Mark Ruffalo has made it clear that he wants Hulk to get another shot at a solo film as much as anybody, but according to a recent interview, that possibility may actually be getting less likely as time goes by.
"Actually, it feels even further away," Ruffalo told USA Today. "It's not Marvel's property, it's Universal's property. I don't know. It seems really problematic."
2008's The Incredible Hulk, which starred Ed Norton in the title role, was produced as a joint venture between Marvel and Universal, and as Ruffalo puts it the rights to do another are contigent upon Universal's involvement.
"I've been around long enough to be OK with it," he elaborated. "There's only so much that's in my power and I'm not going to agonize over what is not in my power. I definitely try to limit that to my kids and the things that really matter to me."
As for what fans can expect from the Hulk on film, Ruffalo expanded on his idea to see Banner and Hulk face off in a scene together.
"When you get off of the planet Earth, you can start playing with that stuff a little bit," Ruffalo explained. "I'm angling for it. I don't know if it'll happen now, but at some point, I'd like to see it happen. When I was doing Age of Ultron - doing the Scarlet Witch acid trip scenes - it really took me a long time to figure out what the Hulk would be afraid of. And then I realized, it was Banner. That relationship is what we're all so into, but we've never seen them in the same scene together - you're either one or the other, or somewhere in between. But I always imagined that that could be pretty exciting if we could pull it off. In the Marvel Universe, there is some precedence for it. I remember as a kid, seeing a few of the comics that'd have this multidimensional thing, so there's a lot of ways to do it ... if we could find the right context to use it."
Ruffalo also seemingly confirmed that he would appear in Thor: Ragnarok, and that Taika Waititi had finalized negotiations to direct the film.
"I don't know what the story is yet, but it'll be (Loki) and Thor, and then I'll be in there here and there. But I don't know any of the particulars quite yet. I've talked to Taika a little bit and I like where it's headed. ... Chris (Hemsworth) and I have a really good time together, we goof off and play around when Tom Hiddleston is around. So it'll be a lot of funny back-and-forth, especially with Taika, he does that really well. It'll have that kind of antagonistic Odd Couple-thing going on."
Thor: Ragnarok is due to hit theaters November 3, 2017.