Hulk's Role in "Thor: Ragnarok" & Beyond Will Feel Like "a Standalone Movie," Says Ruffalo

Fans who want a "Hulk" standalone film will be disappointed to hear that's still not on Marvel Studio's table, but "Avengers" star Mark Ruffalo has offered a few words of comfort, saying that there'll be plenty of Hulk to come in the next several Marvel films.

"I'd love to do a Hulk movie, but that's beyond my control," he reiterated to Yahoo!. "It's controlled by Universal. Marvel doesn't even hold the rights to it. So, it's not on the horizon. And I don't know if it will be."

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However, he promised there wull be plenty of the Hulk in upcoming installments of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, saying, "But we've worked a really interesting arc into 'Thor 3,' 'Avengers 3' and '4' for Banner that I think will -- when it's all added up -- will feel like a Hulk movie, a standalone movie."

"Taika Waititi's coming in and I love him," he added. "That's a surprise and it fits part of this Marvel doing the unexpected, casting the unexpected, and now bringing in the unexpected for writer and director. I'm really interested in where that's going... They're writing the script now. I am thinking about it, I'm doing script meetings and stuff so we're starting to prep it."

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Director Taika Waititi also discussed what drew him to Marvel Studios and what he hopes to bring "Thor: Ragnarok's" script during an interview with Collider. "I love that one moment in 'Avengers' when Hulk grabs Loki and rag dolls him," he shared. "It lends itself to great humor, do you read those comic books? They're wacky. They're crazy. I think that's exactly what they need, to keep changing it up. They've got their dark films, some are more serious, and I think it's great that they're mixing it up. I really want to inject my style of humor into this."

"I've learned that there are really no rules," he said of Marvel's films. "There's no road map. They're very similar to Pixar in that way. They are constantly looking for the best story, they'll tear everything down to rebuild it to make sure they have the best story. That's why Marvel is good they keep pushing and pushing and trying to get the best thing possible."

As to what he'll bring to "Thor: Ragnarok's" script, he said, "I'm not sure. I think the most use I'll be in terms of humor. Trying to find funnier ways of doing stuff. That'll be my strength. They've got structure and stuff but I'll be useful at putting jokes in there."

Directed by Taika Waititi and starring Chris Hemsworth, "Thor: Ragnarok" is scheduled to open on November 3, 2017.

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