The Real Reason Marvel Won’t Give Hulk A Movie

The Real Reason Marvel Won’t Give Hulk A Movie


The Hulk is one of Marvel’s most popular characters. So it’s no surprise the company turned to
the big green guy when it came time to launch the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2008. Hulk laid low for four years after his debut,
and was the breakout hit of The Avengers…so why haven’t we seen more of the big green
guy? Here are a few reasons why Marvel won’t give
Hulk another movie. A history of flops Because the Hulk is such an iconic character,
the pressure was on in 2003 for Ang Lee’s Hulk film, which starred Eric Bana as Bruce
Banner. The movie wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t great
either, earning lukewarm ratings across the board. And it definitely wasn’t good enough to warrant
a sequel. Fast forward five years, and the fledgeling
Marvel Studios was looking to take advantage of two of the major characters still under
their control to anchor new film franchises: Iron Man and the Hulk. Iron Man hit first, and thanks to the charisma
of Robert Downey, Jr., it hit big. The Incredible Hulk was the second film on
the slate, debuting a few months after Iron Man, and it was… not as good. The film received decent reviews and was a
so-so performer at the box office, but compared to the coolness and profitability of Iron
Man, Hulk just didn’t hold up. When it came time to choose which character
to pursue, Hulk got smashed. ” Go to sleep, go to sleep, go to sleep.” A cancelled sequel Marvel was already planning another Hulk film
pretty early on, but with the popularity of Marvel’s other characters, the project was
shelved. Edward Norton was eventually axed and recast
with Mark Ruffalo in The Avengers. In a 2008 interview with GamesRadar, Ed Norton
spilled the beans on why The Incredible Hulk felt unfinished, saying, “We left a lot out on purpose. It’s definitely intended as a chapter one. My attitude was, ‘Let’s start with a mystery
and slowly unpeel what the roots of it are, all the way through—like let’s have revelations
even in the third act about what set this whole thing in motion.'” Unfortunately, those plans never materialized
for Norton, but a similar strategy has been planned for Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk. Ruffalo told Yahoo! Movies that Hulk will be getting his due over
the next few years, saying, “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.” A full schedule Between sequels and originals, Marvel Studios
has cranked out a mind-boggling 14 movies over the last eight years, but they’re still
just getting started. They already have at least six movies currently
shooting or at some stage in production, including Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Black Panther,
and Thor: Ragnarok. Even if Marvel wanted to make a new Hulk film,
it would be at least four years before they could even fit it in the schedule. Considering just about every Marvel movie
is a hit, and they have to keep the fun train rolling by introducing new characters, it’s
hard to make space for a guy who already had two shots at solo glory. Hulk isn’t cheap Making a movie where the main character can
turn into a giant green monster isn’t easy, and neither is finding a way to fit all that
effects work into the budget. Sure, you can keep him in Bruce Banner mode
for a lot of the time, but then viewers will just bide their time waiting for him to Hulk
out. If the budget differences aren’t obvious,
2008’s The Incredible Hulk cost $10 million more to make than Iron Man, and Hulk didn’t
even need to have any fancy armor fabricated. The Avengers earned an Academy Award nomination
in the “Visual Effects” category, so the expectations to make a Hulk that doesn’t look like a “ticked-off
Shrek”, as one reviewer called Ang Lee’s Hulk, are very high. And very costly. Hulk is better on a team Though the Hulk left the Avengers after his
first adventure with them in the comics, he just works better when he’s surrounded by
other characters. That’s not to say that the story of Bruce
Banner isn’t compelling, but we’ve already had two attempts to dig into it with minimal
success. There’s also the fact that the Hulk is basically
a force of nature, and it’s hard to give him a bad guy that he can’t just smash into bits…
or rip in half. But in the Avengers films, ultra-powerful
bad guys are standard, so the heroic Hulk can still seem like an underdog when the battle
royale kicks off. Hulk’s inner struggle The Hulk is a great character, but when you
translate him from page to screen, it’s not easy to tell a compelling Hulk story. Why? His biggest struggle is within himself, and
that’s not an easy thing to showcase in a medium that typically relies on explosions
instead of thought bubbles. Some of the best Hulk stories are character
studies, and that doesn’t usually fit into a successful superhero film. We can’t have sad, walking-away piano music
all of the time… …but it’s a huge part of the character. Distribution rights In addition to all the reasons we’ve already
listed, there’s also been a lot of confusion surrounding the film rights to a Hulk sequel. According to a Collider interview with Mark
Ruffalo, “Marvel doesn’t really have the rights to
that yet. That’s still Universal’s property, so there’s
that issue. That’s a big impediment to moving forward
with that.” Ruffalo was kind of right, but the situation
is a bit more complicated. Universal apparently does have right of first
refusal to distribute a new Hulk film, which could create some problems, but it’s not a
big enough roadblock to keep Marvel from making the movie. They famously cut a deal with Sony to share
Spider-Man, and the process is still pretty complicated — but certainly far from impossible. Hulk gets pretty weird Hulk dates back to the 1960s, during the glory
days of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. If you’ve ever read any of Hulk’s early appearances,
you know they can get a little strange, which makes a truly authentic Hulk a little harder
to pull off on the big screen. “Captain America fighting Nazis” is a relatable
selling point for a film, but Hulk dressed as a clown, juggling elephants, or being assaulted
in a YMCA shower might end up being a bit more complicated for the multiplex. Even later stories like the fan-favorite World
War Hulk, which is reportedly being incorporated to some extent into Thor: Ragnarok, and the
time-hopping Indestructible Hulk: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. could be a big ask of typical
mainstream audiences. Honestly, though…. This was weird enough. Thanks for watching! Subscribe to our YouTube channel to watch
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  1. This is not right thanos can’t choke hulk and make him die and can’t pick him up with his hand thanos can pick hulks hand up but remember hulk can get mad and grow witch’s was old he can’t no more but still

