Or: "An Open Letter to Freakin' Universal Studios & Marvel"
Looking at this little graphic, courtesy of geekwatchone.com, it appears we're going to have a steady flow of nerdgasms up through 2019 and beyond.
Thor, X-Men, Spider-Man — It's a Super Party, and everyone's invited!
Watch the trailers for the next ones coming up, X-Men Apocalypse and Doctor Strange:
Wait, not everyone is there, are they? Which superhero could possibly be missing from a list that huge?
I'll give you some hints, even though I'm sure you've guessed it already:
- He's ranked #5 on the best superhero of all time list put together by the staff of theconcourse.deadspin.com.
- He's continuously ranked #1 or #2 on the list of all-time strongest heroes.
- And he's almost always on everyone's top ten anything-else-about-superheroes lists.
Ladies and gents, the big green elephant in the room...
So why on Planet Hulk — or any other planet — would a Hulk movie be so hard to come by? Especially with Mark Ruffalo blowing away all past performances?
Sorry Bill, except for yours.
According to Marvel Boss Kevin Feige, it's the usual bureaucratic nonsense. As he told Deadline:
"Well, those are contractual things that I'm not entirely attuned to...Disney and Universal would need to come to an agreement to allow Marvel to do a standalone Hulk film for Disney."
Apparently, Universal owns the movie distribution rights, while Marvel owns the character itself.
If you're like me, you read that sentence, but only see the words "blah blah rich studio execs can't get along blah rich people want more money blah blah-dee-dah screw the fans blah."
Even Ruffalo himself told Yahoo that he wants to do it!
"I'd love to do a Hulk movie, but that's beyond my control. It's controlled by Universal. Marvel doesn't even hold the rights to it. So, it's not on the horizon. And I don't know if it will be. But we've worked a really interesting arc into 'Thor 3,' 'Avengers 3' and '4' for Banner that I think will — when it's all added up — will feel like a Hulk movie, a standalone movie."
So that's partially good news for the InMarkible Hulkalo fans, that the upcoming Thor and Avengers movie will have Hulk having a pretty big presence.
But still — when are studios going to stop sitting on their thumbs and counting their stacks of cash, get going, and make movies that the fans want? Too many times, we wait forever for movies like The Last Airbender to come out, or characters like Mr. Freeze to come to the big screen, and end up wasting money on our ever-rising ticket prices.