Battle with Thor kicks off three-movie arc for Marvel’s Hulk

World Premiere of “Thor: Ragnarok” – Los Angeles - 11/10/2017
World Premiere of “Thor: Ragnarok” – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 11/10/2017 - (L-R) Tessa Thompson, Taika Waititi, Chris Hemsworth, Alan Horn, Cate Blanchett, Bob Iger, Mark Ruffalo and Tom Hiddleston. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

October 12, 2017

By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Marvel’s big green Hulk may not be getting his own standalone movie but actor Mark Ruffalo, who plays the current iteration of the superhero, said the character will get a mini arc within three upcoming Marvel movies.

Hulk, the muscle-bound, larger-than-life green alter-ego of scientist Bruce Banner, appears in the upcoming “Thor: Ragnarok,” out in U.S. theaters on Nov. 3, as a gladiator trapped on a futuristic planet and forced to fight Thor.

The Hulk will also appear in 2018’s “Avengers: Infinity War” and its sequel, 2019’s yet-to-be-titled Avengers 4.

“We’ve taken the arc of a standalone Hulk movie and put it into those three movies, consciously,” Ruffalo said.

Ruffalo, who has spent more time as scientist Banner than as the Hulk in the past two Avengers films, said he relished the opportunity to be in character as the Hulk for the majority of “Thor: Ragnarok.”

“This movie is about just breaking free of the forms and rules, and so I got to break free from what we thought Hulk was to a slightly more fleshed-out character,” he said.

The Hulk, who first appeared in comics in 1962, has had his own standalone television shows and movies in the past, notably 2003’s “Hulk” and 2008’s “The Incredible Hulk” films, both from Universal Pictures.

The cinematic rights to Marvel’s Hulk superhero are owned by Comcast Corp’s <CMCSA.O> Universal Pictures, while Walt Disney Co <DIS.N> owns Marvel studios and is behind the current success of the superhero movie franchise.

“Ultimately Universal owns the rights there. I don’t see them like hanging out together any time soon to be like ‘Hey, let’s do another Hulk movie’,” he said.

(Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

  • Pete Freeman

    I grew up reading superhero comics & the Hulk was one of my favorites (with Batman & the Punisher rounding out the top 3). Superheros have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. But when these movies/tv shows consistently turn left, I turn them off. But I haven’t really seen such a turn in the Avengers movies. So as long as they don’t turn hard left (like Supergirl, for example) I’ll try to hang in there as long as I can.

  • Jesse S

    Ed Norton was the best Hulk IMO. I liked his style he brought and I personally do not know what political views he has. Ruffalo is a weak actor and not very believable in the few movies I’ve seen him in.

  • Simon Jones

    With Ruffalo as the Hulk, it’ll die at the box office. Leftist should have kept his pie hole shut.
    Nobody needed to know his politics, but now it’s colored everything he’s in.

    • Cesar Figueroa

      its the same for the idiot Chris Evans, he plays Captain America, but he’s the same ignorant turd you have to remove from the bottom of your shoe, they should have just changed his name to Captain planet, or better “Private Gender Unknown.”

  • Heddey Lamar

    I’m done with Hollywood. I aint spending money on movies populated by SJW’s, unpatriotic, ass clowns like the likes of the Avengers and Thor cast. They can suck it.

    • Cesar Figueroa

      I have a list that keeps getting longer, of Idiots in Hollywood that I will not give a dime too, Mark RuffButthole is just another one, and with one strike of the pen I added the NFL and all its criminals.

  • A marcus Young

    Dont poison the film by showing it before amny NFL … Unless you like economic failure.

    • WaveForm

      Agreed!