For a while, Mark Ruffalo was pretty vocal about his hopes to get a new Hulk standalone film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, despite the Big Guy's rocky solo movie history and rights issues with Universal. In a recent interview, however, the actor seemed content with a change of plans that makes a Hulk movie unnecessary.
Asked if he still hopes for a Hulk film, Ruffalo told BBC 1, "No, are you kidding me? Marvel brought me in, before we shot [Ragnarok], and said, 'If you had a standalone Hulk movie, what would it be?'" He recalled how he gave his ideas, and said that afterwards "they said, 'How about we take that and stretch it over the next three movies as your...character arc?' And I said, 'That's great.' And that's what we've been doing, so I will get a standalone Hulk movie."
Ruffalo also sounded like there's no love lost between him and Universal Studios, which holds the rights to the Hulk character. "And we will work around Universal, and we'll do it in three movies instead of one movie, so take that, Universal! Now what are you going to do? You could have had a piece of this! But no," he joked.
The actor then went on to suggest that, once Phase Three is completed, fans could hypothetically edit out all non-Hulk material from Ragnarok, Infinity War and Avengers 4 to make a solid standalone film, and all without any Universal interference.
"They'll probably sue us now," he said with a laugh.
Debuting November 3, director Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Cate Blanchett as Hela, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Karl Urban as Skurge, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk and Anthony Hopkins as Odin.