Anyone who’s done a bit of digging into the Marvel Cinematic Universe and all the legal red tape that they have to deal with, knows about the Sony Spider-Man deal or the Fox X-Men issues. Yet it’s not just those two projects that will forever seem tied up. There’s the Deadpool film, that Marvel can’t touch, even the term “mutant” is a big no no for MCU filmmakers. The Hulk property is also wrapped up in all of this, in a way.
When Mark Ruffalo is asked when or why we haven’t seen a solo Hulk film he explains that Marvel doesn’t technically own the rights for one:
RUFFALO: As far as a Hulk movie, a standalone Hulk movie, 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. Now I don’t think that’s insurmountable, by the way, but I don’t know where it’s going from here for me.
Mark confirmed that this was in fact, the case. Now what he says is also true, just because Disney doesn’t hold the rights doesn’t mean it’s off the table. Honestly, Universal would be silly to sit on the property than play ball and lose out on whatever dividend they would make from working with Disney.
Currently Phase 3 is all filled up so it’s up in the air when or where we will see the jade giant next.