Iron Man has three under his belt. Thor’s got two, with another one in the works. And Captain America’s third is hitting theaters in 2016. But there are still no plans for a standalone Marvel movie starring the Hulk — and Mark Ruffalo says that’s unlikely to change any time soon.
In an interview with Yahoo! Movies, Ruffalo said that while he thinks Marvel would love to make a Hulk standalone movie happen, rights issues between Marvel and Universal Pictures are still getting in the way. Universal distributed the 2003 Hulk movie starring Eric Bana and the 2008 film with Edward Norton.
“I think they’ve been working on it,” Ruffalo told Yahoo! Movies. “Marvel and Universal famously don’t get along very well, and so that’s 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, it’s a little prohibitive. And I hope that changes, that changes with regimes, it changes over the course of time. But right now it doesn’t look particularly promising.”
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Until then, we’ll have to wait to see the Hulk until Thor: Ragnarok in 2017. Ruffalo has been confirmed to make an appearance in Ragnarok, and he told Yahoo! Movies that the script is still being written, with shooting expected to start in June. And although several of his fellow Avengers will show up in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War, don’t expect to see the big green guy with them.
“I know, it’s sucky,” Ruffalo said about not being in Civil War. “They’re saving me, so I’m told.”
Read the full Q&A with Ruffalo at Yahoo! Movies.