The Hulk has come close to stealing the show in two previous Avengers films, and will likely do so again in Thor: Ragnarok. Unfortunately, that doesn't mean his odds for a solo film are increasing.
Thor: Ragnarok actor Mark Ruffalo indicated as much at Disney's D23 Expo (via Variety), where explained why the green goliath won't be hitting the big screen on his own anytime soon.
"I just want to make one thing perfectly clear today, 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."
Ruffalo's tone was more in jest than truly condemning, but he is disappointed to not be in the solo mix. "We've talked about it," said Ruffalo, "but I just don't see it in the cards."
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While a solo career doesn't look likely at the moment, fans will get plenty of Hulk in the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok, which blends the comic storylines of Thor: Ragnarok and Planet Hulk into one streamlined plot.
You can find the description for Ragnarok below.
In Marvel Studios' Thor: Ragnarok, Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok – the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization – at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first, he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger – the Incredible Hulk!
Thor: Ragnarok is directed by Taika Waititi with a screenplay by Eric Pearson. The film stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Tom Hiddleston reprising his role as Loki. They are joined by Cate Blanchett (Hela), Idris Elba (Heimdall), Jeff Goldblum (Grandmaster), Tessa Thompson (Valkyrie), Karl Urban (Skurge), Anthony Hopkins (Odin), Sam Neill, Ray Stevenson (Volstagg), Tadanobu Asano (Hogun), Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/Hulk), and Benedict Cumberbatch (Dr. Stephen Strange).
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