Mark Ruffalo throws cold water on standalone Hulk: It 'will never happen'

Mark Ruffalo throws cold water on standalone Hulk: It 'will never happen'

"A standalone Hulk movie will never happen". "And, they don't want to make money", Ruffalo said. The reason? Marvel doesn't have the rights to the Hulk movie.

Ruffalo told Variety that despite fan demands for a Hulk movie, he doesn't "see it in the cards". The Zodiac and Shutter Island actor is now 49, in contrast, Edward Norton was in his late 30s when he played Bruce Banner in 2008's kinda crummy The Incredible Hulk, while Eric Bana was in his early 30s when he starred in 2003's exceptionally crummy Hulk.

This has always been rumored to be the source of contention; Marvel has rights to use the character, but only Universal Pictures can make a Hulk standalone film. All of those films have since ended up with multiple sequels, except one: The Incredible Hulk.

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"I just want to make one thing perfectly clear today: a standalone Hulk movie will never happen. Now that I don't think that's insurmountable, by the way, but I don't know where it's going from here for me", he said.

Ruffalo broke the somewhat crushing news following Marvel's segment of the live-action panel at Disney's D23 Expo on Saturday, when he stepped off stage and spoke with Variety about the possibility of him ever getting to lead his own movie. The footage that was shown at D23 from Avengers: Infinity War hasn't made its way online yet, but based on the descriptions of the footage, it doesn't sound like it gives us any clues as to what Bruce Banner is up to.

Ruffalo, also stars in the upcoming "Avengers: Infinity War", was at the event to help Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige share an exclusive trailer of the movie to attendees.

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