So it looks like it’s going to be a long time before we get a Hulk standalone film, as the rights to a solo outing still remain at Universal 🙁 However the big ball of angry green rage can still appear alongside his fellow Avengers squad in Marvel Studios productions, thankfully!
“It’s not on the horizon,” Ruffalo tells Yahoo!. “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.”
Thor: Ragnarok will be the first film Ruffalo plays Bruce Banner in that isn’t directed by Joss Whedon as Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows) is taking up the helm of directing Thor 3 and The Russo Brothers (Captain America: The Winter Soldier & Civil War) are set to direct the two parter Avengers: Infinity War. So will Ruffalo miss Whedon’s direction?
“He basically told me it was and I was like ‘goddamn it, you dragged me in to this world and now you’re abandoning me here!’ But they’re doing fine,” Ruffalo says of Joss Whedon’s departure from the franchise. “Joss’ll do fine. I just miss him, and I will miss him. He cracked this character, he obviously cracked the Avengers which was nearly impossible. It was a miracle and he did it so beautifully.”
“I think the Russo brothers are great and I think they’re well positioned to take it on, and I’m happy to be doing it with them, but I’m friends with Joss. He had a hard time making the first one and he had a hard time making this one. I think it’s partially the nature of that beast.”
So what of the future with new directors? “Taika Waititi’s coming in and I love him,” Ruffalo says. “That’s a surprise and it fits part of this Marvel doing the unexpected, casting the unexpected, and now bringing in the unexpected for writer and director. I’m really interested in where that’s going. They’re writing the script now. I am thinking about it, I’m doing script meetings and stuff so we’re starting to prep it.”
Thor: Ragnarok is set to land in cinemas November 3, 2017.