  2. The Incredible Hulk no one can beat him that time there’s still Incredible Hulk tho 👊🏿👊🏿✊✊✊👊🏿👊🏿👊🏿✊✊✊👊🏿👊🏿👊🏿👊🏿👊🏿👊🏿

  3. You said hulk started the MCU in 2008 when it was really Iron Man so this shows that you do not know as much as you think you do

  4. They can still make another Hulk movie. They can just add some other MCU characters just like they did in Thor: Ragnarok.

  5. You know there actually is a villain out there, that the MCU hasn’t quite delved into yet, but could make the ultimate villain for the Incredible Hulk….. RED HULK. They already introduced General Ross (One of the primary antagonists of the Hulk and Banner), but we have never seen what he eventually ends up becoming (Red Hulk). I understand maybe they want to be a little cautious about that approach, considering they kind of flubbed with Abomination. But seeing as I believe Mark Ruffalo is the best interpretation (in my opinion) of Bruce banner and the best looking Hulk (he looks a lot more like the classic Hulk from the comics)… topped off with the fact that the budgets are much higher now than they used to be (The MCU is almost guaranteed to make a wicked profit every time now), this could entirely be a possibility.

    crosses fingers

  6. But they did …
    The Incredible Hulk…
    I like the avengers hulk better
    But technically the Incredible Hulk is the avengers hulk

  7. If they made one mistake I wish they didn't in the entire current MCU. It was recasting Norton with that pushover Ruffalo.

  8. Hulk would get bored quickly. He needs to smash. Not even a movie would satisfy his boredom and lust for smash

  9. I'd like to see a sequel even if it has Mark Ruffelo (yeah! Huh? Huh?), it would be great to see Leader, Abomination, and Red Hulk.

  10. put simply It's the same reason there is a hulk ride at universal, They still own the rights to the hulk from the bill bixby show, They only let disney use him for avenger films, (also fun fact thor ragnorok was not the first time the hulk and thor were in a movie together)

  11. I really want a new hulk movie. Sure the other ones didn’t do too well, but marvel studios was still new when they made the first movie. Also, I sorta enjoyed hulk and the agents of S.M.A.S.H., and I hope they do one of those plots with adding more hulks (or at least a hulk) to the avengers, (I mean, they brought another iron man, aka war machine).

  12. Well, it would have been different if they would have never cast Edward Norton he’s a Weasley weak character that plays good criminals and nothing else, he was a terrible choice for Bruce Banner. A Hulk movie with Mark Raffalo especially one displaying all of the hulks super powers would be a hit. They may need to through in another hero just to keep it interesting but the hulk is the best.

