The character of Hulk has a colorful background in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and with Mark Ruffalo taking the mantle from previous Hulk star Ed Norton, Hulk has yet to have his film after the replacement. With the original Avengers having their very own films, most recent is Black Widow, and with Hawkeye finally having his titular series, will Hulk be getting another movie? Does the MCU have plans for a solo Hulk film?
Before, the rights over the franchise of Hulk have had a restriction with Universal owning such. Now that Marvel has taken it back according to BGR, this opens doors for Mark Ruffalo's Hulk to have his very own solo movie and that gives Marvel boss Kevin Feige a complete control on the future of the character in the MCU.
To date, Hulk has only been in Avengers films and had a performance as a supporting role in Thor: Ragnarok. Following the Avengers: Endgame, Hulk has proven himself an important character in the MCU and with the demise and loss of three of the original Avengers, the team is currently rebuilding.
Admit it or not, the whole story arc of Hulk is all over the place. He hasn't been given that much time to explain himself in a solo film. He had a relationship with Natasha Romanoff only to fly away from Earth and end up in Sakaar where he didn't return to being Banner for two years. Banner had troubles being Hulk in Avengers: Infinity War that he had to resort to manning the Hulk buster. There is so much potential to the character that hasn't been tapped yet in the MCU.
Banner has provided the brains for the team while Hulk provided the brawns, it is all in one amazing character. More than that, Hulk has lightened up various scenes and even provided a comic relief to already stressful circumstances in the film like when he was in Thor: Ragnarok, and Banner's struggle in Infinity War, even tripping as he was charging towards the army of Thanos in Wakanda.
More than that, becoming Smart Hulk/ Professor Hulk in Endgame opens more doors for the narrative of Banner/ Hulk. His heroic act of doing the snap in the same film surely means a lot for the franchise. With the upcoming arrival of his cousin in She-Hulk, Mark Ruffalo will surely be returning in the MCU but after that, what comes next?
Will Hulk Get Another Movie?
In Mark Ruffalo's interview with Variety, he expressed his interest in playing the Hulk once more in his very own standalone film. Ruffalo said, "There's an idea that I think could be really interesting. We've never really followed him into his life. He's always kind of off on the side. He's like the Rosencrantz and Guildenstern of the Avengers. It'd be interesting to fill in all the blanks about what happened to him between all these movies."
It is safe to say that Ruffalo did justice to the character but it seems his character isn't been given much justice. It is still in the shadows whether Hulk will be back for his very own film but with She-Hulk possibly making things a little more interesting, said series could also pave way for it.
Anything is possible, right? As the MCU continues to expand, there is hope to squeeze in another film in the franchise. There's no rush as there surely is time. If Black Widow could have her own film, Hulk is not far from having his, too. Maybe not today or in the next two years, but there is some space for him in the future of MCU to fill in the gaps of his own story.