Marvel Needs the Rights from Universal to Make Solo 'Hulk' Movie

April 14, 2015
Source: Collider


Ever since Mark Ruffalo stepped up to play the Hulk in The Avengers, and the character became a favorite among Marvel fans, there's been plenty of demand for another solo movie for the big guy. While there have been rumblings from Ruffalo and even Lou Ferrigno about another Hulk movie coming soon, there hasn't been any solid development on that front. There have been rumors of a lead-up to Planet Hulk, even involving Guardians of the Galaxy, but James Gunn has denied that plan adamantly. Well, now we know why there hasn't been progress on a solo adventure for the Hulk: Marvel doesn't have the rights.

Yes, Marvel Studios has the right to use Hulk in The Avengers franchise, but Universal, who made the Edward Norton version with ties into the Marvel cinematic universe, still holds the rights for standalone Hulk movies. Ruffalo confirmed this fact (via Collider) while doing press rounds for The Avengers: Age of Ultron, "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."

So not only is there no plan for Hulk yet, but Marvel (or Disney) would have to cough up some money in order to make a standalone movie happen. The studio has done that before with The Avengers and Iron Man 3, the rights to which were still situated at Paramount Pictures years ago, so this wouldn't be out of the ordinary. But at the same time, Marvel has quite a full slate coming up with Captain America: Civil War, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel and The Avengers: Infinity War Part I & Part II, so there's really no urgency for Hulk to venture out on his own yet. Stay tuned.

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  • Steven
    Hulk Smash !!!
  • Chris Groves
    Disney bought Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm. Disney got the distribution rights to Avengers and Iron Man 3. Marvel Studios made a deal with Sony to include Spider-Man in the MCU. It should not be difficult to get a deal done here, it might be more difficult than with Paramount, but I think it would be less difficult than with...say...Fox.
  • leemoder
    Puny studio execs.
  • TigerClaw305
    Marvel Studios should make some deal with Universal to make a 3rd Hulk film, I mean, Maybe Universal could co-fond the film along with Marvel Studios, and Disney, And make a Planet Hulk movie, Which would need a huge budget.
  • dan persaud
    i hate this ruffalo monkey ass hulk nortons hulk was the best hulk ever even banas hulk was beter than this dirty monkey hulk
    • Rock n Rollllll
      I agree. Norton's Hulk was the best.
  • dan persaud
    i didnt know the hulk was ape like
  • dan persaud
    the hulk should be exactly like the hulk from the 2008 movie 'a force like no other'
  • dan persaud
    i love that hulk , this hulk makes me sick
  • dan persaud
    f u disney
    Ah jeez. I get this legal crap...but sucks the life out of the MCU.
  • Bill
    IMHO, It's not that Mark Ruffalo was so good, it's the other guys just weren't right for the part. And you should never break the Super Hero canon... they're too well known.
  • ResurrectRider
    WTF is Universal doing? Just holding on to superhero rights for the hell of it? Team up with Marvel, at least, and make the dang film...




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