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A while back we learned that Mark Ruffalo had signed on for a five picture deal with [Marvel](channel:932254) Studios to play the roles of Bruce Banner and The Hulk. As soon as that news hit most of us nerds immediately started salivating over the possibilities that could come out of this deal.

Could we see Planet Hulk? Maybe that would lead right into World War Hulk? If they send Hulk to space, perhaps he ends up working his way into the [Guardians of the Galaxy](movie:424073) universe?

So here we are, a few years later and Ruffalo is back as The Hulk in [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](movie:293035). Marvel also released their entire phase three lineup, but it did not include any solo Hulk ventures. Strange.

Finally, in an interview with Collider, Ruffalo explains exactly why we haven't, and possibly won't, see a solo Hulk movie.

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.

Now that is a huge bomb to drop. Universal still technically owns the rights to solo Hulk movie projects, not Marvel.

Say what!?

How Marvel lawyers get the rights to movies!
How Marvel lawyers get the rights to movies!

Obviously there is some wiggle room for Marvel, since they are fully incorporating the Hulk in [The Avengers](movie:9040) projects. As Ruffalo also states that his film deal could mean a number of things, like popping up in other heroes movies along the way.

So which movies will he pop up in?

Ruffalo did recently say that the Hulk is heading into outer space. So maybe he's going to appear with the Guardians in their second film. Maybe Captain Marvel will get more cosmic with us.


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