  13. I would like to see the MCU do a Future Imperfect storyline. Where the Hulk becomes the the Maelstrom in a future timeline and the present day Hulk has to stop him. The Hulk could be both hero and villain in the same movie.

  14. I actually really enjoyed the incredible hulk but even if you didn't like it, just because no one has made a mind blowing solo hulk movie yet doesn't mean it couldn't ever happen, it would just take the right writer and director with the right vision

  15. The problem is that the true "blue" hulk is ridiculously powerful. Movie makers would have to shred some storylines and characters in order to give audiences an authentic taste of the incredible hulk. I'd love to see world war hulk destroy everything though.

  16. I also don't think Ed Norton was a great casting choice. I get he may have 'technically' portrayed banner in the right way, I don't think he engages the audience in the same way as ruffalo does.
    Hulk is also pretty indestructible I don't see a lot of threat to his character like the other solo movies have done

  17. I think it should have its own movie now cause hulk as mark is the best the old hulk is not my fav to but i think they should try it with mark

  18. He's too big of a character with too big of a personality. Too much inner struggle. The movie would be too long. He's not a simplistic character even though he is basic as far as destroying. Plus he's the only avenger with multiple personalities. Try to figure out a psych patient in two hours and tell their story.

  19. You know, maybe Disney, Marvel and Universal can do a team up or something to give Mark Ruffalo's Hulk a proper solo movie. I mean, Disney can't just buy Universal like it did with Fox. So collaboration is (in my opinion) the best answer.

  20. I don’t like the hulk like that but i do miss the feeling about the hulk, like hearing hulk scream In 3rd person “HULK IS THE STRONGEST, THEY IS”!

  21. I just don't understand the reason they turned Hulk from rage-killing machine into a family friendly green boyo Hulkey. This is ridiculous. He is supposed to be the final resort, a bad news for everyone around him. Now he's a sensible green guy with mood swings and performance issues.

  22. Marvel can do a hulk 2 now.
    – since avengers the fan reception has been good for hulk
    – they can delve into his past containing physical abuse which makes for good story telling
    – thunderbolt Ross keeps popping up in the mcu for too long now. It seems that marvel wants to use him eventually for red hulk which is a great villain
    – Liv Tyler could be brought back to tie it into phase one
    – thor 2 wasn't too great but since marvel waited with hulk and they have their "formula" throw in some jokes and it could work

  23. Maybe because that potion thing isn’t like a trend in 2019 (in mcu not in real life) and no one tries to make another hulk

  24. They should make a Hulk movie again. But this time with a Hulk that is in his much stronger rage level. It would be epic seeing the World Breaker Hulk in a new trilogy. Where we see the build up from a ''normal'' Hulk to World Breaker Hulk.

    The Hulk we see in recent years was in my opinion ''weak''. All the Hulk fans expected a Hulk that could smash up more then just a car here and there. I want to a Hulk that is smashing up things not on a street level, with cars, but on a cosmic level, smashing up planets. I am one of them.

    Maybe we should take matters into our own hands by writting a script of our own and send it in.

  25. All of hulk movies are fire and he is the most popular character but of course marvel won't give people what they actually want but what can we say it's marvel that's what they do I swear a kid with cancer could ask for a hulk movie and they would turn him down

  26. Yea the MCU completely went to shit and is still shit but if they brought back hulk that would make a great trilogy imagine the return of hulk and who dosent like seeing him smash shit humans like doing it to but I like seeing big green people do it the hulk is the one thing that would fix MCUs bad decisions

  27. And here's a good one world breaking hulk vs deadpool hulk and yes deadpool hulk is a thing so is world breaking hulk read comics

  28. Hulk has 2 movie that basically are orgin storys and has appeared in all the avengers movies and thor ragnarok that's a lot of movies hulk is in and that's only including the mcu but I would be glad if they make a stand alone hulk movie.

  29. When i first saw the incredible hulk i tought its not the mcu but a part of the mcu's multiverse LOL

  30. … did someone say “character study”? Isn’t that what DC is doing with their upcoming Joker movie? What if Marvel actually diid do a Hulk character study film filled with psychological/depressive themes??

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