Mark Ruffalo has offered the biggest reason yet why Marvel have yet to bring a solo Hulk movie to the big screen.
Speaking to Collider as part of the ongoing media blitz for Avengers: Age of Ultron, the actor admitted that the studio don’t have the rights to do such a film.
“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.”
It was previously assumed that all copyright property for the character had returned to Marvel, however it appears that Universal still own solo Hulk rights, with Marvel only able to use him in team-up outings.
And on that subject, Ruffalo also offered a little information on how many more appearances we will get from him as Bruce Banner and his monstrous alter-ego.
“I think it’s four now, but that could always go further. That could include different – I could show up in another character’s movie; I could do Avengers 3 and 4; I could do a Hulk standalone; I could do a combination of those things. That’s four or five, I think.”
One of those is possibly going to be 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, which already boasts Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner appearing alongside Chris Evans. Ruffalo, however, doesn’t yet know if he will be joining them.
“I don’t know if I’m in it yet. I don’t know. Sometimes these things happen at the last minute in this world. I really don’t know where I fit in from here on out, and I’m not sure they do.”
Age of Ultron is released next Thursday in the UK, with North America getting it on May 1.