Oh how we lament the word…”rights”. It seems like we can’t get away from that word when it comes to seeing some of our favorite superhero movies. Take the Hulk for instance. I’d love to see a new Hulk solo movie. And judging from several key fan sites, I’m not the only one. It took some time and Edward Norton’s Incredible Hulk to wash out the bad taste of that first Hulk movie, but Norton’s worked. Maybe it took a little longer for folks to come around but it did work. We got to see a great Bruce Banner and better effects the second time around. Then came word that Norton was out for Hulk in The Avengers. Someone else stepped up to the plate.
Mark Ruffalo came on to the scene as one of those guys that had most folks saying “who is this guy”. Some couldn’t see it. But at the end of the day, The Ruff proved them all wrong. The Hulk smashed in glorious green fury on the big screen and shined as Banner as well. Fans greeted Ruffalo with open arms and kudos galore. Which brings me to my point. It’s time Ruff-N-Stuff got his own standalone Hulk film. It took us three times to get the character right. The actor even shows that he loves the character off set as well and has no problem hiding the fact that he loves and is thankful for playing the big guy. Next up, we get to see the big guy in Avengers: Age of Ultron but still….what about that solo movie? And maybe alongside another hero in their movie? Fingers crossed.
We’ve heard rumblings for some time about a Hulk solo movie – more specifically a Planet Hulk movie – but nothing’s been concrete. One of the best parts about the rumors though is that Mark Ruffalo is always mentioned (if he’s not doing the talking himself) in a positive way and equally importantly – that he would be in it. The actor recently let Collider pick his brain over the “Hulk Hype”. Ruffalo couldn’t really say whether there’s one in the pipe but did shed some light on what might be taking so long:
As far as a Hulk movie, a standalone Hulk movie, Marvel doesn’t really have the rights to that yet. That’s still Universal’s property, so there’s that issue. That’s a big impediment to moving forward with that. Now I don’t think that’s insurmountable, by the way, but I don’t know where it’s going from here for me.