Mark Ruffalo has dropped some information regarding the status of that solo Hulk movie most of us want with Yahoo! Movies. As was previously the case, Universal are the studio standing in Marvel's way, as they hold the solo film rights to the character. Apparently, there's bad blood at a higher level which is making Marvel's wrestle for control that bit harder. Ruffalo stated;
"I think theyve been working on it. Marvel and Universal famously dont get along very well, and so thats working against us, definitely. But I know for a fact that everyone is holding out hope that one day we can do it. But the nature of the relationship right now, its a little prohibitive. And I hope that that changes, that changes with regimes, it changes over the course of time. But right now it doesnt look particularly promising."
What's strange is that somehow the two worked together to produce The Incredible Hulk (for all that was worth), the green-headed stepchild of the MCU, back in 2008. The reality is that in recent times, Marvel and Universal's parent companies - Disney and Comcast - have been locked in a titanic struggle for years, with Comcast attempting to merge with Walt's behemoth conglomerate without any success for some time. Yahoo's reporter mentions that the fate of a minor piece of IP matters little to the CEOs fighting the battle on a higher plane, and Ruffalo chimed in on that aspect too, using a familiar example; "Its like the Marvel Universe and DC going after each other." Although it's unlikely that we'll get another Hulk solo film anytime soon, have no fear - Ruffalo mentions to Yahoo that he reports to set for Thor: Ragnarok in June of next year. I'm glad we have that to look forward to, it should make for an interesting dynamic and perhaps the shot in the arm that the Thor solo franchise so badly needs after the middling Thor: The Dark World.
Thor: Ragnarok is released in the UK on 27 October 2017 and 3 November 2017 in the US.
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