Mark Ruffalo Sizes Up Chances of a Standalone ‘Hulk’ Movie: It ‘Will Never Happen’

Try as he might, Mark Ruffalo just does not see a future where a(nother) standalone “Hulk” movie exists. The “Avengers” star confirmed the news to Variety at Disney’s D23 Expo on Saturday.

Ruffalo joined Marvel’s Kevin Feige onstage to share an exclusive trailer of “Avengers: Infinity War” alongside other Marvel Cinematic Universe favorites, like Dave Bautista, Paul Bettany, Chadwick Boseman, Josh Brolin, Don Cheadle, Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert Downey Jr., Karen Gillan, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Holland, Pom Klementieff, Anthony Mackie, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, and co-director Joe Russo.


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Following the screening — which received deafening applause from the audience — Ruffalo spoke to Variety about a potential spinoff of his own.

“I want to just make one thing perfectly clear today: A standalone ‘Hulk’ movie will never happen,” confirmed Ruffalo. “Universal has the rights, and for some reason, they don’t know how to play well with Marvel. And they don’t want to make money.”

“And with you as the new Hulk, it would be terrible,” joked Cheadle.

Unlike Sony’s partnership with Marvel to create “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” it seems as though even Bruce Banner himself doesn’t see any possible chemistry between Universal and the MCU. Universal has maintained the rights to the Hulk ever since 2003’s “Hulk” starring Eric Bana and 2007’s “The Incredible Hulk” with Edward Norton.

Variety‘s interview with Ruffalo and Cheadle can be viewed above.

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  1. Christian Michael says:

    I wrote a comment about this story without curses or negativity and variety didn’t post it. This is political profiling because I am a conservative. MSM, Government and now Variety. Who’s next? Seriously, you snowflakes are ruining our country. Biggest pzzzies ever!!!

    • Shane says:

      Christian Michael,

      Can you please give the origin, so everyone is clear, about what a snowflake is? Please don’t patronize and say liberals or dems. Just wiki the origin, please. Get back to us on that.
      Ruffalo would be great to carry a hulk movie. Banner is the story, a simple scientist in love. It would be great but you have that pesky UNI issue.

    • Bill Clay says:

      “Biggest pzzzies ever!!!”

      And then you wonder why your comments are deleted. Adjust your tinfoil hat and head back to your safe space.

  2. Spider says:

    This seems like a case of “never say never”. Sony never planned to work with Marvel before, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”, underwhelmed both critically and financially. The fact that “…Homecoming” opened very well just might get Universal to reconsider, as it stands to be mutually beneficial. I wouldn’t be surprised if Fox decides to partner with Marvel soon, as well as, Sony extending its’ partnership beyond the “…Homecoming” sequel. Let’s face it, studios are in business to make money and there is still a lot of money to be made.

  3. Jim says:

    It was made clear like 2 years ago that Marvel can’t do a Hulk movie because of Universal. Not sure why people keeping asking Ruffalo and Feige about a Hulk movie…it’s like these people who get paid to cover movies don’t even pay attention to what goes on in the industry.

  4. TV Viewer says:

    I doubt if there will ever be a Hulk movie where the origin story is exactly similar to way it was first told in the comic book (1962), because, that is way much like the movie The Amazing Colossal Man, (1957), (person in the dessert waiting for an atomic bomb test to detonate sees a person get too close to the bomb, and tries to save the endangered person and is caught in the blast and turns into a monster). Origin stories of the Hulk for TV and the movies change it so they don’t get sued, or have to settle out of court.

    • Jim says:

      Why would they do an origin story anyway? He’s an established character in the MCU. Marvel would never go backwards with an origin story.

  5. brady1987 says:

    I couldn’t handle Ruffalo carrying a film. He’s overrated as an actor and is way too extreme when it comes to his socialist views. I have a marginal amount of patience for him as a supporting part in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

    • Then you simply wouldn’t go to the movie. You are aware that people have negative subjective opinions about you also, right? And your “views”? Just like the rest of us? I’m sure their opinions are just as irrelevant to your work as yours are to his. Apparently his acting ‘rating’ is good enough for him to keep getting those juicy Marvel contracts. Pull the stick out dude.

  6. Those first two Hulk movies were crap. I hope Universal comes to its senses and allows Marvel to really show them how to do it properly.

    • 90028 says:

      You do realize the Incredible Hulk with ed norton is part of the MCU right ?
      Universal already allowed MCU to make a stand alone hulk and look how that turned out

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