Mark Ruffalo Explains Why There’s No Hulk Film: Marvel & Universal “Don’t Get Along”

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Standalone Hulk movies have been tried before. More than once. (Who could forget?) But Mark Ruffalo’s portrayal of the Hulk has been so popular that a new attempt at a feature-length Hulk film seems almost possible, at least from a customer-demand standpoint. So … why hasn’t that ended up on Marvel’s years-long to-do list?

The answer comes down to studio infighting, or so Ruffalo told Yahoo! in an interview:

I think they’ve been working on it. 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 that changes, that changes with regimes, it changes over the course of time. But right now it doesn’t look particularly promising … like I said, Marvel and Universal are just not having a good time together right now.

Ruffalo went on to quip, “It’s like the Marvel Universe and DC going after each other.” And the Hulk is caught in the middle of that epic battle? You’d think the green guy would be strong enough to overcome even the fiercest of disputes, but I guess corporate sweet-talking falls outside of the “smashing” skill-set.

Speaking of slow going, the script for the next Thor — in which the Hulk will supposedly play a prominent role — still isn’t done yet:

No, they’re still writing the script. That’ll start shooting this summer. In June. There’s still a lot of work to do on that.

That could explain why we keep seeing so many unresolved rumors floating around about it. Which ones do you hope turn out to be true? And would you like to see Mark Ruffalo get a crack at a new feature-length Hulk?

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