If this was Facebook, the relationship status between Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk and the Marvel Cinematic Universe would undoubtedly be classified as, “It’s complicated.”
Due to the complex issue of character rights, Marvel Studios can only use the jolly green giant in team-up movies like The Avengers or Thor: Ragnarok. If a solo movie were ever made for the Hulk, the distribution rights for the film would still end up with Universal, which doesn’t leave Marvel very much incentive to put in that much work for a film like that.
Mark Ruffalo On The Hulk’s Next Appearance
Even while there are currently no plans for another solo Hulk movie in the MCU, fans are dying to see more of the enormous green rage monster in action. Included among those fans, is the very man who has played the Hulk in the MCU since 2012, Mark Ruffalo. Additionally, in an interview with Variety, the Hulk actor recently discussed the potential of more appearances in one of Marvel’s most anticipated new projects.
There’s some talk of having Banner/Hulk show up in [the Disney Plus series] She-Hulk. If we come up with something good, that would be really interesting. Right now that’s about it. That’s all there is on the table.
These quotes from Ruffalo are an exciting confirmation that he plans bring back his portrayal of Bruce Banner in Marvel Studios’ new Disney+ mini-series She-Hulk! In the comics, Bruce Banner gives blood to his cousin Jennifer Walters, which causes her to turn into She-Hulk. Unlike Bruce, who only turns into the Hulk when he’s angry, Jennifer is always green and equipped with both her powers and her calm demeanor. She can also still turn her strength to a more powerful level when she really needs to.
Mark Ruffalo’s last appearance in the MCU came in 2019’s Avengers: Endgame where he merged his two personalities to make Professor Hulk. He went on to snap half of all life back into existence with the Infinity Gauntlet, and ended up with his arm seemingly damaged beyond repair from the cosmic energy. It’s still unclear how big his role will be in the new She-Hulk mini-series, but fans can only hope he will play as big of a role in Jennifer’s on-screen life, as he does in her life on the comic book pages.
She-Hulk is set to feature Rick & Morty scribe Jessica Gao as its lead writer, and there is no confirmed date for it’s impending release on Disney+.