, are working on a major arc for The Hulk, the comic World War Hulk is the one story that stand out as prime for adaptation.
I know, I know. It’s a lot to process. Long story short, a Hulk standalone is nowhere close to actually happen, but Marvel has been preparing the way for quite some time now, so that The Hulk, although in team-up movies, can develop his own story.
The first of the so-called three-movie arc for The Hulk, Thor: Ragnarok, had its world premiere on Wednesday.