Despite the previous talk that both Hulk and Namor have 100% returned to Marvel Studios from their contracts with Universal Pictures, Mark Ruffalo is disputing that claim with recent comments from C2E2 over the weekend via ComicBook.
He suggests one way to go to avoid Universal is to potentially give Professor Hulk his own Disney+ series, which he confirms they can do without the other studio.
RUFFALO: “Maybe we make it into a series and we jump through the Universal…Universal owns the rights to Hulk as a standalone movie, so that’s really why we can’t make one. But, we can do a TV show! I’d probably kind of start him on the run again a little bit. I think that really works and in this new digital age, we’re all surveilled, that might be kind of an interesting dimension to how he stays on the run. That’s probably where we’d start — him deciding ‘I don’t want to do this anymore,’ but it’s hard now because he’s the professor. He’s hard to hide.”
He also talked about his desire to see Hulk and Banner ultimately hash-it-out in a move along with continuing his desire to see him tangle with the MCU’s Wolverine as well.
RUFFALO: “To be totally honest with you, I want to see the movie where Banner and Hulk ultimately have to battle it out and then the Professor is sort of the brainchild of that,” Ruffalo shared. “Kevin Feige, are you listening? We want Professor Hulk,” he added. “The only person in the universe that Hulk is afraid of is Banner and I want to see the ultimate showdown between the two of them. And maybe Wolverine.”
“A few years ago we sat down and kind of plotted out what the Banner/Hulk/Professor arc would be and we pretty much stuck to it starting with Age of Ultron and then ending with Endgame.”
“It was fun… I’ve been lucky because the arc of Banner and Hulk over all the films has been pretty different. I’ve gotten to play three characters now. I’ve kept it interesting for myself as an ADHD casualty. It’s pretty much exactly how we planned it to be. It’s been a lot of fun to do it, and melding two characters together seemed to be the kind of final installment of the Banner/Hulk relationship. They made peace with each other.”
Over the weekend, Mark confirmed there were preliminary talks with Marvel Studios for She-Hulk, although didn’t say if he has agreed to appear in the Disney+ series. He certainly sounds open to the idea of doing something on the streaming platform from these comments.