In the past, there have been two independent Hulk movies, in the first one Eric Bana played the green monster while in the second one Edward Norton was “The Hulk”. Finally, Hulk was re-introduced into the MCU and Mark Ruffalo is our near perfect Bruce Banner/The Hulk.
For years fans have been demanding a Hulk solo movie since the franchise was left midway without proper closure. Given the massive fan following of the character, he should get a solo movie tied to MCU storyline. Well, according to Kevin Feige, the door is not entirely shut but it’s not something they are working right now. Here’s what he said:
“I think that back and forth continues, and I don’t know if it will ever happen. But I will tell you, it makes me very, very happy going from a world, ten years ago, when people were questioning the viability of Hulk in a standalone film, to getting asked every other interview, ‘When will there be another standalone Hulk?'”
At D23, Mark Ruffalo discussed the prospects of standalone Hulk movie in the future with Variety, and he said it’s never going to happen so don’t hold your breath. He blamed Universal for this as it does’nt want to play ball with Marvel. He said:
“I just want to make one thing perfectly clear today that a standalone Hulk movie will never happen. Because Universal has the rights to the standalone Hulk movie and for some reason they don’t know how to play well with Marvel, and they don’t want to make money.”
Mark Ruffalo finally said, “I figure I’ve got two or three more years left before I’m too old to play the Hulk.”
There is this perception that Hulk is just a green monster without character depth and it’s not possible to explore more storylines for him. But it’s just wrong. In fact, major Marvel superheroes want to be paired with him on a big screen as he is so popular and would make a great partner or adversary.
A few weeks back when Tom Holland was asked if he were to do a team-up movie in the future, with whom it would be, he had this to say:
“I think it could be something really cool about Hulk, ya know? I really like the idea of Spider-Man and Hulk. There’s a really amazing picture from the comics where Spider-Man is sitting on a lamppost staring at Hulk, and I think that could be a really, there’s so many jokes you can make about the big green guy, so I think that would be a lot of fun.”
Previously, when Baby Groot found his way on the cover of Empire magazine with a mangled mess of cassette tape titled Awesome Mix Vol. 2, the last gift Star Lord got from his dying mother. Vin Diesel had this to say in an interview–
“I’m excited about Baby Groot; he’s just too fun. And in Infinity War, I have to talk to the Russo brothers and find out how this is all gonna go down. I know somewhere in the Marvel universe there is a moment when you will see Groot and Hulk have a few words. I think there’s gonna be a moment that we’re all waiting for, and whether you know it or not, you are waiting to see Groot and the Hulk get down”.
We know that the Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson (Room, 21 Jump Street, Community TV series) is confirmed to play the iconic female superhero Captain Marvel as part of the Phase 3 of Marvel cinematic universe. There is a standalone movie in the works which is based on Captain Marvel, its screenplay will be written by Meg LeFauve and Nicole Perlman (of Guardians of the Galaxy fame). She was asked recently that if she were to go toe-to-toe with an Avenger on the battlefield, who will it be and she replied:
“I do kind of have fantasies of battling The Hulk, just because that’s, like, it’s just visually so good.”
Although, she would be physically dwarfed by the green monster her powers go beyond brute force. In fact, Kevin Feige (the head of Marvel studios) said in an interview that Captain Marvel will be the “most powerful” superhero in the Marvel universe.
Well, if Spiderman, Groot and Captain Marvel, all of them want to either fight or team up with Hulk, it’s him who is most in demand and not Iron Man.
His next outing will be in Thor: Ragnarok and then in two Infinity war movies. Thor: Ragnarok has partially adapted Planet Hulk storyline. In comics, the story revolved around how the Hulk crash-lands to a different planet ruled by a tyrant who forces him to fight against powerful creatures of the realm. He will be involved in gladiatorial games organized by the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum) wearing his one-shoulder armor just like in the comics. Hoping for the best.